13 bikes that could see an update in 2023

Every two or three years you can expect to see prototype bikes in development around races and trade shows, but it seems that time has slowed down if we expect bikes to be updated by now . This could be due to a few reasons, but the ones that stand out most to my mind are the rate of change in geometry, and of course, the lack of Covid supplies.

Check out our most recent field test from Bellingham, which was filled with the latest and greatest enduro bikes. I wouldn’t say the geometry was the same because there were one or two outliers, but the numbers for the entire test bike were very, very close.

Secondly, the worldwide pandemic slowed production of components, primarily drivetrain parts, which meant bike brands were stuck in a stalemate. They were eagerly waiting for the parts to launch to launch a new bike.


Santa Cruz V10

Whether it was planned or not, Santa Cruz stormed off in 2022 by rolling out a slew of new bike releases: Heckler, Megatower, Nomad, Hightower, 5010, and most recently, Tallboy, all received updates. One bike absent from that list is the V10. The 29” version was officially launched in December 2018 and the mixed wheel version was launched in July 2020.

Apart from some changes to the kinematics and geometry through machined alloy components, the carbon frame members have not changed since then. Not that any bike has slowed down its riders, however, Jackson Goldstone has taken several firsts. Still, don’t be surprised to see Santa Cruz releasing a new-ish V10 anytime soon.


Commoncall Meta P003.1 and Flame(?)

It seems like a dead giveaway. It appears Commencal is revamping its full suspension lineup to mimic what it’s learned from the success of its latest downhill bikes. They’ve already hooked us up with the bait about a new metaBut we’ve seen Kamenkal colleague, Cecil Ravnell, who’s also whipping up a short trip, coaching Pauline Ferrand-Prevot through the racing lines on World Cup cross-country courses.

Given that Commencal has just released the mixed-wheel Meta SX, it is unclear how this line will evolve as no figures have been shared on the prototype. The Andorran brand only makes their frames with aluminum tubing, which means their turnaround time from paper to production could be much shorter than that of carbon competitors, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see both layouts on the 2023 schedule.


specific demo, enduroAnd kanevo

Another juggernaut in the gravity world of mountain bikes is Specialized, who have yet to fully unveil their prototype downhill bike. Finn Isles secure their first World Cup win on a prototype ship At the 2022 Mont Saint Anne World Cup, while his teammate Loic Bruni locked in his fifth World Championship win using the current demo. The new platform looks quite different from the current 4-bar, FSR design, which hit the scene in 2020.

Similarly, their Enduro model could also be in line for an update. We don’t expect too many changes there, however, as it uses a finely tuned suspension layout and already has a SWAT box, but it can carry more geometry adjustments with the motor like its sibling, the Canevo SL. Is.

Coming to the eMTB, the full-powered Canevo is also around for 2019. A carbon version of this monster e-bike with an updated motor and battery system will certainly reduce some weight.


davinci wilson

DaVinci launched the Spartan HP last year and we An aluminum mule saw at Crankworx Freerider, under cam zinc, which likely has over 160mm. They weren’t even afraid to show off a prototype of Wilson with an idler by the end of 2019.

Currently, the Canadian brand makes Wilson’s aluminum frame components at its Quebec factory, but that 29er-only bike hasn’t seen a product revision since its launch in 2019.


narco aurumAnd sight

Another Canadian brand that is still invested in downhill bikes and isn’t afraid to build aluminum prototypes. We’ve seen two-time Canadian National Champ and Narco Engineer, Kirk McDowallpilot exactly one of them project bike Three top-40 World Cup finishes this season. It is likely that this is a new Aurum, Norco’s dedicated downhill bike, which is different from their team’s reconfigured range at the World Cup from the past two seasons.

Norco’s popular 150mm-travel sight may also go under the knife to see some changes. It’s hard to fault the capabilities of a mid-travel enduro bike, but if it was received and updated it’s not hard to imagine it going through a range-like high-axle transformation.


scott gambler And ransom

I loved when Scott made the infamous “looks like a session” comment, alluding to the similarities between his Gambler and Trek’s downhill bike, and then turning it into a bike giveaway competition. That was impressive, but the bike also weighs 35 pounds.

Where do you go from there? The Gambler already has two sets of flip-chips that let you either steer the size of the rear wheel and change the stride of the suspension. We have seen Scott plays with the pulley and high pivots Beginning of that trend, but it is doubtful that much weight can be lost.

Another model that has remained the same since 2020 is their 170mm travel ransom. One way this wider-looking, longer-travel enduro bike could change would be more integration. Scott pulled off that move by concealing the rear shock in the seat tube/bottom bracket junction with his cross-country bike, the Spark – something fellow Pinkbike technical editor and PBR mechanic, Henry Quinney, would love like nothing more.


Pivot Phoenix

now we know that Grim Donut V2 There should be the fastest, most capable bike in the world, but could it really be the new Pivot Phoenix in disguise? Definitely not. Will a new Phoenix get a vertically mounted shock and push the geometry a bit further? most likely.

As it sits now, Pivot’s downhill rig is the last in their family to receive a new suspension layout. The size also tops out at the extra-large, reaching 485mm, which is now the case with most manufacturers’ larger frames.


Yeti SB150

August 2018 is a long time ago, but Yeti was on the pulse and the SB150 is still pulling the podium at Enduro World Series events. It took nearly four years to find a new iteration of the iconic turquoise enduro bike, but there was This version is floating around the Cranes-Montana EWS pits, Sure, it would be dull and long, but how much more expensive could it be?

I would have guessed that a second version of the SB150 would use the impressive 6-bar suspension found on the 160E eMTB, but I’ve been wrong before. Whatever the nickname on this new Yeti, it still uses the Switch Infinity system.


giant glory

The world’s largest producer of bicycles is slowly moving towards a new Glory downhill bike. We’ve seen a lot of prototype models at the World Cup over the years, but they haven’t produced an updated version since 2018. This was a time when 27.5” front wheels were still in use at the World Cup.

With stand-out, seasoned veterans like Remy Thirian, the Giants aren’t sitting still – just taking their time. Downhill is only a drop in the bucket compared to the number of units sold in other segments, so I don’t expect to see an investment in a carbon frame. Clearly, the Thirion’s prototypes were updated since the 2018 model and 2023 could bring a new kind of glory.


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