For 2010 Austrian company KTM have completely re-designed their downhill bikes the Aphex and the Tribute.
The frame has two travel settings yielding 200-230mm travel on the rear wheel equating to 440-600mm movement to the rear wheel. The wheelbase is also adjustable with three settings (440/450/460mm) allowing riders to extend or reduce the amount of trail the bike owns at a time, a useful attribute for different tracks. The bottom bracket height has been dropped from last year too for better stability.
The front end of the bike is also adjustable. Head angle can be moved between 63-65 degrees with the turn of an allen key, again useful for tuning the bike to the course. This is a full on race ready frame weighing in at 5.4kgs without the shock.
Spec wise the Aphex features Rockshox Boxxer World Cups, Avid Code brakes, Saint components, Mavic Deemax wheels and Maxxis tyres. Overall weight is 18.7kg for the finished bike.
The Tribute is it’s little brother utilising the same frame but with cheaper components.
The Tribute features Rockshox Boxxer Race forks, Avid Elixer CR brakes, Hussefelt cranks, Saint derailleurs, Syncros wheels and Maxxis tyres.
We were very impressed with this bike in the flesh. We were introduced to it at the KTM press camp and the adjustments are quick and easy to do, particularly the headtube adjustment which can be done on the trail with ease.
KTM are distributed in Ireland by Freewheel cycling. Call 086-2610498 for pricing and stockists.