THE NEW DARKMATTER
DH races, being the mountain biking’s equivalent of Formula 1, always pose serious challenges both to the rider as well as the designer. Although it’s unclear whether course designs changed to accommodate 29”- wheeled bikes, or their relentlessly increasing difficulty naturally suits the larger wheels, one thing is for certain – the rider needs an entirely different steed to what was once enough.
The new Darkmatter is built for winning. It’s long and the centre of gravity is low, which assures stability at speed, without sacrificing the responsiveness in the corners. A fully reworked Noster Kinetics suspension platform ensures maximum suspension efficiency by employing all of the benefits of the high pivot layout.
The bike performs at its best during acceleration as well as braking and will glide through the largest obstacles with ease.
The challenges, however, don’t stop at the highest level of racing. Riding in the bike park will also allow you to explore the incredible capability of the new Darkmatter by opening up a whole new world of extreme lines you’d never think were possible.
We took apart the original 27.5” Darkmatter, kept what’s best and worked around it to make it even better, and now we’re proud to present the entirely new Darkmatter 29! Our new model is a work of the highest engineering craft, dressed up in unique design.
Apart from the stunning looks, it has everything a racing platform of the future should have: high pivot suspension design with an idler pulley, super low centre of gravity, highest quality materials usually reserved for aerospace and motorsport applications, low weight and superb durability.
The new Darkmatter is aimed at the most demanding DH rider. Two included linkages allow the platform to be quickly transformed into mullet mode (accommodating a 27.5” rear wheel), which pens up an enormous number of possible setups, ensuring a perfect fit for every rider.
The 29” version features a classic balanced geometry, while the mullet has a shorter chainstay and of course, a smaller rear wheel, which can be a big advantage on technical courses. Both of these
configurations are based on Golden Ratio geometry, with a slightly shorter front centre and longer rear end, which sets up the rider dead centre between the wheels, working wonders for stability.
The Noster Kinetics system is suited for downhill bikes only, based around a split pivot system with a high pivot design and synergical features:
uncompromised and precisely chosen suspension characteristics utilising an idler pulley
high pivot setup for an optimal rearward wheel path, which additionally brings an improvement in small bump compliance
inspired by motocross bikes, the leverage ratio features an additional super progressive ramp up beyond the usual progressive characteristics, which works perfectly on fast and demanding downhill trails. The added ramp up makes the suspension feel bottomless and feels like hovering over the ground
high anti-squat throughout the cassette helps to put the power down for high efficiency sprinting
high anti rise throughout the travel helps to additionally stabilise the bike during braking in steep terrain
a specifically tailored amount of pedal kickback for high stability over bumps, while retaining a lively suspension feel.
rear shock does not rotate during travel, which results in additional sensitivity and less stress on bushings and bearings, prolonging their life
innovative positioning of the shock results in a favourable stress pattern through the frame and works to reduce stress to the down tube
designed with coil shocks in mind, however still fully compatible with air shocks as well
above average stiffness and durability of the frame thanks to a specially shaped swingarm and optimised carbon layup for the extreme purpose
low centre of gravity owing to an exceptionally low placement of the shock achieved by positioning the lower linkage on the bottom bracket
WHEELS: 29” with Mullet option
TRAVEL: 29”: 190 mm and Mullet: 200 mm
Recommended fork: 29” 200-203 mm
Single crown fork compatible
Recommended fork offset: 46/48 mm (the shortest available)
Tire clearance: 2,6”
REAR SHOCK: 250x75mm
SEATPOST SIZE: 30,9mm
REAR HUB: boost 12×148 mm
BB: BB107 threaded or press-fit option
ISCG 05 Mount
CHAIN LINE 57,2 mm (compatible with SRAM and Shimano cranksets)
CHAINRING: 29” max 36T and Mullet max 34T
HEADSET: Semi-integrated 1 1/8” – 1,5” (Frustum ZS – 44,00mm x 55,95mm)
MATERIAL: Monocoque Carbon & Vectran Composite
BOLTS: Ti & Aerospace aluminium alloys
MAX LLU all bearings
LINKS: 7075 T6 Anodized CNC
Integrated seat post clamp
Custom Flat/PM 203 mm Brake adapter
Sizes: M, L, XL
WEIGHT: 2.9 KG (M size)