Antidote Darkmatter Excessive Pivot DH Bike grows into 29″ w/ 200mm mullet choice obtainable too

With 29″ wheels now dominating at World Cup Downhill races, Polish carbon mountain bike producer, Antidote, determined it was excessive time their flagship DH rig obtained the improve. The Antidote Darkmatter 29 is the most recent addition to the fleet, changing its 27.5″ wheeled predecessor, sustaining that break up pivot high-pivot suspension format and drool-worthy aesthetic Antidote are identified for. The body is yours for €4999 with a number of body and shock choices in addition to full builds.

Antidote Darkmatter 29

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The Antidote Darkmatter 29 was designed with coil shocks in thoughts, although can also be suitable with air shocks

The largest information for the Antidote Darkmatter is its up-sizing to a 29″ wheelset, however there’s a bit extra to it than that. Whereas the 29″ model runs 190mm rear wheel journey, an aftermarket mullet hyperlink shortens the rear-end to accommodate a 27.5″ rear wheel, rising journey to 200mm, matching the fork. Full bikes can be found in 29 solely (conversion to the MX setup will set you again an additional €199) whereas the framesets may be bought in 29 or mullet, with the selection of a press-fit or threaded BB.

antidote darkmatter 29 non drive side view

Whereas the Antidote Darkmatter 27.5″ was solely obtainable in Medium and Giant, the Darkmatter 29 provides an XL choice boasting a attain of 505mm

As per all expectation, together with the bigger wheelset comes a for much longer bike; the massive body boasts a 475mm attain, 449mm rear-centre, 63° head tube angle and a resultant 1287mm wheelbase. One of many massive appeals of this bike is its break up pivot high-pivot suspension platform, and the way that enables for the shock to sit down very low maintaining the majority of the bike’s weight centered across the backside bracket.

antidote darkmatter 29 split pivot high pivot linkage low shock placement

The rear shock of the Darkmatter doesn’t rotate all through the journey. That is stated to end in further sensitivity and fewer stress on bushings and bearings, prolonging their life. Antidote additionally tells us its positioning leads to a positive stress sample by way of the body, lowering stress to the downtube.

With the decrease hyperlink articulating in a concentric trend in regards to the BB, the bike enjoys a majority rearward axle path which implies that the rear-centre solely will get longer because the bike is pushed by way of its journey. That is most pronounced on the 200mm MX setup, with the rear-centre rising by a whopping 26mm, versus 20mm displacement seen on the 29 setup.

antidote darkmatter 29 mullet rear axle path graphs

To eradicate undesirable drivetrain forces appearing upon the suspension, an loafer pulley is critical to route the chain up and over the higher pivot. The general format offers rise to what Antidote name Noster Kinetics. Michał Lachendro, Antidote Suspension Engineer, tells us the brand new Darkmatter is extremely conscious of pedaling, with excessive anti-rise (100%) and low pedal kickback delivering a motorbike that can at all times stay secure, whatever the terrain.

antidote darkmatter 29 mullet leverage ratio curves

Antidote declare the suspension kinematic is impressed by that of motocross bike, with the leverage ratio that includes a further tremendous progressive ramp up “past the standard progressive traits”, stated to work completely on quick and demanding downhill trails.

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The Antidote Darkmatter with Ohlins TTX 22 Coil Shock will set you again €5999; the body alone weighs a claimed 3.35 kg (giant), together with all body safety

Antidote are extremely explicit about their carbon body manufacturing and the {hardware} that holds these body items collectively. As we noticed on the Carbonjack 29 Enduro Bike – see the Porsche-modeled customized construct right here – the brand new Darkmatter 29 will get a carbon fiber body with a development bolstered with Kevlar and Vectran. The hyperlinks and entrance and rear triangles are related to 1 one other by way of pivots operating titanium and aerospace aluminum alloy bolts.

Not like many downhill bikes, the Darkmatter 29 will get a Enhance 148mm rear axle spacing. That, mixed with the 449mm rear-centre and distinctive form of the stays, offers clearance for as much as a 2.6″ vast tire. Different notable body options embody the 7075 T6 Anodized CNC aluminum hyperlinks pivoting about MAX LLU bearings, an ISCG 05 Mount for chain information and bash guard becoming, and a Customized Flat/PM 203 mm Brake adapter. The bike runs a 57.2mm chainline (suitable with SRAM and Shimano cranksets), with a most chainring measurement of 36T on the 29, dropping to 34T on the MX. 

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Pricing & Availability

The highest-of-the-range Antidote Darkmatter 29 will go away you €10,499 out of pocket, fetching an Ohlins DH38 m.2 fork, TTX 22 Coil Shock, SRAM X01 DH drivetrain and an Business 9 Grade 300 carbon wheelset. Rather less money (€9999) affords you a construct with that very same carbon wheelset, with a FOX 40 fork, and EXT ARMA Lok V3 coil shock. 

A body with seat clamp and rear axle will price you €4,999. Body and shock/fork mixtures retail on the following costs:

  • Darkmatter & EXT Arma V3 – €5,899
  • Darkmatter & Ohlins TTX 22 – €5,999
  • Darkmatter & FOX40 & EXT ARMA Lok V3 – €6,999
  • Darkmatter & Ohlins DH38 m.2 & TTX 22 – €7,299

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