The bike that Joe Barnes rode to 6th in elite (15th overall) in the Simply Downhill round #1 this weekend seems a little special.
Initial impression was a 5 with 40s on the front. Closer inspection reveals:
ribs on the rear dropouts a la 224evo
internally gusseted downtube/top tube?
gusset on seat tube like the strange alpine 160
bb is too low to just be jacked up
apparently it had quite a short stroke
rp23 with boost valve
Looks like a tapered headtube, so potentially canecreek angleset?
Are they doing what millyard did? 4/5" of good suspension on the back and you won't miss the extra couple of inches?
Why aren't they using the alpine 160/blood chasis?
Is this the "fabled" UK dh bike?