Original monocoque coddlers, Mountain Cycle, have just released details of their new ShockWave downhill frameset. Dubbed the 9point5 (seems like 2002 is the year of the pointfive), this dedicated downhill machine takes over the premier spot in the Mountain Cycle range, and, as the name suggests, sports nine and-a-half inches of travel.
Kinesis now make the Mountain Cycle frames following a partnership inked last year, but the frame was designed and developed using CAD/CAM engineering software. There will be three sizes available of the full monocoque frame, with an option to have either quick release or bolt-thru dropouts. Added to that will be a bump stop to protect the frame from triple-clamp forks and an optional floating disc mount planned for release next year.
The simple swingarm uses a linkage to activate the shock and change the rate from linear, through the early stroke, to rising at the end of the stroke. Pedal-induced bob should be kept at bay by a Progressive Fifth Element shock. No details on pricing or availability as yet, but the frame shall make its first appearance, in-the-flesh, at the Eurobike and Interbike shows.