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Kellys Factory Team Noid 2016 Bikecheck

Kellys / 10.1.2017

KELLYS FACTORY TEAM'S RACING BIKES ARE ALREADY PREPARED FOR COMPETING ON THE MOST DEMANDING RACING TRACKS. KFT RIDER, RASTO BARANEK IS PRESENTING HIS REALLY AWESOME NOID FOR AN UPCOMING 2016 SEASON.

Milosz: Hi Rasto. It’s nice to see you again, especially in such an important moment at the beginning of the season, when riders are presenting their racing machines for the first time.

Rasto: Hi, for me, it’s a very exciting time – new team, new bikes, new teammates.

M.: Just a single look at your Kellys Noid reveals some differences between the stock bike.

R.: Yep, Stock Noid is well configured and equipped, but thanks to the team sponsors I can get the best parts I want and prepare the bike for fierce competition. I also desired to fit the bike for my individual riding style, which is quite aggressive.

M.: So, tell us something more about the new components on your bike.

R.: The main, but not as visible, change in my Noid is on the front end. I decided to put air sprung Rock Shox Boxxer Word Cup instead of the Team version with a steel coil. That saves almost 300 grams! Like most downhill maniacs, I love steel spring progressiveness, that’s why I put two tokens for better and more steel spring-like characteristics. And I’m still having weight saved...

M.: What about the rear end?

R.: I’ve put Fox DHX2 damper – specially tuned by Fox to match Noid’s rear end characteristics. With optional lighter and stronger SLS spring, it gained weight savings, better sensitivity and damping quality.

M.: As I see, you’ve changed also a wheelset and made some changes to the drivetrain.

R.: I’ve decided to put Novatec Demon wheels on. They are lighter than stock and I hope they will withstand my riding style. Another advantage is that the Demons are tubeless ready, so I can easily install Schwalbe Procore system to radically drop down the tire pressure, even to 1.2 – 1.4 bars. Less air better grip, as they say! I’m gonna use different models of Schwalbe tyres but mostly it will be Magic Marys with Triple Star compound, which is one of the best all round downhill tyre ever made. The drivetrain is mostly stock, but I changed chain guard and the chain itself. It gives me some weight advantage and looks pretty nice, don’t you think?

M.: It looks really good. Especially with new PRO cockpit.

R.: I’ve changed the cockpit to fit Noid better for myself. I changed the rise in my position a little bit in comparison to the stock Noid. It gives me more confidence and moves the centre of gravity slightly to the rear end.

M.: Are you satisfied with the stock brakes?

R.: Absolutely! Saint brakes are really good and capable of withstanding violent breaking without fading. I also love the modulation and short levers of the brake pumps. I had to change rotors, but only because of different mounts on Demon wheels – bolt-on instead of center-lock. As a team in 2016, we want to test some KLS brake pads and some additional drivetrain configurations.

M.: That's nice to hear. Have you already found your setup’s sweet spot?

R.: I did a couple of nice training sessions on my customized Noid. Everything works perfect so far, I’ve found my own setup, so I think I’m ready to hit the tracks and compete!

M. So, thanks so much and have a good season!

R.: Thank you too. I would also like to thank our team sponsors: Kellys Bicycles, Novatec, Schwalbe, Shimano / Pro, Kompava, Bikestrike and KMC. Without them creating such a racing machine couldn't be possible.

For those who want to know more about Rasto’s bike, there is a full spec below:

Frame: Kellys Gravity DH 27.5 (650B) 7005
Fork: Rock Shox Boxxer Worl Cup (27.5)
Rear shock: Fox DHX2 Factory, SLS spring
Headset: FSA 1.5 integrated
Bottom Bracket: Shiomano Press-Fit BB71-41A
Crankset: Shiomano Saint M820 Hollowtech II
Shifter: Shiomano Saint M820 Rapidfire Plus
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Saint M820 (direct mount)
Casette: SHIMANO CS-HG500-10 (11-25)
Chain: KMC X10SL
Chain Giude: Shaman Drake ISCG05
Brakes: Shimano Saint M820
Rotors: Shimano XT-Saint RT86 (203mm)
Brake Levers: Shimano Saint BL-M820
Axles: Rock Shox Maxle Lite DH 20x110 front / 12x150mm rear
Wheelset: Novatec Demon 27.5
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary 60-584 (27.5x2.35) folding - Tubeless Easy / SnakeSkin / Triple Star Compound
Stem: PRO Tharsis 9.8 - direct mount / bar bore 31.8mm
Handlebar: PRO Tharsis 9.8 RiseBar - diam 31.8mm / width 800mm / rise 20mm
Grips: PRO Vanderham Star Series
Seat Post: PRO Atherton Star Series DH
Saddle: PRO Tharsis 9.8