27
Oct
2010

2010 Interbike: K9 Industries DH001-S

10/27/2010 : sicklines

The K9 Industries DH001-S appeared as a prototype over a year ago. Now the bike is in production offering a highly polarizing frame design built with impressive features and engineering. Luis from K9 is a guy who loves analyzing the mechanical details and it shows. Check inside for more details and video on the DH001-S.

K9 Industries DH001-S

The DH001-S is an 8″ travel bike. K9 felt that this is the perfect amount of travel to match the front suspension and give the bike balance. The suspension design is called LA Link. It is a patented motor sport inspired linkage. It is a 4 bar suspension that provides K9 with a lot of tuning options in order to tweak things like axle path, anti-squat, and compression. Luis is a bit unique as he sent Cane Creek the dyno curves he was after for the DH001-S and the produced it.

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The bike has an integrated idle pulley system in order to help achieve efficient pedaling and control pedal feedback.

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The brake mount is adjustable based on the chainstay length though a unique brake mount system Luis explained to us.

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The headtube is a straight 1.5″ design.

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The front triangle of the frame is 15CDV6 steel. This is a very strong steel used in racing car chassis. It has nearly double the yield point (point at which the material bends to a point which it cannot bend back elastically) of standard steel and about 40% higher than 4130 chromoly. Luis Arraiz and his team design and make the frame in Oxford, England which is located in the heart of the motorsports country. The linkages are one piece 7075 aluminum and the rear triangle is made out of 5083 heat treated aluminum. Luis felt that the materials he opted to use on his bike fits the application and he had some good rationale behind it.

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impressive welds down the seatstays and chainstays (click to enlarge)

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one piece links make the frame stiffer (click to enlarge)

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The frame is very adjustable. It offers 3 chainstay lengths, 5 headtube angles, and 3 levels of pedal feedback. When you buy a bike from Luis he tries to tailor the bike to your style, terrain, and everything in between. The use of the dog tags that come with the frame help Luis keep everything logged.

, 2010 Interbike: K9 Industries DH001-S

chainstay length adjustment (click to enlarge)

The DH001-S comes with Cane Creek AngleSet, custom MRP chain guide, and choice of shock (Cane Creek DoubleBarrel, BOS Stoy, or Rock Shox Vivid). Each frame is custom tuned for each rider based on what they choose for their rear shock and front fork. K9 gives each customer a base shock and fork setup as well as recommendations for different tracks and conditions. Each frame comes with a set of dog tags that are personalized with each customer’s ID so in case they need to get back in touch with K9 for support or tuning information, their information is easy to look up. K9 has spent many hours dyno testing and using data acquisition to gather the data needed to tune the DH001 for the array of build options, rider styles, and terrain customer will encounter. Customers in England were also able to seek free racer support during the British Downhill Series where K9 offered discount data logging and setup sessions.

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the dog tags are etched with the customer ID (click to enlarge)

The DH001-S comes in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large.

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It is available in 4 colors: burnout black, smoke grey, ignition red, and N.O.S. blue (pictured)

If you’d like to read a review on the DH001-S check out Dirt’s article on it. Luis is a passionate guy when it comes to numbers and setup.  Even though he may not have the prettiest bike on the market, he certainly is of the mindset of function over fashion.


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