SOC12: Zerode G-1 DH Gearbox Frame
Many companies have attempted to bring the advantages of the gearbox into mainstream use, but Zerode has nearly perfected the design. The frames 9.5″ of travel utilizes a high single pivot to erase bumps and instantaneous shifting is provided via an 8 speed Afline rear hub.
Several slight modifications make the new 2012 model even more appealing, but timing issues prevented it from being displayed. Want the scoop anyways?
Frames are now shipping stock from the New Zealand company with a Cane Creek Double Barrel shock. Price remains steady at $3499. The company will receive a Di2 Alfine hub next September and begin testing right away.
The new 2012 frame will shed 1.5 lbs over the current model by switching over from a powder coat to an anodized finish and varying the thickness of the aluminum tubing. The new frame colors will be black, silver, and blue. The lower shock protector (visible on the table in the first picture) will be made from polycarbonite rather than carbon. The new frames, with gearbox installed, will weight aprx 10.5 lbs. Down from the 12 of yester years frames.
Rumor has it a carbon trail bike with an 11 spd Alfine is currently in the development phases. If current trends are any indicator, we may see a carbon gearbox DH frame from Zerode sometime in the near future.