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Scott’s new Prototype downhill rig (Scott Sports)

Details are sparse surrounding Scott’s new downhill rig,
which Brendan
Fairclough
and his Scott11 teammates will race at this weekend’s opening
round of the 2012 World Cup series in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

What we do have are detailed photos from Scott Sports of the
bike from the pits in Pietermaritzburg.

Travel has yet to be announced, but Scott say the hub,
bottom bracket, and head tube are all within the normal range of today’s downhill
machines, so: 150mmx12mm rear axle, 83mm bottom bracket shell and 1.5in
head tube.

We do know, prior to this weekend’s World Cup the team was
first seen testing the new rig in San Romolo, Italy, however, Scott reps told
us here at BikeRadar that the team only has about
2-weeks of time on the new bike.

The suspension design is intriguing; it appears to be a
single pivot with linkage-activated shock. The interesting aspect, however,
comes with Fox’s longest — 3.5in stroke shock. And the shock stroke, obviously,
has influence upon both the travel and ability to tune the bike’s suspension.

A better look at the massive main pivot

Stay tuned for more
World Cup tech from our technical editor, James Huang, who is currently on site
in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to cover the new gear at this weekend’s
races.

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