Trevor Trinkino's GG/DH Review
Originally when I heard of the Guerrilla Gravity GG/DH bike, I didn’t think much of it. I figured it was just another person trying to build their own bike without the proper knowledge or equipment to do so. However, the more I saw the bike, the more I realized that it didn’t look like a bike built in a garage with an inexperienced welder. It was simple, clean, and it looked like whoever made it knew exactly what they were doing. I have never been a fan of complex designs—to me it seems like they just add unnecessary weight and maintenance. I want my suspension to work like a proper downhill bike, and I don’t want to have to tighten close to a hundred bolts on my bike every time I ride it.
After the GG/DH passed my visual inspection, I went onto RideGG.com to check out the numbers. I immediately noticed the 63.5 degree head angle, the 13.6 inch bottom bracket (in the low/slack setting), the adjustable chain stay length and the roomy cockpit. Then I tested the bike for a day and was immediately sold. The first thing I noticed was how comfortable I was on the bike. Whether it was skipping over braking bumps, leaning into ruts or eating up square edged hits, the GG/DH is flawless.
I’ve been on the GG/DH for the 2013 season so far, and now that I have everything set up to my preferences, the bike has really begun to shine. In my opinion, the geometry is the biggest reason why this bike is so incredible. There isn't a single angle or measurement that I would like to change about the geometry of the GG/DH. It is stable at high speed, it navigates tight steeps with ease and I would guarantee that it corners better than any other bike on the market. No matter how fast you approach a corner, this bike will hold its line comfortably and dramatically increase your confidence.
In addition to the GG/DH’s geometry, the suspension characteristics also set it apart. It’s a single pivot with a massive main pivot and a closed rear triangle, which makes the frame very stiff. Some people don’t believe that single pivot frames can function as well as more complex suspension designs with multiple pivots. However, the GG/DH’s progressive single pivot will make them rethink this assumption, especially when paired with the highly adjustable Cane Creek Double Barrel. When adjusted right, the rear suspension of this bike carries speed better than any other bike I’ve ever ridden. It skips across the top of roots and rocks with ease, while still feeling stable and in-control. The GG/DH isn’t much of a smash and plow bike. It is much better at floating over the top of the rocks or completely jumping rough sections, and any rock can become a perfect takeoff while riding it. The bike eats up the big hits happily as well, because of the smooth progressive leverage ratio. Even if you barely get your front tire over the landing of a double or you overshoot a drop to what feels like uphill, the GG/DH will save you every time. On top of all the great suspension qualities, the main pivot is located right above the bottom bracket. This minimizes the chain growth and pedal bob, making the GG/DH pedal like a trail bike.
This bike really does excel in all areas. The folks at Guerrilla Gravity have nailed it on their first production model. The GG/DH is a serious contender with the best bikes on the market right now, and I hope everyone gets a chance to demo one to see for themselves.
Editor's note about Trevor: Trevor has been racing downhill since age 11. He has been on the National team twice as a junior and has been racing Pro for two years--since he was old enough to do so. He likes goin' fast.
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