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RAAW Yalla! DH Bike Adapts with Plethora Adjustable Parameters


RAAW has lastly launched its very first DH Bike for mass consumption; the RAAW Yalla!. Truly, i’m not utilizing an exclamation mark for impact; that’s the identify of the bike. This one has been no secret, having raced a complete season of World Cup DH within the succesful arms of Luke Williamson, Ryan Brannen, Douglas Goodwill and KJ Sharp. We bought have a look at KJ’s prototype at Fort William and had been impressed by the bike’s multitude of adjustable parameters.

Following that rigorous improvement course of, the RAAW Yalla! is now accessible to Joe Public, with body pricing beginning at €2,990 ($2,690 USD). Earlier than diving into the small print, one of many weirdest bike launch movies we’ve ever seen is on the market in your viewing pleasure beneath.

Characteristic picture by Ross Bell

RAAW Yalla! Downhill Mountain Bike

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The RAAW Yalla! was developed on the Champery World Cup DH Observe, however its multitude of changes is alleged to permit it to adapt to any venue. Credit score: Ross Bell

The Yalla! DH Bike has all of the hallmarks of a RAAW mountain bike; a Horst-Hyperlink suspension platform with a large fundamental pivot bearing, and a brutal aesthetic indicative of type, operate and sturdiness having been prioritized above all else. That stated, we predict it nonetheless appears unbelievable, identical to its shorter-travel siblings, the RAAW Madonna 2.2 and the RAAW Jib.

raaw yalla dh bike with fox dhx2 coil shock 198mm rear wheel travel 6061 aluminum frameset
The RAAW Yalla! is constructed from 6066 T6 Aluminum and is on the market in
Matt Black and Uncooked with a Matt Clear Coat (pictured)

Regardless of earlier trials with a mixed-wheel choice, all three body sizes (M-XL) of the manufacturing Yalla! run a 29″ wheelset, with the Horst-Hyperlink format delivering 198mm of rear wheel journey damped by the rider’s alternative of a 225mm x 75mm air or coil shock. In fact, the precise rear wheel journey can vary from 194mm to 203mm, depending on which one in all a doable 9 settings has been chosen.

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The RAAW Yalla! ships within the center setting delivering 25% total development

The Yalla! deliberately shares the identical attain figures of the Madonna 2.2; 455mm in medium, 480mm in Giant, and 505mm in XL; the vary covers rider heights of 167 cm to 199 cm. Additionally intentional is use of the identical machined {hardware} because the enduro bike (and the path bike), in a bid to make elements manufacture and sourcing a extra easy affair.

A serious spotlight of the Yalla! is its adjustability; chainstay size, BB peak, development, attain and head angle are all tweak-able to the rider’s choice, and may be made close to sufficient unbiased of each other. Due to a 56mm higher headtube dimension, head angle and attain may be altered independently; improve or lower attain by 5mm and/or steepen or slacken the pinnacle angle by 1°.

Per body measurement, there are three doable chainstay lengths every separated by 5mm. Within the Medium, doable lengths are 440mm, 445mm and 450mm. Within the Giant, doable lengths are 445mm, 450mm and 455mm. Within the XL, doable lengths are 450mm, 455mm and 460mm. According to these changes, there are additionally three separate brake mounts accessible to work with every setting.

raaw dh bike chainstay flip chip at dropouts rear center length adjust
Most rear rotor measurement is 223mm

Thus, that proportional method to chainstay size we see on RAAW’s different full suspension mountain bikes does carry over to the DH Bike, however inside that there’s a respectable quantity of adjustment accessible to swimsuit completely different using types, and the various calls for of various DH tracks.

raaw dh mtb prototype kj sharp's race rig fort william world cup non0-drive side main pivot bearing
At Fort William, KJ Sharp opted for the Center BB peak with a 25% total development

In its inventory (center) setting, the Yalla! sees a BB peak of 345mm. At this BB drop of 26.5mm, three completely different leverage curves can be found providing total development of 23%, 25% or 28%. Low and Excessive BB heights are additionally doable, every of which may additionally ship 23%, 25% or 28% total development. How? By choosing one in all a doable 9 decrease shock mounting tabs.

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The Yalla! is shipped within the Center setting – geometry numbers specified right here

As for the kinematic… properly, Ruben Torenbeek and Dan Roberts went by means of no fewer than eight completely different kinematics earlier than selecting the one which balanced the suspension, geometry, adjustability and packaging within the Yalla! For a deep dive, put the kettle on and hearken to Dan’s ideas on the bike beneath.

Yalla! Body Particulars

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Luke Williamson charging down Fort William’s pinball part to complete up twenty third in Elites – a profession finest for the RAAW 555 Gravity Race Group member. Credit score: Ross Bell.
  • Journey R/F: 198mm / 203mm
  • Advisable fork dimensions: ATC 601.9mm – Rake 52mm
  • Wheel measurement: 29″
  • Max tire width: 2.6″
  • Tire clearance: 84mm
  • Rear hub: 157mm x 12mm
  • Most Chainring Measurement: 36T
  • BB Specification: 83 mm BSA with ISCG05 tabs
  • Brake: 203mm Postmount
  • Seat tube diameter: 31.6mm
  • Headset: 56mm / 56mm
  • Cable routing: Exterior
  • Claimed Weight: 4.2 kg (incl. shock {hardware}, rear wheel axle and body safety, w/o shock, measurement M)
raaw yalla! dh bike xl frame without shock
The RAAW Yalla! in XL with out shock. Higher cable guides double up as fork bumpers. Bosses beneath the highest tube enable for a gear bag attachment, or extra possible some telemetry tools.

Pricing & Availability

The RAAW Yalla! is in inventory now, accessible to buy as a body package straight away. The body package with out shock, together with rear wheel axle, headset and all {hardware} is on the market for €2,990 within the EU and for $2,690 USD / $3,611 CAD / 2,495 CHF / £2,244 outdoors of the EU. Shock choices from Öhlins are in inventory and Fox choices will ship on the finish of March.

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And right here it’s in black…


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