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The NS Bikes Soda Slope is a radical bike for big moves that takes over where dirt jumping hardtails are not enough. It's most important feature is that it enables true single speed setups with no chain tensioners or standard derailleur / single front ring setups.
The NS Soda Slope frame has undergone major revisions resulting in over 200g weight savings. It features a new AL6066 T6 downtube, smoother chain stays with tapers, a re-designed smooth looking CS yoke with improved tire clearance, new dropouts, removable cable guides on inner side of SS for more tyre clearance, a redesigned BB area that looks cleaner and allows easy bearing access. NS Bikes also uses new, stronger shock bolts.
The NS Slope is exceptionally nimble and manueuvrable with one of the shortest chain stays NS has ever seen on production full suspension bikes. It was designed to feel just like a Majesty dirt-jump frame but with a safety valve in the rear end for big hits and high speed runs. NS Bikes has also tested the Slope in a more traditional DH environment, and found that with a longer fork (around 160mm) it can actually ride downhill surprisingly well. Even though the travel is short, the quality of the ride is great. The frame is really very stiff torsionally - The NS crew has been throwing 180's and 360's for days on end and experienced absolutely no problems. The suspension won't hamper you- NS will bet you can pull off just about every street trick that you can do on your hardtail.
In the rear end you will find a 4-bar linkage that gives several advantages:- lateral stiffness of the rear end of the bike- minimised side loads on the shock, eliminating excessive shock wear and friction- an optimised shock rate curve.
NS has designed this frame to run with air shocks and very little or even no sag for street / dirt, or with standard sag settings (around 25-30%) for a more conventional feel.