Division MKII Included in Bike Radar’s Gear of the Week
Jon from Bike Radar has been testing out the Division MKII this Autumn, and here’s his initial impressions:
You’ve probably not heard of Zealous before, but this small British brand has been doing some interesting stuff with 29erwheels and hardtails, namely using a rather unique seat tube design to get the back end as short as possible for lively handling. Basically the seat tube isn’t really a tube, with a split section that allows a truly dinky 415mm chainstay yet still allows up to 29×2.5” tyres with huge mud clearance. Seeing it’s about to turn to the muddy season at BikeRadar Towers, that’s got to be a good thing. The bike also uses DMR’s Swopout Dropouts, which allow for a 135mm QR, 142x12mm thru-axle or a singlespeed set up should things get really grotty. We test rode the first iteration a while back, but now we’ve got our hands on the latest and greatest model, which incorporates Plus tyre compatibility with longer and slacker geometry, and the capability to run a longer travel 130mm fork. It now has a 67.6º head angle with that fork and a reach of 431mm in a size large, and as more cosmetic concerns go the new matte finish is said to be much more durable too. Time will tell..
You can read the whole review here: Bike Radar Division MKII First Look