The Original Zealous Division is a frame very dear to our hearts, and the foundation of what Zealous has been built on - but things change, things develop, things evolve....
There's been a wheel size revolution over the past number of years - riders have realised the potential that can be unleashed by choosing a wheel size that suits their riding style and terrain - to the extent that poor old 26" is all but dead and buried. With this realisation riders have started to develop, get faster, ride more challenging terrain - push the envelope of what is possible on a mountain bike.
With the Division MKII we have identified areas that, in terms of this type of bike, have seen the most change - i.e. the desire to run wider tyre & rim combos, along with the need for longer travel forks and corresponding geometry to cope with the increase in rider velocity. The Division MKII can not only now accept beefier wheels & tyres, but also has sufficient clearance to run a 650b+ wheel & tyre set up, having tested the frame with a WTB Scraper & Trailblazer combo. We also now recommend building up the MKII frame with a 130mm travel fork and have slackened out the head angle a touch to give more stability at speed and on steeper terrain.
But the original values we built the original Division around have not changed in the MKII - it still has the unique Eclipse seat tube which allows for the industry's shortest 29er chainstays, producing the trademark 'little wheel' agile handling, amazing rear wheel traction, stif BB shell and awesome power transfer. It still has the stretched top tube & short stem combination to give amazing high speed stability, yet with laser precise technical handling - it still has everything that made the original Division so good. But now, it's even better.
The Division MKII is the ultimate, do everything, trail hardtail.