DH races, being the mountain biking’s equivalent of Formula 1, always pose serious challenges both to the rider as well as the designer. Although it’s unclear whether course designs changed to accommodate 29”-wheeled bikes, or their relentlessly increasing difficulty naturally suits the larger wheels, one thing is for certain – the rider needs an entirely different steed to what was once enough.
The new Darkmatter is built for winning. It’s long and the centre of gravity is low, which assures stability at speed, without sacrificing the responsiveness in the corners. A fully reworked Noster Kinetics suspension platform ensures maximum suspension efficiency by employing all of the benefits of the high pivot layout. The bike performs at its best during acceleration as well as braking, and will glide through the largest obstacles with ease.
The challenges, however, don’t stop at the highest level of racing. Riding in the bike park will also allow you to explore the incredible capability of the new Darkmatter by opening up a whole new world of extreme lines you’d never think were possible.
We took apart the original 27.5” Darkmatter, kept what’s best and worked around it to make it even better, and now we’re proud to present the entirely new Darkmatter 29! Our new model is a work of the highest engineering craft, dressed up in unique design. Apart from the stunning looks, it has everything a racing platform of the future should have: high pivot suspension design with an idler pulley, super low centre of gravity, highest quality materials usually reserved for aerospace and motorsport applications, low weight and superb durability.
The new Darkmatter is aimed at the most demanding DH rider. Two included linkages allow the platform to be quickly transformed into mullet mode (accommodating a 27.5” rear wheel), which opens up an enormous number of possible setups, ensuring a perfect fit for every rider.
The 29” version features a classic balanced geometry, while the mullet has a shorter chainstay and of course a smaller rear wheel, which can be a big advantage on technical courses. Both of these configurations are based on Golden Ratio geometry, with a slightly shorter front center and longer rear end, which sets up the rider dead center between the wheels, working wonders for stability.
We started designing the new Darkmatter around the suspension platform and the geometry we wanted, to start with the best chassis possible. That’s the exact same way the most advanced race cars are designed. Thanks to our own-developed process of optimizing the suspension kinematics, we managed to end up with the exact specifications we set out to achieve, with no need for compromising. The new Darkmatter is highly responsive to pedalling, and with high anti-rise (100%) and low pedal kickback, the bike will always remain stable, regardless of terrain.
High Pivot uses the reverse path of the wheel, whichthanks to the trajectory in the direction of the acting force, reduces hitting an obstacle, thanks to which the bike rolls faster. Unlike traditional low pivot suspensions, the movement of the wheel is in the opposite direction to the obstacle. This requires a chain guide roller to prevent the chain from jerking. In addition, this roll allows you to control parameters such as anti-squat. The first high pivot bike among the Antidote designs was the Darkmatter 27.5. Its appearance took place long before the wave of popularity of high pivot suspensions and is evidence that the brand is ahead of global trends.
Antidote is offering their new Darkmatter 29″ in two full builds, which differ in their suspension package. They are both designed for riding at the highest level, ready to line up for a Downhill World Cup race straight out of the box. The same Carbon Fiber/Vectran frame is equipped with either the € 10,499 Ohlins Dh38/TTX 22 or €9,999 Fox 40 Factory/EXT Arma combinations to offer the highest perfomance and tuning potential. These are then completed with a SRAM XO1 drivetrain and CODE RSC brakes, Industry 9 Grade 300 wheelset, an in-house Carbon bar made in the same Polish factory as the frame, and high quality finishing components from various brands.
Alternatively, you can build you own dream build from the frame up, with a bare frame for €4,999, €5,899 with an EXT Arma V3, €5.999 with an Ohlins TTX22. Additionally a Fox 40/EXT Arma V3 package can be purchased for €6,999, or the Ohlins DH38/TTX22 combo for €7,299. €199 gets you the 27.5″ link to add some extra party to the rear wheel.
Head to the Antidote Bikes website to get your hands on one of these Polish speed machines for yourself.