Once ZEB graduated from the Test Lab, pilot builds found their way onto the rough trails down the 7,960-foot singletrack descent in our backyard – Pikes Peak. The ultra-prominent 14,115-foot fourteener was most recently named after the American explorer, Zebulon Pike. Back in 1806, Pike set out to climb the great peak's razor-sharp shale walls, bone-crushing boulders, and extreme climate. Taking no shortage of inspiration from our backyard, ZEB came to life after many laps down the peak’s relentless rock gardens, raw corners, and steep chutes.
Once the fork has been pushed through its paces under the thumb of our own team, our athletes take testing to the next level. Based on rider feedback, we honed our focus on increasing torsional stiffness.
I think the increased torsional stiffness will be a real eye-opener for most people. It really allows the fork to charge through rough terrain without getting knocked off-line. Plus, the smoothness and suppleness for a big fork is really impressive.
–Jon Cancellier, Product Manager
Words by Sarah Rawley. Photos by Joey Schusler, Thomas Woodson, Boris Beyer, and Nic Genovese.