– Price: $429.99
Next up we have the Darko! This bike starts out with a frame that has a chromoly top and down tube with 1020 Hi-Ten steel for the rear triangle. The frame has a 75-degree head tube angle, 71-degree seat tube angle, 11.7″ bottom bracket height, 8.6″ (20.5″) or 8.9″ (21″) standover height and a 13.2″ chainstay length. Unlike the previous bikes we have looked at, this bike comes in two top tube sizes; 20.5″ for the smaller rider and 21″ for the taller rider. The Darko has an Integrated head tube, gussets on the top and down tubes, integrated seat post clamp and removable seat stay brake mounts. You can find the Radio AM 20 fork that has 1020 Hi-Ten steel legs and a chromoly 1-piece steerer tube and 1020 Hi-Ten steel bars with an 8.75″ rise, 29.5″ width, 11-degrees of backsweep and 2-degrees of upsweep. The rest of the bike is decked out in Radio Bikes, Salt and Salt Plus parts!
GRIPS: RADIO “Frequency” flangeless grips
STEM: SALT “PRO” top loading stem, 50mm reach
HEADSET: SALT “PRO” int. headset, sealed bearing
CRANKS: RADIO “AM” tubular 3pc crank crmo 170mm, 8 spline
BOTTOM BRACKET: Mid size, press fit, sealed bearing
PEDALS: SALTPLUS “Stealth” nylon/fibreglass pedals
CHAIN: SALT “AM” chain, 510h type
SPROCKET: RADIO “AM” steel 25t sprocket
SEAT: RADIO “Century” fat padded combo seat
SEAT CLAMP: Integrated seat clamp
DRIVER: 9-tooth cassette driver, loose ball
FRONT HUB: RADIO “AM” alloy hub, lb 3/8″s, 36h
REAR HUB: RADIO “AM” cassette hub, semi-sealed, 9t, 14mm, 36h
FRONT RIM: SALT “Valon” rim, straight single wall, 36h
REAR RIM: SALTPLUS “Summit” rim, straight double wall, 36h
TIRES: SALT “Tracer” tires, 2.35” front & rear
PEGS: RADIO “AM” 35mm x 89mm steel pegs (1 pair)
LEVER: SALT “MOTO” alloy brake lever
BRAKES: SALT “MOTO XL” alloy u-brake-rear
WEIGHT: 11.94kg (26.32bs) without pegs
The 2017 Darko is a mid range complete bike that is ideal for the intermediate rider with a price tag of $429.99. The bike is geared toward street riding, but can hold up to ramps and dirt just fine. This bike is more affordable due to features like the 1020 Hi-Ten Steel fork and bars, semi-sealed hubs. These features are still solid parts, just a step down from 4130 chromoly and sealed bearings that are a little more durable. Overall, a great bike for the rider beginning to building up their trick list. The Darko comes in two color options; matte black and neon green and two top tube sizes; 20.5″ and 21″ making for a bike that caters to smaller and taller riders.
Radio Bikes AM alloy front hub with a 3/8″ female axle.
You can find Radio Bikes Tracer tires in 2.35″ front and rear.
Radio Bikes AM Cassette hub with semi-sealed bearings, an unsealed 9-tooth driver and 14mm axle.
Radio Bikes Century fat combo seat and post.
Radio AM steel 25-tooth sprocket.
Salt Pro top load stem with a 50mm reach.
The Darko is also available in in neon green.
Learn more about the 2017 Darko and view more photos on the Radio Bikes Website
That wraps up the 2017 Darko! Up next, we have the Saiko 20″