All Druid frames are TIG welded by hand using carefully selected welding rods and using class 5 Argon gas and top level Kempi welding machines. We proudly show our welding lines which are laid by welders with decades of experience.
Each Druid front triangle and swingarm is heat treated to T6 temper in house. The 7020 alloy doesn’t require this process as after welding it has the ability to naturally harden. We use artificial aging as it guarantees that the welded construction is stress free and has a homogeneous structure contributing to higher strength and hardness compared to natural aging.
Airbrushing and powder coating
The Floating Pivot System was born in 2007. Pawel started working on a new downhill frame with a virtual pivot type linkage system. The result was the F44 frame which was famous for its super plush and active suspension system combined with good pedaling efficiency. The double linkage system gives the designer unlimited options for finding the desired parameters such as leverage ratio, axle path. The F44 suspension became well known in the mountain bike world and won numerous podium finishes in many national and international races including World Cups.
The Wizards suspension is an evolution of the original FPS system. Fully active, making it glued to the hardest trails . Optimal anti squat and anti rise parameters together with a linear rising progressive rate gives the rider a feeling like riding on a short travel downhill bike. Better uphill efficiency and progressiveness is achieved by using air shocks. Coil spring shocks makes the suspension feel more active, bottomless and plush on all types of hits and is suggested for more aggressive riders. The suspension has a rearward axle path in most of its range for sucking up square type bumps.
The FPS leverage ratio has a smooth “linear progressive” rate throughout the travel. The leverage ratio is designed to work well with air and coil shocks. It has a very sensitive rate around the SAG point and ramps up towards bottom out but in a smooth way giving the rider a bottomless suspension feeling.
The anti squat around the SAG point is simular using different sprocket combinations making sure the pedaling efficiency is at a proper rate. This parameter lowers rapidly but in a smooth way towards the end of the travel.
Anti rise is 95% at the SAG point and slightly lowers towards the end of the travel. This guarantees active suspension, even under hard braking in the hardest terrain without loosing traction.