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Honda Motor Co. said Monday it will enter its newly developed downhill-racing mountain bike in competitions this year to build expertise and enhance the bike’s performance.

The RN01 features a specially reinforced frame and a suspension system made by Kayaba Industry Co., while the brakes, developed in partnership with Akebono Brake Industry Co., are lightweight and deliver superior braking and control, it said.

Downhill bicycle races typically take place on ski runs or other mountainous courses. Racers compete against the clock, reaching speeds of up to 80 kph.

Honda will enter all six races in this year’s Japan Series downhill competition and participate in World Cup races on a spot basis.

Honda said it is utilizing the technological expertise it has accumulated in motocross racing.

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