What a couple of weeks we’ve had — we’re still reeling from Eurobike, all while being in the throes of The Cycle Show, which takes place in Birmingham this weekend. Still not sure whether you want to go? Here are nine reasons you should get yourself there, plus a full schedule of talks on our sponsored advice stage. If you’re still hooked on Eurobike, then check out part one of our weird and wonderful Eurobike mega gallery. BikeRadar Awards launched ahead of 2019 Cycle Show In other news, Matthew Allen gave us the final instalment of his Trek Emonda ALR long-term review, proving that alloy bikes are still great. If you’re more of a ‘steel is real’ type, then don’t miss our PSA about the world’s lightest steel road bike. View this post on Instagram At 5.42kg, this @yasujiro.cc Svelte is the world's lightest steel road bike* and I am completely in love with it ???????????? . Hiding in the hallowed halls of @Eurobike_show was this skinny millennial-y salmon-y pink-ish beauty. The bike is constructed from #Tange Ultimate tubing, the walls of which measure just 0.34mm (!) at their skinniest ???????????? . The full build details are live now on @BikeRadar and the #BikeRadar YouTube channel. This is a must watch! ???????????? . *If a lighter steel road bike exists, I don't know about it, but I am happy to be corrected . #roadbikes #roadcycling #baaw #bikesofinstagram #superbike #hillclimbbike A post shared by Jack Luke (@jacquelucque) on Sep 9, 2019 at 9:34am PDT We also saw some pretty big launches yesterday, starting with our review of the new Nukeproof Reactor 275 RS, followed by the news of two new bikes from Trek: the Rail and the Powerfly. If that’s not enough to tickle your cycling content pickle, scroll on for more. Runwell Drip 15, Stex, Take 56 and Fixer Japanese manufacturer, Runwell, makes some of the most beautiful bicycle tools out there, including what we think is the world’s most delightful 15mm spanner. We received a host of new tools from the brand last week and the sticky hands of the BikeRadar team have been trying to nab a bit of “absolutely made in Japan” loveliness from Jack’s desk since. Drip 15 The Drip 15 is the miniaturised version of the Aqualia 15 that we featured last year. Jack Luke / Immediate Media In short, the Drip 15 is a miniaturised version of the Aqualia spanner that we featured last year. Measuring 125mm long and weighing 87g, the Drip 15 is a beautiful little thing to behold. It won’t have quite as much leverage as the longer spanner but is perfect for stashing in a tool roll or jersey pocket. We have the gold and silver version, but a lovely rose gold option is also available. £22, international pricing TBC Buy now from Tokyobike STEX The Stex is a small replaceable bit tool. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The STEX is a pocket-sized replaceable-bit wrench The lovely forged tapered bump in the centre of the wrench is reminiscent of an old school Campagnolo hub. The wrench measures 10cm long and weighs 49g. This could make it a viable alternative to a multitool. The stock bits on the STEX have 3, 4, 5 and 6mm hex heads. These are secured in place with a 2.5mm grub screw. View this post on Instagram Scraping off is not only a design, the dog says ???? . . http://runwell.jp . . #design #productdesign #designbook #scrapeoff #industrialdesign #notonly #dogsays #bicycletools #cycling #trackbike #keirin #競輪 #ケイリン #fixedgear #fixie #pistbike #lathe #madeinjapan #日本製 #tsubamesanjo #runwell_japan A post shared by runwell (@runwell_japan) on Aug 3, 2019 at 7:53pm PDT Runwell doesn’t offer replacement bits on its site, but we can’t imagine it would be an issue finding a replacement if they ever wore out. A stainless steel and titanium version of the STEX, the SUSX and TITANEX, are also available. Pricing and availability TBC Take 56 This could be the loveliest tool on your shadow board. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The Take 56 is a longer single-ended replaceable bit wrench designed for workshop use. It measures 17cm long and weighs 115g. As the name suggests, the stock bits have a 5 and 6mm hex head. A longer version, the Take 68, which has a 6 and 8mm head, is also available. The tool is designed for workshop use and, again, it is an absolutely delightful thing to use. Like the STEX, it has a lovely forged shape that is reminiscent of a stick of bamboo (take actually translates as bamboo from Japanese). A neat paracord loop is tied onto the end of the wrench for hanging it from your, no doubt, beautifully curated shadow board. £24, international pricing TBC Buy now from Tokyobike Fixer Niche? Yes. Lovely? Double yes. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The Runwell Fixer is a neat little chain tool produced in collaboration with chain manufacturer Izumi. The Fixer is designed to be used with traditional track chains, which are often joined using a small flat head screw and a square nut, rather than a quick link or split pin. The main body of the tool — which has a small magnet embedded into it — acts as a spanner of sorts and a small flat head screwdriver unthreads from the other end. The main body of the tool is used as a spanner. Jack Luke / Immediate Media This is an extraordinarily niche tool but, for the right person, it’ll be a genuinely useful addition to their life. Pricing and availability TBC Cosmo smart bike light The Cosmo smart rear light is very neatly executed. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The Cosmo smart rear bike-light features turn signals and a ‘brake’ light. Left and right turn signals are controlled via a small Bluetooth remote that attaches to your levers. The light also has a hazard function, allowing you to alert other road users when there’s an obstruction ahead. The bike also features a ‘brake’ light — this isn’t connected to your brakes and instead detects deceleration, increasing in brightness as you slow down. Giving it a shake in the hands to imitate slowing down, it does work as expected. The light has Bluetooth connectivity and, if connected to your phone via the dedicated Cosmo app, can use its inbuilt accelerometers to detect a fall or crash. The app can then inform chosen contacts that you’ve taken a tumble. The light can attach to either a helmet or seatpost. Cosmo sells three dedicated helmets, produced in conjunction with Kali, that are designed to allow the light to seamlessly mount. The USB-rechargeable 900MAh battery has a claimed runtime of up to 8 hours. Regardless of how you feel about the likes of smart locks and smart lights, there’s no denying this is one of the best executed smart light we’ve seen. £75.00 Buy now from Freewheel Pearl Izumi PRO Escape PI DRY bib shorts Pearl Izumi’s PI DRY-equipped shorts could be perfect for the moist months ahead. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Pearl Izumi’s lineup of water-resistant PI DRY-equipped cycling kit has grown massively since it was first introduced at Eurobike 2018 — from full-on bib tights to Gabba-like waterproof jerseys, there’s little that hasn’t been touched by the good hand of waterproofness. The PRO Escape thermal bib shorts are a cosy fleece-lined bib short that looks perfect for the — we’re sorry to say — chilly months ahead here in the northern hemisphere. The thin fleece is delightfully cosy. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The inside face of the shorts is lined with a thin brushed fleece. The straps and body panels are also fleece-lined, increasing the cosiness factor by some margin. Small reflective details across the shorts also make them ideal for the darker months. We’ve had good experiences with Pearl Izumi’s PI DRY kit in the past, and these shorts are no different — rain beads and rolls perfectly off the shorts and, even in heavy rain, our botts have remained dry when using these shorts. The cut on the shorts is ever so slightly short. Modern bib shorts have been getting longer for years and the 9.5-inch leg on these now feels positively old school. Either way, the cut shouldn’t pose an issue if you plan on matching these with knee- or leg-warmers. £149 / $175 Buy now from Cycle Store Zipp Service Course 70 XPLR SL alloy gravel handlebar Zipp goes full gravel with its new bars. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Zipp rounds out its alloy Service Course finishing lineup with this new gently flared gravel bar. On paper, the Service Course 70 XPLR strikes a nice compromise between a regular road bar and a more ‘traditional’ wildly flared gravel bar. The drop of the bars is a touch shallower than a regular handlebar, coming in at 115mm compared to the 128mm found on most of Zipp’s compact road offerings. The bars strike a nice balance between a traditional road bar and an all-out gravel cockpit. Jack Luke / Immediate Media There is also a generous ‘outsweep’ (11 degrees) on the bar. This is different from the flare of the bar — outsweep refers to how the bars move outward from below the hood clamp area. The flare comes in at 5 degrees, which keeps the levers close to vertical. This arrangement sounds, in theory, like a good compromise. The super-aggressive flare of some gravel bars can make shifting feel weird, but can improve control when in the drops. The regular flat tops mean that the bar is compatible with aero extensions and the bars are also Shimano Di2 junction box compatible. A regular and SL-level version of the bar is available. Our 44cm wide bar weighs 274g. Zipp Service Course 70 XPLR SL: $110 / €123 Zipp Service Course 70 XPLR: $55 / €61
Following the success of the carbon fiber RipMo, Ibis has just released the RipMo AF, which stands for Aluminum Frame. The new bike takes on the latest geometry trend in the industry with a longer reach, slacker head angle and short offset fork. Aimed at being a bit more of a thresh bike, Ibis’ first fully suspended Aluminum bike features a re-positioned upper shock mount for a much more progressive rate, which allows it to work with both coil and air sprung rear shocks. Check out Christian Rigal getting rad on the bike in the edit below, then have a look at the details and specs further down. FACTS • 29” Wheels • 160mm front travel • 147mm dw-link rear travel • 2.6” tire clearance • Aluminum front and rear triangle • Available in four sizes S-XL, fits riders between 5’ and 6’6 • Frame weight of 8.25lbs for a medium with a DVO topaz shock • Available with DVO JADE X coil shock DETAILS • Progressive suspension leverage ratio for compatibility with select coil shocks. • Slack 64.9 head angle • 44mm Fork Offset • Steep 76 degree seat tube angle • Threaded BB (73mm BSA) • ISCG 05 Compatible with removable adapter • Port style Internal cable routing • 22oz bottles fit inside front triangle • Size M-XL compatible with 170mm+ droppers, 125-150mm for smalls • Molded rubber swing arm protectors • IGUS bushings in lower link, bearings in upper link • Metric 210×55 shock • 203mm max rotor size • 1x specific design • Boost spacing • Tapered headtube and steerer: ZS44 upper, ZS56 lower GEOMETRY SPECS & PRICING • Complete builds start at $2,999 • Frame only w/ inline shock start at $1,799 with the Topaz, $1,899 with the JadeX upgrade WARRANTY • Seven year frame warranty • Lifetime replacement on bushings www.ibiscycles.com
AVENTON PACE 350 The Aventon brand started in 2013 as Justin Christopher’s vision to bring good, entry-level, fixed-gear bikes to the market. Since then, it has grown to 100 employees bent on making good bikes at affordable prices. Last year the company debuted a line of e-bikes, and their first model was the Pace 500, which featured a simple design and a 500-watt hub motor. Available in two frame styles and multiple sizes and colors, it is a pretty amazing bike for $1400. Now they are releasing their Pace 350, which uses the same Samsung battery, but with a smaller, lighter 350-watt rear hub motor for $999. THE BIKE The double-diamond aluminum frame has the battery semi-integrated (about half of the battery is inside the downtube). It features a tapered head tube to offer more options if a rider wanted to add a suspension fork. The fork has a fair amount of rake to make the handling more on the mellow side. The Shimano Altus 8-speed setup is budget-friendly but a solid performer. Cable mounting is mostly internal, giving the bike a clean, simple look. There are bosses on the frame and the fork to add fenders and/or a rack. Sizes are small (fits riders 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-7) and medium. THE PARTS The handlebars are designed for a comfortable riding position, with a 15-degree sweep back and ergonomic grips. The stem has adjustable height, and the controls are well-placed, with the 8-speed shifter on the right and throttle and motor control pad on the left. The indexed shifting can be done down three gears at a time, or up one, using the trigger shifter. The big battery is semi-recessed into the downtube, keeping it stable, and it doesn’t look as big as it actually is. Tektro mechanical disc brakes have cutoff switches, which are important to this bike because it only has a cadence sensor, not a torque sensor. Kenda Kwick Seven tires, 27.5×2.2 inches, offer high-enough volume to smooth the ride. The larger wheel/tire size also offers a better angle of attack over bumps. A caboose-wide Velo Comfort saddle with elastomer shock absorbers also work to provide a smoother ride. “Levels 1–2 provide reasonable power and assistance, level 5 is thrilling!” THE MOTOR The Pace 350 uses a 350-watt rear hub motor with a planetary gear set. It’s small enough that most people will miss it when looking at the bike, although the semi-integrated battery on the downtube is a dead giveaway. Removing the battery shaves 7 pounds off the weight of the bike to make it easier to lift up stairs or to place on a bike rack. It also makes it easy to take the battery inside for charging. The display is big but full of information, and easy to read any time of the day or night. This is a Class 2 bike, meaning it can use pedal assist to go up to 20 mph via pedaling or throttle. Because it’s a cadence sensor only, you can ghost pedal the bike to keep it going. Interestingly, they’ve set up the throttle to only engage after a full revolution of the cranks. This is a thoughtful safety feature, but it’s also something to think about if you need a throttle to help get off the line. The monochromatic LCD is permanently mounted atop the stem. It has some adjustability forward and backward for the best viewing angle. There’s a back-light feature that you can activate by pressing and holding the up button on the motor control keypad. Coincidentally, pushing and holding the down button will activate the walk-assist mode if you find yourself walking the bike up a hill. There are five power-assist levels, plus a zero mode to ride the bike without any assist. While levels 1–2 provide reasonable power and assistance, we can attest that level 5 is thrilling! Higher power-assist levels mean higher speeds and less range, something to keep in mind. A 350-watt motor offers plenty of power, even at its diminutive size. The controller has an IP56 water-resistance rating, so it’s not submergible, but splashing through a few puddles won’t faze it. We recommend checking out their website; it is a wealth of information and is beautifully designed. You can even see a 3D exploded view of their brushless motor in motion. WHO IT’S MADE FOR The Pace 350 is made for a rider on a budget who wants a simple, no-nonsense electric assist bike and has a commute that’s less than 10 miles each way. It’s also good for couples who like to ride together and don’t want to spend a fortune. THE RIDE The bike rides well with the motor turned off. This is always a good test. It’s smooth, and for an aluminum frame, the high-volume tires and large wheels help on bumpy roads. The tread is decent for even riding on light dirt. The 350-watt motor actually has plenty of power. We found ourselves mostly riding in level 1 or 2 because it provides a nice amount of assist without being too easy. It’s a cadence sensor only, so if the pedals move, the motor provides that amount of power. We generally prefer torque sensors, as they allow better battery life and more predictable acceleration, but they also cost more. We mentioned that it takes a full revolution of the pedals to engage the assist. When we went into level 4–5, the power delivery can be jarringly abrupt. On one ride, talking to friends, turned around and one hand off the bars, we almost lost the bike as it shot forward. It can definitely take some getting used to. We pushed the bike over 20 mph, and the drop-off of power is almost imperceptible. They’ve programmed this well, and on some bikes it feels like the power drops off a cliff. You only notice when you mash the pedals and try to speed up past 25, where you’re also fighting gearing that wasn’t optimized for this. This bike loves 13–18 mph, somewhat depending on power level chosen. Range is always dependent on factors, including rider weight, climbing, power level used, etc. We saw the power level, shown as 10 bars across the top of the display, drop the fastest when using the throttle all the time. With the nearly 600-Wh battery, however, and judicious use of the power (level 1–2) most of the time, we can see you’d actually get the claimed 50-mile range on this bike. The planetary-geared motor is small and really quiet. You’ll hear more of the wind in your ears than you will the motor itself. These motors tend to be reliable, and because it’s brushless, it’s another 5-percent more efficient, meaning more power and more range. Braking was perfect. Sometimes, mechanical disc brakes aren’t well-suited for controlling speed on a heavy and powered bike. The Tektro brakes passed our skid test; that is, we like to ride at speed and see if we can lock the back wheel while sitting on the saddle, just for a second. It passed that test easily and was great for every situation. The levers have cutoff switches, which proved handy when the motor took off in whiskey-throttle fashion on higher assist levels. Ergonomics of the bike are really good. The positioning is upright, the sweep of the bars and ergo grips are really comfortable, and because of the angle of the seat tube, the seat can be run tall enough to give full reach on pedals, but also allow the rider to reach the ground at stops. THE VERDICT This is a good bike for a budget-conscious commuter or someone who is looking for a bike that’s an entry-level e-bike. It’s well-made, has good ride quality, it’s comfortable and has decent range. With standard mounts for a rack, this could be a good errand-runner. AVENTON PACE 350 Price: $999 Motor: 350W brushless rear hub motor Battery: 48V 556.8Wh using Samsung 18650 cells Charge time: 5.5 hours Top speed: 20 mph (with assist) Range: 20-45 miles Drive: Shimano Altus 8-speed Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc brakes Controls: Aventon Fork: 6061 aluminum Frame: 6061 double-butted aluminum Tires: 27.5” x 2.2” Kenda Kwick Seven Sport, e-bike rated Weight: 49 lb. (medium) Color choice: Black Sizes: S, M, L www.aventon.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Bike Review: AVENTON PACE 350 appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
This Yasujiro Svelte weighs just 5.42kg, which we reckon makes it the lightest steel road bike in the world. Yasujiro is the in-house bike brand of tubing manufacturer Tange. This frame is constructed from the brand’s premium double-butted Ultimate tubing. The walls of this tubing are a mere 0.35mm thick (!) at their thinnest point. This ultralight tubing is at the heart of this remarkable bike and we are utterly in love with it. Eurobike 2019: latest news and highlights from the world’s biggest cycling show How Joe Norledge built his 5.1kg hill climb bike Yasujiro Svelte — world’s lightest steel road bike specs We’re in love with this pastel pink beauty. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Frameset: Yasujiro Svelte, Tange Ultimate tubing, Be King carbon fork Groupset: SRAM Red eTap with RED 22 crankset and Be King chainrings Brakes: Cane Creek EE brakes Finishing kit: Be King carbon Wheels: Be King tubular Unpainted, the 52cm frame weight just 1,240g. Yasujiro The Svelte frame is delightfully simple, with only a few small modifications made to the frame components to reduce weight, bringing this 52cm frame down to just 1,240g (unpainted weight). The build of the bike is (no surprise) fairly premium, but it doesn’t feature nearly as much crazy carbon exotica as you might imagine. The finishing kit has been painted to match the frame. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The shallow tubular wheels, seatpost, saddle, bars and stem all come from Be King, which appears to be an OEM frame and component supplier based close to Yasujiro. Details on the seatpost and handlebars have been painted to match the delightful salmon-y light-ish pink colour of the bike. Svelte by name and nature. Jack Luke / Immediate Media As the most millennial-y millennial on the BikeRadar team, it should come as no surprise that I immediately fell for this pastel hue when I first glanced at it from across the hallowed halls of Eurobike 2019. There are not enough bars wrapped with cotton tape. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The bars are wrapped in a lovely thin, black, cotton bar tape. Running no bar tape would, of course, be lighter, but I appreciate this nod towards practicality. The bike is built around a SRAM Red eTap groupset. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The bike is built around a previous generation SRAM eTap 11-speed groupset, though, curiously, Yasujiro has opted for an older RED 22-era crankset. These are finished with a set of lightweight chainrings, which also come from Be King. In a most welcome but rather rare move for a weight weenie bike, the bike features a threaded bottom bracket shell. Most press-fit bottom bracket systems are lighter than traditional threaded bottom brackets but, as we all know by now, these can be a nightmare to live with. The complete guide to bottom bracket standards The bike has small cutouts in the base of the bottom bracket to reduce weight. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Small windows have been cut out from the base of the bottom bracket shell to shave precious grams. Simple slimmed-down external stops for the rear brake cable are also used to shave weight over internal routing. The straight 1 1/8in steerer matches the tubing perfectly. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Yasujiro has opted for a traditional straight 1 ⅛in steerer with an external headset for the Svelte. I personally welcome this because it complements the skinny profile of the bike’s main tubes better than a modern chunky, tapered head tube. Cane Creek’s EE brakes offer super strong braking in a lightweight package. Jack Luke / Immediate Media No lightweight build is complete without a set of lightweight brakes and Yasujiro has opted for a set of Cane Cree EE brakes. We’re big fans of these feathery calipers here at BikeRadar because they offer remarkably strong braking in a ludicrously light package. The true weight weenie in me sees plenty of opportunities to trim weight from this build — a 1x drivetrain, a lighter crankset and removing the steerer bung are all obvious places to start. However, I appreciate the practicality of the bike as it currently stands. It was refreshing to find such a simple and beautiful frame at Eurobike. Jack Luke / Immediate Media It was also a breath of fresh air to see such a simple and handsome bike among a sea of ‘dropped seatstay this’ and ‘aero formed that’ at Eurobike. Tange Ultimate tubing is some pretty special stuff. Jack Luke / Immediate Media That it’s such a lovely looking thing while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with a steel frame is nothing short of remarkable. The Yasujiro Svelte frameset is available now and will cost approximately $1,600. International pricing and availability is not available but the bike will be available through the brand’s network of international distributors. Note: I have searched extensively to make sure this really is the lightest steel road bike. However, it is entirely possible that in some hidden corner of the internet, reports of something even lighter exist. Please let me know if you’re aware of something lighter in the comments!
We last reviewed the Siskiu D7 back in 2017 and found that despite the bike having a great overall feel, it did suffer from some slightly questionable forks that flexed at the first opportunity and tyres that struggled to grip when it got wet and sloppy. All of our coverage from Eurobike 2019: the world’s biggest cycling show Marin Rift Zone 1 review GT Sensor Alloy Sport review It looks like Polygon went back to the drawing board, building on their capable chassis with a host of new and better-performing parts. The new Siskiu D7 could be contending for your cash, riding hot on the heels of Marin’s highly-acclaimed Rift Zone 1. The bike’s cables are internally-routed. Alex Evans Polygon Siskiu D7 frame details With 120mm of travel, the Siskiu uses a four-bar style rear suspension system where the rear wheel is bolted to the chainstay rather than the seat stay. The bike has internally-routed cables and while it doesn’t feature a dropper post, it’s dropper-ready. There’s a rocker link that drives the shock. Alex Evans The bike uses size-specific wheels: the smaller 15.5” frame has 650b hoops while the 17in frame can be used with either 650b or 29in wheels. The larger bikes — 19in and 20.5in frames — get 29-inch wheels and all frame sizes have a tapered head tube. Polygon Siskiu D7 geometry The Siskiu has promising geometry for a budget 120mm travel trail bike. The 19in, 29er size large bike has a 76-degree effective seat tube angle, a 67.5-degree head angle, 465mm of reach and a 1189mm wheelbase with a 436mm chainstay length. The 650b bikes get 432mm chainstays, a 70-degree seat tube angle and a 67-degree head angle. Polygon Siskiu D7 spec Despite sponsoring plenty of top-level riders, Polygon’s name is still relatively unknown in the West. Alex Evans This is where the Siskiu D7 really shines and Polygon must’ve been listening to our every word when we reviewed the previous model. Now fitted with a RockShox Recon RL fork that has a 15×100mm axle and 120mm of travel (for both the 650b and 29er bikes), we’re optimistic that the front end won’t be nearly as flexy as on the old model. The RockShox Recon is a welcome addition and has performed well in previous tests. Alex Evans The forks are matched with an X-Fusion O2 Pro RL rear shock that has both externally adjustable rebound and a lockout function. You’re treated to an 11-speed Shimano XT mech, SLX shifter and a Sunrace 11-speed 11-46t cassette. You also get Shimano’s M201 disc brakes with a 180mm front rotor and 160mm rear. The Shimano 11-speed drivetrain is a great performing bit of kit usually specced on bikes more expensive than the D7. Alex Evans The bike’s finishing kit is taken care of by a host of Polygon in-house parts, branded as Entity. There’s a 780mm wide bar, a 45mm stem and XL2 wheelset. The wheels are wrapped in WTB Trail Boss tyres that, whether in 650b or 29in versions are 2.25in wide. Polygon Siskiu D7 pricing and availability The X-Fusion rear shock has external rebound adjustment and a lockout lever. Alex Evans The Siskiu D7 costs €1,299 but there’s an even lower-priced D5 that has a lower spec — a 9-speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain and Suntour fork and shock — that costs €899. The bikes are available to buy direct from Polygon’s website, now. Buy the Siskiu D7 for €1,299 direct from Polygon Buy the Siskiu D5 for €899 direct from Polygon
When Trek launched the new 2020 Top Fuel back in May, it certainly raised a few eyebrows – for multiple reasons. Having moved up to 115mm of rear travel, with a bigger 120mm fork and a slacker 67.5° head angle to boot, the latest Top Fuel has certainly notched up the capability stakes, but it’s also taken a dramatic U-Turn away from its previous World Cup XC racing intentions. And with the Top Fuel having morphed into more of a lightweight trail bike, that’s left a bit of a gap in Trek’s lineup for a thoroughbred, fully-suspended race machine. A gap that’s just been filled by this svelte number that has been four whole years in the making: the 2020 Trek Supercaliber. The new 2020 Trek Supercaliber is here to fill the spot as Trek’s superlight XC race bike. Supercaliber To The Rescue! Filling the void between Trek’s Procaliber hardtail and the latest Top Fuel, the Supercaliber is a brand new model for Trek. The name isn’t new though. It’s actually drawn from one of Gary Fisher’s earlier XC race bikes, of which there were both hardtail and full suspension variants. The thing is though; the 2020 Trek Supercaliber isn’t exactly either of those things. Using a sort of soft-tail design, the Supercaliber has just 60mm of rear-wheel travel that’s paired to a 100mm travel fork. Being a purpose-built World Cup XC race rig, it is only available in carbon fibre (specifically Trek’s OCLV Mountain blend), and it only comes with 29in wheels – all the way down to the Small size. The Supercaliber combines 29in wheels with aggressive geometry, a 100mm travel fork, and 60mm of rear travel via the unique IsoStrut suspension system. The IsoStrut design allows Trek to plonk two water bottles inside the mainframe – a big deal for long-distance marathon racers and XC riders. The frame features some familiar Trek technologies. There’s the Straight Shot downtube, which is there to increase stiffness and reduce weight by taking the shortest route from the plump tapered head tube to the 92mm wide bottom bracket shell. You’ll also find the Knock Block headset, and Control Freak internal cable management system. One unique feature of the Supercaliber though is its ability to fit two water bottles inside the mainframe – something that the Top Fuel has not been cable of. Running two water bottles is a big deal for XCO and marathon racers, and it’s a big reason why Trek have built the Supercaliber around an entirely new suspension system called IsoStrut. The Supercaliber frame is made exclusively from OCLV carbon fibre and features an enormous Straight Shot downtube, Control Freak internal cable management system, and the Knock Block headset. Let’s IsoStrut IsoStrut is the name for the sliding suspension strut that sits underneath and parallel with the top tube. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher at first, but it’s actually a relatively simple and space-efficient system. And it looks like nothing else on the market – something that’s a bloody mission to do these days. Bolted onto the frame is a round alloy rail – a bit like a fork stanchion. The carbon seatstays wrap around the seat tube and morph together into a carbon fibre carriage, which slides up and down this alloy stanchion. The carbon fibre carriage has two round bushings inside to keep it sliding smooth (again, just like a suspension fork), and there’s a wiper seal at each end to keep oil inside and crap outside (and again, just like a suspension fork). The carbon seatstays merge together into a one-piece carriage that slides up and down a single alloy stanchion. Sitting inside the top of the alloy stanchion is a concealed mini-shock. There’s adjustable air pressure, rebound damping, and a lockout too. Hidden inside the alloy stanchion is a mini rear shock. And driving the end of the rear eyelet of the rear shock is a pivot bolt that runs through the outer carriage. As the suspension compresses, the carriage moves forward to drive the end of the rear shock. Does It Twist? No. Or at least, Trek says it doesn’t because the stanchion is keyed – a bit like a dropper post. The pivot pin that joins the carbon carriage to the end of the shock has two big bushings on either side of it, and these bushings slide along bores that are machined lengthwise in the stanchion. This stops the carriage from rotating freely around the stanchion, and is what turns the IsoStrut system into a structural member of the frame. Here you can see the end of the rear shock inside the stanchion. The carbon carriage bolts to the end of the shock, while the machined bores on either side prevent the whole assembly from twisting. Moving further back on the frame, you’ll notice that unlike every other current Trek full suspension bike, the Supercaliber does not use an ABP pivot. Instead, Trek has employed very slender seatstays that are designed to flex throughout the rear travel. Those tubes are properly thin too, which means there’s likely a good bit of compliance beyond the bike’s mechanical travel, and also some vibration damping even when the shock is locked out. That black bolt on the underside of the carbon carriage is the lower shock bolt. Stupendously slim seatstays are designed to flex and add further compliance to the chassis. It also negates the need for an ABP pivot at the rear dropout. So the whole swingarm is a one-piece carbon fibre structure. Who Makes All This Wizardry? While the IsoStrut design is all Trek, the engineering know-how has been brought to the table by Fox Racing Shox, which manufactures both the alloy stanchion and the mini-shock inside. It’s loosely based on a Fox Float DPS shock, so you’ve got adjustable air pressure, rebound damping, and a lockout. There are even volume spacers for adjusting the progression of the spring curve. The whole thing can be unbolted from the frame for servicing, and Trek says that Fox distributors will handle both servicing and warranty support for all the moving suspension parts. The shock itself has just 32.5mm of travel, which, when translated through the linkage, creates 60mm of vertical travel at the rear wheel. Those doing the math will realise that this creates a very low 1.84:1 leverage ratio, which means operating pressures are likely to be quite low inside the air spring. Ooh, cutaway! Here you can see the mini shock that occupies the inside of the stanchion on the left. In the middle you’ll see two white bushings – these are what slide up and down the machined bores of the stanchion. 60mm Of Travel – Is That Enough? Good question. And we’re not sure, because we haven’t ridden it yet. 60mm of travel isn’t a whole lot – especially when most brands have settled on 100mm for their full suspension bikes. Then again, for elite World Cup athletes who regularly flit between racing their hardtail or full suspension race bike, a super-short travel bike like this might be the mid-way point that helps settle that decision. Jolanda Neff, Swiss mountain biking champion and Trek sponsored athlete, has been on the Supercaliber for most of the 2019 race season. “This has been that dream bike that I always wanted, but never existed until now,” said Neff. “I’ll be racing nothing else from now on.” Of course, she’s biased, but she seems to have gotten along with it pretty well, having earned a silver medal at the World Championships on the weekend. This photo shows how much the seatstays flex through to full compression with the shock bottomed out. So bendy! It Isn’t As Light As We Were Expecting Trek claims the Supercaliber frame weighs 1950g including the rear shock and hardware. Now that is light, but it isn’t the lightest full suspension frame on the market. That mantel still belongs to the Scott Spark RC, which has a claimed weight of 1779g. Very impressive given it was released over three years ago and has the full 100mm of travel. For reference, here’s a few of the other bikes playing in the same zone as the new Supercaliber; Scott Spark RC (1779g) Trek Supercaliber (1950g) Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 (1983g) Orbea Oiz (1992g) Specialized S-Works Epic (2000g) Canyon Lux CF SLX (2128g) But – and here’s the big but – not all of those frames will take two water bottles inside the mainframe, which is a big feature for the Supercaliber. So if we’re comparing on that level, it’s really only the Oiz, Epic and Lux that tick that box. Trek claims the Procaliber frame weighs 1950g including the rear shock and hardware. Steep & Sharp Geometry If you were expecting long, low and slack for a contemporary XC race bike from Trek, then you were wrong. Being a precision instrument for dissecting World Cup race courses, the Supercaliber is designed to be deadly sharp. As such, it gets a tight 69° head angle, a moderate 74° seat tube angle, and short 430mm chainstays. One thing that does stick out on the geometry table though is the fork offset, which is 42-46mm depending on the fork model. This is a turn-around for Trek from the previous 51mm G2 fork offset that it’s trumpeted for all the years that it (and Gary Fisher) have been making 29ers for. With most brands shifting back to a reduced-offset fork though, Trek has quietly followed suit with the new Top Fuel, Fuel EX, and now the Supercaliber too. On the note of the fork, Trek does point out that the Supercaliber will accommodate up to a 120mm travel fork. We’re not sure how it would handle with double the travel up front compared to the back end, but hey, the option is there. 2020 Trek Supercaliber geometry. What Bikes Is Trek Australia Bringing In? There will be four 2020 Trek Supercaliber models coming into Australia later this year, starting at $6,500 for the Supercaliber 9.7, and going all the way up to $13,750 for the Supercaliber 9.9 XX1 AXS. There is a standalone frameset too, but that won’t be coming to our shores. All of the Supercaliber models are running 100mm travel reduced-offset forks, wide-range 1x drivetrains, carbon wheels, and speedy 2.2in Bontrager tyres. One thing you won’t find on any of them though is a dropper post, which seems a bit of a shame given that more XC racers are choosing to run them. Dropper whinging aside, here’s a closer look at each of those bikes. The entry-level Supercalibre 9.7 uses the same OCLV carbon frame as the 9.9 model. It’s rolling on carbon Bontrager wheels, and you’re also getting SRAM NX Eagle shifting and a RockShox Reba fork for your hard earned cashola. 2020 Trek Supercaliber 9.7 Frame | OCLV Mountain Carbon Frame, IsoStrut Suspension Design, 60mm Travel Fork | RockShox Reba RL, Motion Control Damper, 42mm Offset, 100mm Travel Shock | Trek IsoStrut, Fox Performance DPS 2-Position Damper, 235×32.5mm Wheels | Bontrager Kovee Elite 23 Carbon, Tubeless Ready Tyres | Bontrager XR2 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, 120tpi, 29×2.20in Drivetrain | SRAM NX Eagle 1×12 w/NX Eagle 32T Cranks Brakes | Shimano MT500 Seatpost | Bontrager Approved, Alloy, 31.6mm RRP | $6,500 How stealthy is this grey-on-black 9.8? Trek upgrades the Supercaliber 9.8 with carbon cranks, a Fox 32 Step-Cast fork and Deore XT disc brakes. 2020 Trek Supercaliber 9.8 GX Frame | OCLV Mountain Carbon Frame, IsoStrut Suspension Design, 60mm Travel Fork | Fox 32 Step-Cast, GRIP Damper, Performance Series, 44mm Offset, 100mm Travel Shock | Trek IsoStrut, Fox Performance DPS 2-Position Remote Damper, 235×32.5mm Wheels | Bontrager Kovee Elite 30 Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 54pt Rapid Drive Freehub Tyres | Bontrager XR2 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, 120tpi, 29×2.20in Drivetrain | SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 w/Stylo Carbon 32T Cranks Brakes | Shimano Deore XT M8100 Seatpost | Bontrager Pro, OCLV Carbon, 31.6mm RRP | $8,000 Stepping up the bling factor, the Supercaliber 9.9 matches the Factory-Series fork with a Kashima-coated IsoStrut stanchion and a gold XX1 cassette. Suave! 2020 Trek Supercaliber 9.9 XX1 Frame | OCLV Mountain Carbon Frame, IsoStrut Suspension Design, 60mm Travel Fork | Fox 32 Step-Cast, FIT4 Damper, Factory Series, 44mm Offset, 100mm Travel Shock | Trek IsoStrut, Fox Factory DPS 2-Position Damper, 235×32.5mm Wheels | Bontrager Kovee XXX 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 54pt Rapid Drive Freehub Tyres | Bontrager XR1 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, 120tpi, 29×2.20in Drivetrain | SRAM XX1 Eagle 1×12 w/XX1 Eagle Carbon 34t Cranks Brakes | SRAM Level Ultimate Seatpost | Bontrager XXX, OCLV Carbon, 31.6mm RRP | $12,000 If you must have the best, then Trek have this bike for you – the AXS-equipped Supercaliber 9.9, which features wireless shifting and superlight Bontrager XXX wheels. 2020 Trek Supercaliber 9.9 XX1 AXS Frame | OCLV Mountain Carbon Frame, IsoStrut Suspension Design, 60mm Travel Fork | RockShox SID Ultimate, Charger 2 RLC Damper, 46mm Offset, 100mm Travel Shock | Trek IsoStrut, Fox Factory DPS 2-Position Damper, 235×32.5mm Wheels | Bontrager Kovee XXX 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 54pt Rapid Drive Freehub Tyres | Bontrager XR1 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, 120tpi, 29×2.20in Drivetrain | SRAM XX1 Eagle 1×12 w/XX1 Eagle AXS Carbon 34t Cranks Brakes | SRAM Level Ultimate Seatpost | Bontrager XXX, OCLV Carbon, 31.6mm RRP | $13,750 So there’s our first look of this new high-performance XC race bike from Trek. At the very least, we have to applaud Trek for coming up with something that’s genuinely different. When a lot of full suspension bikes are merging towards just two or three general frame shapes and suspension designs, it’s impressive that Trek has been able to pull off something so radically different. Enough of what we think though – tell us your thoughts! We’d love to hear your opinion of the new Supercaliber, and if you’ve got any questions, drop those into the comments too. The post First Look | The 2020 Trek Supercaliber has a new suspension design unlike anything we’ve seen before appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
Trust first debuted its Message linkage fork nearly two years ago, and as soon as eyes were cast over its rather funky aesthetic, opinion was divided. The Message is a 130mm travel trail-focussed fork that, Trust claims, is best suited to light trail riding. We know people have been getting much rowdier on the Message than Trust hoped and being able to send it beyond what the fork was initially conceived to do is probably testament to how it performs. The rebound adjuster sits on the bottom of the right-hand leg. Alex Evans Suspension guru Dave Weagle, who’s also famed for Trek and Devinici’s Split Pivot system and the infamous DW-Link first seen on Iron Horse bikes, is behind the linkage fork company. Using his expertise, Trust has now developed a bigger 178mm brother to the Message, dubbed the Shout, hopefully taking off where the Message’s capabilities end. Trust Shout fork details and specifications The linkage system helps to maintain stability as the fork compresses. Alex Evans Using a trailing multi-link suspension platform, the Shout has a slightly redesigned system to accommodate more travel and increase the fork’s ability to withstand stresses generated by gnarly riding that’s normally associated with longer travel forks. This unique suspension design offers 178mm of travel that Trust has dubbed ‘contour travel’ because it has a dynamic wheel path. That means the front wheel moves upwards and rearwards at the same time as the suspension compressions, literally getting out of the way of the bumps you’re riding over. There’s an air spring on each fork leg. Alex Evans The fork’s axle path means that as it compresses through its travel it lessens the feel of head angle change as the mechanic trail number increases to offset the increasing head angle caused by a fork compressing (find out more about fork trail here). This, Trust claims, increases traction, control and stability allowing you to ride much faster and more easily. The fork is both 27.5in and 29in wheel compatible with a 15 x 110mm Boost axle and can take up to a 203mm brake rotor with a +20 adaptor. The tree position compression adjuster sits on the top of the right-hand fork leg. Alex Evans The fork is made entirely from carbon fibre and because the whole chassis is one single piece Trust claims it does a great job of reducing fore and aft flex. The lack of flex and because the fork’s chassis and suspension movement aren’t inter-connected (unlike a telescoping fork with stanchions and lowers that to do both) means that there’s very little stiction, making for an incredibly active feeling fork. Or so it’s claimed. There’s s sag marker on the side of one of the fork’s pivots to help with set up. Alex Evans The pivots, damper, air spring and internals are all made from aluminium, however. The fork uses a twin-tube thru-shaft damper to control both compression and rebound characteristics with adjustment through a small port on the side, but it also has a three-position compression adjuster that’s located on the top of the fork with firm, medium and open modes. You can see the damper’s shafts poking out the bottom of the fork. Alex Evans In firm mode, there’s a high-speed compression blow-off valve that lets the fork absorb big hits. Also in the firm setting, the first 20 per cent of the fork’s travel is free to move and then it locks up and provides a firm pedalling platform. The firm mode is for climbing, the medium for flow and jump trails, and the open mode is for the gnarliest terrain you can find. The small window lets you adjust low- and high-speed compression with an Allen key. Alex Evans The air spring’s volume can be adjusted with Huck Pucks. Up to five spacers can be installed in each air spring and installation only requires two Allen keys. Travel: 178mm Wheel size: 27.5in, 27.5+in, 29in Tyre clearance: Up to 2.6in for 29in wheels and up to 2.8in for 27.5in wheels Rotor size: Up to 203mm Claimed weight: 2,170g Adjustments: External rebound, adjustable low-speed compression in mid and open modes Axle: 15 x 110mm Boost Steerer tube: Tapered The fork looks… bonkers! Alex Evans Trust Shout fork pricing and availability The Trust fork will retail for $1975 and should be available from 16 September 2019. Launch Gallery Trust had a removed twin-tube damper for us to look at. Alex Evans This sits inside the fork’s right-hand leg. Alex Evans The damper is mounted to the chassis with a bearing at one end. Alex Evans
Following the launch of their first groundbreaking and rather controversial 130mm travel trailing link fork dubbed “The Message”, today Trust Performance unveils “The Shout”. Aimed at longer travel applications, it features 178mm of contour (read: not purely vertical) travel with an axle-to-crown height of 580mm. It will work with 27.5″ and 29″ and can replace forks in the 160-180mm travel range, depending on wheel size. One interesting brilliant feature is its sag point firm mode, which keeps the first 20% of travel open to assist with climbing. Read up on that and more details in the full presser below… [Press Release] – (Salt Lake City, UT — September 4, 2019) – Trust Performance, innovators in suspension technology, today announced the launch of Shout, a new trailing multi-link front suspension platform for 29” and 27.5” aggressive trail and enduro mountain bikes. Shout delivers 178mm of contour travel through a twin-tube thru-shaft damper and a trailing linkage assembly that allows the front wheel to move back and away from impacts simultaneously. With a structurally stiff carbon chassis and minimal stiction, Shout greatly improves front-end traction and preserves handling for a more stable, controlled ride. Trust Performance’s Shout is available starting September 16, 2019, from authorized retailers worldwide and also at www.trustperformance.com for $1975. “Shout is long-travel suspension, designed to match the performance capabilities of today’s long-travel enduro bikes,” remarked Trust Performance Founder and Technical Director, Dave Weagle. “For those of us who ride long-travel bikes aggressively, if there are two things we know we need more of, they’re traction and stability. Shout delivers on both.” The key performance characteristics in both Message and Shout stem from Trust’s trailing multi-link design. By employing a linkage system, Trust Performance suspension reap the benefits of a leverage ratio—something typically only found in rear suspension bikes. A leverage ratio allows Trust Performance engineers to make incremental adjustments to leverage rates and fine-tune the suspension through its total range of travel. The linkage platform also separates the function of the chassis and damper, meaning the steerer-tube, crown, and chassis are purpose-built for strength and stiffness, while the suspension can move freely, with minimal stiction. Shout is the second multi-link design from Trust Performance. In 2018, Trust Performance launched Message, its debut 130mm contour travel suspension platform for aggressive trail riding. With an axle-to-crown measurement of 580mm, Shout is designed for aggressive trail and enduro riding. But because Shout has a dynamic wheel path, mechanical trail increases along with front-end stability as the suspension moves through its range of travel, making Shout capable of replacing a variety of 160-180mm telescopic forks on 29” mountain bikes and 160-170mm telescopic forks on 27.5” mountain bikes. Shout’s 3-way mode adjust provides on-the-fly adjustments controlling compression performance across three positions: open, medium and firm. Coupled with a high-speed blow-off characteristic, the firm setting provides a firm pedal platform with an industry-first sag point firm mode. This increases traction on climbs by utilizing 20% sag before the lockout mechanism engages. The medium mode is designed for flow and jump trails while the open mode is used for rowdy, rough terrain. Riders can also further adjust open and medium compression settings to fine-tune the suspension’s reaction to small bumps, G-outs, weight shifts, and slow compressions. Suspension set up is also easy, with riders using bodyweight to set air pressure, compression, and rebound. Bottom out resistance is also designed to be simple for riders to modify; up to five Huck PucksTM can be added or subtracted in each air spring without any special tools. Shout includes a lifetime bearing warranty and has a 250-hour service interval. Side-by-side comparison with Trust’s first fork – The Message. “We’ve been working on Shout for nearly four years, refining every aspect to ensure it matches its application,” said Trust Performance Co-Founder and CEO Hap Seliga. “To expand our range of Trust Performance suspension is a big deal for us and a boon to all the riders who’ve been eager to bring confidence-inspiring Trust suspension to their longer-travel bikes. We’re beyond stoked for riders to experience Shout and encourage people to get in touch with us or their favorite retailer to be one of the first to ride it.” PRODUCT OVERVIEW Shout is a long-travel trailing multi-link front suspension platform by Trust Performance. With 178mm of contour travel, Shout is designed for aggressive trail and enduro riders looking for unparalleled traction, stability, and control. It is designed to fit on 29” and 27.5” mountain bikes with a traditional tapered head tube running a 15x110mm BOOST front axle and a standard 180mm post-style brake mount (max 203mm). Shout’s axle-to-crown measurement is 580mm. The contour wheel path, however, lessens the feel of head angle change, axle-to-crown height, and fixed offset, making it capable of replacing a wide range of telescopic axle-to-crown heights. On 29” and 27.5+ bikes, Shout replaces 160-180mm telescopic forks; on 27.5” bikes Shout replaces 160-170mm telescopic forks. Shout’s structurally stiff, single-piece carbon chassis and steerer-tube house a Trust designed twin-tube thru-shaft damper and two air springs. The linkage arms are also carbon, while pivots, damper, and air spring internals are made from lightweight aluminum. All Trust Performance suspension is manufactured in Trust’s own Taichung, Taiwan factory. While Shout is designed to rip on the descent, it is also meant to pedal and provide superior traction on the climb. A 3-way mode adjust provides on-the-fly adjustments to control compression performance across three positions: firm, medium and open. The firm setting integrates a high-speed blowoff characteristic, provides a firm low-speed feel and features an industry-first sag point firm mode, which enables the suspension to utilize 20% sag before the lockout mechanism engages. The medium mode is designed for flow and jump trails while the open mode is best used in rowdy, rough terrain. Shout’s open and medium compression settings can also be further adjusted to fine-tune the suspension’s reaction to small bumps, G-outs, weight shifts, and slow compressions. Shout includes a lifetime bearing warranty, crash replacement guarantee, weighs in at 2170g (axle in), and boasts a 250-hour service interval. Retail price: USD $1975. KEY PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS Shout’s trailing multi-link design provides riders with three main performance advantages: increased traction, improved stability, and a greater sense of control. Traction When encountering an obstacle, Trust’s trailing, multi-link suspension allows your front wheel to move back and up—not just in-line with the steering axis, as it does on telescoping forks. This ability to move in two directions at once means Trust suspension is better able to react to directional impact forces and follow the contours of the trail. By tracing bumps, Shout maintains contact longer, providing noticeably improved traction and small bump compliance. Trust’s linkage design also isolates impacts between the wheel and the ground allowing the bike to track forward with minimal changes to the head angle and a corresponding adjustment in offset. Stability There is a simple understanding in mountain bike design. More “trail measurement” equals more stability. To increase trail, most modern mountain bikes with telescopic front suspension use slack head angles, larger wheels, and shorter fork offsets to achieve increased trail. The inherent issue with this design, however, is that as one’s suspension compresses, the bike’s head angle steepens – actually decreasing trail. As the rider encounters impacts, handling becomes less predictable and the wheel tends to deviate from a chosen line. Worst of all, the rider tends to reduce speed to maintain confidence through rough and technical sections. Trust’s trailing, multi-link front suspension design counteracts these steering angle changes, creating an entirely new axle path that generates a dynamic offset. This means that as Trust’s suspension cycles through its travel, trail actually increases, providing increased stability and control when you need it most. Control Trust Performance’s trailing, multi-link suspension allows the front of the bike to reap the benefits that the rear has enjoyed for years. The addition of linkage to the front of the bike provides the rider with a ride experience where the bike is better able to better follow the contours of the trail and maintain contact with the ground. Furthermore, Trust suspension maintains the bike’s geometry by creating a dynamic offset that normalizes trail measurement throughout travel. By isolating rider inputs at the handlebar, the rider receives predictable high-speed handling and increased control no matter how deep they are in the travel. www.trustperformance.com
Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. Defending World Champions, Kate Courtney and Nino Schurter, as well as Lars Forster and Andri Frischknecht of SCOTT-SRAM-MTB Racing, are riding custom SCOTT Spark RCs at the 2019 World Championships in Canada. This Spark RC 900 WC N1NO LTD frame kit is featured in SCOTT’s 2020 collection and will be available as a limited edition for end consumers. The Spark RC 900 WC N1NO LTD comes with various special details. The red and white paint scheme and the maple leaf decals are a tribute to the host of this year’s World Championships, Canada. Alongside the red frame, a lot of parts feature the same color way. One of the eye-catchers of the frame kit is the complementary Syncros Fraser iC SL handle bar combo which weighs in at only 220g. Keeping the ride smooth, a RockShox SID Ultimate fork is paired with a custom RockShox NUDE 3-mode rear shock controlled via our TwinLoc Suspension System. Specs of the inline Spark RC 900 WC N1NO LTD frame kit: FRAME: HMX Carbon Frame, 1 by only FORK: RockShox SID Ultimate RLC3 Air – Custom Charger 3-Modes Damper with low Speed Adj. – 15x110mm Maxle Stealth / Tapered steerer / Lockout / Reb. Adj. TRAVEL: Lockout – 70 – 100mm REAR SHOCK: RockShox NUDE RLC3 Trunnion – SCOTT custom w. travel / geo adj. – 3 MODES: Lockout-Traction Control-Descend – low Speed Ad.j / Reb. Adj. ACCESSORIES: SRAM XX1 Custom Crankset SRAM Level Ultimate Custom Brakes TwinLoc Remote Control Shifter Kit, Syncros Pro Drop in Headset Syncros Fraser iC Handlebar Syncros rear axle Sizes: S, M, L, XL. Learn more about the 2020 Spark RC 900 WC N1NO LTD frame kit on scott-sports.com.