The Spot Rocker SS 29 isn’t particularly new, but this admittedly gorgeous matte Estoril blue bike melds everything that’s pure about singlespeed 29ers with everything that’s exciting about modern mountain bike design. You get a Reynolds 853 steel frame with neat welds, but you also get a 67.7-degree head tube angle and componentry goodies like a Fox 34 Float Performance 100mm fork and a Fox Transfer dropper post. You also earn incredulous expressions from full suspension–bound mountain bikers at the trailhead, which just adds to the experience. Power transfer through the Gates belt drive is immediate; it’s easy to wheelie the bike if you’re not careful with the low-end torque from the (converted) 32-20 gear ratio. When you combine these traits with a dropper post, you get a bike that convinces you to do more than you’d otherwise try on a singlespeed. Ascending, you pick a line, stand on the pedals, and patiently roll over everything in your path. Descending, the bike gains speed fast and therefore demands fast decision-making of the rider: Pick the right line and make the jump to Hyperspace, or screw up and roll over the boulder, trusting your meat to the slack head angle and your ass-over-wheel riding position. Both ways amuse you, and that’s what the Spot Rocker SS 29 aims to do. Let’s Talk Belt Drives The Gates CenterTrack belt is bright red; it’s meant to draw your attention. “That’s really the soul of it,” says Spot Brand President Andrew Lumpkin, who says the Rocker SS 29 would be less direct, louder, and heavier with a chain drive. “The feel through the pedals isn’t like a belt,” he says. “That smooth, magic feeling.” The system rides as smooth as promised. The Rocker has been belt-driven for 9 years, and although Gates’s CenterTrack systems are gaining popularity in urban and fat bikes, the Rocker is still a rare mountain bike developed and refined around the belt. The 42-26t gearing (a 1.615 ratio) effectively converts to a 32/20 (1.600) gear ratio on a chain drive. It’s designed to be an entry point: You’ll quickly reach the top end on downhills, but there’s enough torque to make it a capable climber on all but the steepest and rockiest of ascents. If you’re worried about clipping the belt, mount a bash guard on the Rocker’s ICG tabs. Should you decide that you hate singlespeeding, ditch the belt and revert to gears. Spot’s Kobe 2 Slider Dropouts work with belts and geared (or singlespeed) chain drivetrains; just mount your preferred derailleur on a $25 hanger from Spot. In the belt-driven layout, you can buy longer Gates belts to lengthen the chainstay or accommodate a different ratio with Gates sprockets; both are also available from Spot. A Proficient Specification The belt may be the Rocker SS 29’s centerpiece, but Spot hasn’t skimped on componentry. There’s a Fox 34 120mm fork and a Fox Transfer dropper post, and a SRAM X5 crank and powerful SRAM Level TL hydraulic brakes with 180- and 160mm front and rear rotors, respectively. The Stan’s NoTubes Arch S1 wheelset weighs less than 2,000 grams and comes set up as tubeless with Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29x2.35mm tires. You can bump the tire width up to 2.8 with 27.5-inch wheels, Lumpkin says, with 6mm of clearance on either side. There’s a 760mm Race Face Aeffect handlebar—plenty for muscling the bike over low-speed barriers—and Vans Slip-On grips, which feel soft and grippy and look dirt-jumper cool. Modern Trail Geometry Compare the current Rocker SS 29 to its predecessors and you’ll see the longer, lower, slacker geometry mantra at work. The Rocker started life at a 71-degree head tube angle; now it’s at 67.7 degrees, with a 73.7-degree seat tube angle. The standover height has been lowered to 713mm (in the size large frame) and the reach is now 442mm. Those figures align it with hardtails like the Trek Stache 9.7 and the Specialized Fuse Comp Carbon 6Fattie/29, although the Rocker maintains a significantly lower standover height. “Enduro rowdiness” is one way Spot describes the Rocker SS 29 on its website, so I asked Lumpkin, the 41-year-old Coloradoan, exactly what that means for a singlespeed 29er. “We have all these rocks here, so my version of rowdy is dodging a lot of obstacles, because that’s how mountain biking used to be,” he says. The latest suspension technologies allow you to straight line everything; kids these days think that’s what rowdy is, Lumpkin says. “What we really mean is: fast.” And fast it is: On the downhill trails where we test enduro bikes, the Rocker SS 29 gained momentum rapidly over smooth sections and maintained speed through rock and boulder fields. With the seatpost dropped and the Fox 34 fork wide open, the Rocker tolerates straight-line descending shenanigans, although it feels best when you pick a smoother line. On the occasions when I rolled off a drop far too slowly, having impulsively grabbed the brakes on a technical descent, the slack head angle and plush fork kept me on the right s
Here’s proof you don’t need tons of suspension travel to tackle challenging trails. Equipped with an all-new, longer, lower, and rowdier chassis, we’ve added 27.5 x 2.8 wheels and tires to the Fuse 27.5 to create a bike that lets you hit rocks and roots at speed with absolute control. - 130-millimeters of suspension, courtesy of a RockShox Judy Silver TK fork. - Highlights include hydraulic disc brakes, a dropper post, and single-ring drivetrain. - Shimano single-ring drivetrain brings simple and reliable shifting to an affordable price point. - Plus-size tires provide insane traction and stability on the choppiest trails. - New Butcher GRID TRAIL offers improved cornering grip. - TranzX dropper post increases the Fuse's maneuverability on steep descents.
The Stumpjumper Pro is a top-tier, do-it-all, mind- terrain- and horizon-expansion tool. You get the same FACT 11m carbon frame as our S-Works Stumpjumper, with class-leading low weight and all-new suspension kinematics. You get a bike that devours quad-searing climbs with ease and absolutely scorches the descents. You get the picture: This thing rips. Top that off with SRAM's XO1 Eagle AXS 12-speed drivetrain and FOX Factory suspension and the "bang for the buck" factor is almost as rad as the bike itself. The Trail Benchmark When we set out to design the all-new Stumpjumper, we pursued some hefty goals. It had to excel on any kind of trail, for every style of rider. To achieve that, we went after serious weight reduction without sacrificing durability; a stiff, responsive chassis that still rides light and lively; geometry that improves everyone's riding; and the best suspension kinematics we know how to design. Turns out, you can have your cake and eat it too with the new Stumpjumper. The Sweetest 130mm of Travel You'll Ever Ride We massaged the kinematics of the Stumpjumper suspension to bring out the very best all-round performance possible in a 130mm package. Countless hours of suspension lab development and field testing created a refined mid-travel ripper that eats big terrain like a gravity-fed beast, handles like a dream everywhere, and climbs like it has a motor. Progressive Geometry The S-Sizing geometry of the new Stumpjumper hits the progressive sweet spot. It's long, low, and slack with a short offset fork and a steeper seat tube angle. These numbers combine to make your ride more stable, more carvealicious, more comfortable climbing, more better everywhere. With FlipChip adjustability you're able to further fine-tune your fit, ensuring that your new Stumpjumper performs flawlessly on whatever terrain you choose. Rider-First Engineered Rider-First Engineered frames use a size-specific approach to ride characteristics that ensure benchmark handling and flawless performance, regardless of frame or rider size. Whether you're a jump-happy grom riding an S1 or a DH-fiend giant in need of the lengthy S6, you'll experience the same ride traits—rail-sharp cornering and balanced front and rear stiffness—at the lightest-possible weight, And, by light, we mean real light: 2,250 grams (S-Works, S-3 size, with rear shock). SWAT We introduced the SWAT door on the Stumpjumper in 2016, adding room IN your frame for those "oh sh*t" necessities like pumps and spare tubes and immediately rendering jersey pockets redundant.
For those people who prefer a 27.5-wheeled bike, or for those who are a bit shorter in stature, the Process 134 DL 27.5 is like hitting the jackpot. A killer spec featuring a RockShox Pike Select RC Charger DebonAir fork, Deluxe Ultimate rear shock, a SRAM GX/NX drivetrain, and SRAM G2 RS brakes make this bike a premium trail slayer. Kona 6061 Aluminum Kona 7005 and 6061 Aluminum alloys are used extensively throughout our fleet of mountain and asphalt bicycles. A tough, durable, light alloy, both Kona 7005 and 6061 deliver fantastic, reliable performance that lasts for thousands of rides. Much of our 7005/6061 tubing is butted and/or formed, meaning the tubing’s wall thickness can be increased or decreased, as well as shaped, so we can fine-tune a particular frame’s strength and ride characteristics depending on its intended application. Internal Headset Bearing cups are actually pressed into the frame and are easily removable. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible. Tapered Head Tube More girth at the bottom of the head tube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself and eliminating brake shudder, while providing confident steering performance. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero-stack, tapered head tube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximizing bearing durability where it’s needed. Tubeless Compatible Rims Tubeless rims allow for tires with more puncture resistance, the ability to run lower tire pressure, which provides better tire grip on the trail; lower rolling resistance, and weight savings over traditional tube and tire systems. 12x148mm Axle 12x142mm, 12x148, and 12x157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142/148/157mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. Beamer Independent Suspension Built to be off-the-top progressive, Beamer Independent Suspension helps the bike to stay higher in the travel and recover from hits more quickly. The Operators are instilled with what our product managers like to call "pure shock movement," whereby the shock is protected from side load. Designed to be highly tuneable and extremely durable, the Beamer IS is our version of greased lightning. 27.5"+ Wheels The benefits of the 27.5-inch wheel are simple: they roll over obstacles and track better than 26-inch wheels, but are more maneuverable and nimble than 29-inch ones.
The Wozo takes fat bike stereotypes and tosses them out the window. Sure, it’s great to ride in typical fat bike conditions, but it also rips on singletrack, and with those big old Maxxis tires, traction is paramount and bumps dissolve with ease. We’ve moved the Wozo to 27.5-inch wheels and beefed up the travel from 100mm to 120mm with a Manitou Mastodon Comp fork. This gives you an even plusher feel when things start to get hectic, whether on trail or off.
Don't worry, we get it...your training buddies all think you're a bit "particular". You may or may not have stockpiled your favorite grips just in case they ever get replaced by a new model. Perhaps your trailside toolbox would make a quality control engineer blush. Whatever the case, you won't find any judgment here. Instead, the endlessly engineered S-Works Epic Frameset is here for you to let your discerning tastes run wild. We sweated every last detail when designing the S-Works frame, from an endlessly refined layup schedule that re-examined every last ply of FACT 12m carbon to optimize weight savings and ride dynamics, to the weight-shedding carbon shock link, all so that you focus on the rest, knowing that you're starting with the most capable canvas in the world. True to form, the latest Epic continues the tradition, taking advantage of the most efficient Brain suspension we've ever created to ensure it's always on a first-name-basis with fast. Re-engineered hand-in-hand with the new Epic, the latest BRAIN design resets the expectation for efficiency, employing a new race-tuned pedaling platform to ensure every watt possible is translated into forward motion, while handily soaking up momentum-killing chatter and big hits alike, all more smoothly than ever. Perfectly matched to the frame's BRAIN system, the S-Works Epic frameset's Position-Sensitive BRAIN fork benefits from RockShox's latest SID Ulitmate SL chassis for next-level steering stiffness that still manages to keep the gram count to a minimum. - If speed could talk, it'd introduce itself as the all-new S-Works Epic frame. Offering 100-millimeters of brilliantly efficient Brain-controlled travel, the S-Work Epic increases rear-triangle stiffness for peerless power transfer, while the use of FACT 12m carbon, a dedicated layup, and a full carbon shock link also make it the lightest full-suspension frame we've ever created, all while offering the most capable handling in an Epic yet. Nice to meet you, speed. - Pairing 100 millimeters of the most efficient travel on earth with RockShox's svelte-yet-stiff SID SL Ultimate chassis, the RockShox SID SL Ultimate BRAIN fork serves as the pinnacle of XC-race suspension perfection.
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