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Essential


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Short Travel, Full Attack. Essential - 120mm / 120–140mm

A bike that invites you for a dance on the trail, attacking or just having fun. The combination of short travel, big wheels and its playful geometry turns the trail into your playground. With XC weight and a Dual Slalom inspired geometry, this bike is at home on nearly any trail.

Wheel Size
29"
Rear Travel
120 mm
Front Travel
120 - 140 mm
Frame Weight
1900 g
Sizes
S / M / L / XL
Climbing
 
Rolling Trails
 
Technical Trails
 
Fast Downhills
 
Jumps
 
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Tech Specs:

Designed for Carbon

We do not design our frame, and then give it to a factory to make it happen in carbon. Our frames are designed with the manufacturing process in mind from the start. Only like that we can ensure a carbon structure that can be produced with consistent high quality. While the focus in the development of carbon frames very often just lies on stiffness and weight, we also put a lot of effort into minimizing the chance of manufacturing flaws like voids, wrinkles or low compaction areas. This is absolutely critical to make carbon products not only light and stiff, but also durable.

Geometry

Longer, slacker, lower, with short chainstays. We are not going to repeat how that concept works, because you probably already heard it a thousand times since we designed the first 29er using it before people even knew what a long travel 29er is (it earned the "best geometry in the business" comment from Dirt Magazine back then). Just let us tell you, it still works.
Something almost the entire industry gets wrong about seat angle is that the seat angle matters at the height of your saddle, not of your headset. Therefore, we measure our seat angle to an average seat height of 750 mm. you don't get that "theoretically ok, but in reality much too slack" seat angle that so many 29ers suffer from.

The geometry is designed so you can choose between using a 140 mm fork for total trail prowess, or 120 mm for more of an XC race feel.

Kinematics

We designed the kinematics to be quite linear, with the highest leverage ratio right at sag for best sensitivity, and moderately progressive towards the end to work well with today's linear shocks. Some good anti-squat without excessive pedal kickback makes for efficient pedaling.

BSA BB

Creak free, easy maintenance, not fit issues - all our frames come with threaded BBs.

Fully Guided Internal Cables

All cables are well protected inside the frame, guided by internal tubes for easy installation and no rattling.

Reversed Main Pivot

The swingarm goes into the seat tube rather than around it, creating a very stiff connection. We are using Enduro Max bearings, specifically designed for MTB full suspension frames.

Geometry

Size S M L XL
Rider Height <172 173-182 >182-190 >188
A Reach 415 445 475 500
B Stack 607 616 625 645
C TT 589 622 654 684
D ST 400 440 460 500
E SA 74 74 74 74
F HA 67 67 67 67
G HT 90 100 110 130
H Fork Offset 53 53 53 53
I Fork A-C 553 553 553 553
J CS 430 430 430 430
K Wheelbase 1142 1176 1210 1243
L BB Drop 35 35 35 35
M Standover 713 713 713 713

Frame Specification

Component Specification Comment
Headset IS42/28.6 | IS52/40
Seatpost ø30.9 150 mm Reverb can be fully inserted on every size
Seatpost Clamp ø34.9
Rear brake Postmount 160 mm
Rear Axle 148 x 12 mm Shimano E-Thru Standard
Max. Chainring Size 38 T with boost cranks
Shock Size 210 x 50, 20x8 mm Hardware Rock Shox: Use bushing, not bearing version.
Fork 140 mm travel max.
Tires 29 x 2.4 max On 30 mm inner width rim.
Drivetrain Electronic and mechanical groupsets. Integrated battery holder for Di2
BB BSA73 mm