When facing a rocky, loose Lakeland climb or a peak district boulder strewn descent then having a full suspension frame certainly helps. However we don’t want to overcomplicate our lives with a bike that has every new technology under the sun or the latest trendy suspension design, but what we do want is sorted geometry, good reliability, durability and suspension that works well and predictably in every situation.
After 2 years of playing with linkage designs and travel set ups we have settled on a 120mm link actuated single pivot with a low leverage ratio that is designed to run with a 140mm suspension fork. You can even use a longer stroked rear shock to increase the rear travel to 135mm without effecting the geometry, but we think the 120mm rear/140mm front works fantastically well. We’ve used as many round tubes as possible to give a lovely clean aesthetic and shouldn’t bikes look like bikes? We think so.
The Grapil 20 Bike is Anodized Black for extra durability and features a full 2013 SLX groupset, including hubs and brakes. Suspension is provided by Rockshox front and rear.
By far the most versatile of headtube standards available, the XX44 headtube ensures full compatibility with different fork steerer tube standards. It also provides a larger weld surface area at both the downtube and toptube junctions to allow for larger diameter tubing and a tube shaping, not to mention increasing front end stiffness, improving tracking and handling. It also allows us to spec a semi-integrated top headset cup - important on 29er's to help keep the front end as low as possible.
Super low maintenance PTFE coated self lubricating bushings throughout, apart from the large main pivot which runs on sealed bearings.
provides extra stiffness for the rear end and ensures perfect rear wheel alignment in the dropouts
ISCG05 mounts for fitting chain devices for 1x10 set up. Dropper post routing.
|1 - Seat Tube||410mm||455mm||505mm|
|2 - Effective top tube||580mm||600mm||620mm|
|3 - Head tube||115mm||120mm||135mm|
|4 - Head Angle||67.5°||67.5°||67.5°|
|5 - Seat Angle||73.5°||73.5°||73.5°|
|6 - Chain Stay||429||429°||429°|
|7 - Wheelbase||1122mm||1142mm||1164mm|
|8 - BB Height||335mm||335mm||335mm|
*Frame angles measured static, without rider sag.