MTB / Mountain Bikes
The fascination of mountain bikes
When the first mountain bikers pushed their heavy rocks up the mountain in Marin County in California, they couldn’t know what a revolution they would trigger. Today, mountain biking is a mass phenomenon, the fascination of stud tyres still carries on, millions of bikers who are addicted to dirt fall victim to it time and time again. There’s no other bike category that feels at home in so many different conditions, whether on the rocky Alps trail, the gravel path, on bumpy root-covered paths or even on the road – with a MTB you can do almost everything. In the great wide world of mountain bikes everyone finds their own level: Endurance athletes push the pedals of a Cross Country or Marathon, adventurers hop on an All Mountain bike and brave movement artists race downhill on a Freerider or Downhiller.
Whatever the field of use, the motivation to get on the bike is the same: It is the appeal of being outside with nature, absorbing the countryside and the trail off tarred roads, having the freedom to ride where your wheels get you. And anyone who has ever felt this feeling just can’t get enough of it.
27,5 inches - the best features of both worlds, the wheel size for our COUNT SOLO. Straightforward, superior handling in every situation and a powerful frame made of durable aluminium - what more could you want? The frame tips the scales at only 1,3 kilograms, a great weight for a 27,5-inch bike. With that it offers a huge potential for tuning measures and upgrades. The Crossone wheels of the top manufacturer Mavic are just right for it. Rims, hubs and spokes are perfectly matched to each other - for the feeling of a real system wheel set. They are reliable, high-quality and stiff - and with a weight of only 1885 grams per pair. This is how you get things rolling!
A light frame does not have to be made from carbon. MR. RIDE’s high-grade AL 6066 frame impressively proves this. It weighs a mere 1300 grams, which is a great value that allows realising very lightweight bikes. Due to the fact that particularly the wheels have a great influence on weight and riding characteristics, we have given our MR. RIDE 1 a pair of really high-grade shoes. The wheels are made by the renowned Mavic manufacturer and belong to the Crossone line. Spokes, hubs and rims are designed to work together perfectly, for maximum longevity at a good weight. A pair of these wheels only weighs 1885 grams. The package is rounded off by high-quality, fast Racing Ralph tyres by Schwalbe. Let the race begin!
When it goes up and down, when you follow your nose, go wherever the road leads you, the Granite Chief is in its element. A weight of 12,9 kilograms provides best touring and uphill qualities without forgetting the downhill fun. For this, you have the new excellent “Rock Shox Pike RC” suspension fork with a travel of 150 mm at the front. It is a perfect compromise between low weight and convincing performance and, thanks to 35 mm upper fork tubes, it also is extremely torsion-resistant. Two “Formula RX” brakes stop the Chief, at the front there’s the large 203 mm rotor, at the rear it’s a 180 mm one. The disc brake combines a radial main brake cylinder with a brake caliper made from one piece and thus provides brute force and good braking power modulation.
With the Granite Chief 1, the trail fun begins: 150 mm of travel can take a lot and the bike’s touring qualities are excellent. A well-developed frame concept meets great features: solid, robust and best functionality. The “Rock Shox Monarch RT3” rear shock has been especially tailored to our requirements and to the Chief. It stands out for its high versatility and its sensitive response. The wheels of the Swiss manufacturer DT Swiss should also be mentioned. The M 1900 Spline is a high-quality system wheelset par excellence: perfectly made, light and with aerodynamic spokes they upgrade the Granite Chief 1.
Oversized wheels and yet weighing only about ten kilograms: The COUNT SOLO 2 is a declaration of war. The high-quality frame made of AL 6066 makes this possible and the lightweight M1700 Spline wheels do their bit. The system wheels are of an extremely high quality, no wonder, after all they are made by DT Swiss! Hand-crafted Conti Race King tyres in the light sport edition top off the wheel set. The Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur ensures lightning-fast and precise shifting. Its Shadow profile is extremely narrow to significantly reduce the risk of damages through stones, roots or similar. Besides, the stiffness to weight ratio has been further improved due to the “X Shape” of the outer plate.
MR. BIG moves on big feet and with big wheels. The basis of this ambitious race hardtail is an extremely stiff and lightweight carbon frame. It has been equipped with high-grade, functional parts as those of the Race Face cult label. A Race Face Ride PF 30 crankset is mounted, which stands out with high stability at a low weight. Shifting is done with components of the American label SRAM. The high-grade parts are known for their crispy, fast shifting operation. Moreover, they convince with their noble finish and good ergonomics. Once you got used to this defined pressure point, you will no longer want to miss it!
Lively and agile the Jabba Wood races along the trail on its 26-inch wheels. Anodised parts offer a high-grade design, while carefully selected parts ensure high quality and riding pleasure. At the front, there is a top class Rock Shox Sektor with the name affix “Gold RL Solo Air”. 130 mm of travel and a 15 mm thru axle guarantee high stiffness and shock-absorption. It is filled with best technologies down to the last detail. A Motion Control damping provides smooth performance. Thanks to the “Dual Position Coil” system, the fork is lowerable which can be of help when riding uphill. The Jabba Wood 2 rolls on high-quality “Schwalbe Racing Ralph” tyres in the EVO design. Here, everything is geared to speed, the EVO casing provides more flexibility and best roll-over behaviour.
Raw, brute, self-confident — the Soul Fire 2 with Raw Finish is an eye catcher even while standing. Orange anodised parts set colourful accents, a wolf in wolf’s clothing. The “Rock Shox Reverb Stealth”-Vario seat post with an adjustment range of 150 mm perfectly fits into the concept of the touring suitable freerider. It can be comfortably controlled from the handlebar, the cables are routed inside the frame which looks good and offers protection from dirt. The rear is controlled by a voluminous “Rock Shox Vivid Air R2C” air shock that is significantly lighter than a steel spring shock but works just as smoothly and constantly. Thanks to numerous adjustment options, it can be perfectly adapted to the rider, a reference in downhill performance at a low weight!
Lively and agile the CRYSTAL STOKE races along the trail on its 26-inch wheels. Anodised parts offer a high-grade design, while carefully selected parts ensure high quality and riding pleasure. At the front, there is a top class Rock Shox Sektor Silver Solo Air. 130 mm of travel and a 15 mm thru axle guarantee high stiffness and shock-absorption. It is filled with best technologies down to the last detail. A Motion Control damping provides smooth performance, sovereign and with best taker qualities it impresses its rider. The CRYSTAL STOKE 2 rolls on high-quality Schwalbe Rapid Rob tyres with excellent grip, low rolling resistance and best roll-over behaviour.
The VERDITA GREEN takes you on the way into the adventure. A weight of 12,9 kilograms provides best touring characteristics and uphill qualities without forgetting the downhill fun. For this, there’s the new excellent Rock Shox Pike RC suspension fork with a travel of 150 mm. It is a perfect compromise between low weight and convincing performance and, thanks to 35 mm upper fork tubes, it’s also extremely torsion-resistant. Two “Formula RX” brakes stop the VERDITA GREEN, at the front and rear there are 180 mm brake discs. The disc brake combines a radial main brake cylinder with a brake calliper made from one piece and thus provides high stability and good braking power modulation.
Pro racer Simon Gegenheimer loves explosive sprints and the agile cornering ability of his PSYCHO PATH race hardtail. The good acceleration values of the PSYCHO PATH 2 are not only supported by the bike’s low weight of not even ten kilograms, but also by its excellent wheels. These are made by DT Swiss and belong to the Spline line. More exactly, they are called X1600 and combine in an excellent way a low weight with very good stiffness values. At the front, the bike comes with a Rock Shox Reba RLT Solo Air suspension fork, which is highly torsion-resistant. It has 100 mm travel, as well as the proven RLT technology with Motion Control setting options.
The PSYCHO PATH 3 is our lightest mountain bike. Weighing only slightly more than nine kilograms, it’s still a race-capable heavy weight. It’s especially suitable for tight and winding tracks, with lots of ups and downs. It also stands out with its superior sprint qualities. The top-of-the-line model brims over with top-notch components, for example the Formula R1 Racing disc brake, one of the lightest disc brakes that exist. The brake weighs only 267 grams and comes with 180/160 mm rotors that have a powerful grip. The wheels are made in Germany, in fact handmade by Continental in Korbach. The Race King Race Sport has a width of 2,2 inch and offers everything you need to be successful on technically challenging tracks.
Wandering is the miller’s joy, which is why the Root Miller 1 stands out for its best touring qualities and its versatility. On 29-inch wheels it conquers the world. At the rear, an efficient and proven Horst link four bar system makes a good job. It is controlled by a “Rock Shox Monarch” air shock, its setup has been especially tailored to the rear stay and developed by us. The Monarch is multi-adjustable and very sensitive. A fast bike must quickly come to a halt which is why we opted for the “Formula C1” disc brake. Large rotors (203 mm/180 mm), ergonomic levers and best durability characterise the Formula. Besides, it features a higher hydraulic power transmission to achieve a higher braking power and to reduce dragging of the brake.