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.
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.
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.
It is the all-round genius on the trail and always up for fun due to 120 mm travel at the front and 130 mm at the rear. It is a real eye-catcher at that, pimped with exclusive orange anodised parts of the Spank company. The Oozy wheelset sets not only coloured accents, but also new standards in terms of stiffness. The spokes are double butted to save weight and to ensure great stability. The other features are also convincing, such as the extremely reliable and easy to maintain “Rock Shox Reba RLT Solo Air” suspension fork. It has the chassis of the “Rock Shox SID” race fork which makes it 100 grams lighter. However, it is robust enough to even cope with rough track which is why it is at home in every terrain.
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.
If you love to shake off your friends, you will love MR. BIG. Light-footed, nimble, top-performing – thanks to a carbon frame and excellent parts. At the rear, you will find Shimano’s legendary XT rear derailleur, which still belongs to the best ones on the market. Its Shadow profile is extremely narrow, which significantly reduces the risk of damage caused by stones, roots or similar. Moreover, an “X-shape” of the outer plate further improves the stiffness-to-weight ratio. MR. BIG 2 rolls on lightweight shoes by DT Swiss, more exactly the X1600 Spline. These wheels offer an outstanding combination of low weight and stability and represent the perfect partner for training and competition.
No compromises - no ten kilograms. We’ve put everything good and expensive into the THRILL HILL 3. Starting with a 1900 grams light carbon frame, through to feathery Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels. Shifting is done with the crème de la crème of gearshift manufacturing, SRAM’s XX1 offers eleven ingenious gears and a minimum of weight. The unique drive philosophy is the measure of all things in racing at the moment. It is extremely durable, technically brilliant and an integral part of numerous winner bikes. At the front, a Rock Shox SID RLT Solo Air flattens everything that comes in its way. The SID is one of the lightest and best-performing suspension forks on the market: 100 mm travel with Motion Control setting options and lockout from the handlebar – podium, here I’m coming!
The Uncle Jimbo 2 is the classic enduro bike. 160 mm of travel at the front and 165 mm at the rear provide great riding pleasure, as well as the light frame weight of 2,9 kilograms and the drive-neutral rear stay do. The suspension fork used is a real legend, the newly developed Rock Shox Pike. A perfect fork for the trail: lightweight, very torsion-resistant and extremely powerful. For a better uphill performance, the fork features the Dual Position Air which makes it lowerable by 30 mm using a lever. The exclusive Spank Parts set colourful highlights. Handlebar, stem, link and saddle clamp are well-matched. They are accompanied by the “Spank Spike” wheelset which is weight-optimised and yet extremely robust thanks to double butted spokes.
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!
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!
MR. RIDE 2 is an all-round carefree bike for every occasion. Its high-grade and lightweight aluminium frame promises durability and outstanding riding performance. At the rear, Shimano’s legendary XT rear derailleur is mounted, which still belongs to the best on the market. Its Shadow profile is extremely narrow, which significantly reduces the risk of damage caused by stones, roots or similar. Moreover, an “X-shape” of the outer plate further improves the stiffness-to-weight ratio. MR. RIDE 2 rolls on big shoes by DT Swiss, more exactly the X1600 Spline. These wheels offer an outstanding combination of low weight and stability and represent the perfect partner for training and competition.
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 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.
The Granite Chief 3 is the chief on the trail, it’s a bike for big adventures. It features best components of the top league, is nippy and light for uphill rides and sovereign on downhill trails. The Kind Shox LEV Vario seat post provides riding dynamics and a high functionality. It can be remote controlled from the handlebar, one click and the post changes its height. The cable is routed inside the frame which facilitates cleaning and provides a clean look. The XM 1501 Spline One wheels by DT Swiss are also ideally suited to this bike category. Despite their low weight, they are extremely stable and especially designed for tougher all mountain uses. The 27,5-inch system wheels top off the excellent riding qualities of the Granite Chief and catapult it into a completely different league.
100 mm travel, 29-inch wheels – this doctor is an all-round genius, the general practitioner among the mountain bikes so to say. Its lightweight and stiff aluminium frame is garnished with fine components for an uncomplicated biker’s life. A Rock Shox Monarch RT3 shock at the rear, a Rock Shox Reba RLT Solo Air at the front – together they provide excellent suspension. Shifting is done with Shimano’s XT front and rear derailleur – this gearshift system is a long-standing legend and still state-of-the-art. Thanks to the Shadow technology, the rear derailleur does not protrude over the dropout and is thus better protected from damage in rough terrain. Function and design are also at the highest level. What’s more, finest Easton hardware is offered: handlebar, stem and seat post carry this brand name, made from proven Easton EA70 aluminium – for all situations on the trail.