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.
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.
The bike of the World Cup winner and German champion Simon Gegenheimer: 26-inch wheels, a carbon frame, cleverly chosen components. Such as the Sram X7 rear derailleur at the PSYCHO PATH 1. The parts of the American cult label are known for their crispy, fast shifting operation. Moreover, they convince with their noble finish and good ergonomics. As for the suspension fork, a Rock Shox Recon Gold TK Solo Air with 100 mm travel has been mounted. The abbreviation TK hides a particularly clever technology: If you ride over an obstacle with locked fork, the patented blow-off design gets active and absorbs the shock – fully automatic. And indeed very clever!
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.
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.