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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Carbon frame and 27,5-inch wheels - the race full-susser THRILL HILL 2 has ambitious plans. It rolls on stable and yet lightweight M1700 Spline wheels by the Swiss exclusive brand DT Swiss. The system wheel set has a tubeless rim tape and a tubeless valve as a standard - tubeless is the dictate of the moment. Straight Pull spokes ensure a perfect ratio between a low weight and great stability, extremely light hubs as well as high-quality rims top off the package. At the front, a Fox Float 32 FIT CTD with 100 mm travel and fine Kashima coating provides suspension for the THRILL HILL, at the rear a Fox Float CTD Remote does its work, also with Kashima coating and handlebar remote control. Via a lever, you can perfectly control both suspension elements by means of CTD (Climb, Trail & Descend) and adjust them to the current terrain within seconds - what could be easier!
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.
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.
Enduro is on everyone’s lips. The little downhillers with uphill skills are fascinating more and more bikers. The Uncle Jimbo 1 takes you on your enduro trip. The bike impresses with its well-developed Horst link four bar system and its well thought-out features, such as the “Rock Shox Monarch RT3” rear shock. The shock’s setup has been specially developed for ROSE MTBs, it is multi-adjustable and, together with the rear stay, it provides an extremely sensitive response. At the front, an “X-Fusion Slant RL2” suspension fork offers an excellent compromise between low weight and stiffness. Apart from a lockout function, the RL2 suspension unit offers an adjustable rebound damping and can thus be perfectly adapted to the preferences of the biker.
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 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.
The Unchained 1 lets you enter the downhill world of ROSE. A robust and shock-absorbing frame concept meets high-quality components, such as the “Shimano Zee” rear derailleur. With its “Shadow plus” design, it effectively reduces chain bouncing and makes a jumping off of the chain almost impossible. The bike features a “Rock Shox Boxxer RC” suspension fork with a travel of 200 mm and a 20 mm thru axle. Motion Control IS offers a high-speed compression control through an Integrated SpeedStack specifically designed for smoothing out bumps seen by long travel forks. Moreover, it comes with an easy to reach low-speed compression knob to be able to perfectly adjust it to the rider’s needs.