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.
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!
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.