Da Bomb Tsar Bomba and New Thin Pedals - Eurobike 2011

Sep 11, 2011 at 20:00
Sep 11, 2011
by Mike Levy  
 
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We showed you the prototype version of the Tsar Bomba at last year's Eurobike show, but Da Bomb is now ready to go into production with their eye catching machine. The 9" travel Bomba uses a single pivot and linkage activated rear end which may look similar to other designs on the market, but the bike uses different pivot points that will result in a very different personality on the trail. The frame retails for $1899 EUR in the gold color shown, $1799 EUR for either blue or red, and ticks all of the boxes required of a proper downhill bike: ISCG-05 chain guide tabs, sealed bearing pivots all around, a tapered head tube and a 12 x 150mm aluminum rear axle as stock.

Tsar Bomba details:
• Intended use: downhill racing
• Rear wheel travel: 9"
• X-Fusion Vector RC rear shock
• Single pivot, linkage activated design
• Tapered head tube
• ISCG-05 chain guide tabs
• 64.5 DEGREE head angle
• Size: 16" only
• Available as a frame only
• Colors: metallic red, cobalt blue, gold
• MSRP: $1899 EUR (gold), $1799 EUR (red, blue)


The Tsar Bomba is built using extensively hydroformed tubes, including a top tube that slopes down drastically to improve stand over height. The frame weighs in at 11 lbs including the rear shock. That figure may be higher than some more expensive options, but the sturdy construction looks to be ready for any abuse that you can dish out.


Da Bomb has gone with a single pivot swingarm design combined with a linkage to modify the leverage rate in order to provide a supple early stroke and enough bottom out resistance to handle large hits.

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Is this burly enough for you? The bike's massive rear end should be stout enough for even the largest and most aggressive riders. There is no accommodation for smaller rotors on the rear of the Tsar Bomba, with the rear caliper bolting directly to the bike's 8" post mounts without requiring an adapter.


At just 11mm tall, the Bare Bones pedal is among the thinnest available. In order to measure up so thin Da Bomb as moved the outermost sealed bearing outside of the CNC'd pedal body, protecting it via a metal shroud. An external nut at the end of the axle allows you to adjust the pedal's free spin, less if you are dirt jumping or more if you have them on your all-mountain bike. Holding your feet in place are eight hex head pins per side that thread in from opposite pedal face. The pins themselves are of a standard size, meaning that you can easily find replacements, longer than stock if desired, at your local supply store. Platform size measures up at 105mm x 100mm, and they weigh a competitive 343 grams for the set. Color choices include chrome, anodized black, red and latte brown.


Are we ready for another standard? There are a few companies, including Da Bomb, that are close to releasing bar and stem combinations that use a massive 35mm diameter bar clamp size. The larger diameter - the current standard is 31.8mm - is said to go a long way towards raising bar and stem rigidity, although we have yet to put any time on the new size to verify that claim. The CNC'd MK20 direct mount stem shown above fits the BoXXer mounting pattern and is adjustable in length, from 45mm to 50mm, and can be had in black, sliver and gold color options.


Da Bomb enters the telescoping seat post game with their Cannon post, a 110mm dropper that can be activated with either a lever under the seat or a well thought out trigger remote next to your grip. The 534 gram Cannon uses an air spring to raise the saddle, along with hydraulic internals that allow it to have an infinite adjustment range. Total length is 330mm, and it can be had in 31.6mm and 30.9mm sizes.


Visit the Da Bomb website to see their entire lineup.
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109 Comments

  • + 52
 Gold frame is Da Bling
  • + 120
 Mr T - your bike is ready!
  • + 17
 Money value is falling, it's time to buy gold - en bikes .
  • + 18
 ^shut up crazy fool I ain't riddin no bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 yeah boii! this is the only bike that has the potential of stopping me buying a nicolai ion! i am seriously considering this frame now! the gold is just too pimp!
  • + 6
 isent Mr T scared of flying?
  • + 3
 Yeh, I just changed his fear to cycling though!!
  • + 3
 Is it just me or does the frame and suspension design look very similar to the Transition TR 250. The gold is pretty sick I have to admit.
  • + 5
 am i the only one that had the TR450 in mind when saw this?
  • + 3
 probably not
  • + 7
 Personally I had the new Da-bomb frame in my mind when I looked at it.
  • + 1
 it just looks awesoem the geo looks good to so on paper it seems a good purchase! i like the welds too they look fairly decent! and as for value for money these guys have done a great job getting this to market!
  • + 1
 "The 9" travel Bomba uses a single pivot and linkage activated rear end which may look similar to other designs on the market"

yeah, it looks identical to my TR450!
Just not as tidy Wink
  • + 2
 looks like a tr450 BUT will ride totally different due to completely different leverage ratio, just because one thing looks like another does not mean they are the same.
  • - 8
 ^^^ I pitty the fool who steels mah bike! lol

as for the bike, just another copy of commencial! Rolleyes
  • + 1
 I had the Jamis Dakar Bam in my mind... But anyways. This is one of the most beautiful bikes I've ever seen!
  • + 3
 banshee-ripper = *facepalm*
  • + 0
 We need this bike in the U.S.
  • + 2
 in soviet russia....
  • + 1
 we doin', big pimpin up in dh lines...
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  • + 15
 "I think I'll wear my smoke lenses today..."

I used to ride and use Da Bomb stuff. Decent stuff at a reasonable price.
  • + 1
 i still do and swear by it!
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  • + 6
 i rekon all the big bike names out there need to look at their steep prices and take a look here, the frame build looks as good as any of the top names at a damm site cheaper and the components dont look to shabby either..
  • + 0
 DaBomb has no where near the quality or R&D of the big bike names; which is reflected in the pricing, the weight, the catalog tubing/dropouts and that disgustingly tacky finish.

Good bang for your buck, but definitely not to be compared with leading companies.
  • + 1
 @bunkey i completely disagree i love my DaBomb frame and parts. i admit the frames are on the slightly heavy side but they do know what they are doing and this has made them bullet proof!
  • + 4
 I'm not saying their product is bad or they don't know what they're doing, I'm saying you cannot expect boutique companies to follow pricing guidelines set by DaBomb as their bikes don't cost nearly as much to develop, build, and they sure as shit don't have the racing pedigree of the expensive manufacturers.
  • + 1
 Bunkey:
Before you start ripping catalog tubing/drop-outs I suggest you have a look at the old IH Sunday: the dropout design was quite similar...
Your spot on about the racing pedigree though, it would be nice to know how much of the RRP of most 'big' brands go on marketing etc, how much does it cost for Trek to say "We solved that" for each session 9.9 sold?
  • + 2
 Here I'm not ripping on anything man, Just giving the reasons why the prices can't be compared. There's nothing wrong with catalog tubing, it just isn't as refined as a unique tubeset (in most cases) and therefore doesn't cost as much to manufacture.
  • + 1
 and even cheaper for them cause they make only one size Facepalm
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  • + 7
 Kind Shock called. they want their seatpost back
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  • + 3
 either someone said that it looks like tr450,santa cruz and nuke proof,all bike companies are just imitating the first company to release a new design...and that frame,it just cost 78,000 pesos here in our country,1800 US dollars,reasonable price!
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 I have owned several da bomb bikes and have the Bouncing Betty as a DH bike. The frames mentioned above such as the TR450 and Nuke Proof are all made in the same factory. Da Bomb is the house brand of the factory. You can pay for which ever name you like, but they quality of Da Bomb parts is exceptional. They were like Kona or Banshee a few years back with totally overbuilt designs, but they are slimming down like everyone else. I had a Da Pukka before getting my Ibis Mojo SL and the performance difference wasn't worth the multi thousand dollar difference in price. Don't get me wrong the Ibis is amazing, but the Da Pukka was sold to a friend who rides primarily lift assist parks and it rides great. After 3 years of serious use/abuse it is holding up perfectly fine.
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  • + 1
 Although the bike is very sick, the new "standard" theyre trying to push doesn't seem all that nice. I'm pretty much tired of "standards" that keep getting changed and I'm also not to keen on the tapered head tube. It's a pain paying for/finding tapered headsets.
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 The 35mm bars are unique among new standards in that they actually could matter. Unlike 15mm rear axles which save essentially no weight, overdrive headsets which are just in between 2 current standards, and 142mm rear hub widths which are only marginally lighter than 150mm, this could actually provide a significant performance increase.
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  • + 1
 I max out a 400mm post on my 6"x6" bike, and it is the largest frame the particular manufacturer makes in that model. Being smaller, the bike has excellent maneuverability and standover. Am I missing this new fad where people ride bikes larger bikes and have less standover?
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  • + 3
 I'm surprised they didn't want to better brace that linkage. That little link seems like it could see a lot of twisting. Rocky's bracing system looks better to me: wider!
  • + 4
 i agree, it couldnt have added more than a couple more grams to the bike. On the contrary, bike looks sick for a company that you don't hear much about. Frame shape reminds me of the nukeproof.
  • + 11
 *cough, cough* tr450...
  • + 4
 *grun *grunt ventana el cuevo...
  • + 1
 I pretty much like the Da Bomb and the new version truly looks like a Scalp + TR 450.
By the way...$1800 EUR? Shouldn't it be just 1800$ or 1800€? Wink
  • + 4
 santa cruz shape top tube, tr450 linkage, nuke proof frame shape
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 I know DaBomb has gotten kinda of a bad rap for being chincy and what not, but I gotta say, I really like the LOOKS of everything I'm seeing on their site as of like last year... I'd like to know if their stuff stands the test of time, but really, HOW many ways are there to make a stem, and seeing as nearly EVERYTHING for bikes are made in the same factory in Asia (to some extent - I realize there are exception, and it's just a generalization- and I'm not refering to "catalog" frames, even most "made in Canada, US or insert country here..." bikes are still assembled/made in Asia, afik, only Intense and a few others are ACTUALLY made in their ncountry of origin...) and just get different names put on them, I can't imagine it's THAT badly made eh...

SO: Anyone got any time on any of their newer offerings, Frames, Stems etc.Say the stuff they've had out for the last year or two??? Their prices are pretty dam good adn I really like the color offerings they have. I like stuff from Chromag and Straightline etc. but sometimes the price can just be a bit hard to swallow for general parts. Wheels are one thing, but I mean a stem that's 2x the average market price??? It's just a hunk of aluminum, it's not ever Ti... Or am I totaly wrong and is their stuff actually made in Canada or the US etc???
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 One question though: a Tsar Bomba has been available for purchase in Chainreactioncycles.com for some time now. And the pic is of the old design, the prototype design without the curvy top tube. If you purchase one, which one would you get delivered to you???
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  • + 0
 16" frame only like really slow down on trying to take over the market and 2600 with a x-fusion shock? I'm diggin the gold but not the price or a single pivot. There is alot better bike options out there for the money. The pedals on the other hand are pretty sick.
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  • + 1
 Man Da Bomb is so sick but they only make frames and their color choices are not that many, if they have lots of color choices man, they are probably be on most of the bike in the world!
  • + 25
 that last part literally made absolutely no sense...
  • + 19
 the whole statement was nonsense
  • + 10
 plus you all keep spelling colour wrong
  • + 1
 Okay guys, I'm sorry, in Canada we spell color that way... really sorry if I offended you all.
  • + 2
 Actually, in Canada it's spelled "colour".
  • + 2
 Arrhh whatever I just got lost...... Sorry!!!!
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  • + 3
 i never thought i would say this about da bomb but that is a nice bike !!!!!!
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  • + 4
 Dabomb stepping it up big time Big Grin
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  • + 3
 i'd love to see what that looks like on the mountain on a really sunny day...
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  • + 0
 da bomb has made the sweetest downhill rig ever!!! props for that. there peddles look thin, sleek and sturdy. props for that. all theyre stems are amazing, props for that. and the seatpost...props too rockshox for giving them the idea too make one with funkier colours!!! so ya...good on ya da bomb bikes!!
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  • + 1
 the title said new thin pedals so i looked for them on the first pic but couldn't see the so i was like damn those are so thin pedals
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  • + 1
 I'm not usually a fan of da bomb parts, they usually look too square and bulky for my taste, but those pedals look pretty damn sick.
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  • + 3
 Looks like a Transition TR450..
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  • + 2
 One size?? Seriously?...

$2600 seems abit steep when all your getting is a X-Fusion Vector rear shock.
  • + 1
 did you not look at the bike?
  • + 4
 Not to mention that the vector HLR is easily as good as an RC4...
  • + 1
 I looked very well at the bike. A TR450 is cheaper, adjustable and comes with a RC4. Nobble, this comes with a Vector RC as said in the description for the bike above.
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  • + 0
 BRULLLE!! haha "There is no accommodation for smaller rotors on the rear of the Tsar Bomba, with the rear caliper bolting directly to the bike's 8" post mounts with requiring an adapter. "[B/]
  • + 0
 " The frame retails for $1899 EUR in the gold color shown, $1799 EUR for either blue or red..." 1899/1799 euro's or dollars?!!
  • + 1
 That about the rotors and adapters is clearly a typo!
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 "Tsar Bomba is the nickname for the AN602 hydrogen bomb, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.” — en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Bomba
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  • + 1
 that top tube looks sexy. Not sure about the one size only, I'm 6'1 but hate the feeling of a small (short) bike, although it looks pretty lengthy
  • + 1
 You would have to check the specs, but the Bouncing Betty I have is 15.5 ST and 24" TT. I am 6'3" and it fits fine.
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  • + 3
 i just put that pick of the bike on every porn site...
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  • + 1
 Thats pretty sick looking gold frame. That be the only gold looking thing I'd ever buy I think. Good to see another dropper on the market.
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  • + 1
 I had some DaBomb pedals. They lasted a week... One broke the axle, the other broke the pedal body! I think they were napalm's...
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  • + 2
 The frame detailing looks tacky. they shouldn't have bothered with the cross and things.
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  • + 1
 Wow! New size standards! Tells me all about how much stiffer/stronger/better it is than what I already have!
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  • + 1
 the bike looks like a turner dhr the one that was like a ventana el cuervo, luv the gold color,it looks like a vip bike ^^
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  • + 1
 Very nice looking bike, dont care for the name, one size?- not sure I understand that....
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  • + 1
 Bestial bike...
Precious and worked pedals...
Cannon post...not a lot of weight?
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  • + 1
 Here you can watch the bike in action. Team Are Bikepark have been running them this year.
mpora.com/lillwallner
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  • + 1
 i no i will get neg props but i dont care. does anyone else think it looks like a nukeproof scalp?
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  • + 1
 off topic but...
what happened to the rockshox contest?
thought the winner was being announced LOL
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 Here you can watch the bike in action. Team Are bikepark are running them.
mpora.com/lillwallner
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  • + 1
 Here is Japanese version with FOX RC4 www.pinkbike.com/photo/6382441
JPY 23,8000
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  • + 1
 no looks like the nukeproof scalp , has the same top tube
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  • + 1
 Looks like my transition tr450!
  • + 1
 And the Turner DHR before that and so on and so on... I realize you weren't bashing it, I just find it funny when people instantly compare it to another bike (like everyone did with the new DB DH bike from a few days ago...WHICH this kind of looks like too)... In reality, ALOT of bikes look alike and I think that's fine. In reality there is sort of a finite ammount of ways you can really design a funstional FS bike within all of the desired parameters... unless you get all Mr. Garrison and put the wheels somewhere else aye Wink HAHAHAHAHA

BTW, the TR450 is pretty much at the top of my list for my next race bike... I LOVE those rig aye. Awesome bike you've got yourself mate.
  • + 1
 very good point mate, couldnt agree more Smile haha imagine a bike that didnt have the wheels like it normally should

and cheers mate, I love my transition, best bike I've ever had Smile
  • + 1
 Ta, I lived in Biloella Queensland (NE of Brisbane, inland from Like ROckhampton?Yepoon/McCay and Bunderbreg for 2 years and MAN do I wish I was still in OZ. I love Australia almost as much as I love Oregon 9or about the same really) beautiful country you have mate. I was SO freakin home sick when I got back to Oregon and technicaly Oregon IS home to me HAHAHAHA. One of these days I'll go back and I don't know that I'll ever leave aye Wink there's so much country out there I could just "dissapear" and never be found. I'd just have my wife, my bike, a Border collie and a HZJ75 Troupy anjd I'd be set for life... I lived on a cattle station for most of those 2 years and I just LOVE living out in the bush... I'd be quite content to be a bogan/hoon for the rest of my life Wink Luckily my Fiance and I are getting married next August and she's keen as to go back and see my extended "family" down under... I want to show her the REAL OZ, not that shit they show on bad TV...

Any back OT: You've got ourself a REALLY sick TR450 mate, and I think it's pretty awesome that is a bike from the NW us and it's found a home in the "other" greatest place on earth.
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  • + 1
 They should have put the pedals on the bike..
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  • + 1
 the details on that thing are gorgeous
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  • + 1
 A bit pricey, but sexy!!!
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  • + 1
 thats a DaBomb?!?! new products look really nice
  • + 1
 Yeah, that's what I was thinking... I remember them being kinda "chinsy" looking in the past, but man I REALLY like the look of the stuff they've got out now. Hopefully it's as well made as it is good looking. I wouldn't be at ALL ashamed to ride a DaBomb rig now days (gone are the days of the worlds cheepest and flexiest UD DC fork... if you remember those)
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  • + 2
 ya that thing is sick
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  • + 1
 why only a 16" model...
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  • + 1
 It looks like a Da Bomb.
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  • + 1
 they are great!!!!!!!!!
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 pedals look rad!
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  • - 1
 dabomb 真强大啊!!
  • + 1
 I think he's saying: DaBomb is tha shiznit!!
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