Da Bomb Tsar Bomba - Eurobike 2010

Sep 4, 2010 at 5:15
Sep 4, 2010
by Mike Levy  
 
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While cruising the halls of Eurobike 2010 we spotted the impressive new Da Bomb Tsar Bomba downhill bike, although it was hard to miss with it's stunning metallic red color. Besides the new 9" travel bike, Da Bomb also had new stems, chainguides, and a wide 800 mm bar on on display. Check out all the photos inside!

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Da Bomb Tsar Bomba


Boom! This is Da Bomb's newest bike, the Tsar Bomba. This is a completely new model for 2011, with the one you're looking at still at the pre-production level. While DaBomb may not be the first name that comes to mind when thinking about a new downhill bike, the Tsar Bomba looks like a serious entry into the category.
Boom! This is Da Bomb's newest bike, the Tsar Bomba. This is a completely new model for 2011, with the one you're looking at still at the pre-production level. While DaBomb may not be the first name that comes to mind when thinking about a new downhill bike, the Tsar Bomba looks like a serious entry into the category.

Da Bomb didn't want to try and reinvent suspension technology with the Tsar Bomba, but to use a stiff and strong platform that would be reliable over time. To that end they chose to use a design that may look familiar, but with some of their own tweaks. Their Multi-bar PRS suspension is a single pivot and linkage driven shock system that has a full 9 inches of travel available. All of the pivots are captured within the twin upright frame spars and everything rotates on sealed bearings. The swing link that controls the shock rate is driven by a small push link attached to the swingarm. The bike is pictured with a Manitou shock, but it will ship with X-Fusion's new Vector RC damper.
Da Bomb didn't want to try and reinvent suspension technology with the Tsar Bomba, but to use a stiff and strong platform that would be reliable over time. To that end they chose to use a design that may look familiar, but with some of their own tweaks. Their Multi-bar PRS suspension is a single pivot and linkage driven shock system that has a full 9 inches of travel available. All of the pivots are captured within the twin upright frame spars and everything rotates on sealed bearings. The swing link that controls the shock rate is driven by a small push link attached to the swingarm. The bike is pictured with a Manitou shock, but it will ship with X-Fusion's new Vector RC damper.

Its all in the details. The parallel spars are CNC machined with the Da Bomb logo and material is removed to reduce weight. This particular Tsar Bomba is still in the pre-production stage, expect more metal to be taken out on the production version. A full sized 83 mm bottom bracket shell and ISCG-05 tabs can be found between the Shimano Saint cranks. I'm sure some of you out there who ride a more boutique name than Da Bomb will be hesitant to accept the Tsar Bomba, but the bike is impressive in person.
Its all in the details. The parallel spars are CNC machined with the Da Bomb logo and material is removed to reduce weight. This particular Tsar Bomba is still in the pre-production stage, expect more metal to be taken out on the production version. A full sized 83 mm bottom bracket shell and ISCG-05 tabs can be found between the Shimano Saint cranks. I'm sure some of you out there who ride a more boutique name than Da Bomb will be hesitant to accept the Tsar Bomba, but the bike is impressive in person.

The top and down tubes of the Tsar Bomba are hydroformed to improve weld area and strength. There will be two color options to pick from, but after seeing the metallic red shown here it would be my first choice. To get this impressive glow, the bare frame is first polished to a high sheen and then painted with a gloss red clear coat, not anodized as I first thought. If red isn't your thing, your other choice is cobalt blue.
The top and down tubes of the Tsar Bomba are hydroformed to improve weld area and strength. There will be two color options to pick from, but after seeing the metallic red shown here it would be my first choice. To get this impressive glow, the bare frame is first polished to a high sheen and then painted with a gloss red clear coat, not anodized as I first thought. If red isn't your thing, your other choice is cobalt blue.

Mandatory tapered headtube, complete with low stack headset. The geometry of the Tsar Bomba is on the steeper side of the current trend, with a 65 degree head angle that will excel on tighter tracks or under precise riders.
Mandatory tapered headtube, complete with low stack headset. The geometry of the Tsar Bomba is on the steeper side of the current trend, with a 65 degree head angle that will excel on tighter tracks or under precise riders.

Shouldn't be any hint of trouble back here! This is one very solid looking rear end with large square stays and serious looking dropouts. Downhill standard 12 x 150 mm rear end spacing is used, as is a machined post mount brake fitting. The bike uses a standard aluminum axle to save weight. The Tsar Bomba will only be offered in one size that uses a 16
Shouldn't be any hint of trouble back here! This is one very solid looking rear end with large square stays and serious looking dropouts. Downhill standard 12 x 150 mm rear end spacing is used, as is a machined post mount brake fitting. The bike uses a standard aluminum axle to save weight. The Tsar Bomba will only be offered in one size that uses a 16" long seat tube and a horizontal top tube length of 563 mm.

Da Bomb has two chainguides in their catalog, the Recoil CGS that can be used as a standalone guide, and the BGS shown here that requires a bash guard. The difference is in the upper guide piece, with the BGS model shaped to work with a guard to keep your chain on and the CGS using a unclosed upper guide piece. Both models fit on ISCG-05 tabs and are adjustable to fit ring sizes between 32 and 40 teeth. No, the design is not ground braking, but you can only keep a chain on in so many ways!
Da Bomb has two chainguides in their catalog, the Recoil CGS that can be used as a standalone guide, and the BGS shown here that requires a bash guard. The difference is in the upper guide piece, with the BGS model shaped to work with a guard to keep your chain on and the CGS using a unclosed upper guide piece. Both models fit on ISCG-05 tabs and are adjustable to fit ring sizes between 32 and 40 teeth. No, the design is not ground braking, but you can only keep a chain on in so many ways!

Da Bomb also had their new MK19 stem on display as well. This CNC'd beauty features a wrap around clamp that will apply more equal force to the steerer tube, as well as lessen the chance of painful knee strikes into the clamping area. It comes with the anodized bar shim shown in the picture so it is ready to accept both 25.4 and 31.8 mm diameter bars. Length is 40 mm and color options are royal blue, orange, and black.
Da Bomb also had their new MK19 stem on display as well. This CNC'd beauty features a wrap around clamp that will apply more equal force to the steerer tube, as well as lessen the chance of painful knee strikes into the clamping area. It comes with the anodized bar shim shown in the picture so it is ready to accept both 25.4 and 31.8 mm diameter bars. Length is 40 mm and color options are royal blue, orange, and black.

Da Bomb enters the handlebar width war with their 800 mm wide Bazooka. The 6061 double butted bar uses a 31.8 mm clamp diameter and features a half inch of rise. Upsweep is 5 degrees, with 9 degrees of backsweep. Colors to pick from include the gold shown here, as well as black, white, silver, and royal blue.
Da Bomb enters the handlebar width war with their 800 mm wide Bazooka. The 6061 double butted bar uses a 31.8 mm clamp diameter and features a half inch of rise. Upsweep is 5 degrees, with 9 degrees of backsweep. Colors to pick from include the gold shown here, as well as black, white, silver, and royal blue.


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82 Comments

  • + 1
 It looks like they were inspired by Corsair with that paint and emblem on the Tsar Bomba. I wish they would just go away integrating their logo on their bikes, the cross is beginning to look cheesy, needless to say the brand name itself. I like the stem though.
  • + 3
 It`s kinda funny and cool that they call all their frames after bombs...at least they`re kinda original Big Grin
  • + 0
 WTF look at the quality of all the kit on that bike..... then a damn marz fork on it? barf. I have had first hand experience with the fellas at marz. Why not a fox 40 to finish it off?
  • + 3
 what`s the problem with the Marzo ?
  • - 1
 They are shit! the warranty is shit! the customer service is shit. They feel like shit compared to my new fox. Somehow i bent my marz on a VERY light ride( my wife was right behind me) The dampner broke and the uppers bent. The guy at marz was a dick on the phone and told me it looked like I ran it over with a truck and they wouldnt warranty it because of that. what a slap in the face. ....... his product just ended up looking like a truck ran over it with very little and light use. Oh and i forgot to mention that they were only 3months old and hardly ridden. Just seems like a shitty product compared to the rest of the bike!
  • + 2
 well...then I must agree, if that happened to you, I kinda lost a part of my respect to Marzocchi... Anyway, the bike looks really cool and it would be KILLER with a Fox40 Big Grin
  • + 2
 It may just be me personally tho haha I mean.... i bet if you "know a guy" at marz they might take care of you. Agreed on the fox 40! That would finish the deal for sure!
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  • + 1
 i just think its a more factory style tr450, but saying that, i love the 450. and they probs paid to use that linkage. anyway, i love how component manufacturers are now making bikes... i hope superstar makes one, cheap, light and almost trade price! Big Grin
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  • + 2
 I use Alumate for producing Corsair and the actually reversed our Corsair Crown DH frames drops we did three years ago. Glad to see other companies use them because they look great. Pablo
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  • + 1
 xsnailx you are completly rigth... and now.. we can think.. "why I need to pay an expensive TR 450.. when i can buy a cheaper version made by the same productor of both frames.. made with the same metal"?.. It's only important what you like... a more expensive and "unique" bike.. or a cheapest and functionally bike.. and I don't speak in this way because I live in a 3rd world country...

I like the bike, and probably buy one..
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  • + 1
 This frame looks great, and I know someone that has been using a Da Bomb Da Pukka frame and didn`t have any problems with it ! Look in my photos for that Da Bomb with Totem 2-Step (keep in mind that the frame has been designed for a 160mm fork), that guy says it rips, and has a set of AM forks and he uses it for XC/AM sometimes.
I`m wondering how much it will cost, that`s one of the most important aspects.
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  • + 5
 What a name to call a bike Big Grin ! (Y)
  • + 1
 You know that they also have a bike named Castle Bravo...
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  • + 5
 that bike is dirty
  • + 6
 I'm guessing Da Bomb is made in the same factory from the same catalogue parts as Nuke Proof? The frame dropouts are almost identical except for the IS vs Post Mount.

Not a fan of these catalogue companies tbh...
  • + 2
 Color = sexy.
  • - 3
 i just jized Drool
  • + 6
 wow dude stop jizzing on me down here, anyways..does anyone know what type of saddle is on that bike?, i want one.
  • + 1
 Selle Italia Shiver - TLD Edition. Looks cool, but is pretty firm...and i bent the rails within 2 weeks. I only weigh 160lbs...maybe good for xc, but not on a dh rig.
  • + 1
 ohh, i weigh about 160 too, maybe i shouldn't get this seat.
  • + 2
 cool looking bike, but any other welder here think the joint where the down tube, top tube meet head tube are welded too cold.... to me looks like a shitty weld, theres even a lack of fusion where the weld curls under the top tube. on some of the thinner sections it looks fine but there in particular... looks questionable. i say this because i always tend to look at the welding before anything else.
  • + 3
 i dissagree with bunkey. you cant deny that the nuke proof looks amazing
  • + 1
 all these companys look sick you cant judge them til uve gone shredding on them but yah i miss thoes 888 decals 08 was a sick year
  • + 4
 The Nuke Proof does look nice I agree, but I'd rather pay for a bike which has been designed from the ground up. In house. You cant really say that about these sort of bikes. Look at the Carbon V10 in relation to this for example, there is so much more that has gone into that and it really shows. The workmanship on these bikes is poor too to be honest, Tejj is totally right about the welds (I bought a 24Seven trials frame made in a similar production setup to this: the brake mounts weren't even aligned correctly! The threads also stripped at 80% of the torque requirement on one of the post mount tabs). If your after something cheaper its much better going with a mainstream company such as Giant (with a massive customer base and a huge amount of money to play with in R&D/Testing) than a small catalogue company IMO.

Sorry if this seems harsh, but its definatly something which needs to be taken into consideration when investing this much money in a bike.
  • + 4
 yeah i totally understand where you're coming from and considering you have first hand experience i believe you. and yeah the welds do look pretty bad on this one but on the nuke proof they look quite a bit better. and since nuke proof is new to frames id give the frame a year or two to sort itself out and see how it holds up, but nuke proof does make some amazing stuff so hopefully that will follow through into their frame. cant say im a fan of this da bomb though. acutally now that i say that i find it weird how a company who specializes in components can make a better frame on their first try than a company who already makes bikes. (i say this just from looks so far). and also take into consideration that both frames are still in their pre production stages so im sure some of the things people arent to keen on such as the welds will be sorted out by production. hopefullly
  • + 1
 isnt it funnt that they "have 2 chainguide models to choose from" and the bike was built with a e13? hahahahaha
  • + 1
 anyone know what pedals they are
  • + 2
 colin, totally true considering this isnt on the market yet, but before you start showing something off, something as basic as having a proper weld profile should be one of the first things sorted out..... to some people they might not even think twice about it, but it stood out alot, and the frame is the first thing anyone is going to look at. and yes, those nuke proof welds were spectacular looking
  • + 1
 yeah thats true first impressions are always key i suppose
  • + 1
 I use Alumate for producing Corsair and so does Carter from Black Market and they actually reversed our Corsair Crown DH frames drops we did three years ago. Glad to see other companies use them because they look great. Not mad at all

I asked about why they came up with something close to Transition and its always a cryptic answer but since most of us as companies "choose" to use Taiwan for manufacturing it never surprises me that what we design influences them to create variations. Taiwan may simulate products but never copy the spirit of our brands and I think everyone here knows the difference between us and them. Alumate are great people and it's no surprise to me that Nukeproof and the like are using them... Pablo
  • + 1
 Does this look a tad like a TR450? but not a smooth?
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  • + 2
 because transition and dabomb comes from the same factory at taiwan called ALU-MATE
www.alumate.com.tw/01frame.html
model:
AA26160
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  • + 3
 awesome bike i would put a black seat and a black chain guide and black 40's on front it would look sick IMO Razz
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  • + 1
 Wow, Da Bomb finally made a good looking bike (IMO). Although, like most of their bikes it seems to be awfully simillar to existing bikes... (Transition TR450)

Looks good tho, especialy in the Corsair paintjob... Wink
  • + 7
 when you have so many companies nowadays, being original is kinda difficult. i dont blame them for ripping off other companies but at least they're not like canondale and coming up with the weirdest possible designs for everything. im also digging the iron cross.
  • - 7
 Iron crosses are lame, go join the Metal Mulitia
  • + 3
 Haha, do you even know what the Iron Cross means loaded? And btw the iron cross has been their logo since 98. Also, many of you forget but dabomb was one of the better companies in the early 2k's of dh.
  • - 2
 Its not about what the iron cross means, its about what it represents in 2011...keep that shit away from my bike please
  • + 5
 lol, what does it represent in 2011? It's not racist moron. Half of the chopper brands roll with it, hot rodders as well. Where are you going with this? Did someone tell you it had anything to do with racism? Because it didn't and never will. In todays terms it's an outlawish thing, but in reality its a prestigious military award.

you don't like Iron crosses don't look at dabomb... because almost every one of their products is littered with em.

Issues spelling Militia?
  • + 6
 i think he simply has issues. period.
  • - 4
 where did I ever say anything about racism? im really confused as to what you are talking about? where I live the people who rep iron cross stuff have flat billed hats, red dickie shorts, skin tank tops, black socks etc... That is just not my thing at all thank you very much, please respect that.

I think that Da Bomb makes some very nice bike parts, less the iron cross logos everywhere. Sorry for my issues
  • + 1
 Same shit here. Black socks and flat billed hats ftmfw!
  • + 1
 What's wrong with black socks? A lot easier to get dirt out of than white ones.
  • + 1
 (Yea man they have been doin this shitz for like ... since i was born bro.... since 98ish..........wow man wow .... lets join the militia bro yea man! Where is my god damn flat brim hat! ).....thats still a new company compared to the rest of the bike world f*gs.
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  • + 1
 Similar bits to Nukeproof but not same. Tsar Bomba was the name of the most powerful hydrogen bomb ever detonated-60 mega tonnes. Boooom
  • + 3
 bbbbbbeeeeecccccaaaauuuuuussssseeeee they are in the SAME country... and probably good friends of each other.

In fact, if you went on retro bike in the uk, you will find, many of these companies workers and owners are actually good friends, and communicate on a regular basis. A few companies making stuff with similar parts makes it easier in the long run, especially if they in a place as small as the UK is.

O and good fact on the name bud. I would never have caught the meaning of it. Smile A+ on your attention to details zorba.
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  • + 3
 only available in one size? double you tee eff!?
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  • + 4
 superfast tr 450 copy!
  • + 2
 That's exactly what I was thinking...
  • + 11
 I wish people would stop with this " OMG it's copying so and so " there are only in reality a few designs that actually work well so there is bound to be similarities! unless manufacturers start making frames out of noodles then it's not gonna change to much
  • + 2
 Usually I'd be with you on this one bigburd but DaBomb have a history of copying designs. Their previous bike was a rip-off Cove Shocker.
  • - 6
 Yeah, I also hate when people say this bike look just like "x-bike" too, but in this case I have to agree. This is a straight up, shameless rip-off of a Transition TR450. I hope they are paying Transition for using their design.
  • - 6
 i agree as well... the linkage is an exact copy wtf
  • + 8
 C'mon guys, there are only so many ways to skin a cat. And although the linkage my look very similar to some other bikes, it only takes the tiniest change to completely alter the way the suspension works. A few mm here or there can result in a bike that is an entirely different beast.
  • + 10
 Mikel remember, 99% of pink bike are educated engineers and patent disecting professionals.
  • + 1
 that linkage is the exact same as the first generation DHR from Turner also. do your homework kids. been around a long time. circa 2000
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  • + 1
 the drop outs are so similar to the nukeproof scalp, other than the brake adapter mounting holes, here it is www.pinkbike.com/photo/5566316
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  • + 2
 looks like a solid mission 9
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  • + 1
 in fact i would buy dabomb one, i dont need the fancy logo that i will anyway remove
  • + 1
 I agree completly
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  • + 3
 nice bike, super bling
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  • + 1
 pretty sure it weights a ton like everything from da bomb
  • + 1
 It`s 5KG, with the X-Fusion shock I suspect (frames are weightened with a shock on, righ?)
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  • + 1
 Again the same problem with da bomb's guy.... one size only !!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 It can`t be !
As far as I know, the other frames do come in like 2 or 3 different sizes...why would they offer this one in only one size ?
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  • + 1
 iv got one!!!! sept its called a tr450 :S
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  • + 1
 they just copied the linkage of the tr450
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  • + 0
 It is a shameless rip off of the french RAGE dh bike. That is nicer though, but this color is pretty spot on.
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  • + 1
 the paint colour of the bike is sick !!
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  • - 2
 Why go to such an extent as to create a new bike like this, and then stick Tektro Auriga replica brake discs on it during its first ever PR?

Do like the frame though, very nicely done linkages and headtube.
  • + 0
 They are Shimano Saints
  • + 0
 he said discs not brakes "Tektro Auriga replica brake discs on it" learn to read
  • + 0
 sorry for that Daire
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  • + 2
 my next bike for sure!
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  • + 1
 looks a lot like a tr450
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  • + 0
 looks like a tr450 to me
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  • - 2
 This bike looks Nazi!
  • + 0
 The only relation the Iron Cross has with the Nazi's is that it was used as an official military symbol/award since the 1800s and was kept in use by the nazi's. It has no racist correlations whatsoever.
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