NS Bikes - Eurobike 2012

Sep 3, 2012 at 6:13
by Alasdair MacLennan  
NS Bikes originated as Northshore Extreme in 2003 before later being renamed to their current incarnation. Based in Gdansk, the Polish company was the brainchild of Polish rock singer Szymon Kobylinski and has evolved in just ten years to be who they are now, with internationally recognised riders like Sam Pilgrim on board their team. Last year the NS products we showed got so much attention that this year we've given them their own article. Bold colours, striking designs and some awesome products makes them really stand out.

Clash 1
NS Bikes - Eurobike 2012
  This is a new model, available only as a full build. Built around an aluminium frame the NS Clash is a do it all bike. 140mm X-Fusion Slant forks and a mix of SRAM 8spd keeps pricing reasonable and helps to maintain the inherent toughness that NS have become known for. An E13 chain guide and Ruktion cranks keeps the chain rotating up front to keep you moving and SRAM Elixir's do the slowing. Finishing kit is a blend of matching colour from NS Bikes and sister company Octane Components.

• 6061-T6 Aluminium frame with taper headtube
• NS & Octane finishing kit
• SRAM 8spd drivetrain, E13 chain device and Avid Elixir 1 brakes
• Available in two sizes, medium (15"/570mm top tube) and large (16"/585 top tube)
• 14.9kg




Soda FR (Soda Air and Soda 1 pictured)
NS Bikes - Eurobike 2012
  The Soda FR frame isn't new as such but as it's received some updates for 2013 we think it's worth inclusion. The frame is targeted at the do all/all mountain market, a market which is quickly expanding. Featuring 152-177mm travel driven through a Marzocchi Roco R coil shock and a coil RS Totem up front (on the Soda 1), it's certainly no weight weenie's bike. Think a bike park bike which can be ridden back up if needs be rather than an out and out trail whippet and you'll be close to the mark. A 65.5 degree head angle and +13mm BB height should keep it all stable and confidence boosting. On the Soda 1 seen here the spec is a combination of SRAM X7 drivetrain, Avid brakes and NS controls & wheels. The Soda Air pictured below is the lighter build option, coming in at just over 15kg. Built up with Rock Shox Lyrik R Solo Air forks mated to a Monarch Plus R the weight is reduced significantly which makes it a lighter and faster proposition for trail riding.

• 6061-T6 Aluminium frame with 152-177mm 6-7” travel
• Marzocchi Roco R coil rear shock (8.5" x 2.5") (Soda 1) or Rock Shox Monarch Plus Air (Soda Air)
• ISCG05 chain device tabs
• Two sizes: M (576mm TT) and L (596mm)• 3.35kg (exc shock)




Decade
NS Bikes - Eurobike 2012
  The Decade is a new addition to the NS Bikes line up for 2013. The name was for good reason, for it is ten years since they produced their first steel hardtail frame. The Decade is an aluminium frame aimed at dirt jumpers and 4x racers and is pretty light at a claimed 2.1kg. Suitable for 100-140mm forks the frame comes with horizontal dropouts, a removeable derailleur hanger and ISCG05 tabs (using the same standard as several other manufacturers), and a 69.5 degree head angle when built with 100mm travel forks. Tubing is similar to the Soda series, has a ton of tyre clearance and has similar geometry to the Majesty steel dirt jump frame.

• 6061-T6 & 6066-T6 butted aluminium tubing
• 2.1kg frame for 4x and dirt jump
• Removeable derailleur hanger and ISCG05 tabs (pictured)
• Geometry based on the Majesty frame with a 69.5 degree head angle (when using 100mm fork)




Suburban Dirt & Suburban Park
NS Bikes - Eurobike 2012
  The 2013 Suburban is the culmination of numerous development cycles, years of experience and improvements discovered from previous versions of the frame. The Park version is essentially an updated Suburban 24, the original Suburban model. This now incorporates greater tyre clearance and an ability to run 26" wheels with up to 2.3" tyres for a super short build as well as the originally specified 24" wheels. The Dirt features a lower bottom bracket height, 7mm longer chainstays and a 19mm longer top tubefor greater stability although the remaining angles remain unchanged over the Park.

• Custom butted 4130 cromoly tubing
• Sub 2.5kg
• Integrated headset
• Dirt geometry: 69 degree head angle, 70 degree seat angle, -7mm BB height
• Park geometry: 69 degree head angle, 70 degree seat angle, +10mm BB height




Components
NS Bikes - Eurobike 2012
  As well as offering numerous frames, build kits and full bikes there is a complete range of NS components too. Here are just a few of them, as well as a peak at the 24" Void frame from their sister company, Octane.

Top left Aerial Pro pedal (390g pair)
Top right Rotary 20 front hub
Middle left Quark Pro 40mm stem
Middle right Trailmaster wheelset in Brazilian Acid, featuring revised Trailmaster II rims
Bottom left Octane is a sister company of NS and this is their Void 24" park & street frame
Bottom right Proof Bar is 730mm wide, comes in 25.4mm clamp with sweep at 4 degrees up and 10 degrees back




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94 Comments

  • + 75
 DAYUUMMM at least you can always been found in the woods if you get lost ! Good to see a company thinking out the box with them colors .
  • - 22
 Intense bikes had them bright colors many many years ago.
  • + 4
 yeah. gt did crazy colors last year and Klein has always done the neon stuff. but yeah cool colors
  • - 17
 I agree these arnt the first bike co. To have bright colours on..... Look at my favourite bike of all time the Intense M9 and that craazzyy illuminous yellow/green colour now that's bold but it works with the bike!! Plus I'm not a massive fan of the design of NS Bikes they all look the same!............. Quite boring really but nice and bright!
  • + 9
 Soda Slope pics plz? Smile
  • + 1
 No majesty pics Frown ... Still looking awesome!
  • + 1
 I guess pointing out a false statement gets neg props on this site showing the number of dumbasses here. I guess my 1998 issue of mtb magazine was a dream and NS bikes truly thought outside of the box first before Intense. You would think a 30 year old would know that.
  • + 3
 They also really thought outside of the box knocking off the Transition Blindside too. But don't mind me, I'm wrong.
  • + 1
 BEAUTIFUL!!! i want all them!!
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  • + 22
 Soda Air looks like a seriously nice enduro bike. tup


If somebody had told be 3 years ago that NS bikes would be putting out a 160mm travel enduro for 2013 bike I'd have asked them what they were smokin'. NS bikes used to be a small DJ/Street specific company that made steel hardtails. It's cool to see a small, humble company breaking into the big time and it's sick to see the progression happening with their products. NS Bikes really deserve the success they're having. Big Grin
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 Former DJ companies have come and gone within a few seasons- but NS have been clever and made an ever increasing range of pretty sick products. I'm not a big fan of the colours myself *(cos I'm an old fart) but it's cool to see them doing something different, yet still quality. They needed to break from solely doind DJ and street because the kids that do it are fickle and go with whatever if fashionable. They're becoming a proper brand rather than a fad. Stoked.
  • + 6
 Yeah man. tup Just shows that if you offer a quality product at a competitive price you can do big things in the bike industry. Something that really impressed me about NS bikes was that for 2011 they decided to make some of their frames heavier - which other companies wouldn't even consider doing in this day and age - because NS felt the frames dented in weak spots too easily. To me that shows that they are committed to providing good frames to customers and do care about the longevity and reliability of their products. They're not designed to die within a few years so you buy another frame, they're built to last. Some companies get so lung up over weight that they forget all about that sort of stuff, so it proves what a well rounded company NS are and it is one of many reasons I will continue to buy NS bikes products for my bike.
  • + 1
 I did not know that- you're making me want one! Impressive.
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  • + 15
 it would be nice to see an DH from NS in the future !!!
  • + 2
 I think it's coming
  • + 1
 yes man I reckon they would look sick their DH
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  • + 12
 Wish their colors weren't so boring......
  • + 14
 i know right?
  • - 15
 WRONG.
  • + 6
 What's happened there, Maveri, is that you have not understood.
  • + 0
 Thanks guys. Sarcasm=not so good on the webz....
  • + 3
 what's sarcasm?
  • + 1
 oh its just a byproduct of dry humor. not a lot of people use it.
  • + 1
 Especially Americans!!
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  • + 7
 Well done NS Bikes!!! I built up a soda fr with an all mountain build and it is hands down the baddest shred stick I have ever mounted. I could write small novel about it, but I'll just say: thank you and great job!
  • + 1
 I could go on all day about my ns suburban dirt 2012, i seriously ride it 2-4 times a day, changed my riding too. Bad ass company!
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  • + 7
 That soda FR looks like the dopes!
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  • + 5
 That orange and black looks savage! Wonder whether they will do more parts in that colour?
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  • + 1
 id love to see more pictures of the hardtail selection,Camera these frames are looking nice,i love my trailmaster rims,i think i need one of these Decade frames in my life Drool
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  • + 1
 really good looking frame.
  • + 0
 definitely. it somewhat reminds me of a Banshee amp frame just more compact and much brighter Big Grin
  • + 1
 I would say it looks pretty similar to the dartmoor 26 player, same weight as well
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  • + 3
 The 60's called - they want their Day-glo back!
  • + 5
 tell them they can't have it!
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  • + 1
 heres my question....are bar spins possible on the suburban park? cuz its an updated version of the 24" suburban... a frame whith a top tube to short to do barspins with 26".
  • + 1
 unless you like a kids size 13.
  • + 2
 Its possible. Foot placement is key.
  • + 2
 anybody that already learned well barspins should have no problems. foot/pedal position
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  • + 2
 Wooow! Green neon, Yellow neon, Orange neon, and Blue neon.... Cool! But nothing beat my Chromoly Suburban!
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  • + 0
 I'm loving the lowered Totem on that Bottle Rocket, and the colours across the range are sick.

NS bikes, how many units have you done since Pilgs signed up? You should be doubling his salary for next year!
  • + 1
 So true, but have u ridden one?
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  • + 1
 would be interested the hear how the Soda FR rides, contemplating one for next year as a mini DH/mess about bike.
  • + 1
 We'll have a word with NS and see if we can get one on test.
  • + 1
 i have one and it is hands down the most fun bike i've ridden! absolutely love it!
  • + 1
 Its an awesome Mini DH bike, I built up an Air version with a lyrik out front and it climbs well and descends amazingly.
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  • + 1
 I own Soda and Suburban NS Bikes is a sick company and my Soda kills the parks def loving the new colors
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  • + 1
 Does anybody know, if the majesty frame will be availiable in hell orange? *_*
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  • + 2
 wonder how much one of those decade frames will cost?
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  • + 1
 NS really makes some awesome stuff. The Decade looks really fat, though. Could just be the picture
  • + 1
 It is fat, fat looking in fact. 51mm diameter down tube, 44mm top tube, 35mm seattube, fat stays and fat looking dropouts.
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  • + 2
 Neon yellow aerial pedals and quark stem coming for stumpy evo Smile
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  • + 1
 What about NS Surge? it will be new or they are going to leave old version?
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  • + 1
 I think the decade looks a littttte like the 26player. with that being said, it does look so awesome! aluminum all the way
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  • + 1
 NS bikes look pretty cool . . . . . .
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  • + 1
 Would love to find out more about the decade? Looks awesome in black! Smile
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  • + 1
 I would love to see NS Decade on 4X scene!!!
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  • + 2
 Kolory wyczesane Wink
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  • + 1
 I so want them to make a orange black DH bike
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  • + 1
 oh the soda FR looking sooooo good!
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  • + 1
 the clash will be a good choice, or is it better to take core?
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  • + 1
 Are NS frames built in poland or just designed/engineered?
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  • + 1
 anyone know when the new lineup is coming out?
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  • + 1
 Ten clash to na free ride się sprawdzi czy lepiej wziąć core ?
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  • + 1
 I cant decide if i should trade my skyla for a soda!!!
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  • + 1
 im very impressed with my soda slope! great value for money!
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  • + 1
 Lovely brand. Awesome colors!
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  • + 1
 Orange parts looks sweet :3
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  • + 0
 That Clash would be a nice replacement for my beaten to sh*t Hardrock lol..looks so sick Smile
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  • + 1
 That's some tasty candy right there. NS has always the maddest ideas ever!
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  • + 2
 SO MANY COLORS!!!
  • + 2
 haha "want a multi-colored bike?" get NS Big Grin
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  • + 1
 That soda is fricken sweet kip.
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  • + 1
 Wicked colors! The soda is my choice!
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  • + 1
 Awesome, I've always loved NS bikes/parts. Still looking good!
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  • + 0
 Lime, the best colour ever:X
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  • + 1
 Varrrey Nawice!!
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  • + 1
 funking nice products!!!
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  • + 0
 does the octane one spark goes out of production?
  • + 1
 Octane Spark is still in production!
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  • + 1
 in love with the decade
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  • + 0
 Can't wait for the orange! Gonna be soo sweet!
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  • - 1
 NS IS EEFFIN AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • - 1
 Almost 15kg for a hardtail
WHAT?
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  • - 1
 stem looks a lot like diety's with a new cap
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  • - 2
 Where is the capital?
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