RAM Bikes - Eurobike 2012

Aug 30, 2012 at 16:23
by Alasdair MacLennan  

RAM Bikes might not be well known to many riders but if their plans work out you'll be hearing a lot more about them in the future. Based in Bulgaria, their new bikes are designed in-house at their Sofia factory. As with a huge percentage of bikes they’re welded in Taiwan and then assembled at the house factory. RAM's factory in downtown Sofia is a place Pinkbike has come to know well in recent years when we’ve been racing in the country for trips always seem to start and end there with a lot of waiting around.

Over the past eighteen months the company have shown keen plans to expand, with revised designs, sharp paint schemes and a promotional push into new markets. Here we take a brief look at four of their bikes but we’ll be doing some in depth testing post Eurobike so we’ll have more info and ride impressions soon.




DHX2




Having raced in Bulgaria a few times with the RAM bikes guys since 2010 we've been kept up to date with the development of their successor to the succesful DHX which they had in their range for a number of years. Several development mules were created which took cues from several bikes but the final production DHX2 is a pretty unique looking bike and one which we're keen to get more than a quick spin on. Currently being ridden by UK Elite Rob Smith at select World Cup races it's already got pedigree which RAM will be hoping to build on.

There's plenty of inbuilt adjustment options on the DHX2. Wheelbase can be set via offset chips and the shock can be mounted in one of two holes to provide a change in progression of the spring curve.





Nduro.29


Enduro is a big market, after all it's what the majority of riders actually ride if they had to be pigeon-holed into one genre. RAM offer two bikes in this area, the 125mm travel Nduro and the 150mm AMTwo. Here we see the Nduro in it's 29" iteration although 26" wheeled builds are also available. As with the downhill DHX2 above the range features a 4-bar rear end with a chainstay pivot. Taper headtube is so standard on this type o bike now that it's barely worth mentioning but 142mm dropouts most certainly are for they massively increase stiffness over any bike that would have used a traditional quick-release back end in the past. ISCG chain device tabs and a 67.5 degree head angle (on the 26" frame) hint at the agressive riding that these bikes are aimed squarely at.





AM.Two

The AM.Two is essentially the Nduro.26's bigger brother. Similar frame architecture means that they're visually almost identical, with 142mm Maxle dropouts and ISCG mounts. The 0mm BB height is low for stability which combines with the 66.5 degree head angle well and should make it an ideal companion for aggressive all mountain riding and Enduro racing which seems to be kicking off the world over at the moment. A direct mount front derailleur tab and the ISCG mounting gives riders the option to either go single or double.




FourX


This 6061 aluminium FourX frame has been in development for a while, and was developed with the help of UK 4x and BMW racer Martin 'Oggy' Ogden. Despite the demise of World Cup 4x racing, the resultant Pro-Tour and numerous national series still shows demand for both the races and the necessary bikes. Although light at a claimed 1.6kg, this frame from RAM is tough and in it for the long haul. It will easily build up for a wider range of uses than just 4x by starting either with a frame only or one of the full builds offered.




4130


The last bike we'll cover here is the 2.4kg 4130 steel frame for the dirt jump, slopestyle and street market. Currently being ridden by Toby Ware at numerous Comps it's been performing well. A removable derailleur hanger is incorporated into the chain tensioners on the horizontal dropouts so you have the option to swing that way if that's what you want.


Keep an eye out for RAM on Pinkbike over the coming months as we get some of their bikes to test. With proven 4-bar technology we'll let you know how they perform.

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78 Comments

  • + 33
 I'm really surprised normally upcoming brands bring out stupid designs but RAM is really keeping it real and shouldn't have nay problems breaking into the mainstream market because i have never heard of them before like 20minutes ago and yet im super stoked on getting to see some of these bikes on the trails !!
  • + 5
 They have been around for a while and slowly progressed their bikes to get to this point.
Check: www.pinkbike.com/video/162520 and look out for the yellow bike with red and blue rims, thats the 4130!
  • + 1
 I've been riding them for a few years now, and they work so much better than most of my mates big brand bikes because they keep it simple, there is nothing to really go wrong, they're just solid week in week out. A week in the alps and mine hadn't had a single issue, but between my mates a mondraker, furios and vp free had all broken! Nothing quite like being able to walk to the shed and knowing you can just go for a ride without worrying about things going wrong.
  • + 0
 (also... videos coming soon...)
  • - 21
 Shame they are ugly as sin and the suspension design is fairly dated.
  • + 6
 does anyone think of kona when they see that?
  • + 4
 I giggled at the "pretty unique looks".
  • + 0
 They could do with graphics that aren't so childish.
  • + 9
 the fourX frame looks nice.
  • + 1
 Just for context this was their 2009 4130 dirt frame

and this is what their 2012 Four.X complete looked like
  • + 1
 Kona link,Norco 2008 seat tube(shock),enduro 2006 top tube all mix together . .
But behalf of that the result is quite good i think
  • + 1
 Haha, get a bike stand!
  • - 1
 another example for The risk of oversea manufacturing
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  • + 9
 that are pretty cool bikes its real option if they have affordable prices! The DHX2 reminds me a little bit of the commencal with that linkage system
  • - 1
 I think it looks like a commencal supreme dh and a polygon collosus and a knoa operator.
  • + 6
 looks are one thing, but the commencal has a floating shock, where its mounted to the linkage, this one has the shock mounted to the front triangle. Close but no cigar haha
  • + 2
 and to add that it also looks like an FSR vs commencal's faux bar.
  • + 6
 it looks like a bike
  • - 2
 It looks like a trek, lol.
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  • + 8
 Bulgaria is in Europe...
  • - 3
 not really...lol
  • + 1
 check the European map if you know what is it, otherwise Google it Smile
  • - 1
 I know that Einstein...I meant it sarcastically...duh
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  • + 5
 Ram Bikes are pretty good I ride a DHX ,4130 and a FourX.They have good prices too!
  • + 1
 "Proudly built in Bulgaria"
Should be more like this:
"Proudly bought from China and repainted in Bulgaria... "
  • - 2
 in the past i broke my DHX few times never gonna buy again, I hope they improved the quality the DH rig looks rigid
looks like Berty's one Smile !
Now like to move to a new brands, like Commencal, going to buy Nukeproof - Pulse 4 the next season

by the way nothing common with Kona, Kona snaps at once this here need serious ride !
  • + 0
 since you had an earlier DHX, call me a liar, but this is the same bloody frame www.astroeng.com.tw/products.asp
  • + 3
 It IS this frame but the 2012 frames are now all in-house designs and built by another company. Quality is surprisingly high actually.
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  • + 2
 And they don't use any of that fancy magic stuff that keeps bikes standing up by themselves like the other companies do for their bike shoots.... Nope, these people just have an arm coming from out of frame holding the back wheel.
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  • + 4
 lol! Weren't we all just discussing the ugliest bike brand names earlier? I think (rambo) we have a new winner!
  • + 0
 ugly names, yet the rambo has a sick paint job
  • + 3
 if you guys know the meaning of Kona in Portuguese already said it was the worst name lololol
  • - 3
 Isnt that kona with a "c" though?
  • + 4
 yeap. but K or C sounds the same.. impossible to say loud in public love the brand
  • + 4
 well it means pussy in portuguese Big Grin
  • + 3
 yea , that thing most of us like Smile
but pussy on one of the must ugly portugese words
pussy translated ir more rata , ratinha lol
  • + 1
 hahaha yeah that right Big Grin paxaxa Razz
  • + 1
 hahahha Xoxa

lets stop before the ban Whip
  • + 1
 yeah good idea Beer
  • + 1
 Cona=pussy, Rata=female mouse, Paxaxa=snatch. Ahaahaha. All this words sound really rough in portuguese.
  • + 0
 The name was taken from the balcanian legend Rambo Amadeus
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  • + 3
 The AM.Two is beautiful. Would look even sweeter in carbon!
  • + 2
 It rides so so nicely
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  • + 3
 Can they deliver to Malaysia?
  • + 3
 well... they might be born there or nearby
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  • - 1
 The Original DHX(1-st) had geometry like 61 headangle and 33.5 mm BB height. But the suspension was not that good.
The new DHX(2-nd) has the good suspension, but not that geometry.
I think in the future maybe DHX (3-rd) will be with awesome geometry and nice suspension . Like the 1-st and the 2-nd DHX in one new Frame DHX 3 maybe.
Would be nice a?
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  • + 3
 anyone who knows the price on the DHX2?
  • + 3
 DHX2 comes in 3 variants. At the Bulgarian dealers, DHX2.3 is ~2000GBP, DHX2.2 is ~2400GBP, DHX2.3 is ~3200GBP. See the site of RAM bikes for more information.
  • + 2
 Sorry, the last one is DHX2.1.
  • + 1
 The price of the frameset with Vivid R2C is about 1500EU.
  • + 4
 Wow thts a good price , like the look of the bike too
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  • + 2
 they really need to update their site.
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  • + 1
 The DHX2 looks like a combination of a Kona Operator and a Commencal Supreme... Pretty sweeeeeeeeeet
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  • + 0
 what! they couldn't Photoshop out the hands! No, but on a series not all these bikes coming out makes me wish I actually had money. 2013 is bringing some big hitters.
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  • + 1
 the dh bike looks a little "kona stinky-ish" but they all still look promising!
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  • + 1
 They all look pretty nice bikes or though they look like bikes I've seen before.
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  • + 1
 Hmm the nduro has a very similar outlook to the kona satori www.pinkbike.com/photo/8559130 or is it just me?
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  • + 2
 DHX2 looks like a kona and commencal mixed together... hmmm....
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  • + 2
 I LOVE that Four-x frame. I'll say it again.. I LOVE it!
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  • + 2
 Sick DH bike but it looks pretty similar to a Kona !
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  • + 1
 reminds me of my kona stab
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  • + 1
 Thats a great bike stand LOL
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  • + 2
 sweet head badge!
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  • + 1
 For the head badge alone, I want one!!!
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  • + 1
 Does anybody know what happened to the brand severed alliance?.
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  • + 1
 liking the looks of the ram4130, and @ 2.4kg its not to heavy either.
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  • + 1
 The price of the DHX2 Frameset with Vivid R2C Coil is ~1500EU.
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  • - 1
 The DHX2 looks too much like the new supreme :/
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  • - 1
 that dhx2 *splat* sorry
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