14 Bikes From The Core Bike Show 2020

Jan 30, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
It may not have been chock full of new kit, but there were plenty of sweet builds to gawk at while perusing Whittlebury Hall at the Core Show. We nabbed as many as we could to show off here:

Pivot Firebird 29

Although this Pivot Firebird is mostly stock, the inclusion of the new Trust Shout linkage fork definitely made the bike stand out. Upgrade are the distributor for both brands so it makes sense that they would combine them in this unique build; they don't currently offer this combination for sale though.


Love it or hate it, the Shout from Trust definitely gives this Firebird, or any other bike, a unique look.




Cotic Rocket Max

You can't have a British trade show without some steel and this Cotic Rocket Max has been customised to the...erm.. max by Cane Creek as part of the Extra UK stand.


A full front mudguard ready for the winter slop

The progressive Valt spring brings ramp up to a coil set up after the shock reaches 50% of its travel.

Titanium meets steel with eeWings cranks



Nukeproof Cub Scout 24"

Also at the show was a sneak peek at Nukeproof's new range of kids bikes. We only got to see this 24" Cub Scout, although a full range will be coming later this year. Although designed for younger riders, there is still a great spec with a mix of Nukeproof's own components such as Sam Hill flat pedals.






GT Force 29

The GT stand were featuring UK pinner and Muc-Off Mechanic Rob Webb's new GT Force 29, which has been specced with a full range of his sponsors' products including a full cockpit from Burgtec.






NS Bikes Synonym

We've just given Hotlines this NS back from one of our tests (keep an eye out for that dropping soon) and it still showed a few flecks of mud from Dave Arthur's local trails. This is NS's stab at a downcountry bikes, although coming from NS it's definitely more 'down' than 'country' with a 120mm fork and 67° head angle.

The cable management looks really clean on the Synonym





Transition Smuggler

Another eye-catching build at the show was this one over on the Transition stand. With plenty of matching green components from DVO and A2Z and a rear mech with Ceramic Speed jockey wheels, it is another great looking build.



The large Ceramic Speed jockey wheels are definitely eye-catching



Mondraker Super Foxy

The Super Foxy is Mondraker's super-enduro bike and this is the top of the range Carbon RR model. With 170mm of travel and 29 inch wheels it's about as burly as bikes get before you bolt on a double crown fork.






Yeti SB165

Speaking of bolting on double crowns, the Yeti SB165 got a lot of attention recently when we saw Reed Boggs fit his with a DH fork to turn it into a Rampage worthy machine. This is the standard spec that looks plenty capable of handling big terrain with or without a double crown fork.






Identiti Mettle

This was one of the only mullet bikes on display at the Core Show so it doesn't look like the trend of 29" front wheels and 27.5" rear wheels has really caught on just yet outside of racing. Apart from the mixed wheel sizes, this Identiti Mettle features a build of 12-speed Shimano SLX and a mix of RockShox and MRP suspension.






Ragley Piglet

The Ragley Piglet comes with another great paint job, much like the Race spec Big Wig we featured earlier this week. The spec is once again well-chosen with a great mix of in-house components with some more premium parts mixed in.


Ragley have created some impressive colourways for their 2020 models




NS Define AL

Another great colouway can be found on the aluminum NS Define enduro bike which also features a mullet setup. Featuring a solid mix of Fox and SRAM componentry there is nothing missing from this enduro-ready rig.






Ibis Ripmo AF

The Ibis Ripmo AF offers amazing value in a great package as we found in our affordable trail bikes Field Test. This build which sits around the £3000 mark offers Sram NX Eagle drivetrain with DVO suspension. The bright orange paintwork might not be for everyone, but you can also get it in a raw metal finish.


This model comes as standard with DVO's latest Jade X coil shock




Lapierre e-Zesty

Sitting over on the Hope stand was this kitted out Lapierre e-Zesty that has been covered in Barnoldswick goodies. With a discreet motor from Fazua, it flies under the radar more than most e-bikes and doesn't weigh as much either.

The build kit includes the new dedicated e-bike cranks from Hope

The motor from Fazua Evation is impressively discreet on the Lapierre




Identiti AKA

The last bike on the list is another hardtail, and this one comes from Identiti with the AKA. This is another sorted bike with an MRP fork and XT 12-speed drivetrain.




Which bike is your favourite?




167 Comments

  • 85 3
 What's wrong with that Ripmo? I'm sure it didn't look that hideous in other pictures.
  • 74 6
 Nope. Always been ugly AF.
  • 27 4
 @orwa: Most XL sized frames are ugly AF, proportions are all off. Just throw that Trust fork on there to complete the look.
  • 12 2
 Should be called ugly AF. That hump trying to get smashed by the first rock it finds
  • 17 0
 The orange definitely doesn't do it any favors. I'm a fan of the raw color.
  • 2 5
 probably also because most of the other pictures you see of this bike are carbon frames
  • 7 0
 I think part of it is that massive void where the bottle and cage are supposed to go. Combined with an XL frame you just get a substantial front triangle
  • 6 0
 It surely looks like a gate.... or even worse... a Cube
  • 3 0
 It looks like an old HARO - especially if you paint it in gray
the first RipMo looked sharp-on though (blue&orange version)
  • 2 0
 @tgent: that "raw" is actually silver paint, very disappointing! The orange would be my choice.
  • 5 3
 @SlodownU: If that Pivot with the Trust fork made me ride like in my dreams I still couldn't! Bad 70's sci-fi movie. Ugly AF and that slack angle on the fork is just so wrong looking!
  • 2 0
 @SlodownU: I personally think my XL Yeti SB130 looks great and well proportioned.
  • 3 0
 @steflund: Easily the largest front triangle that still can't fit a water bottle. Definitely a jewel tapper top tube.
  • 1 0
 @erichsch: lol alloy frame ONLY!!!
  • 2 0
 @steflund: looks like a walmart bike
  • 78 15
 It's taken 2 decades to come to say this, but that GT looks alright-
  • 14 17
 Until you see the price and realize you're buying a GT for the price of a Yeti.
  • 5 2
 Boring at last!
  • 13 0
 @tgent: the Force and Sensor Frame is a killer price.
  • 13 0
 @tgent: the entry level force is $1500cdn less than a yeti frame. what price are you comparing?
  • 1 0
 Nooooo
  • 10 0
 I thought the exact opposite, man that GT looks cheap......
  • 3 0
 But looks like he borrowed the saddle of his son.
  • 54 7
 I might get down voted into hell for saying this, but I don't care if that Trust fork could make me the best egg and bacon sandwich every morning for breakfast, I still wouldn't want to wake up next to it.
  • 11 20
flag kekke (Jan 30, 2020 at 13:16) (Below Threshold)
 They won't make you "the best egg and bacon sandwich every morning for breakfast" because looking at mechanical perspective linkage forks are actually dumb. It's like inventing square wheel.
  • 6 0
 I think there's a lot of hope for linkeage forks. But there's still a long way to go before they become standardized. I would not buy one this early in development. But I am sure they will become prettier and more standardized.
  • 3 0
 It's def ugly but I got to ride that exact setup and once you get over the freakish looks it's fun as hell! (Still not gonna buy one though).
  • 3 0
 Same here. Looks like you put seddle on cow
  • 8 1
 @johnnygolucky clearly drives a Buick and not a Porsche
  • 2 1
 @stumphumper92: People have been saying that for roughly 20 years now. Something about the concept just doesn't solve the problem it's trying to, or it creates others in the process (more so on the moto side).
  • 2 1
 It’s the only fork that makes the bike in front go faster !
  • 3 1
 @kekke: Super excited for when we get telescopic rear suspension then if linkage is so bad.
  • 2 1
 @friendlyfoe: its like the magnetic pedals for spd users who can't ride flats... fork dive under braking and on steep stuff is a problem only people who dont set up their fork correctly have, I run a lot of lsc and it simply isnt an issue if you ride hard
  • 1 0
 @UncleSpec: I don't care if the English isn't perfect, I want "Looks like you put seddle on cow" on a t-shirt. That is gold!
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: Right. As the saying goes.. "if it ain't broke don't fix it"
  • 42 1
 If there’s one thing that unites the PB community, it’s craft British steel!
  • 12 1
 Tell that to the planks in Scunthorpe who voted for brexit , no deal means no steel !
  • 5 1
 Can’t even say Sc*nthorpe anymore Rolleyes
  • 1 4
 Thank Christ we’re leaving the EU @Matt115lamb:
  • 39 1
 If you're getting high performance aluminum you have two great choices- raw or don't get an aluminum frame
  • 12 2
 Anodized
  • 11 0
 I live my life by these guidelines. Raw or nothing at all...
  • 25 2
 @tgent: thats why I have two kids and another on the way!
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: I quit raw after 3rd child ;-)
  • 17 1
 The coolest thing in this article is that stem on the NS Define! I need that!
  • 2 0
 I'm in the market for a stem, and I considered it when seeing it on Chain Reaction, but seeing it on that bike vs images on CRC made me finally decide on it!
  • 1 0
 Although they could have either repainted the top of the steerer tube or stripped it bare since the stem has the exposed bit. Would have looked a bit cleaner
  • 18 1
 yay cotic
  • 16 2
 That cotic is fantastic looking. Easy winner for me.
  • 5 0
 Lost it for me with the mega mudguard and the tyre made for hot dry and dusty conditions.
  • 2 2
 Yes that Cotic is sexy...
also, a detail: isn`t odd to see a british bike equipped with Dissector tyres for dry conditions ? Wink
  • 2 0
 Yeah from this list I absolutely love the Cotic. If I'd get a full suspension bike now the Flare would be high up (if not top of) my short list. However if I would be in the market for something like the Rocket (so not the Max version indeed), it would be a tough call between that and the Curtis XR650. Cotic uses (on paper) better steel. There is just something very cool about that Curtis. It looks like an Orange, just out of steel.
  • 11 1
 Can anybody agree the the Ragley Piglet and the Cotic Rocket Max both look pretty sick with straight lines and defined angles?
  • 13 0
 Yes. Yes we can
  • 12 1
 The TT on the Mondraker.......
  • 7 1
 I've never seen one in person but it looks so thin.
  • 7 0
 That Mondraker looks rad. There is material in those thin tubes too, as the complete builds are still around 32lbs (which is still pretty good for a 160mm bike.)
  • 3 2
 @PHeller: that Mondraker is the first bike I’ve seen that I want to f*ck!
  • 4 0
 @unrooted: Mechanophilia is quite popular in some states !
  • 9 0
 Am I really seeing a Ceramic Speed Jockey Wheel on a GX Drivetrain? WHY didn't you get a X01 instead of spending that rediculus money on that stupid shit...
  • 7 0
 Hey, some people like spending exorbitant amounts of money to make their shifting poorer. And that's okay. Actually I lied, it's not okay.
  • 6 0
 ...before you even get to the GX Drivetrain...I'm not sure I've ever heard someone on a Transition ask, "I wonder how I can save 1.6 watts?" But still, it'd give you something to talk about.
  • 4 0
 I mean, from experience shifting performance doesnt really increase with a nicer derailleur, and they get smashed up anyway. But the bike is already super pimped out so not sure why that Is the case, maybe someone rode it and broke the derailleur recently and that's all they had?
  • 2 1
 @butters1996:
I think they did it because (presumably) the distributor for Transition also distributes Ceramic Speed and they wanted to show it off. It does look pretty dumb on a GX drivetrain.
  • 2 0
 UK mud and ceramic speed pulley... hummm I'll try this again: Uk mud and ceramic speed pulley.
No it dosen't fit together
  • 8 0
 They tried to soften the blow by putting the ripmo before it, but holy hell that lapierre is nasty. It's like a mashup of the worst things in 2000 with the worst things in 2020.
  • 8 0
 Pleased to see the Cotic is the popular choice it’s a great bike
  • 7 0
 Cotic....f...ck me!!! I ordered mine first Cotic HT and...can't wait. Outstanding.
  • 4 0
 NS Synonym looks rad. Simple and capable. The NS Define in alloy looks terrible. A little too much shaping in some of those gussets and welds. The sweet fade paintjob is the only thing saving it.
  • 4 0
 The NS Define looks like a canyon strive.
  • 1 0
 @JLastra: I saw it as the illegitimate love child of the Strive and a Norco Sight. It could well be a good bike to ride, but style wise it looks like an Alibaba knock-off
  • 2 0
 That E-Zesty is the future of e- biking, and possibly biking in general.
It's an analog bike, and a perfect light duty e-bike in one.
I'd like to get my wife on one so that we can actually ride together as she'd be able to climb with me.
With so little downside, I'd be surprised if every bike couldn't be purchased with, or without the motor/ battery pack in 10 years. Same frane in both instances.
  • 3 1
 Is this a Maxxis advert? (minus 1)

Why do I see a picture of tyre logo with each bike? I don't give a rat's ass about which tyre is on the bike. Easiest part to exchange for your own personal favourite.
  • 2 0
 You`re right..... and these ``minus 1``Hutchinson Griffus are kind of sexy, aren`t they?
  • 2 0
 If you really want to get worked up about something, check out what appears to be a climb switch on the e-bike.
  • 2 1
 Not knocking it but...can someone who owns a Cotic please speak to what makes it good? What kind of trails are you riding? Based on the looks of the geometry, it seems like it is a 150/160 mm park bike? What does this bike ride like on tighter trails?

I've seen a couple bikes with this geo now, Nicolai Geometron, this Cotic, and the Pole Evo Link. They all seemed to be geared to a specific type of riding and don't look like good all around bikes...to me...

Wondering what kinds of trails people are riding these bikes on and...if it is mostly park or lift accessed trails because the geometry is not suited for much anything else...why not just get a DH bike? Especially with the Cotic...it looks like the weight of that thing is pushing modern day DH bike.
  • 5 0
 Hey @scbuilt36 I've got a Cotic FlareMAX, so a bit shorter travel than the RocketMAX but still rocking the 'longshot' geometry. I am definitely not a park rider, and ride it on all sorts of trails, from steep tight technical riding, to faster DH type stuff, and some trail centre flowy bits here and there. I find the geometry confidence-inspiring and have never struggled to get it around corners. Also don't be fooled by the weight game... there really isn't that much in it between a well designed steel frame and a well designed (ie actually going to last you a while) carbon frame.
  • 6 0
 It's not a park bike at all, it's about covering ground at speed with lots of confidence, regardless of the gradient or technicalilty. I know the geometry looks a bit different to the norm, but they are bikes for riding around on, just like any other enduro bike. I use mine everywhere, but mostly our local Peak District riding, and it's amazing in the steep tech up in Tweed Valley. That said, I've had a perfectly nice time riding it around some forest singletrack with my kids. Our friends at Cane Creek have a couple of Cotic's over there and love them for Pisgah. I hate bike parks personally! The key is that the length of the bike allows a super short stem whilst keeping the rider centred on the bike. The 35mm stem gives very responsive steering, so you need to back off the head angle to balance that out, which in turn gives even more confidence to the front end. It's all about confidence. When you feel confident in the handling of your bike, you enjoy ridnig more and can push what you are capable of further.

If you get a chance to ride one of these kind of bikes, do. We're not doing it to be obtuse or weird, we're doing it because we believe it's better than conventional geometry. If you can't see it on paper, just ride it. As for weight, a RocketMAX frame is caparable to a Megatower CC and lighter than a Sentinal, to name just two that we have weighed. And weight isn't the complete be all and end all. I use steel for performance. The ride feel and traction generated by the stiffness I can dial into the frames is well worth a couple of ounces, and they are durable and can be recycled, and aren't made out of crude oil like carbon fibre. All things worth having, in my opinion.

I did a podcast on this if you want to hear a bit more. www.downtimepodcast.com/cy-turner

Cheers,

Cy
Founder and Director
Cotic Bikes
  • 2 0
 I've got a Rocket (27.5 version of the Max) and it's just ridiculously confidence inspiring. I use it to ride DH, bike parks, to hit trial centres hard and when I just want to plough through stuff! It may be a bit heavier than other bikes but the only time I notice the extra heft is when I'm picking it up, it hides the weight very well when you're riding. As a package it ticks a lot more boxes than any of the other bikes I demo'd before buying it. For longer days on mellower trails I have other bikes but the Rocket is just great at what it does. It's not an all-round bike, the Flare is that one. This is a proper Enduro bike that can be used all day.

Ride one and you will see what I mean.
  • 5 1
 Anything with eeWings wins any beauty contest hands down..
  • 1 0
 Agreed! But every time I look at those cranks I just can't convince myself to buy a square taper crank set!
  • 2 1
 1. Shimano is back. 2. Coil shocks are back 3. I totally want that Nukeproof or my son. It should come with plastic pedals though. Cheaper and lighter, both desirable for a kids' bike. 4. eeWings... wow. Want!
  • 22 0
 Choosing between the Nukeproof or your son is a tough one. Probably best check with your partner before you decide. lol
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: nice one!
  • 1 0
 The Nukeproof doesn’t come with the Sam Hill pedals. They were just fitted to show the new pedal in the Nukeproof room at Core Bike Show.
  • 5 0
 Ragley is beeyooteefool
  • 2 0
 I was torn between the cotic and the identiti mettle, ironically the most popular and the least popular ones. That Ripmo AF is ugly though
  • 1 0
 For the NS Define AL:
"Featuring a solid mix of Fox and SRAM componentry there is nothing missing from this enduro-ready rig."
Clearly pedals are missing....
...
...
I'll see myself out...
  • 4 0
 Scrolling down....see that Cotic........now i need new underpants.
  • 3 0
 That Super Foxy is Super Sexy!
  • 1 0
 Cable routing on the Ibis is rough. Gonna be tough to get a water bottle in there, and the loop at the rear mech is just ugly.
  • 4 1
 If I select no e-bikes, will the lapierre disappear?
  • 3 0
 Lapierre really missed a trick by not calling their e-bike the Zest-E...
  • 3 0
 The Ripmo looks like holding in a fart. Terrible looking bike.
  • 2 0
 I ride a Ripmo (carbon), and thinks it's a beautiful bike, but when I scrolled to the AF in this article, I went "WTF?!?". Maybe it's the proportions of size XL, combined with the color, like someone else mentioned. Yikes.
  • 1 0
 Yikes exactly. The fc looks huge and the rc appears tiny.
  • 3 0
 C'mere ya sexy little Piglet! Wait a sec....
  • 1 0
 Is NS trying to be funny naming the bike Synonym and using an upside down shock? They must have been thinking "It's similar to a normal shock..."
  • 8 6
 I know I'm in the minority but I love that way that Trust for looks.
  • 5 3
 Aesthetics are completely flexible. I think the Trust looks great. There may come a time well into the future where linkage forks rule and we look back on telescoping forks as looking as silly and dated as banana seats.
  • 2 1
 Are you?? Maybe the haters are just more vocal. I think it looks amazing, although I wouldn't necessarily enjoy all the attention I'd get with it.
  • 1 0
 I actually kinda agree. To begin with I was a bit ‘wtf??!’ ...but now I think it looks like a weapon. Like some kind of military issue equipment.
  • 1 0
 I know a little someone who would love that Cub Scout but with 26in wheels. What's the timescales on these?
  • 2 0
 There only 13 bikes here... and one of then does not have a fork
  • 1 0
 My son just has a new commencal ramones, Now wishing for a scout cub. He is my son Smile
  • 2 0
 Ns Bikes Synonym is a synonym to Kona Hei Hei
  • 1 0
 Lesson one of how to mess up your Pivot Firebird... The NS, GT, Mondraker, and Transition are all winners!!
  • 1 0
 If there's a Super Foxy with 170mm of travel, what happens to the Dune (which last i check had... 170mm of travel, too????
  • 10 9
 the transition easily looks the best on this page
  • 4 1
 It kinda looks like a dolphin...not saying that's a bad thing.
  • 2 1
 Agreed!
  • 3 0
 @chrisjk: As long as it's not an Angry Dolphin, Evil will allow it.
  • 1 1
 It’s 2020, is this the best the Industry can do? Should have autonomous bicycling by now!
  • 1 1
 Bicycles should be able to balance itself by now, then you can call it to you.
  • 9 9
 Anyone who votes or has voted for that Lapierre needs to go get their head checked.
And not because it’s an ebike.
  • 2 4
 Flies under the radar more that most, hehhehhehhehhehhehhhh3hh3hh3h3hhhe, You would have to be using a white cane not to see that ugliness.
  • 4 0
 An intriguing opinion. I'm not always a fan of anodized bling, but the bike is quite to my taste.
  • 3 0
 It doesnt look that bad.

All Lapierres looked/look somewhat crazy- but no other frame design was as compliant and efficient as my old DH722.
  • 1 0
 @NotNamed: I had the previous one, the 920, nice and beautiful but it broke. Still keep the remains for show...
  • 3 0
 @NotNamed: I must need therapy, I think it’s the best looking e-bike I’ve seen. Except possibly the Decoy.
  • 1 0
 yeah... putting some british Hope parts on a french bike in this context of doomed Brexit is kind of awkward.
  • 1 0
 Thought I saw a climb switch on it. lol.
  • 3 1
 @softsteel: the only reason brexit is a problem is because they aren't going to do anything about the main reason people voted for it.
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: you`re so damn right. Peace Man.
  • 2 1
 Is that Nigel Page's house ? Where was this convention?
  • 1 0
 All that worn headtube paint...
  • 1 0
 When did Trust release a 160mm shout? This is what I’ve been waiting for
  • 1 0
 Dawg, I heard you like pivots...
  • 1 0
 Where is the pinkbike bike?
  • 1 0
 That transition looks like an ibis
  • 1 0
 mondraker ......TT omg aexy !! another color maybe
  • 1 0
 I just want to lick those eeWings cranks. Mmmmmm
  • 1 0
 Good lord, the top.... tube (blade?) on the Mondraker is Super Foxy.
  • 1 0
 The new fork on the Pivot firebird looks super dumb
  • 1 0
 Missed opportunity not naming the Lapierre the Zest-e.
  • 1 0
 That cub scout looks like a super fun dj/pump track bike.
  • 1 1
 Are the chainstays of the Cotic aluminum? They look kinda beefy for steel
  • 6 1
 Yes, swing arm and linkages are alu, seat stays and front triangle are steel.
  • 3 2
 @Fix-the-Spade:
Ahhh that explains why there not actually that heavy. Well the one I picked up wasn't any heavier than a ally bike.
Beautiful bikes nice builds and price
I do wonder about flex tho as I hate flex.
  • 4 0
 @markg1150: isn't flex the point of a steel bike?
  • 3 0
 @markg1150: If the Cotic demo tour goes near you have a go on one, they aren't particularly flexy bikes.
  • 4 0
 @markg1150: Definitely get on the demo tour if you can. We use steel for the bikes to have a little flex along the length, to breathe with the trail, keep traction on cambers and chatter and 'give and go'. Too much flex is definitely a bad thing - you want the wheels to follow eachother! But, offroad, some give over rough ground is an advantage to steel. Check out www.cotic.co.uk/demo to see if we're near you this year on the tour. It's free. Come and see what you think.
  • 2 2
 Hope rotors > all else
  • 1 1
 pivot would have been my fav except for that fork
  • 2 1
 Cool stock Yeti. 9k?
  • 2 1
 I heart that Mondraker
  • 2 2
 Whats with British full sussers and raised chain-stays?
  • 1 1
 GT = all day!

Trust fork = all NEVER
  • 2 3
 All hate for e-bikes should be immediately channeled directly towards that fork.
  • 2 2
 Wow, a good looking Transition...who would of thought.
  • 2 3
 I don’t “Trust” that suspension. Pivoting it’s a DW design, standing for: Dumb Witted.
  • 3 4
 think they can add any more cables and hoses to that Cotic???
  • 5 0
 Cable management can look a bit much with the OPT remote on the slim steel tubes, but we would rather has this than full ibternal routing. Because full internal routing is stupid. In our opinion.
  • 2 0
 @cotic-bikes: ``full internal routing is stupid``. I completely agree Wink
BTW: today is a doomed day with that Brex..what-you-know. Will it have any impact on your prices?
Cheers!!!
  • 1 0
 @cotic-bikes: Totally agree, but can you have a word with them about that white spring?
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: The regular linear VALT springs are black to be fair
  • 2 0
 @softsteel: Don't know yet. Depends on what happens to the markets next week once it's actually happened. I suspect the change will be at the end of the year once whatever deal is negotiated is in place. Certainly anything in stock now is fixed on price.
  • 2 0
 @cotic-bikes: shock remotes fit in the "is stupid category"...change my mind *sips coffee

I do hate internal routing though and prefer what ya got going on fwiw Wink
  • 1 0
 @richsoffar: Ordinarily on most brands shocks where the remote activates a full lockout, I totally agree. Full lockouts on suspension bikes feel awful. They don't even feel like a hardtail, they just do a weird tiny bouncy thing because they're shuttling on the IFP. Horrid. The Cane Creek shocks are different. The Climb Switch effectively just turns up the low speed compression and rebound damping about six clicks each, so it's not full lockout, it just firms things up nicely for smoother or jumpier trails. I used the switch a far bit, but ferriting around between your knees to flick the switch takes timing and you can't always switch when you want it. When Cane Creek sent me the sample OPT I was sceptical too, but it's stayed on my bike. I love it! Because both modes are usable offroad I use it all the time, even switching halfway up climbs to open the suspension for traction in tougher sections, then firming it back up again. The other thing it allowed me to do is run my open setting even more open, because I didn't have to compromise one bit on that because I could always get to the Climb Switch via the remote. My own personal open setting uses one less turn high speed compression a couple of clicks less low speed compression too compared to the Cotic Base Tune that customer get on any Cane Creek shock fitted to our of our bikes. In conclusion, if it's an OPT on Cane Creek, it's brilliant. Any other brand, meh! ;-)
  • 1 2
 ah yes the cotic texas gate. classic.
  • 1 1
 I don’t like bikes
  • 4 0
 Is that along the same lines as I don't like reggae?
  • 2 0
 User name checks out
  • 1 0
 ok
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