New Patrol 871 DH and 671 Enduro Bikes - Crankworx Rotorua 2016

Mar 9, 2016
by Richard Cunningham  

Patrol Mountain's latest DH and enduro machines were on hand at Crankworx Rotorua. The Indonesian based bike maker says that they updated the geometry of both bikes for 2016. Patrol entered the North American marketplace recently, where its range has generated considerable interest. The Patrol 871 has 27.5-inch DT Swiss wheels, an aluminum chassis with a 215mm-travel, four-bar Horst Link-type rear suspension, and it sports a Shimano Saint drivetrain. Suspension is all Kashima-coated Fox, with a DHX2 RAD Valve shock and a 40 Float fork. Cockpit components are house-branded Patrol items. It looks wicked.
Patrol Mountain

2016 Patrol 871 DH and 671 Enduro Bikes Crankworx Rotorua 2016
Shimano Saint shifting and brakes with a 10-speed cassette.

patrol 871 geometry 2016
Judging by the numbers, the 871 should adapt to any track.
2016 Patrol 871 DH and 671 Enduro Bikes Crankworx Rotorua 2016
Fox DHX2 shock and top tube-mounted rocker link.

2016 Patrol 871 DH and 671 Enduro Bikes Crankworx Rotorua 2016
Internal cable routing and a house-branded, 780mm handlebar.

Patrol's paint schemes are more understated this year, but their all-mountain/enduro-racer looks more brilliant than ever. The 671's reach is significantly longer than its downhill racing sibling, which easily addresses the current trend, while the aluminum frame's curving, Santa Cruz-esque, lines are a refreshing step back from the angular profiles that the German bike mafia now embrace.

Patrol's 671 also rolls on DT Swiss 27.5-inch wheels and sports 160 millimeters of suspension on both ends, with a Fox Float EVOL shock and the uber-capable 36 Float fork (both Kashima, of course). Drivetrain is a Shimano XT one-by-eleven, backed up by a chain guide, and the brakes are Magura's newest four-piston MT7's with Storm rotors. Like its DH brother, the 671 is appointed with Patrol-branded cockpit components, but topped by a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post

2016 Patrol 871 DH and 671 Enduro Bikes Crankworx Rotorua 2016
Fox EVOL damper, driven by a sturdy rocker link.

Patrol 671 Geometry 2016
Progressive geometry with four sizes, including X-large.
2016 Patrol 871 DH and 671 Enduro Bikes Crankworx Rotorua 2016
Internal cable and hose routing, with a separate port for the brake.

2016 Patrol 871 DH and 671 Enduro Bikes Crankworx Rotorua 2016
Magura MT7 four-piston brake calipers should do the trick.


  • 117 3
 Yeah if you guys now want to show that smokin hot Zerode Carbon Enduro bike, that would be great.
  • 16 2
 Yeah zerode feature please! It's a beauty.
  • 58 0
 *cough* *cough* Stay tuned for a full feature...
  • 7 1
 That zerode is super dope! Dang.
  • 4 0
 Internal gearbox as well so "no one" can complain
  • 2 0
 At the venue, got a few photos as well of the Zerode. They're still working on it as it needs some refinements I.e. more chainstay clearance as the chains gets really close to the top of the chainstay
  • 2 0
 I concur..... It's been a long wait..
  • 5 0
 My god that Zerode is the door the the mtb's bright furute with gearboxes.
  • 2 0
 Good skills Rob, it looks nice.

@mikekazimer I wait with baited breath.
  • 2 1
 Yes Zerode!
  • 6 0
 @WAKIdesigns I think the Taniwha has your name written all over it. Taniwha is kinda the Maori equivalent of a Troll. Razz
  • 73 1
 chain a little long?
  • 3 0
 Lol good point
  • 5 54
flag Twallywilly (Mar 9, 2016 at 16:30) (Below Threshold)
 Longer travel bikes with massive chainstay growth + wide range cassette = long chain. As soon as you sit on the bike the chainstay will lengthen and make up for the chain slack.
  • 30 2
 ^ just no
  • 15 2
 So if you are jumping the chain will be that loose? Sounds disastrous.
  • 36 0
 Even 50 Cent's chain is tighter than that.
  • 18 0
 Can not unsee... Also first thing I saw.
  • 5 1
 Ditto for the first thing seen. Tighten up that b-limit, homie!
  • 44 7
 67.5 HA on an enduro bike? What is this, 2010?
  • 11 5
 I stopped reading after 67.5HA..
  • 4 7
 Me too actually
  • 15 3
 I was actually quite glad to see that. We have tons on slacked out enduro machines these days with 65 HA's, but very few with steeper head tube angles. Although most of today's enduro bikes have good pedaling characteristics, climbing continuous, long, more technical, steeper sections is less fun and much more cumbersome with such a slack HA. I may be the exception, but I want a 150 160 bike that has a moderate HTA (66.5-67.5) so I'm comfortable with all of the climbing on longer backcountry epics or techy steep climbs. Yeah, I could just go to a trailbike instead, but I like riding a bigger bike. That's why I'm on a Tracer 275C, a moderate 66.5 HA gives me the best of both worlds. Just my two cents based on my intended usage.
  • 3 1
 that is the FIRST thing i said to myself haa. my 2008 has a 67.5. sorry guys. you missed the mark big time.
  • 13 1
 Did you guys see the reach? 420mm on the L DH bike!!! 451mm on the XL trail bike!!! The trail bike come stock with a 75mm stem!!! WTF!!!
  • 6 0
 Ok this bike seems to have the geometry numbers form the 2011 Giant Reign. Including the 75mm stem
  • 4 0
 Just said the same below - Head angle can be sorted with angle headsets etc but sizing is an absolute joke on these.

I just cant understand how manufacturers repeatedly get this so wrong, do they live under a rock or something?

Even Intense has totally dropped a crapper on their new DH bike, and I am an intense fanboy but wont be going there.... shame.
  • 20 1
 Looks like a saracen myst
  • 2 1
 Exactly my thoughts when I saw it last night.
  • 1 0
 you had too much alc
  • 21 2
 Sorry, my Patrol is the only Patrol. A Transition Patrol. Smile
  • 17 5
 Isn't it funny how many bloody bikes their are out their. I give companies like this credit for going for it, and having the ambition to do actually build bikes, but honestly who buys these bikes, I know theirs a lot of name brand bikes that dont perform all that well, and I know their allways room for cool innovative ideas, but I always wonder how all these slightly obscure company's sell bikes, especially when their essentially rehashed and water'd down versions of other bikes, let alone totally unproven. I don't know maybe I'm too pessimistic
  • 42 0
 That there is the their you think you're after.
  • 5 1
 I have actually wondered the same thing especially the rehashed watered down part. Most bikes are pretty much the same. Check us out, we are a bit different. Just getting started. Gearbox in the works for DH and All Mtn frames. I was tired of hearing the same old stuff every year how this is bike or that bike is so much better, but they were pretty much just the same but looked a little different. And low pivot designs really ride harsh and are not great at bump absorption. So we did something different. I guess you could say much different interms of framesets. We are building a website now and hopefully will have it up soon.
  • 3 0
 These guys are from Indonesia, 250 million people live there, so there's going to be plenty of local brands that want to break out into the world scene. If it doesn't work out in Europe/USA for them then there's their home market.
  • 2 0
 Just go to Euro bike. Companies you have never heard of with the biggest stand and most extensive line up.
  • 10 4
 Thirty years from now; some whack job will be digging around the New Mexico desart. Searching for the boost hubs hidden underneith the sand. In an effort to doucument the very moment in history that it all started to go catastrophically downhill, for the MTB industry.
True story. Friend of a friend told my cousin, and I overheard it through the bathroom door, while pooping. Good talk team, now get out there ride!
  • 3 0
 Dude, love the Atari reference! Buried in the desert?! Love it!
  • 6 0
 I don't care, I like to see new brands, I like the idea that any kind of a monopoly dictated by the bigger brands gets weaker every time a new brand appears. Even when the new ( or just small) brands try to imitate the big ones.
Diversity of brands is one of the keys for weakening trends and new standards.
  • 6 0
 Cut them some slack, the market will shape them for the better if they aren't now and competition keep the big guys' pricing reasonable. Just as Polygon came a long way too I believe and they now have a page in Rampage's history.
  • 7 1
 urm, excuse me Patrol 671, you have a droopy chain. Narrow-wide and chain-guide, that chain still hits my backside!
  • 3 0
 Just like the Propain bikes the sizing is so far out it is unreal!

The 420mm reach and 595TT length on the large DH bike is ridiculous, that would be many manufacturers size Small now, its not much better for the enduro bike either.

What are manufacturers like this playing around at?! - So much work put into suspension, design, aesthetics only to size them so far out of the ballpark the largest size will only fit somebody below 6ft and anybody over 6ft just will not be on the correct size bike.
  • 5 2
 Has anyone else noticed How short the Patrol 821? ready to tackle any DH track, aslong as you're under 5 foot 10... 420mm reach in the smallest size with a 595mm top tube in the largest size?? that thing is tiny!!
  • 2 1
 871 Sorry...
  • 2 0
 It's ok, don't apologize, we all do it.
  • 2 0
 Under 5'6" you mean! That bike is tiny!
  • 2 0
 The only people who could read the geo chart and consider one of these bikes above 6ft is if they are a total beginner or have no idea about the correct sizing of a bike and will just go off recommendation. Its almost frustrating to see what looks like a potentially great product be ruined by designers who must live in a different universe to the rest of the MTB community.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, saw that... *cue Zoolander* "What is this, a bike for ANTS?!?"
  • 4 1
 That is a fairly steep by modern standards head tube angle on the Patrol's 671.
  • 3 0
 Market is flooding with new brands and bikes, good I guess!
  • 3 0
  • 1 0
 I have been riding Patrol bikes the past year in the UK, i can tell you the 671 is going to be value for money and one of the big hitters for 2016 in Europe
  • 1 0
 Well, as far as looks go, I really dig the 871. From the comments it seems like the geometry leaves something to be desired. Would love to ride it and feel for myself.
  • 3 0
 for foreign is a PATROL, for Indonesia people is a UNITED BIKE Big Grin
  • 4 2
 It looks like they forgot to convert the sizes from Asian to Western.
  • 2 0
 Yawn.. just another bike with horst link / FSR suspension.
  • 1 0
 yyaaawwwwnn... they got the aesthetics right but everything else has been done before.
  • 1 0
 @MtbSince84, it is a horst link, which has two between the front triangle and axle, a faux bar or single link only has one.
  • 2 0
 What's the pricing for these bikes?
  • 1 0
 What's up with the chain on the patrol 671? In assuming it's not sized yet.
  • 2 0
 They both look noice
  • 1 0
 Nice looking mounts but the derailleur hanger looks so tiny....
  • 1 0
 HA 67.5 isn't slacker better??
  • 1 0
 Very lean looking for the 871, looks like carbon at first see.
  • 1 0
 finally this beast showing up...
  • 1 0
 I would patrol the hills on that.............
  • 3 3
 64 degree head angle on a dh bike, what is this 2011?
  • 5 1
 Yea, I was expecting 59 degrees and zero stems with 850 bars to be the standard already by 2015
  • 1 0
 Highway Patrol
  • 1 0
 the patrol LLA Saracen !
  • 1 0
 Itense cruz patrol
  • 1 2
 671 looks like the tracer linkage?
  • 3 2
 Upper link, you mean? I can see that (looks like Santa Cruz too). That's where the resemblance ends, I think. 671 is Horst (single pivot), Tracer is VPP.
  • 4 1
 Tracer is VPP. Looks like this is closer to Rocky Mountain's setup, as the chainstay pivot appears to be forward and above the rear axle.
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