Tucked away at the Bike Connection Winter event was an exquisite looking piece of composite craftsmanship. The Antidote Carbonjack is made in Poland and uses carbon fiber as well as aramid fibers like Kevlar and Vectran in the layup.
The most prominent update to the frame is the change in wheel size to 29", although the frame hosts many other updates and changes in suspension and geometry.
Its dual link design gives 150mm travel and has the shock attached to both of the small, counter-rotating links. The lower link is also concentric to the BB and there's a small shock extender at one end to rotate the piggy back of the shock 90 degrees, giving better access to the adjusters with the shocks nestled in position of down behind the seat tube.
Fork travel can be between 160 and 170mm and the geometry is designed around a shorter 44mm offset. There are 4 sizes on offer from S to XL, with reach measurements ranging from 430 to 510mm. Despite talk of achieving balance through front to rear center ratios, the chain stays remain at 450mm for the entire size range.
The seat angle changes slightly per size, though, with also an increase in saddle height per size adjusting the offset point between actual and effective seat angles. This should result in a more consistent seat angle for the different sizes of riders and their differing seat heights.
There are threaded or press fit BB options and internal cable routing, although the cables do pop out under the BB so could potentially be in the firing line of debris.
The design of the bike is striking, with angles and windows throughout the frame, but the quality of finish is beautiful in every element and the craftsmanship is backed up with a lifetime warranty for the original owner.
Pricing for the frame is €3499, but availability information isn't with us yet. From what we saw it looks like the possibility of two full bike options with Fox suspension, Shimano drivetrain and brakes and DT Swiss wheels and another with Ohlins, SRAM and ENVE.
For more information and to inquire about purchasing a Carbonjack, check out the Antidote website
You just cable tie it to the piggy back, it’s easy.
Having a bottle in the front triangle is great, better than heaps of bikes! but just funny that the front triangle is empty but still less roomy than my Patrol and my Craftworks.
It looks like they sacrifice ergonomics for design and I love it
I haven’t ridden this one, but CJ27 and Darkmatters suspensions are worth quite a few sacrifices if you consider this to be one. Everything’s a compromise. I wouldn’t like bearings near rear axle like on E29 or Capra, bdcause I land sideways too often. E29 looks boring as hell. I still have it on top of my list for Enduro/park bike. Some people-say whole frame is worthless because it has pressfit, which is insane.
It wasn’t the shock so much as the back eyelet that wore out every four months or so
...hate it when my shaft gets blasted
"I am worrieds the shockas is gonna gets durtys, woulda bought it but naaa it will be obliterate..."
In before waki
Now, THAT'S an exotic name, right there..........is it an actual bike?
That downtube hole looks strange. Imagine how it gonna collect mud, get hit by rocks. Good site you can carry bike easy on your back apart from that its masterpiece, didnt care how it gonna lasts
Funny how I am being down voted for something so blatantly obvious that should be included in a bike design as such.
BUT how does the grim donut ride?
Having said that, Honestly speaking, me being 178cm tall, I cannot fit a dropper longer than 420mm total on my 27.5 CJ due to interrupted seat tube. I honestly never fet the need for more and I still get the rear tire rub my bum on steepest descents in Gbg or in Hafjell, like illenberga.
Though my old nomad 3 was the same. Some good garks above the lower link.
I was gonna say, I have seen a lot of vpp link bikes that have damaged lower links but that’s more from catching rocks in the tiny space and getting crunched as link rotates/gap closes