Corsair Konig 4.6 - Review

Mar 21, 2016
by Richard Cunningham  
Corsair Konig 4.6 2016


Corsair has been around for a while and so has the Konig, a bike that has earned a cult following among park riders, as well as slopestyle and gate racers. According to the Taiwan-based design group, our Konig 4.6 test bike is targeted at freestyle and gravity riders searching for a playful, versatile machine that is as happy shredding DH trails as it is sessioning jump lines. The Konig 4.6 is sold as a frame with a Fox Float X shock for $1,499 USD (£1549). In many regions outside the US and Canada, complete models are also available.

The Konig 4.6 is a bit of a shape-shifter, with both adjustable wheelbase and suspension travel. Depending upon which shock the bike is ordered with, the chassis can be configured with either four inches of rear-wheel travel for gate racing and slopestyle, or five inches for park and all-mountain style riding. The Konig's sturdy welded-aluminum chassis, with its single-pivot rear suspension and tunnel-shock configuration is a proven, albeit, slightly dated design - and its geometry follows suit, with numbers that are moderately low and slack by contemporary gravity standards. Corsair says that by switching dropouts (included in the kit), the Konig can accept either 26 or 27.5-inch wheels (ours had 27.5"). Like many slopestyle bikes, only medium and large sizes are available.
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Bolt-on rear dropouts allow Konig 4.6 riders to shorten the chainstays by 12mm. Dropouts for 26" and 27.5" wheels are included.

Details:
• Purpose: all-mountain, park, slopestyle, gate racing
• Frame: aluminum, 4" or 5" rear-wheel travel.
• Shock: Fox Float X (standard) or Cane Creek DB Inline
• Adjustable rear dropouts allow 12mm chainstay length adjustment
• Wheels: 27.5" or 26" (dropouts included).
• Rear spacing: 135mm, 12mm through-axle
• Threaded, 73mm bottom bracket, ISCG 05 mounts
• Accepts forks from 130mm to 160mm
• Sizes: medium or large (reviewed)
• Weight as reviewed: 30.12 pounds (13.69kg)
• MSRP: $1,499 USD (frame with Fox shock)
• Contact: Corsair

bigquotesWe like to call the Konig our Aggro Bike. It can do just about anything.
- Lance Tueller: Corsair
Corsair Konig 4.6 geometry
Geometry for 143mm suspension and 160mm fork. (*Measured)


Construction

Corsair has been making the Konig in one form or another for a number of years, so while its chassis may fall short on wow factor, its design elements are well proven. The seat tube shock tunnel and swooping top tube keep the weight centered low in the frame, and its triangulated, single-pivot swingarm is designed like a DH bike, its main-bearings encapsulated by a rigid, hollow box-section that ties into its threaded bottom bracket shell. Cables and housings are old-school - external and full-length, as is the routing for its dropper post.

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Adjustablity: As mentioned, Corsair ships the Konig with two pairs of rear dropouts: one for 27.5-inch wheels and another pair that corrects the geometry for 26-inch wheels. Slots in the swingarm allow the dropouts to be positioned 12 millimeters fore or aft providing chainstay lengths ranging from 429 to 441 millimeters (16.9 to 17.4 inches). Shock mounting adapters are also included should Konig owners decide to reduce the travel from six to four inches by selecting the optional shorter-stroke shock.

bigquotesThe compact nature of the Konig's chassis is well suited to its playful mission statement.

Geometry: Large and medium sized Konig frames share the same head tube length, seat tube length, chainstay dimensions and geometry. The only difference is their top tube lengths and wheelbases. The reason is to minimize the height of the top tube and handlebar in an effort to optimize the chassis for slopestyle riders.

With a 160mm-stroke RockShox Pike fork, 27.5-inch wheels, and 2.5-inch tires, the stand-over clearance is only 27 inches (68.5cm), and the stack measures 23.6 inches (60cm). We checked the reach of our large-sized chassis at 410 millimeters, which is adequate, and while not generous by present standards, the compact nature of the Konig's chassis is well suited to its playful mission statement.
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A longer or shorter-stroke fork can alter the Konig's geometry by over one degree, and the bottom bracket height by over a centimeter.


Components

Corsair does not sell complete bikes in North America, but they assembled our large-sized test bike in keeping with how it is sold in other places. Our Konig was configured in the six-inch-travel option with the Fox Float X CTD shock and a 160-millimeter RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air fork. Wheels were by Atomlab, a sister brand to Corsair, with 30-millimeter ID aluminum SL Race rims and Pimplite hubs. Cockpit items were also Atomlab, with a 760-millimter width bar, clamped to a 30-millimeter stem and paired with a branded saddle. The dropper post was a RockShox Reverb with external hose routing.

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The Bengal Ares brake lever assembly is very compact.
Corsair
The two-piston Ares caliper is powered by mineral oil.

Unusual parts: The drivetrain was not your typical mix, with a Truvativ Descendant crankset powering a SRAM Type-2 X9 ten-speed derailleur and a SRAM cassette boosted with an Atomlab 42-tooth cog. The Konig's Bengal Ares Pro brakes were new to PB, and we were curious as to how the Taiwan-based brand's premium stoppers would perform.

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A look at the Atomlab 30mm stem and color-matched SL handlebar.
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Extended range cassette used Atomlab 42-tooth and 16-tooth cogs.



Corsair Konig 4.6

bigquotesIn the context of its intended role as a slopestyle, gate-racer and fun-bike, its numbers are squarely in the plus column.

Setting up the Konig 4.6 was a walk down memory lane in some respects. It's thick-walled, tubular-aluminum chassis looks and feels sturdy. It maintains momentum well, but its response to acceleration is muted by its beefy construction and linear-feeling rear suspension. It has a ten-speed drivetrain and, like old-school DH bikes, its 135-millimeter rear-axle spacing has no provision for centering the 12-millimeter through-axle into the hub, so you'll need to hunt around to replace the wheel. I was reminded why the Reverb Stealth was so revolutionary after the externally routed hose of the standard Reverb seatpost roped my shoe the first time I lowered the saddle. In defense of the Konig - it has been in Corsair's inventory for a number of years and its cable routing and other quirks predate many improvements that marched in with the dropper seatpost.

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The Konig's chassis feels a little old school as well, with a compact front-center and an offset seat tube with a laid-back, 62.4-degree angle that, in the lowered position, emulates the cockpit of a DH bike, and when extended, provides the pedaling ergonomics of a classic trailbike. Short chainstays and a kicked out, 66.5-degree head angle keep the front of the bike planted, while allowing the rider to flip the rear of the chassis around at will. On the subject of stability (as well as the roominess of its cockpit), our large-sized model felt more like a contemporary medium. Corsair does not bill the Konig as a competitive enduro racer, however, and in the context of its intended role as a slopestyle, gate-racer, and fun-bike, its numbers are squarely in the plus column. More about that later.

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bigquotesTest riders learned quickly to engage the Fox Float X shock's low-speed compression lever before cracking the whip to top a series of rollers, or for any extended climb.

Climbing and Ergonomics

Once up to speed, the Konig 4.6 requires only a few strong pedal strokes between corners to maintain pace. Getting up to speed, though, requires some effort. Test riders learned quickly to engage the Fox Float X shock's low-speed compression lever before cracking the whip to top a series of rollers, or for any extended climb. Point the Konig downhill and it feels playful and eager to please, but when it's time to work, Corsair's slopestyle poster child powers uphill with the enthusiasm of a longshoreman at the Port of Los Angeles. It gets the job done, but it's not going anywhere in a hurry.

Paradoxically, the Konig's short chainstays and supple rear suspension transfer a lot of weight to the rear tire, which means that (providing you have the leg power) it can scratch its way up some nasty technical climbs. With the adjustable rear dropouts slammed forward as-delivered, the weight transfer was a bit much - and the front tire became uncontrollably light when pushing hard up a steep pitch. But, with the axle set back one centimeter, the front end was properly weighted - a simple modification that did not seem to affect the bike's downhill performance.

Downhill and Technical

The party starts when the Konig is pointed downhill - especially so if the trail has a good flow and plenty of features. Park riders should love the Konig. Like the Kona Entourage, the Konig 4.6, with its gravity-based geometry, mid-travel suspension and relatively efficient pedaling, it spans the gap between sometimes-cumbersome DH bikes and lighter, perhaps less-durable AM/trailbikes.
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bigquotesThe party starts when the Konig is pointed downhill - especially so if the trail has a good flow and plenty of features.

The Konig is at home on fast, park-style gravity trails, where its ability to carry speed out of corners and air anything that resembles a jump trumps big bikes (at least for the fun factor) down all but the most aggressive lines. At mach speeds and over chunky terrain, the Konig quickly runs out of suspension and stability - but it is not afraid to go fast, and is well suited for shredding the decently manicured pro-lines that most parks have in abundance.

Body position is key to getting most from the Konig. The compact reach and wheelbase that give the Corsair its light steering and sharp maneuverability can also bite you if you get too far over the front or rear of the chassis. Stay low and centered, and the Konig feels at the ready for jumps, corners, drops, lofting a wheel, or for hard braking events - and you will be well-positioned over the crankset to make more powerful exits. When jumping, I only had to think nose high or nose low, and the Konig would make it happen.

Corsair


Cornering and Steering

Riding the Konig up and down chunky technical trails like an enduro bike left me less than impressed, but my story took a positive turn the moment I ran it down a tight, heavily bermed trail with a few kickers along the way. In its element, the Konig literally leaps from berm to berm, and when pressed beyond reasonable grip, rather than wagging its tail and burning off speed, it breaks into a neutral drift and maintains its line. Turn in early and occasionally the front tire will push for an instant before the bike settles into its arc, but it does so in a predictable way. Compress the suspension at the apex of a corner and it will set up for an opposite turn entry almost automatically. Eliminate the berms, however, and the Konig reminds you that it isn't a DH sled. You'll need a small measure of skill and concentration to keep it on line when burning flat corners.


Overall Performance

To push the Corsair to its limits, I handed the Konig off to local shredder Andy Paul, who looked like he owned the Konig after hitting only a handful of turns and features. Andy's input was instrumental in this review, but one need only look at the images to read his thoughts on the bike. Corsair bills the Konig as their do-anything aggro bike, and that pretty much sums it up, as long as you are going downhill and your favorite trails have some degree of flow. It doesn't climb well, and it doesn't explode out of the gate, but give it a little speed and point it downhill at a bunch of features, and the Konig can be a beautiful thing.

Bengal Brakes: Our first impression of Bengal Ares Pro brakes is that they have a good feel at the levers, although the modulation is a bit soft. There is no grabbiness at the calipers and stopping power is about 85-percent of what a similarly rigged Shimano XT brake puts out. The rear brake was all over the place, with its engagement point constantly changing until it had been bled properly.
Corsair

Atomlab Wheels: Sturdy, wide, and with lots of spokes to keep them that way, Atomlab's SL Race wheels are well matched to a bike that is destined to hit the ground from a variety of angles. Plus, the howling sound that emanates from the Pimplite quick engagement freehub ensures that everyone will be notified when you are airborne.

Atomlab Booster Cassette Cogs: Most riders would not want to climb anything resembling steep without the assistance of the Konig's 42-tooth cassette cog, but there are better shifting alternatives out there, in addition to a new crop of wide-range 11 x 42 ten-speed cassettes available from at least three makers.

Old-School Hub Spacing: Used as directed, the Konig is going to be burning through wheels, and few riders will have spares with a 135mm x 12mm hubs laying around. The Konig would be better served by a 142 x 12-millimeter rear hub so that almost any spare wheel will do in a pinch - and that would make wheel changes a bit easier too.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesCheers to Corsair for servicing a devoted community of riders who have been marginalized by enduro mania. The Konig 4.6, with its compact chassis, capable suspension and fearless demeanor, is tailor-made for sessioning gravity zones, jump lines, and park trails. And, while it won't win any awards for climbing efficiency, the Konig can access a lot of trails that would be hell to reach on a big bike. Corsair was smart to make the chassis compatible with 26 or 27.5-inch wheels, but it needs some further modernization to attract contemporary customers. Truth be told, if you are looking for one bike to handle most of your aggro-riding needs, a good 160-millimeter enduro-style trailbike would be far more versatile. But, if you were born with a shovel in your hand, and raised on jump-lines and secret gravity trails, Corsair's Konig 4.6 may be the better tool for the job. - RC


View more images in the Konig 4.6 gallery



About the Rider:
Stats: Age: 25 • Height: 5'11” • Weight: 150lb • Industry affiliations / sponsors: iMountainbike
Andrew Paul spent time as a kid riding and maintaining a set of rundown dirt jumps and quickly became obsessed with gravity racing, getting faster, and building bigger and better trails. His real passion is digging - creating something fun to ride that is visually appealing and inspires others. When Andy doesn't have a shovel in hand, he's out with friends, pinning it somewhere in San Diego.



130 Comments

  • 129 4
 This bike just doesn't give a shit.... and I like it
  • 112 1
 26" wheel option? Threaded bottom bracket?? 135mm rear axle spacing??? $1,500 for the frame AND shock???! Someone pinch me, I think I'm dreaming!
  • 38 2
 So it is possible to make everyone happy simply by offering two sets of dropouts. Really making alot of other bike companies look bad.
  • 18 0
 They are not the first to do it. Banshee, for example, also offers various models with interchangeable dropouts. Some companies argue that it isn't that simple and interchangeable dropouts force a compromise in HA / SA / BB etc. which means the bike doesn't take full advantage of either wheel size. I don't know how true that is, but that's the reasoning behind not doing it. Rocky Mountain uses a headtube spacer along with changeable dropouts on the Maydon to allegedly overcome this.
  • 6 3
 While interchangeable drop-outs have their merits, and there are a handful of companies making use of them for various reasons, I can also understand not using them. There is a school of thought where you build the bike to perform cohesively, without adjustable this and that. It also looks cleaner and weighs less. This bike gives zero- you know what's and that is respectable. But other companies not using them for the most part has reasons that probably doesn't include intentionally pissing people off.
  • 20 0
 I've wanted one since I saw it in the "f*ck you get pumped video"!
  • 5 0
 Scott has it on the voltage
  • 3 2
 Yewww! @ivebeenshoveling
  • 8 0
 And I think it was the same bike Cam Zink rode off the 12m drop in Chatel a few years back... Unbeliavable on such a short traveled bike!!
  • 3 0
 i can hear the sound of the wire of the dropper post on the tire from here
  • 4 1
 Luckily us in the gravity world don't suffer from such cable dropper issues. The seat is either up or down depending on terrain intentions.
  • 2 0
 @fecalmaster same but mine goes up and down with a button.
  • 1 2
 Thats great and it only weighs 500+ grams, have a big duffis cable, queer lever, and side to side play in it.
  • 110 13
 see industry, its not hard to make changeable dropouts. then you can have whatever wheel and hub standard you want! oh wait but that doesnt make you as much money. fuck you bike industry. this is a good frame from a good company that knows what good ideas are
  • 80 4
 It is amazing that the whole 26 vs 27 fake revolution could have been avoided by a couple of 10 mm dropout spacers ... it is kind of shameful actually ...
  • 25 23
 To play devil's advocate, changeable dropouts add weight and complication, especially to a carbon frame (yes, I know the Corsair is aluminum). They can creak and come loose, something I'd rather not worry about.
  • 8 0
 there are still bikes being produced that allow you to run 26/27.5 - 135/142 rear end. I think it's great as it allows you to upgrade when you want. The Empire MX6 Evo does this, and you even get a little headset spacer with it so your bb height and head angle are unaffected.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/13286645
  • 14 0
 Banshee also offer all dropouts for your wheel sizes
  • 8 17
flag DARKSTAR63 (Mar 22, 2016 at 6:49) (Below Threshold)
 So speak with your wallet and go buy such a bike."F- you bike industry?" Seriously? Pick up tennis or something those tennis balls seem to stay the same.
  • 17 0
 ^golf balls.they're constantly f*cking around with my golf balls.
  • 8 0
 i have a banshee darkside. never has issues with drop outs coming loose. the bikr f*cking rips!
  • 38 2
 Oh yes haha! Finally, a bike that the mountain bike industry desperately does not need, but what we all want, the idea of a slopestyle/enduro/freeride bike with five inches of travel that makes my eyes bulge!
  • 7 0
 I've got one of the previous generation konigs. I recently rebuilt it for use pretty much any time I want to just mess around. That's how I got into mountain biking, just playing in the streets after school, on campus, at the park. It's small, light enough at 12.7kg with only one brake and an 11-23 cassette. It goes in the back of the car easily and it's funny as shit for doing wheelies and jumping down steps. Now I wouldn't want to do any more downhill races on it like I did previously, but that isn't what it's designed for. For gooning around, there is nothing better... Until you consider the price. Corsair UK are you any good with a calculator? £1549 is 2227 USD. The price in pounds is usually less than the price in American dollars. Is that a mistake?
  • 4 0
 That reminds me of my glorious Bottlerocket..absolutely loved it..
  • 8 0
 Couldn't be more wrong, actually only looked at the article as I want a short travel play bike that is not a carbon "enduro" bike.

This frame looks like the ideal replacement for my Reign X.
  • 8 0
 Just like my entourage, these types of bikes that are smack in the middle of every category are so much fun
  • 30 1
 hair goals right there
  • 25 3
 "...stopping power is about 85-percent of what a similarly rigged Shimano XT brake puts out" That's a weird number, did you hook to brakes up to a testing machine, or are you just confident that you can approximate the brake power down to 5 percent just by feel alone? That seems kinda optimistic, unless you're a robot.
  • 21 0
 I also thought this. Also, "The rear brake was all over the place, with its engagement point constantly changing until it had been bled properly." what brake isn't all over the place when its full of air! Some feedback after the bleed would of been useful!
  • 21 0
 Since I saw FCK U GET PUMPED,I want it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this bike works 300%
  • 16 0
 Andy, you made it
  • 16 1
 Sooooo... a freeride bike?
  • 10 0
 A lightweight freeride bike. I kinda like the concept...
  • 8 0
 yep, this is like the intelligent version of the 5" travel freeride bike we were all riding pre 2005. Nice.
  • 5 2
 Soooo a Slopestyle bike???
  • 11 1
 Please, don't pretend it's a trail bike or that it can be used for "all mountain" with a 62.4° st angle... A big guy would also have problems with st length.
Otherwise it seems to be fun
  • 5 0
 The front end is super short too for a size large, even when compared to the shorter end of current 150/160mm bikes.

Having said that, it's cool to have a wide range of sizes and styles of bike to choose from to suit what you ride.
  • 6 1
 Yeah, i read this: "provides the pedaling ergonomics of a classic trailbike" and thought: "None"
  • 2 0
 Not mentioning the effect of a 62.4 STA on climbing in a review that also uses words like trail and all-mountain is comical. Come on Pinkbike...
  • 2 0
 A "big guy" would have more problems with the 410mm reach, I suspect. I'm 6 feet tall and that seems awful short to me.

The shortest bike I own is a Morpheus Skyla, with 429mm reach. It was the longest slopestyle bike I could find and I wish it was longer.
  • 1 0
 The seat angle is slack, but the seat tube isn't aimed at the BB. Some brands list STA and 'effective STA.' ...which still isn't enough when you're well north of 6'...
  • 8 0
 $1499 = £1042 even with vat that would be a max of £1250. How come the UK market always seems to get screwed with things like this?
  • 4 1
 VAT?
  • 5 2
 Value Added Tax @20% buddy, a U.K. thing
  • 3 6
 It's not a UK thing, every country has VAT. The reasons for the extra money are: import taxes, shipping costs, extra middle person adding a percentage, storage costs.
  • 2 5
 Also 20% is actually not bad. For example here in The Netherlands it is 21% and in Hungary it is even 27%.
  • 4 1
 I wasn't starting a debate in VAT, I was simply stating the USD to GBP equations don't stack up here
  • 3 6
 False. You asked a question, we answered Wink
  • 5 3
 ^smug twat.
  • 3 5
 Just checked your profile and all you do is call people names and tell how shit everything and everyone is. Go get a life. Also, I was just joking, no reason to get grumpy.
  • 2 2
 I was going to read yours.
  • 2 0
 @Mattin every where else has shipping costs, middle person etc etc. Its not just on this its on other stuff also - just seems to me like the UK market pays a premium to elsewhere. Your answer wasn't accurate IMO, also the US does not have VAT so your statement that every country has VAT is inaccurate. I reiterate I did not intend this to be a debate on VAT
  • 2 1
 Its not more expensive in the UK as anywhere else in Europe. Extra middle person often comes in when it gets shipped to a different continent. That way they can send more products to one European storage place, that will later ship it to the distributors in all the different European countries. Intercontinental shipping costs are expensive. Have you ever ordered something out of the USA? Last time I bought a 2nd hand frame off eBay for $100, ended up paying $100 for shipping and €60 import taxes, even though it was registered as a gift.

Same reason why European bikes and parts (for example NS Bikes) are much more expensive in the USA as in Europe.

I know you Brits like to hate your government, but all of this is standard when it comes to intercontinental shipping. Not just UK.
  • 2 1
 Okay, pretty much every European country has VAT plus quite some outside of Europe. But you're still much better off living in the UK than living in the USA.
  • 1 0
 @Mattin: Pray tell, why is that?
  • 7 1
 I love having my "big bike " and my "small bike" My play rig is a lot like the Konig and I press it into service anytime I think the ride or trail isn't right for the DH bike. Bikes like this are super fun and very capable of handling just about anything without becoming those "do nothing well" enduro bikes. Not only do I take mine to the epic trails in places like Downieville, but I can turn around and have fun at the Truckee slalom track and pump track on the way home. Try THAT with a super long, 6" travel enduro bike. The world needs more bikes like this.
  • 6 0
 That's actually a great looking bike. I like the low standover height, the hefty structure, and the way the seat tube doesn't stick up super far.
  • 8 1
 Cool looking bike, good review. Neat to see Andy doing reviews.
  • 8 1
 Looks like an amazingly fun fast and flickable bike tup
  • 5 0
 this could be my next rig...affordable, (big fan of alloy), more suited to descending,
you can run 27's or 26's, i can run older spare wheels in the winter..cool
  • 6 0
 I've got an old konig and it's perfect bike for having so much fun on it Big Grin
  • 7 0
 External routing, as it should be
  • 6 1
 A cool bike made by the most pretentious company in the industry...i'm torn
  • 10 0
 story?
  • 4 2
 Just go talk to them...anyone that's had to deal with a company that employs one of the guys, that i won't say who, has had problems
  • 5 0
 I second that, both of my corsair bikes fell apart within a year, one frame went in for warranty and I never heard back. Shady company is shady. I know they are under new owners but think about how honest even the new owners are, travel adjustable bike with one tab, no where in this article does it mention you need two shocks for the different travel options
  • 3 4
 That's kind of a shit story man. If you're not affiliated with the industry, why wouldn't you name names? That's one of the purposes of this forum, to spread information. Either you have information, or you do not.
  • 7 0
 I got a nice message from one of the guys at corsair and we talked it out. It's all good now. Seems like the company is set up way different from what it used to be. @therealtylerdurden yes i have information and yes i'm part of the industry but I'm not one of those dudes that talks shit about people just to do it. That's the kind of stuff that makes sure you pay retail the rest of your life
  • 1 0
 Huh. Thanks for the wise answer. tup
  • 6 1
 If I could only have one bike this would be my dream sled.
  • 4 3
 it maybe an aggro bike which is cool but like the review said the geometry is very old school. One of the best things about the development of mtn bikes in my opinion is not only the tech but the geometry. For proper aggro riding we're finally using bikes with long front centres, this bike is very short....

I think it's made for the slope style / 4x and I bet it does an amazing job at that, but many modern enduro bike would thrash it dh...
  • 12 3
 It's not meant for that. It's a playbike. It would thrash your enduro bike at 360s and flips.
  • 1 0
 I know... just saying general aggro bikes are better with long front centres, i'm sure it rips at tricks being so compact
  • 5 0
 I dare one of you to actually buy one.
  • 1 0
 ^
This. Like almost everyone else, I think its a cool concept (especially in the midst of the Endurope "revolution"), but it will be interesting to see how many they actually sell. That said, Tranny is now offering the Triple, so maybe there is a meaningful market for sort of bike.
  • 5 1
 Nice that they acknowledged the fact that this is not supposed to be an enduro bike.

www.pinkbike.com/video/431894
  • 1 0
 I stopped reading when I saw the size Large has a 410mm reach.
In comparison, even a size Small Kona Process 153 has a longer top tube at 416mm.

Also a 62.5 degree SA? I know it's intended as a freeride bike and not a trail bike, but that SA seems pretty useless to me. Back in the days when I did air tricks I always wanted my SA to be as steep as possible so I can clamp it for tricks such as suicide no handers and barspins.

The bike is beautiful and comes at a great price. But the geometry chart is just weird..
  • 3 2
 neat concept that is poorly executed, how is the travel adjustable when there is only one tab for the shock mounts on each side. Yes you will need to buy two rear shocks. Corsair bearings last about two weeks before they stop spinning, their paint has always been bad and don't even get me started on their warranty department. Much better options for the same money out there, just have to look for them.
  • 1 0
 A reach equivalent to reaching for ones own groin & a 135x12 rear end spacing? Well Corsair, you've done it again- produced an "everything & nothing" oddball of a bike with a tight tourettes-like twitch. With that said, for the smaller rider it would be a bagful of fun as a play bike.
  • 1 0
 I don't think I'll ever be able to take advantage of a real DH bike in my life, but a bike like this is that is a bit more versatile and can still hang on some easier DH lines sounds like the kind of bike I'd love to own one day when my kids are older and I can get enough time on a real mountain to justify a bike.
  • 1 0
 No word that the Bengal Ares PRO lever is a simple and bad copy of Hope Race Tech lever?
www.bengalperformance.com.tw/hydraulic-mineral.htm compared to static.bike-components.de/cache/Hope-Stealth-Race-E4-Kunststoffleitung-Scheibenbre-eb01ece1582a369ae843addb145ad36e.jpeg

What's on PinkBike? You're meanwhile kind of fabric softening as most of the classic print magazines...
  • 6 2
 reminds me of my GT Distortion.
  • 3 0
 That last sentence sold it. Who didn't learn to love biking with a shovel in their hand?
  • 3 0
 I've eaten shit trying to ride with a shovel in my hand
  • 4 0
 I smoked shit trying to ride with a shovel in my hand
  • 2 0
 But why not have a bike that feels just as good in the air but can also do technical stuff?
  • 10 0
 We did do the photos on a slalom type course but I've taken it out to one of the local dh trails and there wasn't anything I couldn't still ride. It does have more support for the first half of the suspension so it's not as 'comfortable' as a full on trail bike in rougher choppy terrain however the flipside of that is that is that it made it one of the most playful and lively bikes I've ridden out there. You have to be just a little more precise in technical sections but it rewards you off every huck, berm and heavy G-out. Since this is their slopestyle and 4x bike it makes sense that it isn't softer at the beginning stroke, it's easier to manipulate the bike to do what you want and it snaps so good out of corners and off lips.
  • 2 0
 They have a new frame coming out in June which is designed for trail and enduro.
  • 4 2
 Can @Taylorvernon write an opinion article on technical trails? BMX track is damn technical, it requires god damn good technique to ride it and not die. Bumpy trails on another hand... Can we stop calling bumpy trails technical?
  • 4 0
 Here's an example of what I put the bike through http://www.pinkbike.com/video/429734/
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 @scrippsranchDJ I got a go pro following you down the trail on the konig, it starts at 1:21 www.pinkbike.com/video/439230
  • 3 0
 that kashima stanchion is gonna collect some shit
  • 2 0
 Yes.id be tempted to cover it with something like a margarine tub to protect it.
  • 1 0
 Hmmm a little company by the name of HOPE makes hubs that will fit this bike and I don't think that will change anytime soon......
  • 2 0
 What is the stand over height? Looking for a dh bike for my tiny 5' talk gf.
  • 2 0
 After watching this video, www.pinkbike.com/video/425046 , the bike has me sold!
  • 1 0
 cool bike, actually I put on a 150 mm fork and 26" wheels on my meta trail this week, works great! Easier to switch forks then change travel internally...
  • 1 0
 Im building one and will have two wheel sets and also 2 different suspension kits. My plan is to use it for Dual Slalom, 4X and some Enduro riding.
  • 9 8
 why 135mm rear hub spacing? That hub standard is getting hard to find, why not use 142mm?
  • 14 2
 It's because that design has been unchanged since before 142 was released.
  • 6 1
 135 is getting hard to find? Check Novatec 4in1 system and you're ok for this frame and next one.
  • 9 0
 I'm using hope or fireeye hubs on mine... Both of which were found just as easily as 142
  • 6 0
 @EnduroriderPL

The truth right there... Novatec 4in1 hubs and it is just a case of literally swapping things out. Pretty bombproof, bearings not a pain to change, 15mm or 20mm (or even 9mm!!!!!) front just slide the sleeves in and you are done, rear 135 by 10 or 12, 142 by 12.. just swap out the axel inserts.

I honestly think they may have saved me 1000s of dollars over the years....... and they come in anodized red for those who need it!
  • 3 0
 135mm is easy for me to find, just look though my pile of rims and there they are.
  • 1 0
 I have Novatec 4in1 hubs and they do a good job but I wouldn't say their are easy to change bearings. In the rear hub the spacer between the main 2 bearings will easily seize them when installing, so you have to find a balance between tight enough or too tight. And in the front you have caps that only can be taken out with an old 20mm.
  • 4 2
 This bike is old school because it's been around for like four years.
  • 2 0
 It literally has... look into it
  • 4 0
 It would be so eazy to make a 142 rear dropout and sell it separately. Banshee has those and it has allowed me to go from 135mm 26' to 142mm 26 to 142mm 650b. It's a slightly different CNC job it would not be hard.
  • 3 0
 Hope hubs will fit this bike and almost any option as well with some new endcaps
  • 2 0
 Does my hair game atomically step it up as well with bike purchase?
  • 2 0
 Anyone else thinks this looks like a Norco Shore ahahahha
  • 2 0
 I QUIT MOUNTAIN BIKING ITS TOO EXPENSIVE!!!
  • 2 1
 Clearly a ploy by the shock industry.

Step 1: Mount rear shock in muddiest location.
Step 2: Profit
  • 2 0
 I cant stand to see the brake cables routed on the outside! ouch
  • 1 0
 I would love to test the hell out of this one at a bike park. Looks like a blast.
  • 3 1
 hmmm maybe next build!
  • 3 1
 Konig 2012
  • 2 1
 They lost me at external routed dropper post.....
  • 1 0
 Could you put a coil for the shock on the bike?
  • 2 0
 The shock tunnel wouldn't allow for a coil over 350# so we don't recommend it.
  • 1 1
 I dont like that its made in Taiwan, that's like buying a barbie and thinking its a blow up doll..
  • 2 0
 Where do you think the majority of mid- and high-end bicycles are made? Taiwan. Which nation has the most developed carbon fiber frame production technology? Taiwan. Where do 60% of Taiwan's high-end bikes get sold? USA and Europe. Taiwan is ranked #3 in global bicycle production, behind China and India and both of those specialize in bikes costing below $100. The USA doesn't even make the top 10 bicycle producing nations. Just food for thought. Taiwan made does not equal crap.
  • 1 0
 $1,499 USD (£1549) How does that work?
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