Relatively unknown, Simplon Bikes from Austria have a cross country and road heritage dating back to 1961. For 2017 they have introduced 140mm and 160mm travel versions of their new Rapcon platform. Interestingly, Simplon's business model works with distribution through conventional dealers in central Europe, but shops hold very little stock. Order an off the peg bike or create a custom build with colour and componentry of your choice, it should be available to collect at your local dealer within four days. www.simplon.com
Flip chips are used to adjust chainstay length and clearance for 27.5" or 27.5"+ tires.
Cable routing is mostly internal but exits the frame at the main pivot point. Routing passes through a guide on the pivot meaning no stretch and no need for a large loop of housing underneath the bottom bracket.
Do we really need more stem bolts? Mountain bikes are over-complicated enough already.
I'm not sure what's going to make the trolls most angry? This small grey sticker...
..or this small embossed number?
That aforementioned embossed figure is found on Rose's updated 140mm travel, 29" wheel Root Miller chassis.
Rotwild's Updated E1
Rotwild has refreshed their E1 enduro machine with 165mm of travel, smoother lines, and tubing, plus an updated kinematic. Medium, large or extra large frames with 430mm, 455mm and 480mm reaches respectively. The chainstays are super short with a flip chip system to swap between 421mm and 433.5mm. Not a bike for Instagram addicts, though, the superb bright orange colourway defies the contrast on any camera. www.rotwild.com
Stealthy internal cable routing sneaks through the bottom bracket shell directly into the chainstays.
A full 1.5" headtube and angled cups supplied with the bike mean a head angle adjustable between 64.6, 66, or 67.5 degrees.
Magura / WP Boltron Fork
WP are well known for their motocross suspension and in conjunction with Magura, have created this Boltron upside-down, single crown fork. Details were few and far between, but there will be 150mm and 160mm travel options in what is basically a scaled down moto fork and damper, a full release will happen this summer. www.magura.com
Stanchion guards for safety with handy sag indicators.
The axle is hexagonally shaped to prevent twisting.
We'll be here for a few more days, so stay tuned for additional coverage from Eurobike Media Days, Kirchberg 2016