Randoms Round II - Eurobike Media Days 2019

Jul 5, 2019
by Ralf Hauser  
NS Bikes' Nerd

With the introduction of the Nerd model lineup, NS Bikes is catering to riders on a budget. The Nerd HD (Heavy Duty) is intended for bike park use with 170mm of travel front and rear, a head angle of 64 degrees and a weight of 15.18 kg (33.5lb). Also available will be a 130 mm travel Nerd Lite, which comes with 29" wheels front and rear and a head angle of 67 degrees.

Throwing in a 29” front wheel with a 27.5” rear, dropper post and solid parts for only €2,299 is a lot of bang for your buck.
Also noteworthy is the paint job: brushed tubes are coated with a transparent layer and get an overcoat for a bold finish.

The Nerd JR can grow with your kid by accepting both 24” and 26” wheels.

Air shocks providing 120 mm of travel and a Deore shifter with Shadow tech and 10 gears will get your kids rippin’ at a price of €1,799.
A flip chip can drop the bottom bracket slightly, going from 24 to 26ers and adjust the head angle from 66.5 down to 66. Total weight comes to 12.28 kg.

The Synonym is NS Bikes’ new cross-country rig. With 100mm of travel, the full carbon frame (except rocker) features a flex pivot and 67 degree head angle.

The standard version comes to a frame weight of about 2.050g, the lighter model comes to about 1,900g. Total weight is only 10.62 kg (23.4 lb).
The same frame is also available with 120 mm of travel (using a shock with same length but added stroke), also dropping the head angle to 66 degrees to add to its trail prowess.


KTM's Updated XC Bike & New Women's Models
KTM’s cross-country rocket Scarp is getting an overhaul with the evolution 2 frame. A slightly slacker head angle of 68.5 degrees and newly formed down tube, that now gives room for a second bottle cage, are combined with 95mm of travel in the rear and 100mm up front. A smaller size XS will be added to the program. The super lightweight Scarp Sonic with DT Swiss 1200 wheels weighed in at 9.68 kg. Frame weight comes to 1,650g in size M without shock.

With the Scarp MT (MT stands for marathon), the bike uses the same frame design as the Scarp, but extends the travel to 115mm (120mm out front) and slackens the head angle to 67.5 degrees.

With a dropper seatpost and meatier tires our scale stopped at 12.1 kg (26.7 lb).
More options for your bottle cage or some other toys.

For 2020, KTM is introducing a new women’s program, called Glory, to their lineup. To figure out better what women want, they invited 20 female influencers and racers, looking for feedback from them. In the end, there will be no special geometries, but an XS frame size was added to the most important models with specific colors that don’t diverge too far from KTM’s look and feel. Component-wise, they opted for shorter stems, special grips and a specific saddles.

The Glory edition of the Scarp can also hold two bottle cages, due to the new shape of the down tube.
Flex stays, even on the aluminum version.

Also new is the Ultra Evo, an aluminum trail hardtail with 130mm travel fork and a 66 degree head angle. With a dropper post, thru axle and bigger tires, the little ripper is available for euro 1,399.



FSA Makes One Out of Two
With its brand new KFX mountain bike range, FSA is trying to blend stiffness and lightweight.

Their flagship KFX crankset 1x are first forged, then precision CNC-machined in two separate halves and then bonded together. The result is a stiff 520g crankset with modular chainring system available in 170 and 175mm length with 28 to 38 teeth.

The KFX stem is 3D-forged and CNC-machined from 2014 alloy and combined with a carbon structure, using their Carbon Structural Integration (CSI) technology. It’s a process that permanently bonds carbon to alloy. Weighing 143g at 100 mm length (available from 60 to 140mm) it features a 31.8mm clamping diameter, and a +/- 12 degree angle.
An offset central clamping area creates a full-width flat-top design on the KFX handlebar. Reinforced stem clamping, brake lever and bar end zones raise durability on the Di2-ready bar. Weight comes to 155 grams for the 685mm wide version (700 and 760mm available). Clamping diameter is 31.8mm with 9 degree back and 4 degree upsweep. A riser bar with 18mm rise will also be part of the series.


Titici Flattens Top Tubes
While still rather an unknown brand, the Italians have produced bike frames since 1961, predominately in steel and mainly for other companies. In 2000, they started building custom carbon frames in their factory in Italy, being the first to introduce an Italian carbon 29er. Two years ago, an investor based in the same town as Titici is helping to bring more attention to the company. With the F-XC02, you can design your own geometry and color scheme. Frames are built using tube to tube bondage technology, with more carbon in the joint areas adding higher rigidity.

The trademark of all Titici models is the Plate Absorber Technology, the top tube that forms the last 10cm of the frame into a very thin and wide full carbon piece. Designed together with an Italian engineering university, the feature is said to absorb vertical vibrations 18 percent better than a traditional round tube.

Working with FSA, the frames are available with FSR’s ACR system, utilizing a 1.5” upper steering cup for higher steering precision in hard charging situations and making it possible to route the cables into the frame through the headset.
Tititci believes in not building the lightest frames but building on performance. Depending on choice of color (or raw finish) and frame size, frame weight ranges from 1,100 to 1,300 grams. Cost is €3,500 for the frame.

The F-FS03 uses a two-piece rear end that is linked together at the chainstays and brace.

The one-piece monocoque rocker delivers 100mm of travel. You can even customize stiffness in certain areas if you wish to do so. Price for the custom frame comes to €4,000.
Also using the the Plate Absorber Technology on the full suspension model, its effect is naturally less noticeable compared to the hardtail.



65 Comments

  • + 46
 60-140mm MTB stems? FSA, you need to fire whoever is doing your market research.
  • + 28
 They're just ahead of the trend. Nobody will be riding 40mm stems 3 years from now. 140mm is the new black dude.
  • + 23
 @pinhead907: for sure, just they'll be mounted backwards. -140 FTW
  • + 2
 Gravel bikes...
  • + 3
 Is there any company making long and slack road bikes? That would be interesting to see
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Its not a pure road bike, but the Whyte Glencoe I rode for 6 months had some very mountain bike inspired geometry.
whyte.bike/products/glencoe
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: no... no it wouldn't
  • + 2
 140mm stems and 500mm bars ftw
  • + 1
 So she likes it in a range from 60mm to 140mm. Size doesnt matter..., that’s what she said
  • + 1
 they introduced this system last fall for road bikes... thats why they have long stems...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Same was said about XC bikes a few years ago.
  • + 0
 @ninjatarian: and scott Spark has geo of a down country bike from 2012?
  • + 12
 That is one sexy Nerd... NERDS!!!!!!!
  • + 12
 Think so? Personally I was happy to see the pool noodle frame trend die, but now it looks like NS is keeping it on life support.
  • + 2
 @ninjatarian: I don't get it. Could you explain? (No sacarsm)
  • + 7
 @Caiokv: The front triangle uses very formed / curvy tubes that don’t look too dis-similar to a curvy pool noodles. It was a very popular trend for a while, the 2009 SX Trail being a great example.
  • + 2
 @Caiokv: he Is talking about macarrão de natação the bike tubes looks similar to those.
  • + 6
 @ninjatarian: I'm with you, I just feel like I need a magic ruler to straighten out those lines.
  • + 0
 @ninjatarian: Thing is they're not so very formed. They used tubes with round or almost round cross section with a few bends which is cost effective and simpler to manufacture. That's the main goal with the Nerd if I read it right. Look at some other aluminium frames around. Commencal or Canyon for example have frames with a bit more complex shapes.
  • - 9
flag thesharkman (Jul 6, 2019 at 1:38) (Below Threshold)
 @Caiokv: you really needed him to explain the fact that it literally looks like a f*cking pool noodle?
  • - 6
flag mhoshal (Jul 6, 2019 at 5:13) (Below Threshold)
 @ninjatarian: that's not even how the term came about lol it was because the first curvy frames that we're out were as flexible as a pool noodle. If you're gonna regurgitate what other people say at least know what you're talking about.
  • + 3
 @ninjatarian: oh man I kinda miss my SX trail. Would have kept it if I didn't outgrow it. The Nerd looks nice.
  • + 2
 @DangerDavez: I had a 2011 SX Trail 1, what a bike! Was quite pedalable and a great descender.
  • + 10
 SNL Sean Connery- TIT- I- CI for 800, Trebek!
  • + 8
 Titici, Titi do.
  • + 9
 That hardtail ktm is the best
  • + 8
 When I see the name "TiTiCi" I can't but think that carbon bike really wants to be Titanium.
  • + 11
 Most would probably think about tities but everyone needs something right?
  • + 3
 I'm struggling to see past the fact that their brand name has titty in it
  • + 8
 The Tit I C can absorb 18% more vibrations.
  • + 6
 I can no longer say there are no modern Free Ride bikes I'm interested in. And it's bloody cheap Thank you NS Bikes. The kids bike look dope too!
  • + 3
 Imagine grabbing a rock with the rear tire on that Titici and next thing you know you're buying a new frame. That is some tiny clearance back there, can't imagine being able to fit any tire larger than what's specced
  • + 4
 Great. With a proper tool like that NS, my 11yr old will ride even faster than me. "Hey Dad, aren't you going to do that drop, ?...... "No".
  • + 4
 @pinkbike: are NS Bikes available for sale to Canada? That XC rig looks sick! \m/
  • + 2
 Agreed. I'd love to see the kinematic graphs. Seems light enough too.
  • + 2
 @jclnv: this. Both the 100 and 120 travel look like solid options.
  • + 2
 I think lamacycles or something like that carries em
  • + 1
 That longer travel KTM is gorgeous Such a clean and simple looking frame. I've never really paid attention to their offerings, but now I'm interested.
  • + 3
 "MT stands for Marathon". Okaaaaaay...
  • + 1
 The NS and KTMs are all really nice. That KTM hard tail may just be my next bike.
  • + 1
 This Synonim XC Rig has 500 mm of Reach i L-size! Extreme for such travel bike !
  • + 2
 Bro that Need makes me wanna ride tf out of it!!
  • + 2
 So whats the point of trunnion shocks again? They look awful at the top
  • + 1
 that NS is siiick. Polish cleaning up
  • + 1
 Is the synonym of the new NS Synonym "Spark"?
  • + 1
 Ooooh that's a proper freeride bike.
  • + 1
 Save for the lack of a piggyback damper. But yeah, otherwise, I am impressed.
  • + 1
 That bike wants to Hypnotize U
  • + 1
 Ktm looking aesthetically pleasing
  • + 1
 I love the shape of those Titicis
  • + 1
 1.5. Steer is back.
  • + 1
 The Synonym?
  • + 0
 KTM’s looking niiiiice......
  • + 1
 Yes it looks cracking good!!
  • - 1
 Thanks for info on kids bikes that I will, thank God, never have to buy.
  • - 1
 That KTM. Something about the angles makes me want to give it a try.
  • + 0
 Read again
  • + 0
 Nerd
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