Cavalerie recently unveiled their latest French-made creation, the Anakin V2. Like the original version, the aluminum frame is based around an Effigear gearbox, but it's received significant updates when it comes to geometry and the number of possible configurations.
The rear travel can now be set at either 158, 164, or 176mm by adjusting the stroke of the Formula Mod coil shock, and the frame's dual crown compatibility allows it to serves as everything from an enduro bike to a park / mini-DH machine. Thanks to the swappable dropouts, the rear wheel size can be changed without dramatically altering the geometry. The 158 is designed around 29” wheels, the 164 runs a mixed wheel setup, and the 176 can be purchased with either mixed wheels or two 27.5” wheels.
Anakin V2 DetailsFrame material:
7020 aluminumRear travel:
156, 164, or 176mmWheelsize:
29" front and rear, mixed, or dual 27.5"Drivetrain:
Effigear 9 speed, 440% rangeSizes:
M, L, XLHead tube angle:
63.8°Seat tube angle:
From €6,350 More info: cavalerie-bikes.com
The chainstays are adjustable in order to add tension to the chain or belt drive (both configurations are available), or to alter the bike's handling. With 14mm of adjustment, the chainstay length can be set anywhere from 425 – 439mm with a 29” rear wheel, or 422 – 436mm with a 27.5” wheel, a range I'd classify as being from very short to medium.
The frame is made from 7020 aluminum, and now uses sealed cartridge bearings instead of the bushings found on the previous version. The seat tube lengths have been reduced to make it possible to run long travel dropper posts, and the top tube height has also dropped, a change made possible by the vertical shock orientation.
The Anakin V2 uses the Effigear Original gearbox, a 9-speed system that has a 440% gear range. It's compatible with a modified SRAM trigger shifter, a benefit over the systems that require a twist shifter.
Cavalerie only have one geometry table available on their website that's based off a fork with a 585mm axle to crown, figures that correspond with a 29” 170mm fork. In that configuration, the bike has a 63.8-degree head angle, 475mm reach, and a 77-degree seat tube angle, numbers that align with Cavalerie's goal of creating a bike that was modern without going to extremes.
Prices start at 4,100 Euro for a frame kit (gearbox, cranks, and hub included), and the complete bikes start at 6,350 Euro. The Anakin V2 is expected to be available in some configurations starting in October 2022.
Perfect way to ruin a bike.
“don’t try it”
SWOOSH, BRUP, VROOM (Anakin now has upgraded to a lefty fork)
V2 is a Jedi Knight but too feared to sit at the high pivot table
V3 it’ll be manipulated by Neko Mulally and have a O chain with a mid pivot. Then it’ll be Vader
“What have you become?”
“I am what you made me… the years have made you weak.”
Good geo: check
Seems to check all the boxes. All the comment section rockstars better start selling blood and pony up for one of these.
More seriously, I've always thought the effigear approach was better in theory than the pinon, which seems over-engineered for a human powered device. This design has the potential for less friction & drag, more reliability, and more easily allows a high(er) pivot.
That being said, I remember around 2016 or so, someone made the Redbull live broadcast for a DH race, and his effigear failed during his race run....
Double crown fork: check
Need something more valuable to sell, but we'll figure it out. Gotta get one!
I am looking for an FS gearbox bike, the Pinion bikes aren’t bad, but you have to run a tensioner. The Effigear is a nice way around needing a tensioner, but it’s heavier and you get a narrower range.
The one thing the Anakin has going for it that no Pinion design has matched is the short chainstays.
So yeah, I was already considering the Anakin, now they went and made it better, so that may be my next bike
Be careful, the Mimic gearbox (same size as pinion) is lighter of 50g so it's basically the same weight.
And for the 3 axles of the Anakin, the gearbox is dirrectly weld with teh frame. So you delet 6 screws, a bridge and this allow to save some weight, and won some rigidity !
I love my Pinion grip shifter. In operation it is a superior system to trigger shifters.
People still think of the plasticy rubbish from the 90's whenever gripshift is mentioned. Trust me, this is not the case with Pinion gripshifters. They are robust and precise and allow you shift as many gears as you need, almost instantaeneously.
Decending is suprisingly quiet and composed. The Effigear has a own freehub inside, plus the on in the rear hub, thus pedal kick back is low.
Changing gears feels a bit different compared to a standard derailleur, with the trigger still familiar. You will get used to it quit quick and see some benefits (changing gears without moving the chain).
This rig...I'd ride the shit out of it, but agreed probably not good for long-legged folks.
Wu-Tang is for the children!
This bike is one with GT force, and GT force is with this bike
From riding my Starling Spur I only can confirm it is sufficient.
There arent just dwarfs who really want to ride a 510mm reach, but also people with long legs.
Currently on a L 2021 transition patrol (430mm seat tube, 210mm oneup dropper fits perfectly, sticking out 1.5"), and a L 2020 Norco Optic (445mm seat tube, also a 210mm OneUp dropper sticking out slightly less).
430mm on XL does seem ridiculous. But...I won't buy a Propain or Banshee (probably more, I was just interested specifically in those two recently) because their seat tubes are waaaay too tall.
Before recent geo, I've seriously considered buying a bike with a longer seat tube and chopping down said seat tube a bit to be able to lower the seat more (uninterrupted seat tube, of course). Wonder if a manufacturer would ever design that into their frame design...
You just have to buy your own seatpost if you want a 1km lengh tube.