First Look: Last Bikes' Asco & Celos Look Seriously Quick

Mar 31, 2022
by Seb Stott  

I must admit that Last bikes have flown a little bit under my radar, and I'm sure I'm not alone. They make a range of bikes designed for trail and enduro, engineered in Germany and largely made in Europe. They include some impressively lightweight bikes like the Tarvo, which they claim is the lightest enduro frame in the world at 2.08 kg.

Today they're launching two new bikes for downcountry and trail use: the Celos and Asco. They share the same full-carbon frame platform but provide different travel to suit their intended uses. For downcountry duties, the Celos uses a 50mm stroke shock delivering 120mm of rear-wheel travel and is paired with a 120mm fork. Meanwhile, the Asco is equipped with a 55mm stroke shock, giving 130mm of travel, and is paired with 140-150mm forks. Both claim impressive weight, progressive suspension, modern geometry and a host of thoughtful features.
Asco & Celos details
• Intended use: Downcountry / trail
• Wheel Size: 29"
• Travel: Celos: 120 mm F&R, Asco: 130 mm w/ 140-150 mm fork
• Full carbon frame with two layup options
• Downtube storage (Superduty layup)
• Claimed frame weight: 1.79kg (Featherweight Layup); 2.09 kg (Superduty layup)
• Size-specific chainstays and suspension kinematics
• Head angle: 65-65.5-degrees (Asco), 66.1-66.4-degrees (Celos)
• 6-year warranty and 3-year crash-replacement
• Price: full builds from 7079€ (Celos), 6599€ (Asco)
last-bikes.com





Frame Details

There are two carbon layups available for either travel option. Last call these layups Featherweight and Superduty. The Featherweight option has a ridiculously light claimed weight of 1.79 kg but has a maximum rider weight of 100 kg and max fork travel of 140 mm. The Superduty layup is 300g heavier but is rated for 150mm forks and 120 kg riders, plus it has a downtube storage compartment. Last claim that complete bikes can weigh as little as 22 pounds (9.9 kg) for the Celos and 23.1 pounds (10.5 kg) for the Asco.

The Superduty layup's downtube storage alone is surely worth the 300g penalty.

Frame details include a tool mount under the downtube, a large carbon frame protector with foam padding underneath, rubber chainstay/seatstay protectors, a threaded BB, internal tubes for the cables built into the carbon, SRAM UDH and a removable ISCG mount. The seatstays and chainstays are sculpted for heal clearance and they can accommodate a 203 mm rotor inside the left seatstay.




Suspension

Last use a flex pivot in the seat stays of their carbon bikes, which cuts down on weight, part count and maintenance. The rocker link is positioned to minimise the flex required at the seatstay pivot so there are no worries about it fatiguing over thousands of flex cycles. The rocker link drives either a 210x50 mm or a 210x55 mm shock to deliver either 120 or 130mm travel, respectively. Otherwise, the Asco & Celos frames are identical.

Flex stays are becoming almost increasingly popular on short-travel bikes, but Last offer a couple of things you won't find on many other bikes: size-specific kinematics and loads of progression.


Progression is usually measured by subtracting the leverage ratio at the end of the travel from the ratio at the start of the travel, then dividing by the initial ratio. In other words, the percentage drop in leverage ratio from 0% to 100% travel. But Last measure progression from sag to bottom-out, which is a much better way to gauge the bottom-out force for a given amount of sag. Measured in this way, they say the Celos and Asco have 32% and 34% progression, respectively, meaning it will take about one third more force to bottom out than a fully linear bike. That's a lot more progressive than average. Although looking at the scale on the graphs they provided, it looks to me like the progression is about 33% across the whole travel range. That's still more progressive than most though.

Here the blue line shows the anti-rise (braking behaviour) against travel for all four frame sizes. The grey lines show what the anti-rise would be if Last hadn't changed the pivot location on each size; the differences are due to the difference in rider height.
This graph shows the anti-squat (pedalling behaviour) at sag in each gear for all four sizes. Again, the grey lines show how the anti-squat would compare if they used the same pivot location, while the blue lines show the anti-squat with the pivot locations engineered for each size. In the climbing gears, it's very similar.

Size-specific suspension linkages have been done before, for example by Cannondale and Structure as well as Last themselves, but it's still a rare concept. The problem it's trying to solve is that taller riders have a higher center of gravity (even relative to the wheelbase of the larger frames they ride) and this makes the bike less stable - more prone to squat into the travel when pedalling, or rise out of the travel when braking.

The idea of size-specific kinematics is to raise the main pivot in the larger frame sizes; this increases the anti-squat and anti-rise values relative to keeping the pivot in the same place, which compensates for the higher center of gravity so the bike should perform similarly when pedalling and braking for riders on any frame size. Obviously, this assumes you know the exact centre of gravity height for a typical rider on each frame size (which is a stretch) but it's a step in the right direction.




Geometry and sizing

Last name their frame sizes after the height of the intended rider (in centimeters, because they're German and Germans are sensible). I think it's a commendably pragmatic way of sizing bikes, but remember that the recommended rider height is just a suggestion, not a requirement; at 190cm I'd probably take the 200.

Last also go in for size-specific chainstay lengths, with 6mm gaps between most sizes except for the smallest two sizes, where presumably clearance limits how short they can go. It's still far from truly "proportionate" chainstay lengths, where the rear centre grows by the same percentage per size as the front center (only Forbidden seem to be doing that), but it's still going to give taller riders a bit more weight on the front wheel relative to a one-size-fits-all chainstay length.



Pricing and availability

Celos Framesets:

raw | without shock 4399€
raw | Fox Float DPS Factory Series 4878€
raw | Rock Shox SIDLuxe Ultimate RL 4758€

Asco Framesets:

raw | without shock 4399 €
raw | Fox Float X Factory Series 4928€
raw | Fox DHX2 Factory Series 5118€
raw | Rock Shox Deluxe Select+ RT 4598€
raw | Rock Shox Deluxe Ultimate RCT 4668€
raw | Rock Shox Superdeluxe Select+ RT 4798€
raw | Rock Shox Superdeluxe Ultimate RCT 4848€
raw | Rock Shox Superdeluxe Coil Ultimate RCT 4899€

Custom Color from 599€
Complete bikes are also available and configured to suit the customer. This includes the choice of the layup option, the components and the decals. The ASCO starts at 6,599€ while the Celos starts at 7,079€. The Featherweight- and Superduty-layups cost the same and the Superduty-layup includes two downtube storage bags.

Bikes can be shipped or customers can pick up their bikes in Dortmund and get their bikes adjusted during a guided ride.

Both bikes can be ordered now and Last say deliveries will start in October.






163 Comments

  • 117 5
 Some missed opportunities with names here. Every bike in their lineup should play on their weird name. (Last) Night, (Last) Time, (Last) Place, etc.

Not sure who would buy a bike named Last Place, but I'm also not sure who would buy a bike named Last Asco.
  • 28 2
 in Spanish, asco=gross. So at least they did something comedic with the name.
  • 17 109
flag RonSauce (Mar 31, 2022 at 8:30) (Below Threshold)
 Not everyone lives and dies by dad jokes.
  • 41 3
 @fullendurbro Last Dollar, Last Part, Last Wife, Last Job, Last Minute, Last Child, Last Cent.

We've just created an entire line up, from XC Race to DH, Gravel and Budget Friendly to Kids bikes and Balance bikes...
  • 38 0
 @dan23dan23: The ultra light downhill freeride hardtail: "Last Breath"
  • 18 2
 @RonSauce: My kids die a little every time I tell a dad joke.
  • 25 5
 @RonSauce: who pissed in your cereal lol
  • 13 3
 I think "Last Euro" or "Last Dollar" might be good with the prices... Making my S-Works look like a bargain!
  • 4 1
 @Andrew-Patella: and celos=jealousy, also in Spanish. Pretty appropriate.
  • 8 1
 Give it the Katy Perry treatment and call it the (Last) Friday Night
  • 2 2
 @AlejoBeletadpQ: as in “no estoy celos, claro que si!”
  • 2 2
 True story. Friend of mine is a BMX racer named Last....
  • 2 2
 First look last bike
  • 6 1
 Last Call. Last Chance. Last Brain Cell. Last Hope.
  • 29 3
 @RonSauce: Wait has someone actually died by a dad joke? Either way-regardless of the cause of death- I would still bet their funeral was a grave affair. Boom. Nailed it.
  • 2 2
 I had the last herb a few years back (no joke). Genuinely the best bike ive ever owned. Quality is second to none and it was just a rocket ship you could still pedal uphill.
  • 4 4
 @naptime: Do you say, he has BMX background?
  • 3 1
 @TEAM-ROBOT: Last Call would be a perfect DJ bike name
  • 1 1
 @maybenotaprofile: f*ck that is old, the second time any one typed it
  • 6 1
 They should have brought out an older model with zero updates and called it Last From the Past.
  • 2 2
 Last Word
  • 1 1
 Last Call, Last But Not Least... This is fun
  • 5 2
 Last Christmas for Winter Riding and for all Arnold Fans the Last Action Hero. Zombie Lovers get their Last Train to Busan. Last Man Standing etc
  • 1 1
 @funkzander: Kingdom, zombies an fkng Samurai!!!!
  • 1 1
 @funkzander: Last Goodbye, Last Shot...
  • 2 3
 Ya'll missed the best one. "All Terrain Last", or for short, "AT Last"!
  • 3 3
 (last) bike we have in stock
  • 5 1
 I’d bling it up to the max and call it Last Vegas
  • 4 2
 A DH bike called Last Run would be shunned by the entire riding community
  • 5 2
 @dan23dan23:

Last more than 3 mins.....


Sorry, I shouldn't air personal problems on a global forum
  • 3 2
 Last Run. Never say it's your last run.
  • 2 2
 @Mfro: hahaha
  • 2 2
 @dan23dan23: How about the eyeroll inducing “quiver killer” dubbed the Last Bike?
  • 1 1
 @sngltrkmnd: Last Spoke, Last Wheel...
  • 1 0
 Last Beers .. or Last Drinks it'll always be your fastest ride
  • 1 0
 @SterlingArcher: Perhaps his aforementioned and disappointed kids? Wink
  • 1 0
 @GlazedHam: its just my bmx background that has me looking like a session. Did I do it right?


Dentist bike.
  • 49 2
 I love it. I would buy a frame only except the price is a deal breaker. $5000USD for a frame only without shock is a bit much for me.
  • 7 2
 The last Last I bought in 2016 was 500€ frame only, new. I still ride it. Can't afford a new one... :
  • 9 1
 Agreed, the frames are lovely looking, nice angles and weight too. Maybe I am just jealous that some people have more spare money than I do too...... hah.
  • 2 4
 With no shock, it’s actually actually closer to $3500 including duties
  • 2 2
 My bad, I was actually looking at the price for the Tarvo, which I’ve considered buying
  • 2 2
 anyone know if the frame weight is with or without shock?
  • 5 2
 Yes...This would be my LAST choice for a bike at that price
  • 5 1
 The Alu frames are reasonable priced and weight 3kg- they are good deals Smile
  • 2 2
 Lucky for you that you don’t have the option then, being that you live in North America.
  • 3 2
 @NotNamed: agreed. Got the glen MX, cannot fault it. First time I've held onto a bike for more than 12 months.
  • 2 2
 You don't have to, because they don't ship to the US
  • 2 2
 When you go from Dentist to Surgeon salary
  • 36 0
 Looks like a Norco Optic that says, "I'm not rich, my parents are rich."
  • 15 0
 First. No wait, Last.
  • 11 1
 They make genuinely great bikes, but prices are steep.

Just clicked through their editor and the final price was 11k €. Adding more Bike Ahead Components and Trickstuff brakes would increase the price above 13k €. That is a lot of money.
  • 4 1
 Adding Trickstuff breaks to any build is a lot of money but agree with you on that the have pricey Bikes
  • 16 3
 Jesus the pricing is out of this world
  • 9 0
 This is the motto of 2022
  • 13 1
 If You Ain't First, You're Last!
  • 56 0
 thats my line
  • 5 1
 @rickybobby18: shake and bake
  • 18 10
 5k € for a frameset seems not too bad considering a speci frameset is 4k € and made in china. Last is developed and properly made in Germany (ok, besides raw material). Quality and quality control will be lightyears ahead of the expensive chinese garbage, that most the readers of this rather fine website buy. Raoul Luescher needs to cut one up. So which dentist on here wants to donate one for this purpose? Thanks in advance.
  • 7 2
 My 2021 Stumpy Carbon Comp was 4k€. The complete bike I mean. Doesn't feel like garbage so far.
  • 6 0
 S-Works Stumpy Evo Frameset for 22 is also 5k
  • 3 2
 @funkzander: S-Works Enduro Frameset is 5k €
  • 3 0
 Are these actually built in DE? First paragraph says they are 'engineered' there, not sure if that means 'fabricated' as well.
  • 7 0
 answering my own question: "Our carbon fibres of different stiffness are produced in Japan. Further processing to prepreg is done in Italy. The frame is laminated in Würzburg at All Ahead." cool
  • 3 0
 @twozerosix: they are also made in an autoclave, which is extra badass.
  • 9 0
 The mag wheels are awesome. The suspension kinematics, weight, price - all that fades into irrelevance when you've got that much '80s vibe.
  • 6 3
 maybe but they look like a joke to my old eyes.
  • 5 3
 @madmon: Yeah......neat lookin bikes but f*ck those wheels
  • 4 1
 But can you put them in the freezer to true them like tuffs?
Not sure that ever worked mind.
  • 8 0
 Today must be "Expensive Thursday!" Is Unno releasing something too???
  • 2 1
 I dunno, Takemymoney Thursday sounds more catchy imo
  • 8 0
 That's gross. I'm jealous.
  • 3 0
 The Last ones are the first to reach! And that's why they are seriously quick! The first will be the last; and the last will be the first.
  • 5 1
 I reckon these will not be so popular in Latin America.
  • 3 2
 Or Spain
  • 3 0
 The frame looks great especially with those Bike Ahead wheels. Aggressive HTA and long reach.
  • 4 1
 no shipping to US or Canada. If they did, the prices would be much cheaper without the VAT which adds about ~19%
  • 4 0
 Love the Progression and AS numbers, really nailed it.
  • 4 0
 More bikes with size-specific kinematics! Excellent.
  • 2 2
 Are these the same main triangles as the Last Tarvo and Cinto with different linkages? Or are these new frames with new molds? If it's all the same mold I would be pretty impressed that they can make it work from 120mm to 160mm/170mm(MX).
  • 2 2
 Hear me out guys; Downduro, we're going to take trail bikes and make them longer lower slacker, then put all enduro specific things on them because we ran out of enduro bikes but still have a bunch of boring 'trail' bike frames left in stock.
  • 1 1
 Sounds like a giant trance x
  • 5 2
 Yeah!!! Let’s sell bikes that weigh as much as a full-on enduro rig, pedal the same as an enduro rig, but descend worse.

Sounds like a winner.
  • 1 1
 I'm a Clydesdale rider that wants efficiency and toughness, until the down country fad it wasn't possible to get both. Great job, Last! In fact, I ride a custom, 100mm rear x 130mm front, steel Curtlo with 67/76 ha/sa that weighs 35 lbs. 'Won't win any weight contests, but I never worry about durability either.
  • 1 1
 not sure how far into Clydesdale cat you are but the bikes have a weight limit of 100kg for feather weight and 120kg for the heavier one. Cool looking bikes but I personally am a bit too big for the
  • 1 1
 @mtmc99: Oh man, didn't see that in the article. Sheesh! I'm 275.
  • 1 1
 @mtmc99: It's been a while since I saw a weight limit on anything. Let alone something so expensive.
  • 1 1
 @alexsin: Ive seen some XCish wheels with them and strangely enough the SQlab saddles and Bikeyoke dropper. Usually bikes have the secret weight limit of max PSI on the shock preventing proper sag
  • 1 1
 @mtmc99: I see, I guess optimizing strength to weight for the majority of riders makes sense. The industry going to high volume shocks hasn't been good for me, I needed the ramp up regular volume shocks were "hindered" by, lol.
  • 3 0
 Please don't use 30t chainrings for kinematics analysis! Isn't 32t the norm nowadays, with the latest 50+ cogs cassettes??
  • 2 0
 Brutal, it is the type of design that I like, the main bar falls and as it ends, it links the line with the pods, this looks aesthetically incredible. Wow!!!
  • 4 0
 those are beautiful
  • 5 3
 Angles ok, reach ok, super light, cool features, unbelievable cheap.. there has to be some hidden flaw! Has to be!
  • 2 2
 cheap?
  • 5 2
 @hamncheez: I think he making a joke cheeze man.
  • 1 1
 Strong, Light or C̶h̶e̶a̶p̶. Smile
  • 1 1
 Could build an amazing trail bike for certain. But that 485ish Reach bike is no where to be found and that freakin' price. I mean, a standard SJ is pretty amazing and light these days.
  • 2 2
 Last brings out some nice stuff. I’ve owned a dirt jump and 4X frame from them and those were awesome.

That said, looking at these.. I’m still happy with my Stumpjumper. Same travel, same weight, Swatbox… Haha! :-)
  • 1 0
 Oh look, people mocked me for saying you should steepen the HTA as bike sizes get bigger, and here is another bike maker doing it.
  • 2 2
 What’s the safety factor included in the design a fea analysis? Should be able to ride 120kg just fine with 150 fork on the featherweight Wink lol
  • 1 1
 Only one way to find out...
  • 3 0
 Tuff III's ?
  • 3 0
 yeah, i want more details re: wheels
  • 2 1
 @Staktup: bike-ahead-composites.de/products/wheels/biturbo-rs.html
(1250g | 2800EUR | 95kg weight limit | DT Swiss hub internals)
  • 3 2
 living in Western NC, I've never seen anyone running mags on their bike...is this a thing in Europe or just a gimmick?
  • 2 3
 No one runs them here either. Ridiculous wheels.
  • 2 1
 Size 190 has 595mm of reach !?!? The dreaming I have been dreaming of for so many dream times!
  • 1 0
 Typo. 495mm.
  • 5 2
 Looks like a Spur.
  • 3 1
 Undeniabley true. I loved the design of the Spur but really have zero needs for this kind of bike. Now I ride a Last Tarvo (basically same frame design as those two) and it's glorious,
  • 2 1
 The reach numbers must be mixed up between the 190 and the 200 for the 150mm frame.
  • 3 1
 I think the 190 is meant to be 496 not 596... That is some serious reach
  • 3 1
 @JBW450: I saw that 596 reach and thought "these guys are up to some wild shit" then my brain fully turned on and I figured out it was a typo. Slow start tothe morning for me apparently
  • 1 0
 @mtmc99: haha all good. Luckily for me it was about 2 in the arvo
  • 3 2
 if I wanted a carbon frame (and sold one of my children), Last would be first on my list
  • 2 1
 "Frame details include a tool mount under the downtube"

Supposed to be toptube?
  • 1 1
 So to pile on with the first and last jokes...I'm just thinking if you were to buy one of these as your first bike, your first would be your last.
  • 2 0
 Man, what a cool looking bike. Well done Last bikes!
  • 1 1
 Why exactly is the version of the downcountry bike with in frame storage (super duty) 10g heavier than the enduro bike with the same in frame storage?
  • 2 0
 Because I'm a fan of Norco and Transition esthetics, this is great too.
  • 3 3
 How long before I can pick up one of these frames for $2000 on the buy n sell?
  • 4 2
 never
  • 1 4
 3 years. Non E have already lost ton of value in past 2 years in so.ca used market.
  • 2 2
 @jrocksdh: people buy used ebikes? That sounds like an expensive gamble
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: didnt say they do but yes they do. I guess the gamble is buying new battery...
Reg bikes aren't selling very well. I've seen them taking a serious hit locally(used) bc everyone is going E in orange county.
  • 3 3
 First look at Last Bikes which at last will finish first at every last race.
  • 1 1
 hmmmm, outside of the UAT’s (ultra affluent types), not sure who would buy a frame at 4300€
  • 3 2
 Looks really well thought out. The thinking dentist’s ride.
  • 2 1
 Full D!$# Tease for us here in the USA! Not cool.
  • 1 2
 Kudos on the sizing. As an XXL riders these are pretty close to ideal numbers for me but wow those frame prices are next level. $6kCAD without a shock or paint. Phew.
  • 2 1
 I dig it
  • 2 2
 So light, I'm not sure whether the frame or wheels will Last
  • 1 1
 Who names a bike Disgust & jealousy Muy original lol
  • 1 1
 It'd be nice if manufacturers consistently called out max rear tire size.
  • 1 1
 So single pivot is all the rage now?
  • 1 1
 Skyway mags making a comeback?
  • 1 1
 Expected to see insane prices and was not disappointed.
  • 2 2
 Hey look, it's a Spur with mag wheels at 1.5 times the price! Oh, wait...
  • 1 1
 Are they still not allowing sales to the USA?
  • 1 1
 What's up with the sideways seat clamp/slot?
  • 1 1
 Who would want a six spike wheel?
  • 1 1
 over 5k usd for a frame/shock option, I'll take 2!
  • 1 1
 Tell me this is an advert without telling me it's an advert.
  • 1 1
 The 90s called they want their spinergy wheels back
  • 3 0
 Just picked up some for a retro build, and I'd love to try the new pairs they released.
  • 1 1
 looks great. can you put a 130 fork on the 120 bike with the heavy layup?
  • 1 1
 Flip that Last SRAM Powerlink
  • 1 1
 cheaper to fly to asia and make your own bike.
  • 2 2
 Que asco más rico
  • 1 1
 Estoy celoso
  • 1 1
 Last Exit Ruhrgebiet
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