PRESS RELEASE: Forbidden Bike Co.
Forbidden Bike Co. are now offering complete bike builds of their 130mm travel Druid frame, released last year. There will be two different build options. Additionally, there are frame only options available that include new colors. While Forbidden's frames have been and will continue to be available more through their dealers, complete bikes are available online, direct from forbiddenbike.com
where customers can choose to have their bikes shipped to their local Forbidden dealer for a "Pro Setup".
Complete bikes are 90% built in-box and come with a ratcheting torque wrench and bits, for those choosing to assemble on their own. There are also RaceFace tubeless valves and a spare derailleur hanger. Druid XT's will also include the new Fox fork fender.
The Druid XT is available now to order for US and Canadian customers and will be shipping within two weeks. European availability will be in late August, due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Druid SLX bikes will be available in North America and Europe by mid-September.
The Druid XT build pictured above features a 150mm Fox 36 Performance Elite Grip2 fork, DPX2 Performance Elite EVOL shock, Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain, XT 4-piston brakes, DT Swiss 350/RaceFace ARC wheels, RaceFace Aeffect seatpost, and Maxxis tires. It sells for $5,299 USD / $6,999 CAD / €5699 / £5119.
The Druid SLX build comes with a 150mm Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Float fork, Fox DPX2 Performance Elite EVOL shock, Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain, Shimano Deore 4-piston brakes, Shimano SLX/RaceFace AR wheels, RaceFace Aeffect R seatpost, and Maxxis tires. It sells for $4,599 USD / $5,999 CAD / €4899 / £4399.
Frames are updated from last year and feature a revised linkage with fewer parts and improved sealing from the elements along with a few small hardware revisions and a marginally lighter compression and rebound tune on the Fox DPX2 shock.
The Mr. Brownstone and Blue Steel colors will be shipping to dealers everywhere by late-June and the Cosmic Eggplant color in mid-July. Frame only prices are $3,099 USD, $3,999 CAD, and £2949.
Custom build on the Cosmic Eggplant frame.
For more information, visit forbiddenbike.com@maxmccullochvisuals
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But yeah, who works on your bike is very subjective, bummer.
Also, the frame and kit didn't come from their shop. They didn't care... same experience whether you bought the bike from them or not. That's how you do a bike shop.
I am in the same boat, ordered a frame from a different shop from where I get service because I wanted a specific brand. I could have saved about 150 dollars buying parts from the shop where I got my frame as they offered me a 15% discount. Despite being broke I still bought the parts at no discount from the shop I get service from. My justification for this was that the reason I get my suspension/bike serviced there is that it's the only shop that has the experience and knowledge that I trust them to work on my bike, so I feel it would be wrong to take advantage of that when I need service and not support them the rest of the time.
The druid is carbon so in retrospec, the pricing is quite decent although I think that the 7k XT build is definitely worth the 1k more.
Come on... As if that are the only choices to be made...
No one wants a reverb anymore. What a disaster piece... Bikeyoke or oneup. Same wet brakes. Neither in my bike
It’s always good to have experience with everything out there. Glad you’ve found that Sram and RockShox products work well for you. Some riders looking for difference performance or ride characteristics may prefer other brands. All the high end stuff is pretty good nowadays.
Compare it to say, Santa Cruz and it looks like much better value.
I'm totally fine with my GX Setup. Even though that's not the best. But I really didn't like Reverbs. And from what I've seen I'm happy tenfold to have a bikeyoke instead of a always service needy reverb that doesn't drop or rise when I want to.
I still find 4000 to be too much for a frame but well, everyone's going there so one day I guess I'll have to say that 4000 is a reasonnable price! lol
Anyway, that's one of the better looking bike we can have, especially with those new colors!!!!
For comparison, my 2019 Intense Carbine Pro has msrp of 7,450 CAD and I had to buy a chainguide, grips, seat, and derailleur hanger = ~$250. The shock pump that came with it broke the very first time I tried to use it. But the torque wrench is decent.
I would have never bought it if I didn't get it for half price.
That said, these full builds look great. Dead sexy bikes.
"Choose a wheel size, and be a dick about it" is the whole SRAM/Shimano debate.
That's pretty awesome. High end carbon bike comes with a torque wrench. Points!
Can we have a back to back with the Deviate? Didn't Levy have a ride on that?
Engineered to be less efficient and wear faster???? Why?
That's something Pinkbike could investigate on with some tech article with input from drive manufacturers with FEA or whatever, but it seems like mostly the 1st and 2nd engaged teeth/links bear the load, maybe that's why your chain may jump when your chainring starts to wear out, even if you have 50% chain wrap.
Also on the Druid you have a chainguide underneath which wraps the chain around the chainring a bit more than without.
In the case of the Druid, and though it seems awesome, I would question the lack of outward support for the high idler axle, and prefere the solution of the Deviate Highlander on this matter.
The gearbox option of the Guide would be really cool as it keeps the chainline totally straight (probably much less wear), but then you have the gearbox drag.
Carbon is a non-metal element. If it was a metal, humans would be a metal-based life form. That would conform with my musical tastes, but......
Hats off Forbidden, good job.
I'm not sure how many brands do that, but it makes *so* much sense and is so much more consumer-friendly than a full custom build that it makes traditional buying options (the entry level, mid-range, high-end builds) look so last decade.
I think the real innovations will come in e bike development , because there is huge potential in battery tech on the horizon and new stronger and lighter motors , etc. .
In regular bikes there are no new materials for frames being talked about and the components are already superb .
The only thing that might happen is that the Super Bikes come down in price . ???? yeah, right.
For the time being you would need to get a little creative to source a new rear wheel or rebuild it with a new rim.
Oh, that steep tube is really straight, I think.
This machine tickles the right nooks and crannies.