Kavenz's High-Pivot Enduro Prototype - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 11, 2019
by Mike Levy  
Sea Otter 2019


With the success of Commencal's downhill bike, along with a handful of new high-pivot trail and enduro rigs, it seems that's the layout to have right now. Kavenz is a new German brand (and an off-shoot of 77 Designz) with their own high pivot offering, a 160mm-travel rig designed with enduro racing in mind, hence the 64-degree head angle.

The yet-to-be-named prototype is pictured here on 29'' wheels, but they're planning to offer a 27.5'' rear wheel option as well. To keep the geometry in check, it'll sport an adjustable lower shock mount that will let owners raise the ride height to compensate for the change in wheel size, thereby preserving the bottom bracket height and head angle.
Kavenz Proto Details

• Intended use: enduro racing
• Rear wheel travel: 160mm
• Wheel size: 29'' (27.5'' rear option)
• Frame material: aluminum
• Head angle: 64-degrees
• Reach: 460mm - 540mm
• Custom geometry available
• Weight: TBA
• Availability: early 2020
• MSRP: €2,500


Sea Otter 2019
The VHP (short for virtual high pivot) suspension delivers 160mm of travel.


The 160mm-travel rear-end is a Horst Link system with an eye towards keeping things as active as possible, and the idler looks after forces from the drivetrain. Also, check out that shock! It's an air-sprung prototype from Intend, a German suspension brand doing all sorts of different things.

It also looks a lot like a coil shock without the coil, but it is air sprung. Word is that it features an adjustable negative spring system via that small dial by the air valve, with the idea being that you can pull the shock down into its stroke slightly and create a coil-like feel.


Sea Otter 2019
Sea Otter 2019
Also from Germany, the Intend shock looks nothing like most air-sprung units.


Kavenz is sticking to aluminum for the new bike, and that's going to let them offer custom geometry so you can get the angles and reach numbers that you want. The prototype shown here is running a 64-degree head angle, but you'll be able to tinker with that and the seat tube length as well. Want something super long and super low? They'll do anywhere in between 460mm and 540mm, and they'll build you a bike with a super short seat tube, too.

If you want one, you'll be paying €2,500 for the frame and waiting until early 2020 to get your hands on it.


68 Comments

  • + 46
 next up... Brooklyn Machine Works comes back and starts making the TMX again... with an Avy MTN-8 fork no less.... Huck to flat times are back again.
  • + 7
 Bring back the rubber ducky!!!
  • + 4
 "Huck to flat times are back again." Awesome
  • + 3
 Avalanche MTN-8? Where's my credit card?
  • + 0
 @vjunior21: Or huck to bad back these days
  • + 0
 They went away? Awkward.
  • + 2
 shin burger pedals included!
  • + 2
 I run the avy boxxer damper and I gotta say, it takes a huge phat dump on the charger or fox dampers. like in a massive, stanky way. kinda surprised more folks dont run it.
  • + 15
 I thought that said KLEIN for a second, I was about to get my credit card out
  • + 3
 Been dreaming of a new KLEIN. Their bikes were always so gorgeous. I've seen some of the road frames built up with modern parts lately and they look incredible.
  • + 2
 KLEIN?! Shut up and take my money!
  • + 9
 I'm guessing the shock, as it compresses, pumps oil into the reservior where in IFP pushes against a large air chamber to be the load-bearing spring. Damping is controlled as oil passes between the two chambers. Anyone know what that kind of shock is called? I think they use it on aircraft landing gear
  • + 9
 www.intend-bc.com/hover-checkout
On that specific shock, you can have a bit more of a read. I think with aeroplanes they commonly use Oleo Struts on the landing gear.
  • + 0
 I believe it is an Intend bc shock. search them on Instagram. they also make forks with inverted lowers
  • + 1
 And the space behind the piston is the negative air chamber ?
  • + 3
 @Zaff: one day I hope I will be able to afford the goodies he makes, it all looks so great, watching him for some time
  • + 3
 You’re thinking about Nitro shox, pretty sure they have an IG
Always stoked to see new tech
  • + 4
 @PB-J: We've been waiting for ever for the Nitro. I could have sworn someone said we were going to get a review of one a year or two ago.
  • + 6
 Check out 77designs yt channel to see how it was developed:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0P9dJMBCQE&list=PLoaOU1pmeQn-3OxF5K6o43c5YoEaT9voQ>;

(german though)
  • + 8
 That water bottle looks like a plump grub.
  • + 1
 I would like to know who makes it. (for my kids bike)
  • + 1
 It’s a Fidlock bottle! @poteran:
  • + 7
 Cold war bike
  • + 4
 proudly built in East Berlin
  • + 7
 could fit a can of chernobly in the bottle holder for sure
  • + 1
 It makes sense to use the Durolux as a fork for a prototype, you can easily change travel settings without having to change forks. Maintenance is quite easy, too. Only drawback for testing would be the high A2C compared to a Fox36.
  • + 3
 allready tested the proto! insanly fast and that totaly relaxed! never ridden something like that before!
  • + 1
 Bold claim - but I like it! What bikes are you comparing it to?
  • + 4
 With enough room in the frame to fit a squeezy bottle of ketchup
  • + 2
 Mad max super duper hard shaft rear shock included with frame or with complete bike purchase.
  • + 2
 @mhgg1981 I believe that price is for frame only. I have been lucky enough to be a tester for them and have been riding with a Cane Creek Coil. It's the best handling, smoothest bike I've ever ridden.
  • + 2
 We went for a really trendy super long top tube so that we could slam our seat all the way forward to make it fit again.
  • + 2
 Does not look like a Polygon
  • + 1
 Fuck that Cubw high pivot clone. WE WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THAT INTEND SHOCK FFS!!!
  • + 6
 When you design a bike from scratch, look at all possible systems try to get the ideal kinematics ( even do a webseries about it) and a wise pinkbiker spots your mistake at first sight- you cloned a cube.
  • + 1
 @optimumnotmaximum: good catch! Although I gotta admit the first thing I noticed was the odd looking shock. Hence my unfortunate comment.
  • + 3
 @southoftheborder: all good, i really like the concept and slept pretty badly so i was kinda pissed off, sorry
  • + 0
 @optimumnotmaximum: no hard feelings, I had it coming anyway for being such a douchebag in the first place.
  • + 3
 Super nice!
  • + 1
 Cool shock! Looks like nothing else offered on the market. Reminds me of a Push 11.6 without the coil
  • + 1
 @Giacomo77 is the rocker link forged now rather than cnced?
  • + 1
 The Mk2 have a redesigned monocoque (I think thats how you spell it) seat seat tube giving room for a stiffer rocker that seems to be cnc'd.
  • + 1
 That thing needs the inverted fork from Intend
  • + 1
 thats a really nice frame
  • + 1
 I'll take mine with a Pinion drivetrain please.
  • + 2
 yep that frame deign would be great with a centermounted transmission, and possibly a belt drive?
looks like a short travel version of GT's new dh bike
  • + 1
 Finally some info about collaboration. Stoked !
  • + 2
 WANT
  • + 1
 @freestylAM trust me, you NEED this frame
  • + 1
 Are all the new turner bikes going to be high pivot?
  • + 1
 @DONKEY-FELTCHER firstly, ewww.
Secondly, I think I saw something about Turner using 'Speed Goat' suspension design.
  • + 1
 Where?@Cashman39:
  • + 1
 @DONKEY-FELTCHER: My bad it is 'Jamis Bikes' using Speedgoat suspension, which I wouldn't mind trying.
  • + 1
 1699 for a gram is reasonable considering the complexity of them@Cashman39:
  • + 1
 @DONKEY-FELTCHER: I know what you're saying, I'd be interested in seeing the leverage ratio, but I know I won't be replacing my Kavenz 'Prototype' anytime soon. I might however look at the Forbidden Druid for a 'trail' bike. Get the 'Kavenz' with a cool, you won't be disappointed.
  • + 1
 540mm reach!...that’s huge
  • + 1
 That water bottle mount looks dope
  • + 0
 The weight is TBA....because I'm sure nobody running around at Sea Otter has a scale.
  • + 1
 This looks awesome. Might sell my commencal and snag one of these
  • + 1
 If Forbidden Bike and Robot Bike had a child!
  • + 1
 Not sure about that combo, it’s missing the lugs and carbon pipes, imo it looks more like a union between Forbidden and Alutech, or Liteville, or RAAW, or... anyway I want to try one with less aggressive trail geo and 130-140 mm travel.
  • + 2
 Don't like this fad.
  • - 3
 this should burn in the firey foundries of Khar'yaginskiy
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