For those unfamiliar with NS Bikes, the Polish company's story begins in 2003 when their first hardtail frame, the Streetlegal, was launched. The Soda, their first full suspension bike, arrived in 2011, and the 26" wheeled Fuzz DH bike hit shop floors in 2013. For 2015, the Fuzz keeps its clean lines and low, central shock location, but takes on bigger wheels, even more generous sizing and a revised component package.
The 27.5" wheeled Fuzz 2 is built using a selection of components including in-house parts and items from NS' sister company, OctaneOne in order to keep the cost down without sacrificing quality. The frame has 203mm of rear wheel travel, and is built from AL6061-T6 and AL6066-T6 custom formed and butted tubes. Small, medium and large sizes are available and have roomy cockpits; the reach on the medium size is 440mm, and the large size is a whopping 470mm which will keep six foot and over guys happy. Cables can either be routed internally or externally using the bolt on cable guides, and the seatpost is fixed by a built in clamp.
Fuzz 2 Details
• Intended use: DH
• Fork: Marzocchi 888 CR w/200mm travel, 20mm axle
• Shock: RockShox Kage R coil
• 203mm travel
• 63.5° head angle, 447/432 mm chainstays
• Sizes: S, M, L
• Weight: 40.5 lb (claimed)
• MSRP: £2599 $3499 USD
The RockShox Kage shock is a simple affair, with rebound and the spring rate being the only externally adjustable settings. The flip-chip dropouts allow you to change chainstay length between 447mm and 432mm. This may be a budget bike, but it includes the top of the range 800mm NS Evidence handlebars.
The custom plastic cover keeps the RockShox Kage protected from the elements, although it does make adjusting the rebound very difficult, but it could easily be modified with a Stanley blade to ease access. The drive side dropouts are smooth, with the axle being enclosed from the outside.