First Look: NS Snabb Carbon - Eurobike 2015

Aug 25, 2015
by Paul Aston  
NS Snabb Carbon



NS Snabb Carbon

It was a bit of a mixed bag when I reviewed the NS Snabb back in June this year, with some great angles and sizing but less than stellar component choices and finishing touches. For 2016, NS are adding a Snabb Carbon to their line-up, but also continuing to produce the aluminium versions. NS say that they took on board everything I moaned about in my review, updating the current aluminum bike and also incorporating those changes into the new carbon machine.

What have they changed? The beautifully crafted but annoying Magneto stem has been replaced by their new Quantum Lite unit that weighs in at 130 grams, a new wheelset is included, and also an improved shock tune and space for piggyback shocks. A bearing has also been added at the upper shock mount to improve sensitivity where there is a lot of rotation at the link. The bottom bracket drops another 6mm to -12mm below the axles, and changes to a press-fit version from the previous 73mm threaded shell. The 160mm IS brake mount has also been changed to a 160mm post mount.

What stays the same? Aside from the bottom bracket drop, all the numbers remain the same for the 163mm travel bike - a medium frame has a lengthy 445mm reach, 430mm chainstay, 66 degree head angle and 1185mm wheelbase. Rear hub spacing stays at 12 x 142mm, ISCG 05 chain guide mounts are still there, as well as the tapered head tube.


NS Snabb Carbon


The Snabb Carbon will only come in medium and large sizes, with the frame weighing in at 2,550 grams - around 500 grams less than the alloy version. One high-end complete bike priced at €5599 for the 12.5kg package and a frame kit will also be an option. It will be suspended by a 160mm Rock Shox Pike RC up front and a matching Monarch Debonair Plus RC3 to control the 163mm of rear travel. Drivetrain duties are handled by SRAM's X01 eleven-speed group. SRAM also help to slow down the Snabb, with 180mm Guide RS brakes. The cockpit will feature the new NS Monogram Plus carbon bar held in place by a Quantum Lite stem. SDG logo'd ODI Grips to grab onto and SDG also take care of your next contact point with a titanium railed saddle that sits on a 150mm RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post. The Snabb Carbon should be in the shops in January 2016.


NS Snabb Carbon
SDG take care of the contact points
NS Snabb Carbon


NS Snabb Carbon
The carbon Monogram handlebar and Quantum Lite stem are also available as aftermarket pieces.


NS Snabb Carbon
The separate tubes at the seat tube junction of the aluminium version are lost to smoother carbon lines.


NS Snabb Carbon
NS Snabb Carbon

Now there is plenty of space for any piggy-back shock, plus the rocker link has been modified to house FOX Float shocks that struggled with clearance on the old version. Unfortunately the carbon chain stays didn't make it off the boat in time for Eurobike, but should be smoothly finished and have an integrated mud guard at the seat stay bridge.


NS Snabb Carbon

All pivots have been upgraded to use high quality Max bearings - NS say they were more than happy with their warranty record, having no broken or bent Snabb's yet, but were disappointed with the longevity of the older bearings and were unhappy that customers were having to change them within a shorter time frame than expected.

NS Snabb Carbon
NS Snabb Carbon

SRAM X01 gearing will help you to the top of the hill. The Snabb is designed to work best around 1X setup and a 32t chainring up front. The new Enigma Lite Dynamal rims have an internal width of 25mm, an improved profile and presta valve drilling. These Tubeless Easy rims weigh 480 grams.


MENTIONS: @ns-bikes




109 Comments

  • 194 14
 Those tyre labels don't line up with the rim decals AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
  • 27 40
flag kopaczus (Aug 25, 2015 at 6:13) (Below Threshold)
 OCD much? Smile
  • 11 4
 i-ride ... I feel your pain on that Razz
  • 16 0
 I was distracted away form the rim decals by the floating hand. AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHH
  • 3 4
 Thissssssssss
  • 14 84
flag rickaybobbay (Aug 25, 2015 at 9:05) (Below Threshold)
 THEY CAN STILL BE RIDDEN ON YOU WEIRD FUCK!!! jesus. they're tires, i go through like a pair every 2 months, just ride your fucking bike. its not a beauty contest, its a smiles per mile contest.
  • 31 0
 I ride all the time and still pay attention to the details. When I, average Joe, mount tires I usually put the brightest tire label by the valve so I can find it during a trailside flat repair. I always assume that when you're showing the world your new product, you'd pay attention to those details as well. Take it easy, he's not weird, he just pays attention to the details.
  • 18 0
 Already fixed!
  • 5 0
 Agreed, anytime we take photos of high end bikes, little details are accounted for. Cranks are flat with the logo right side up, bar end plugs are flat also if they have a logo, tire logo line up with the valve stem and the valves are both in the same position on the wheel. Little details show you care and take your time to do the best job you can.


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  • 41 8
 As soon as I found out how weird bike dorks are about lining up their tire logos with their valve stems, I've made sure to never let it happen on my bike. I started with a 90 degree offset, but that was too regular. Through trial and error, I've found somewhere around 27 degrees to provide the maximum OCD combo-breaker. It's kinda hard with the proliferation of rim/tire logos, but there's definitely a sweet spot.

I've been told it was to be able to quickly find your valve stem for in-race flats. Not an issue for me, so I strive to help the hall monitors break freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

...and I also make sure that my front and rear tire logo/stem orientations differ.

weirdos.
  • 5 0
 Of all those props the OP got how many are for the sarcasm and how many for actually believing him and agreeing?
  • 6 0
 At least the cranks are level... Phew
  • 6 2
 Perhaps the neon green NS sticker by the valve stem would help you find it in your imaginary race, you dork?
  • 8 0
 Choose your tire label orientation and be a dick about it.
  • 2 0
 That's one of my pet peeves also. When placing new tires, focus!
  • 2 0
 Fortunately im not obsessed with stickers. I like to remove them when I can. This bike has a clean look to it with a refreshing lack of grafix. These bikes are built to take abuse and this one looks good to boot!
  • 45 2
 Thats one sexy bike.
  • 4 2
 Sexy and it seems to check all of the right boxes.
  • 5 6
 honestly looks EXACTLY like a slash minus the lower link, aka it isn't full floater or ABP
  • 11 0
 Looks more like a Canyon Spectral CF to me. Not that that's a bad thing at all!
  • 3 1
 That thing is literally snabbing my heart.
  • 6 6
 looks EXACTLY like a Norco Range
  • 2 0
 To me, bar maybe the canyon, the other bikes mentioned here don't come close to this, looks wise.
  • 31 0
 Thanks for not going 148.
  • 21 0
 Looks like a mountain bike.
  • 17 1
 I don't care that it looks like a horst-link version of the Slash. There are only a couple types of great suspension designs and clearly 4-bar is effective. That is a great looking bike.
  • 4 0
 it is a stunner. a work of art. I'd love to ride one!
  • 9 0
 Props to NS for making quality bikes that are very good value. A couple of my buddies ride Sodas and I'm amazed at the quality of the frame for a sub $2500CAD bike.
  • 11 1
 press-fit o_0 ?
  • 4 15
flag Protour (Aug 25, 2015 at 7:57) (Below Threshold)
 Yep, looks like a loser. Better than the pivot yesterday but still too steep of head angle and garbage BB. Add it to the burn pile.
  • 9 2
 no small is a complete joke .
  • 4 0
 Same with no XL
  • 1 0
 judging by the reach #'s the L is pretty funkin L. With a reach of 470mm on the L show me any other large frame with a number like that (other than mondraker).

And I don't mean that literally as I am sure there are a couple of size L frames out there with outrageous reaches and I really don't care.

They could have even said they are only offered in L and XL but then there's be more complaints,

you buy based on the #'s not the stated size. And really, if you're under about 5'9" they don't have a size for you.
  • 2 0
 They do offer the small size in alloy.
  • 3 0
 Inb4 Pilgrim quits FMB and becomes the next awesome thing to hit Enduro since Dan Atherton
@paulaston did NS say anything about when the Quantum Lite stem would be released on the market?
  • 4 0
 It's like they wanted to make a carbon bike but didn't want to commit to making a carbon bike full-time, so they only offer two frame sizes.
  • 1 0
 Nail.... Head. Bandwagon.
  • 1 0
 Well, to be fair a lot of their bikes only came in two sizes
  • 1 0
 Oh that is fair actually. But still kinda funny.
  • 3 0
 I have a 2015 Snabb Enduro. Best frame Ive ever had, in every way. And Ive had many frames, many suspension designs. NS knows how to build frames like no other company.
  • 8 4
 Sad story is sad... Pressfit? Even for the aluminum frames? :'(
  • 3 0
 recently there was an argument about pressfit BB making a comeback. Guess they are not that bad.
  • 2 0
 press fit done properly is good, its when its done cheaply it turns to crap
  • 2 0
 It seems they are very hit and miss, with an emphasis on miss. With the right bb they seem to be ok, assuming you brevet have to touch it again. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about threaded and making it as user friendly as possible, but I think there are usable combinations out there.
  • 8 0
 Pressfit only for Snabb Carbon. All aluminium frames with threaded bbs
  • 2 0
 @erenes okay, thanks. That was rather not clear in the article.
  • 5 0
 No reverse stem?
  • 6 6
 I'm staying away from anything NS. Story:
I bought some NS handlebars last year, went to install my grips/brake levers on it, and couldn't get them on. Turns out the paint layer was so thick that it significantly increased the diameter of the bar, so much so that my lock-on grips and my brake levers wouldn't slide on.

This left me with two options - either pound the grips/lever on with a hammer, or sand down the excess paint. Not wanting to destroy my brand new bars by doing either of those, I contacted NS through their website. And nothing. No response...

I ended up pounding the grips/levers on with a hammer, but it was such a pain in ass to remove/adjust them that I ended up buying a different bar, and chucking the NS bar. $70 down the drain.

I get that manufacturing defects occur, and that there was probably just some problem with the paint applicator, but what really pissed me off was that NS didn't respond to me at all. So anyone interested in this bike - beware!
  • 2 0
 Where did you buy your NS bar from?
  • 2 0
 Which NS bar that was? I have had 3 NS bars so far (Terra, Jalapeno, District), no problems at all.
  • 1 3
 District bars, bought from CRC
  • 2 0
 Surprising I have always chosen ns bars and been amazing value
  • 4 0
 Okay, sounds like you got a lemon. Bad luck Frown
Anyway, you should contact CRC, not NS bikes. Always contact place that sold product.
  • 2 0
 That's the best looking 'enduro' frame ive ever seen. When the top tube and seat stays line up then you know you're in flava country
  • 2 0
 Is the jury still out? Or do the majority of riders think pressfit is a complete nightmare? I rarely see any positive comments regarding a new bike being pressfit.
  • 1 0
 What the hell I would have never expected one of the best looking bikes of the year to come from NS. Offer this is bare aluminum (so most of us can afford it) and I will buy one.
  • 2 0
 They have alloy frame 163 mm or 143mm rear w the same color ways too
  • 1 0
 Ns can only be ordered by most LBS's in the US as frame only, so all the component changing and colors doesn't really affect us.
  • 2 1
 Sweet mother of Jesus, I want to lick this bike Smile

Who cares what it looks like - low standover, good angles, its pure sex and price is prolly good too Smile
  • 2 0
 based on the 1st photo i'm wondering if there's going to be a new adam's family movie?
  • 3 1
 The Session looks like a Kona in the first place.
  • 2 0
 Love blacks bike , looks so dope :o
  • 3 1
 No small size? Go f*ck yourself.
  • 1 0
 No small frame size in carbon yet, you are right. They do offer the allow version in small though.
  • 1 0
 frame shape is one of the most beautiful ever seen, I like the simple slender shape
  • 3 1
 "looks like" comments should be banned.
  • 1 0
 Is it me or nobody cares or focuses on mountain bikes less than $3000 anymore... I guess the world economy is booming!
  • 1 0
 Looks a lot like the Marin Attack Trail carbon.
  • 1 0
 I had a carbon Attack Trail which was a great all around bike but damn I have one ride on my Snabb Carbon and it is insane on steeps and Rocky/rooty trails.
  • 1 0
 Thing from addams family seems to be hitching a ride on the rear tyre...
  • 1 0
 No swedes here to comment what "Snabb" actually means?? :p
  • 1 0
 o jebany ale jest piękny!
  • 1 0
 Snabb means quick or speedy in Swedish.
  • 1 0
 I want now
  • 1 0
 Sharp looking bike!
  • 2 1
 Still not slack enough
  • 4 0
 Not making a small or an xl is pretty slack Smile
  • 1 0
 I thought the same but recently switched my spitfire from 65.5 to 66.5 and am having a blast! I used to think that 65 was my target but it totally depends on the other numbers. The terrain around here is famously steep and I've had no issues with 66+.
  • 1 0
 I've no problem with other people's preferences dude, each to there own (I'd like it 64° or less for a bike such as this). Seems to me like NS just can't get away from the steep angles of the DJ and street bikes they're used to making. But they're heading in the right direction at least!
  • 1 0
 for sure man. has to work for you. 64 would be super slack. You could probably achieve 65 with offset shock bushings. That would also drop the BB a bit. either way it's a very nice looking bike
  • 1 0
 OH SNABB, that's purrdy.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a slash
  • 1 0
 Schmexy
  • 1 0
 That hand tho
  • 1 1
 TAKE MY MONEY !
  • 1 1
 :-(
  • 1 1
 Look like a slash!!!
  • 1 3
 Straight up Trek at least...
  • 1 3
 will it snap?
  • 2 0
 They should let pilgrim take it of a 30 ft drop
  • 2 0
 Question is... Will it blend?
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