Patrol's 672 All-Mountain Bike - Interbike 2016

Sep 19, 2016
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2016


Interbike 2016

Patrol adds a second all-mountain / enduro bike to their range in the shape of the 672, a 160mm-travel rig that's assembled around the same smartly designed and gimmick-free aluminum frame that the pricier 671 model uses. This means that it also shares the shorter rear-end that the new version sees, with it shrinking from 440mm to 430mm to add some playfulness to the ride.

Patrol 672 Details

• Intended use: all-mountain / enduro
• Rear wheel travel: 160mm
• Wheel size: 27.5''
• Aluminum frame
• Internal cable routing
• ISCG 05 chain guide tabs
The bike's name comes from the amount of travel it has (6 for six-inches), its wheel size (7 for 27.5''), and the 2 designates that it's the second option down from the more expensive, $4,399 USD 671 model. That said, while pricing for the 672 wasn't available, the build kit suggests that the bike will be considerably less expensive than the 671. You'll likely want to factor in the cost of a dropper post, however, and swap the stock stem out for something more appropriate for the bike's intentions.


Interbike 2016
Interbike 2016

Interbike 2016
Interbike 2016


Patrol isn't looking to set the mountain bike world alight with a groundbreaking suspension layout, but rather offer something that works well and will hopefully be reliable. The aluminum frame employs a clean looking four-bar design that sees the bike's rear axle sit just below the rear pivot, the opposite of most four-bar-type systems, and a one-piece rocker link compresses a RockShox shock to deliver 160mm of travel.

Both the brake and shift lines run inside of the front triangle and through the rear-end, making for a very uncluttered appearance, and a large opening at the headtube should make cable changes an easy job.


42 Comments

  • 34 7
 "and will hopefully be reliable." Wow great selling point. That's exactly what I want to hear when dropping thousands on a product. Well sir, you know it hopefully will be reliable. Good luck! Lol
  • 4 2
 I know right?! I read that sentence twice haha
  • 26 2
 It's also written by Mike Levy, not Patrol. He's just reporting on it
  • 6 0
 I think its only kinda "visual description" of the bike. Not a test, and not trying to sell the bike
  • 2 0
 @vsense: I feel like Levy got distracted (ahem, booth babe) and kinda said, Good enough!
  • 1 1
 Yea should change that, unless they literally made such a statement.... Which I doubt they did.
  • 1 0
 @joalst: I get that, still....was unnerving to read that in a article about a bike.
  • 1 0
 @Shinobi13: I agree, but I don't think it was intended.
  • 26 0
 Patrol should make a bike called the "Transition".
  • 4 1
 THIS!!!!!!! awesome
  • 1 0
 @renanzendy: Indonesian bike brand is awesome, Polygon dan Patrol luar biasa bisa ekspansi ke luar negeri
salut!
  • 18 0
 This Ronald McDonald and I approve the color of this bike!!
  • 12 1
 Holy crap those are some easy cable ports.
  • 5 0
 Chainstay cable will probably rattle like crazy in there.
  • 2 0
 @parallaxid: Spray foam
  • 8 0
 Yea, I could stick a lot of stuff in those...
  • 11 0
 Probably still going to break my bank.
  • 17 0
 Dog my bank is already broken
  • 8 1
 that top tube to left seatstay internal routing is a horrible idea, not to mention it being the rear brakes and no rubber gromets. its a ticking timebomb, fail.
  • 2 0
 Imagine the kink in the hose when that shock is fully compressed, oh my gawd.
  • 3 0
 Could this be more confusing? And how did Levy get stuck with this press release? Hence 'hopefully reliable.' I thought it was a dumbed down Transition Patrol at first--something that might deserve to be copied at a better spec--but no, it's just homely click-bait. Damn you, PB
  • 3 0
 As of my reading of this article, there are 40 comments. Literally 38 of them are "negative", ragging on something about the bike itself, or the writing of the article. Of the two positive comments left over, both praising something about the bike, one of them got down-propped enough to be hidden at the bottom and the other has 3 replies under it, just making negative counter points to the original comment.

Much be a blast being so miserable.

Well, since my comment isn't complaining about the bike or the article, it must surely get down-voted now.
  • 1 0
 Spot on buddy. School boy engineers on the keys know best.
  • 3 0
 As a shop, I've been selling Patrol for about a year and it only took one ride to believe in the bike. I've personally be on Devinci's Troy and Spartan for about 3 years, and I sell Devinci and Transition as my flagship brands also. It doesn't seem up to date with angles and such, but it works very well. It pedals like a short travel bike because of the geo, but the 160mm set up still eats the trail very well. It's not meant to be a world champion bike, it's a simple frame with a top parts build. It's a good tip into the age old question of; is complex updated frame with medium to low parts build or is simple frame with top parts build better? Sure you can upgrade, however, most people want to buy a bike simply ride it. My opinion, this bike is perfect for most of us average riders with a one bike type of life.
  • 7 0
 120 stem? Sold.
  • 5 0
 I can hear the rattle of the cable in the chainstay just by looking at it
  • 6 1
 Get f*cked with all these $4k + frames.
  • 1 0
 it's a 4K+ "BIKE". not "frame". Although for sure the parts spec on that aluminum frame doesn't seem like it's worth 4K+ to me...?
  • 2 0
 How do they not know the price ? If your pushing a price point , it might be handy knowing the value . I do like it though ( except the yellow paint )
  • 3 0
 That hta is way too steep. I'd call that dangerous, actually.
  • 2 0
 Cable rub on the fork steerer. No thanks.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a nukeproof mega ripoff
  • 2 1
 Holy crap, that cable port in the headtube is dogshit...
  • 1 1
 it looks TERRIBLE
  • 2 0
 INDONESIAN Bike Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Wow..!
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