First Look: Propain’s New Hugene 29er - Garda Trentino 2018

Apr 28, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
Garda Bike Fest 2018. Lago di Garda Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg

Propain unveiled the newest addition to their lineup at the Riva Bike Festival, a full carbon, 130mm trail bike called the Hugene. It's the German company's first 29er, with a suspension layout that's slightly different than that majority of their other full-suspension machines.

Previously, Propain's bikes stood out from the crowd due to the shock's location between the rear wheel and the seat tube. The Hugene uses the same basic design, but the shock is now mounted inside the front triangle, where it's better protected from the elements.

Propain Hugene Details
• Wheel size: 29"
• Intended use: trail
• 130mm rear travel
• 67° head angle (with 150mm fork)
• Full carbon frame
• PRO10 suspension design
• MSRP: 3099 - 6399 EUR
www.propain-bikes.com/
Propain's full press release with all the pertinent details about the Hugene is below, but one thing that really stands out is the pricing – Propain's consumer direct model allows them to offer an impressively good value for the money. They've also rolled out the option for riders to mix and match components before clicking that 'add to cart' button, which makes it easier to end up with a bike spec'd exactly the way you want.


Garda Bike Fest 2018. Lago di Garda Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg
Garda Bike Fest 2018. Lago di Garda Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg

Garda Bike Fest 2018. Lago di Garda Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg
Propain's Pro10 suspension design positions the shock between two short, counter-rotating links.



PRESS RELEASE: Propain Bikes

Propain Hugene

Hugene is our interpretation of the perfect trail bike. A bike that flies up mountains with ease and puts a fat smile on your face on the way back down. For the first time, we rely on large 29" wheels and have optimized our tried-and-tested PRO10 suspension system for them. This results in a great balance between smoothness and agility, providing lots of safety for the rider without feeling boring.

Propain Hugene
Propain Hugene


Special Blend Carbon

When it comes to the frame material, we make no compromises. Therefore, the carbon frames are made from a combination of various carbon prepreg materials of the highest quality. Depending on the location and load, unidirectional or different fiber mats are used. The materials are distinguished by an exceptionally high proportion of specially selected load-bearing fibers with particularly high tensile strength. All frames are tested on test stands until failure and are subjected to rigorous tests by their team riders, such as World Cup pro Phil Atwill, in order to ensure the best-possible performance of their products.


Pro10 Hugene Tuned

The Pro10 suspension system has been completely revamped for the Hugene. The shock now sits in front of the seatpost and is perfectly protected against dirt and mud. The Hugene is a trail bike, which means particular attention was paid to its drive efficiency. With 100% anti-squat, the chainstay always keeps its cool uphill. The kinematics have been optimized so that the shock gradually stiffens, offering both sensitivity and high impact absorption.

Propain Hugene

Propain Hugene


Propain Hugene


Geometry


Propain Hugene

Propain Hugene



Specification

The current lineup offers three fixed "series bikes" plus one freely configurable "Project Free". We're changing this with the Hugene by offering three pre-configurations, but each of them can be freely configured. That means you can start with a base bike (Start, Bestseller, or Highend) and adjust components individually or adjust all components. Start is the cheapest entry-level model, while Highend comes with top features.
Propain Hugene

*Prices and features are still not final.

Propain Hugene


Technical Details

Propain Hugene


Hugene in Action

Propain Hugene
Team rider Angie Hohenwarter - Azores

Propain Hugene

Propain Hugene
Propain CEO and Chief Developer Robert Krauss on the sunny trails of the Vinschgau Valley.


The Hugene will be available from June in the online Propain store in the colors Lime, Silver and Carbon Raw.


90 Comments

  • + 50
 Its a damn good looking trail bike. It's refreshing to see a bike that flies up mountains with ease and puts a fat smile on your face on the way back down. I was getting worried the market was becoming over saturated with climbing goats and descending demons. If I didn't have the perfect trail bike in my Devinci Troy Carbon, I would most definitely be interested in this bike.
  • - 2
 I love my Carbon troy! How do you have yours set up? Did you add any tokens to the fork or shock? I’m thinking about upping my fork to 160 for a bit slacker head angle for the down hills.
  • - 30
flag fecalmaster (Apr 28, 2018 at 6:10) (Below Threshold)
 At least make the rear 150mm, specially with 12mm axle and chainguide. It's like a DH bike with no travel.
  • + 1
 @chilli-biker:
I swapped the fork for a 160 Lyrik and run 2 tokens in the fork and 3 in the shock. I do ride her pretty aggressively but she is an absolute dream now.
  • + 9
 Its gonna be UGE.
  • + 2
 @chilli-biker: I bumped my pikes to 160 on my Troy. Two tokens. Rides awesome.
  • + 1
 @chilli-biker: mines set up with a 160mm fork and a 200x57 shock instead of the stock 51. Increases rear travel to about 160. Both fork and shock have max volume spacers.
  • + 0
 @Joseph-o:
are you running a coil on the rear or still using an Air shock? How has upping the rear travel effected the ride?
  • + 1
 There's a hidden E in the frame.
  • + 36
 Mid-travel 29er, vertical shock so it fits a bottle, reasonable geometry, rigid rear triangle, full carbon, starting at that price? Sign me up!... wait... I'm in college...
  • + 2
 Are there benefits of a rigid rear triangle or just another point of difference for the brands?
  • + 2
 @Shimanosaint0097: Sorry, just saw this. I can't speak to every instance, but all else equal, a one-piece rear triangle should have advantages in lateral stiffness and overall strength, since pivot points don't interrupt the structural integrity. This allows for a potential weight advantage as well - no need to overbuild.

Furthermore, single-piece rear triangles can be built for better heel clearance because of, again, none of the packaging requirements of stay-mounted pivots.

Finally, the farther the bearings/bushings/pivot hardware are from the axle, the less (negative) impact they'll have on suspension responsiveness (re - Horst, etc). Because the weight of the pivots is no longer as much of a concern, and because they're closer to/on the frame, they can be made larger and stronger.

Bonus - I personally think they look better/cleaner. Yeti, Santa Cruz, Intense, etc.
  • + 2
 @Bluefire: interesting stuff, you raise some good points
  • + 22
 For all people that are not able to interpret the leverage graph in the right way: it is indeed progressive. The y axis is just inverted, like they do it in other industries. Converted lev ratio would be roughly from 3 to 2.5, so pretty much perfect for an aggresive trail bike.
  • + 12
 You know, Phil Atwill is gonna ride the shit out of this and make an edit soon. That's what I am waiting for..
  • + 1
 @denomerdano: unit then we won't know how quick the handlebars get worn down from sliding on pavement
  • + 15
 "That means you can start with a base bike (Start, Bestseller, or Highend) and adjust components individually or adjust all components."

This is what all bike manufacturers should strive for.
  • + 4
 This is already a pretty old feature on the Propain website. You can go to "project free" and choose the model. Than you can start to build YOUR bike.
WARNING:
There is a big risk - it makes a few grands jump of your account very quick!
Don't blame me, ok?
  • + 7
 Great to see they allow for brake routing options for those of us in NZ/AUS/UK!
  • + 3
 I know right! Internal tubes are a pain in the arse for people who run their brakes the (correct) moto way.
  • + 26
 @Bahh: so your rear brake is actuated with the right pedal. How so?
  • + 4
 @opignonlibre: haha touché
  • - 1
 @Bahh: the correct moto way would have your back brake on your right pedal and not on your bars at all lol.
  • + 7
 Sick looking bike, but for real who thought to name it “Hugene”? all i can picture is a fat little nerdy kid haha
  • + 3
 Wow! things are really heating up with the bike business. Another direct sales model from germany that makes dream level bikes. As is pointed out, the prices listed include 20% VAT, so adjust those down for comparison else where. I don't see how the other companies can compete with brick and mortar sales models. not wild about the name though, but I am not that wild about Yt's name either (and I just bought one).
  • + 5
 We bumped into Phil Atwill in Finale with this bike in a raw finish and a film crew so prepare to set faces to stunned
  • + 5
 This could be my next trail bike because, boy, was my dad ever pissed when I bought a Last Coal.
  • + 8
 Bobby - shut off that computer, you're grounded!
  • + 3
 That boy ain’t right!
  • + 3
 Damn it Bobby
  • + 1
 Propain and propane accessories.
  • + 1
 Seriously though, who are buying these expensive mail order bikes in North America? Maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't ride with, or know a bloody soul would would drop 4Gs sight unseen on a bike with zero local dealer support, especially when you have loads of good shop deals on brands like Santa Cruz, Transition, Pivot, Trek etc.
  • + 5
 Looks like an Ibis and an Evil humped
  • + 5
 Nice. I would totally ride that.
  • + 3
 I don't think that's how bikes are made, bro.
  • + 3
 I felt like the chainstay could've been shorter with the new shock arrangement.
  • + 4
 Funny how the basic model gets the best fork.
  • + 2
 Wow ist getting hot in here. Flies up hills... So it's another e-bike?? Seriously though that linkage looks proper Wink
  • + 3
 Propain Propain, it’s time to start the gaaaaaame
  • + 2
 Why are people downvoting this? Have you not seen trailer park boys you fruits?
  • + 4
 445mm stays. hm
  • + 3
 Don't get too excited! They don't ship to the USA .
  • + 3
 Tidy looking machine, I'd play.
  • + 2
 Pro-Pain?? Not very inviting.
  • + 2
 Their slogan is "pain is temporary, glory lasts forever"
  • + 2
 Why only in plastic,damned??? They run out of metal in Germany?
  • + 1
 I'm guessing the H is silent when pronouncing Hugene because the wheelsize is bigley.
  • + 6
 Seriously? C'mon man, your language skills are huseless.
  • + 6
 @kelownakona: it is when our President talks about huge things. Which is a lot.
  • + 1
 Kinematics look very Yeti like, which is a great thing, nice looking steed.
  • + 1
 It's like an Upside-down Evil~ Pretty DOPE!
  • + 1
 Looks better than a Yeti. Wow
  • + 1
 Very cool design, and primo water bottle location...!
  • + 1
 Not enough reach. Full stop. I'll keep looking.
  • + 1
 Damn nice looking bike that checks all of my trail riding needs,,,,,,
  • + 0
 So this is not a first look but a press release and any negative comments get downvoted! Great.
  • + 1
 following mb or this???
  • - 1
 just turn the lights on already!
  • - 1
 That is a refreshing looking bike. Whats 4000 Euro's in Merica money?
  • + 1
 $4850
  • + 2
 4000euro includes 20% vat tho
  • - 3
 "The kinematics have been optimized so that the shock gradually stiffens" : the leverage ratio is regressive, isn't that contradictory ?
  • + 6
 It is not...
  • + 2
 when the frame has LESS leverage (which when it is regressive, it loses leverage through out the stroke) the feel of the ride is that it becomes "progressive" in the ride feel. IE bike has less leverage to push on shock, so it is harder to do so
  • + 2
 (1/.4)>(1/.3)
  • + 2
 I think the chart shows shock travel/wheel travel, which is a bit odd since leverage ratio is usually defined as wheel/shock. The chart shows 0.3-0.4 leverage ratio, which would be extremely low using the standard terminology, but makes sense if inverted, and would also mean it's progressive.
  • + 1
 @dthomp325: 190/45 shock stroke, seems a bit short, I'd have thought a 130 bike needs 50 or 55mm. 45 is great if your under 70kg.
  • - 3
 why the downvote?
  • - 2
 No gearbox?
  • - 2
 Propain Propain. Gotta start the flame...
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