2011 Propain Rage 8.8 Updates

Aug 18, 2010
by Mike Levy  
German company Propain has made a number of changes to their Rage downhill bike to make it go even faster. Inside you can see what the new bike will look like, as well as check out all the updates!

Read on...Source: Propain

2011 Propain Rage 8.8

In September 2010 we will introduce our revised downhill race bike, the “Rage 8.8”. After two successful years in service and many great race results it was time for a facelift. But not only was the look changed, also many technical improvements were made to the design...

The 2011 Propain Rage gets a number of changes, including a lower bottom bracket, a bit less travel (from 245 mm to 225 mm), and the projected frame weight is a full pound less than the current version.
The 2011 Propain Rage gets a number of changes, including a lower bottom bracket, a bit less travel (from 245 mm to 225 mm), and the projected frame weight is a full pound less than the current version.


2011 Propain Rage 8.8 updates

  • Travel was reduced from 245mm to 225mm [8.8“]
  • Bottom bracket was lowered by about 10mm
  • Frame weight could be reduced by 0.5kg [1lbs] to about 4kg [8.8lbs]
  • More ending stroke progression was added the suspension kinematics. The linear suspension character in beginning and mid stroke remained the same.
  • New hydro forming tubes can cope better with the local stress situations in the frame. They improve strength, stiffness and save weight
  • New dropouts: The new PROPAIN Exchangeable Dropouts let you choose your axle system / hub standard
  • The 1.5” head tube was replaced by a lighter tapered steering tube
  • Most current chain guides can now be mounted via ISCG-05
  • Two new colour options are available: black/blue/yellow & red/white/black

Propain's exchangeable dropout
Propain's exchangeable dropout
Propain's Pro10 suspension
Propain's Pro10 suspension


The Rage 8.8 will be available as frame only, as well as three different complete builds. More details soon on the Propain website!


What do you think of Propain's updated Rage 8.8 race bike? Is there some German engineering in your future?


76 Comments

  • + 14
 hummm...
  • + 1
 looks pretty good IMO Smile
  • + 7
 is that a floating shock?
  • + 3
 yeah looks like it
  • + 2
 Never seen a bike with that type of suspension before
  • + 2
 I have seen a similar one, it's the Last Herb DH.
link: ( www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=30671 )
  • + 4
 There are actually a number of bikes running a dual-link, floating shock. The main difference with this bike (visually) is that the shock is mounted behind the seat-tube, instead of inside the triangle, like on most bikes.
  • + 2
 Looks sweet. Price?
  • + 3
 I have the current model, and I think the linkage is a VPP floating shock, but these changes do seem to be gd, plus I've been riding mine for two and a half months in whistler and have had no real problems with it.
  • + 1
 looks pretty cool, i wonder how it works?
  • + 3
 i love that linkage!
  • + 5
 from previous discussions ive had about this frame, this one should be pretty sweet. propain have already proven that their suspension design works, and it sounds like theyve sorted out the slight weight problem too. a very tempting frame, but not too keen on that colour scheme.
  • + 3
 i dont know if i like it or not
  • + 0
 Saw one at Whistler, is it aimed at DH riders, Freeriders or just anyone who wants a dual suspension bike?
I also saw a Last Herb DH there too . . . . look good, they are unique.
  • + 1
 waldon: propain currently offer a range of bikes for different uses. as mentioned in the article, the rage dh offers 240mm of travel. the also offer the rage bike park with a slightly reduced travel at 200mm
and then the spindrift with 180mm of travel. the rage dh/bikepark are actually the same frame, and you can increase/decrease the travel by swapping out the upper linkage for the longer/shorter travel one and adding a longer stroke shock.

i think i'd go for the bikepark version. 240mm travel is quite a lot.
  • + 1
 looks old school with new school parts
  • + 1
 maybe cos its a cgi model? check out the pictures on their website...
  • + 2
 This picture is only a rendered 3D modell put on the old productshot. So maybe it doesn't look quite like the new geometrie they talk about.
I'm looking forward to eurobike to see it in the real build. Maybe I can post a shot then. Smile
  • + 2
 i think the rear fender is an awesome feature. the only other bikes i can think of that have them built in are the santa cruz dh bikes. i hope we see this feature in lots more bikes in the future. it all looks well thought out. i would buy one Smile
  • + 1
 This is the smaller brother "Spindrift". With 180mm and a doublecrown you may build it as a miniDH or with a singlecrown as a freerider. tup

www.pinkbike.com/photo/4803317
  • + 1
 At the eurobike last week Propain showed the new Rage 8.8.
Behind the link you will find pictures and a video (in german):

www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=482922

Pictures on pinkbike:

grinsekater.pinkbike.com/album/Bikes-and-Stuff
  • + 7
 hmm what the hell is a propain neverheard
  • + 14
 Hank Hill would not be happy with you
  • + 3
 I sell propain and propain accessories.
  • + 2
 hahahaha king of the hill is great
  • + 1
 If you told Hank Hill you never heard of Propain, he'd kick your a$$.
  • + 6
 That is an awesome suspension system.
  • + 2
 Looks like a Mondraker and an old style V10 had babies.
  • + 2
 I race one of these and i can confirm they are awesome! due to the linkage it means that it pedals with very little bob. it runs really smooth and youd never think that it was 10 inches of travel. and this one looks just as awesome!
  • + 1
 I hadn't heard of them before, but what an odd name "pro - pain" (not to be confused with propane). The first thing that came to mind looking at the linkage is the Commencal prototype painincorporated.com/?p=935 but reading about the pro10 suspension design on their website, it's much more impressive to me. I bet it rides awesome.
  • + 2
 So Commencal have a new prototype... and it is a Fusion Terminator..? If Commencal can make them so they don't break they'd rock!
  • + 1
 AWFULL GRAPHICS!! When I first seen this I thought it was a sears bike on here as a joke! Those graphics make this wicked frame look so cheap!
  • - 1
 it's a a shame, some kid did a really nice cad drawing of a gold bike using this setup years ago. it had much better lines. thats what happens when you release your drawings online. anybody and everybody is watching...people with money to implement your ideas. our bikes however will have a more exclusive launch. DH and FreeRide models ready to go from drawing to welding... watch this space.
  • + 1
 Don't f*cking diss the bike by looks Frown all you fools out there lol I got 1 rage dh is so smooth and fast it's amazing.advice to ne1 out there get out and get one. Smile
  • + 2
 its not to good looking but the suspension design looks sick and i bet it could rip
  • + 4
 hank hill loves propane
  • + 1
 Sick, great frame design, everything looks neat! I like the Propain Spindrift as well.
  • + 1
 Kinda pointless to be on a north american website when they arn't available here.
  • + 2
 Pinkbike is an international website. Take a look at all the flags above your comment.
  • + 1
 I realize that, but it is based in na and is basically focused on that market. It's just kinda a bummer to see shiz we can't buy here.
  • + 1
 Well hey, look at it this way: if there's enough exposure from websites like this, then perhaps the demand in North American retailers will cause smaller companies like ProPain to be able to export to more places in the world. Win, Win.
  • + 2
 looks like a retarded last herb but wiv a floating shock Big Grin
  • + 0
 Cool bike; its basically running an upside down VPP, probably avoids the current patents. Only problem I see is the high center of gravity
  • + 1
 The frame you're talking about is like a zumbi!
  • + 1
 rode one of these last year as a test for a sponsor it was so smooth and nice , shame i couldent afford one !
  • + 1
 how much was it and is it worth the price?
  • + 1
 i was going to have trade prices but i cant remember what the price was , but it was super smooth and if this one is lighter it would be so sweet !
  • + 1
 Nice collection,those bikes are fast looking
  • + 1
 nice looking bike cool new suspension design too never seen that before
  • + 1
 Anyone know retail on the complete?
  • + 1
 wut is a floating rear shock?
  • + 1
 interesting design for a floating shock
  • + 2
 gash
  • + 1
 different.
  • + 0
 maestro ripoff, nothing new .
  • + 2
 Take a closer look...
  • + 1
 propain-propain!
  • + 1
 it is ugly.
  • + 1
 Yes i wish i could give you a million props for saying that..It looks like a bike made in like 1999 or something
  • + 1
 basically they need to make it look nicer with all the good stuff thats on it atm and it would be good Big Grin
  • + 6
 for some people performance matters more than looks
  • - 1
 It really is a hideous looking bike. Sure performance speaks for itself but if a Ferrari looked like a Yugo nobody would take it seriously. Or if food looked like poo or vomit but it tasted wonderful no body would eat it. Aesthetics does matter and anyone who says other wise is blind or has something ugly themselves.
  • + 2
 panzer, you're just saying it's hideous because it looks bad lol The pic is a poor 2D drawing mixed with SuperCycle-style colours, but the bike is really nice in person. For comparison, check out the ugly blue pic showing the shocks compression points and compare that to the website frame pics. The bikes were surprisingly nice when I saw them at Whistler...of course, this is coming from a guy with an ugly Knolly haha.
  • + 0
 so i guess I'm the only one who thinks this bike looks cool and clean.
  • - 1
 it looks like a messed up sunday
  • - 1
 personally i do not like the look of this bike.
  • - 2
 similar to vpp with the counter rotating links
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