The Propain Spindrift with Phil Atwill - Video

Jul 12, 2016
by PROPAIN-Bicycles  

And the bike...

2017 Propain Spindrift

Superenduro or bike park enduro? What about trail freeride bike? Our industry gets more and more creative when it comes to new category names for long travel bikes. At Propain the name is simply Spindrift, our latest long travel bike which we've just previewed at the Glemmride Festival in Saalbach, Austria... the perfect stage for this bike!

It’s pretty long, yet nimble – and it’s made possible by a new game-changing geometry!
2017 Propain Spindrift

So what is this new bike all about? Big hit capabilities of a true downhill bike with 180mm of travel, but without the typical limitations that come with this category. A lightweight frame and balanced geometry make for surprisingly easy climbs. But the Spindrift is not the typical "Superenduro bike" which other companies offer... Simply, it is a bike with loads of big hit capabilities and high fun potential, which won´t let you down on the uphill. Propain accomplished this through a game-changing geometry, which is different from most other bikes in this category: long reach and wheelbase, a steep seat tube angle, a slack head tube angle, all this in a perfectly balanced ratio.

Stealth grey gives it a stylish look. Other color options are raw aluminum and an eye-popping neon orange.
2017 Propain Spindrift

The Spindrift has always been the favourite pick of the Propain team for bike park runs. However, it has always been Rage's little brother and was a bit on the heavy side. The short seat tube also limited its climbing abilities. The new Spindrift is a different beast altogether and checks all boxes.

One goal, no compromise - the Spindrift is probably the most versatile bike to come along in a while.
2017 Propain Spindrift

It is part of Propain's philosophy to consistently develop each existing model to its fullest potential. For example, we employ both innovation and evolution, where it makes sense while optimizing all the important little details. All models are based on the PRO10 suspension design which was invented by Propain founder Robert Krauss. The new Spindrift also benefits from this technology. The PRO10 system delivers perfect traction, smooth small bump sensitivity, and amazing uphill capabilities.

Plenty of room for coil shocks, such as the Cane Creek Double Barrel CS.
2017 Propain Spindrift

Why do we use so many superlatives? Are we saying the Spindrift is a Superenduro after all? Not really - the Spindrift is a class of its own. But “super” for sure is Propain’s outstanding price-performance ratio. For €2,399 the "Comp“ entry version of the Spindrift delivers with a well thought-out component package, featuring Rock Shox Yari Solo Air fork, Rock Shox Super Deluxe RC3 Plus shock and Sram Guide R brakes. On the other end of the range is the high-end model “Race” for €3,999 with the brand new 1X12 SRAM Eagle X01 group, Magura MT7 brakes, a Fox Float 36 Factory fork, and the Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock.

Propain's PRO10 system has proven its capabilities for years and it’s also the heart of the new Spindrift frame.
2017 Propain Spindrift

Different from the prototype, the production frame features external cable routing for both quieter performance and convenient maintenance. The weight of the demo bike is 13.95 kg. The production models will make their debut at the Eurobike show and will be available for order soon afterwards.

The demo bike, still equipped with the Sram X01, whereas the production version will run on the new Eagle X01 with 1X12 gears.
2017 Propain Spindrift


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2017 Propain Spindrift
2017 Propain Spindrift


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74 Comments

  • + 56
 Ever since i saw that vid of him spnakin the crap out of the orange crush ive liked him. His loose but in control style with absolutely mad bike skills are so good to watch. This latest vid is gonna be on my favourites straight away. Add to all this his marching up the ranks in the WC this year and im a big big fan of Phil Atwill! !
  • + 13
 Same here, the way he drifts through corners and absolutely smashed it with so much power! Almost like an action movie scene with exploding bombs and fire. Definitely my favourite rider to watch, always very stoked when he drops a new edit! This one was totally mental, as always with Phil Smile
  • + 37
 If you need propain and propain accessories, my dad has you covered.
  • + 17
 "not the typical "Superenduro bike" which other companies offer... Simply, it is a bike with loads of big hit capabilities and high fun potential, which won´t let you down on the uphill."

Which is the typical review for every bike over the last 3years.
..are all the words gone.
  • + 6
 There are not many superenduro bikes to begin with. Most companies with a 180mm bike don't say how well it can climb. They say it is a park or freeride bike. Think the Uzzi, Delirium etc.. Now, if you are talking a 160 enduro bike, then yes, that's like every bike for the last 3 years.This has 20mm more in the back.
  • + 5
 @enzyme: exactly my thoughts until I saw the geometry. 180mm travel, with a 64.5 degree HA and a 75.5 SA is actually renewing. And they combine that with the sub-14kg weight and the Eagle drive train for even more sickness.

Never really had an image about Propain Bikes, wether they were good or not, but these numbers actually look really good! The cheaper option only being €2399 is also something I like.

Definitely a bike company to keep in mind when thinking about a new bike.
  • + 2
 @Mattin: my ion 650b is also a absolute ripper for our trails in germany. it has a slightly less cs length and wheelbase. its an impressive bike. could imagine that it even rips more with a little longer cs length.(up vom 433 to 440 and 1225 to 1240)
a bike with this geo and good parts is really a machine. but call it a game changer? there already exists bike like this and i bet many of us ambitious hobby biker thought that this style of a bike would rip.
  • + 4
 @weaknesseightyeight: I forgot the Cube Fritzz.
  • + 16
 Where can I buy a Phil Atwill?
  • + 15
 Unbelievable, some of the best bike skills around! I love all Phil Atwill edits
  • + 11
 If you ever want to see just what a bike can do.... give to Phil Atwill.... he's shreddin the ass off that thing... great bike, great rider Propain.
  • + 46
 PB should run a contest. Phil Atwill rides YOUR bike. The winner of the contest gives his bike to Phil and they make a video of him shreddin it. Just to show you - it's not your bike.
  • + 12
 It would sure be nice if they sold in the US!
  • + 6
 I've always been more of a natural gas type, but I'd love to give Propain a try!
  • + 1
 Was thinking that as well, but then I'd have to go through with actually buying one. May be better off for me to complain about it than have to dip into the savings. ; )
  • + 1
 @aoneal: I see what you did there......I like it.
  • + 8
 Love his creativity on a bike. Propain really nailed it when they inked this guy. Prolly loads cheaper than a top WC rider, yet he keeps putting out some of the best content out there. Love it.
  • + 6
 Whenever I see a Tom Caldwell edit featuring Phil Atwill I know my day is made, thanks guys, you've pulled it out of the bag yet again!
  • + 7
 Atwill for Prime Minister!
  • + 2
 Anything or anyone is better than that evil be-arch that became prime minister today.
  • + 2
 I really like the bike, but game-changing geometry? which is different from most other bikes in this category? long reach and wheelbase, a steep seat tube angle, a slack head tube angle, isn't this what all bikepark/enduro/downhill bikes have done for the past 6 years??? I understand there are few bikes with this travel and intention, but the new geometry thing is pure bs. Love the bike, hate the advertising.
  • + 1
 I wouldn't call their geometry game changing that honor goes to the Geometron and the Pole bikes. It does have a steeper than the normal seat angle which is good but the rest I've seen on bike with less travel eg Nomad. That said I also think the bike looks interesting, though I'd like to see an XL without a super long seat tube.
  • + 6
 The bikes you are talking about don't have 180mm suspension. In the 180mm suspension zone, a super steep 75,5 degree SA (steeper than others) and a 64.5 HA (slacker than normal on enduro bikes) are rare. Could not find a bike with 180mm travel which has these angles. And especially the fact that it's a sub 14kg bike with 180mm travel and such aggressive angles for both descending and climbing, as well as the super wide range Eagle group. It's an enduro bike with more than average travel and less than average weight. And more extreme angles.
  • + 1
 @Mattin:
Specialized came out with such a bike minus the eagle group a few years back:
www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/trail/enduroexpertevo650b/65361
  • + 1
 @Mattin: i was able to set up my darkside as a very capable climber and a destroyer on the downs. its like an freeride bike from a while back just a shit load easier to climb with.
  • + 1
 @SintraFreeride: bike pictured in link weighs 35 pounds according to PB - that's just shy of 16kg. Two kilos more is not insignificant.
  • + 1
 @Joker72: I was talking about geometry wise and travel since this is what the article is mainly talking about. Yes the weight is better than the specialized but then it does have lighter parts.
  • + 4
 loose ass vid of an absolute ledg ripping on what looks like a damn sweet bike
  • + 4
 So lose. Would love to see Atwill in a lose-off contest against George Brannigan.
  • + 4
 To me it feels like Brannigan goes big on the big stuff, where Atwill rather goes three times the maximum speed (ever thought possible) through small stuff. Both amazing riders, but both a bit different style and terrain.

Atwill's style is personally my favourite. Watching his videos motives me to corner so much faster everywhere: if your wheels are not drifting it means you're not going fast enough yet.
  • + 3
 Fuck yea. Might be my favorite Caldwell video yet, and atwills just sick no matter what!
  • + 4
 Phil Atwill makes me wanna ride a bike - keep it fast and loose brotha!
  • + 4
 I just want to be able to do stand up wheelies
  • + 1
 how do it...?
  • + 3
 If i went to school every day and only learned how to corner... phil would still do it better. God damn
  • + 3
 My favourite bike ever. now i just need money Frown
  • + 1
 Ever since Phil crushed it in the "Five" video, I've been impressed. He was SCARY fast in that.

Mad Lad this dude! Would love to see a vid of him, Quere, and Bryceland.
  • + 3
 I understand why they named the bike like that...
  • + 3
 The bike looks rad and Phil is simply nuts!
  • + 3
 so...does he use brakes?
  • + 1
 The fact that the song name is "The Animal and the Machine" is all to fitting.
  • + 2
 top vid, and the bike looks beautiful, the angles just look right
  • + 2
 Complete and utter slutdown! What a legend and cool bike to go with it!
  • + 1
 Every time I watch his video thinking this cant get anymore crazy sick and that he posts this video,insane...
  • + 1
 Atwills style is just awesome. I also like the fact, that he rides X-Fusion!
  • + 1
 OMG! This bike looks insane! I thought the 170mm on my Delirium was bawlz... Uh Oh!
  • + 2
 Absolute ripper of an edit from Tommy C once again!
  • + 2
 by far the most fun person to watch ride a bike. stoked every time
  • + 1
 Atwill rips it up, I love his segment with Ratboy in A slice of British Pie, serious you haven't seen it you should.
  • + 2
 Atwill should just do the world cups on his Super Enduro...
  • + 2
 No mention of wheel size? Video was awesome though.
  • + 4
 what about the text on the tyres sayin 27.5 x 2.4 Wink
  • + 3
 Dat style! :o
  • + 1
 This video has got me so stoked for Morzine! Heading there in 3 weeks or so.
  • + 1
 The word 'rowdy' comes to mind
  • + 1
 Fuckin out of breath just watching that, What a fruit loop!
  • + 1
 That's a long way to reach for a climb switch.
  • + 2
 Absolute ripper
  • + 1
 uffff que hijueputa para dar viela
  • + 2
 Top video and top lad!
  • + 1
 When will this bike be available?
  • + 2
 I guess after Eurobike... September?
  • + 1
 Three minutes + of Atwill and Strung Out...sounds alright, let's watch it.
  • + 1
 \m/ F*ck Yeah \m/
  • + 1
 That poor, poor bike
  • + 0
 Would like to see a lesser rider hook that thing through a sharp corner.
  • + 1
 S.T.E.E.Z.U.S.!
  • + 1
 God lord
  • + 0
 Solstice Copy ? looks close
  • + 1
 ROOOOOSTED!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Love this guy!
  • + 1
 Yeah Morgins!
  • + 1
 Holy hell.
  • - 1
 Was 180mm travel bike really required for those trails? Looked a bit ought of place really

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