First Look: Propain Tyee Carbon Enduro, Elray's XC HT and Solid's DH Flare - Eurobike 2015

Aug 28, 2015
by Paul Aston  

Propain Tyee Carbon


Propain Tyee carbon


Propain Tyee carbon


Details:
• Intended use: Enduro racing
• 27.5" wheels
• 160mm of travel
• Carbon frame and swingarm
• 65.5 degree head angle
• 445mm chainstay
• Weight: 2150 gram w/o shock
• S M L
• Price: €3999 Complete


Propain Tyee carbon


Propain launch their first carbon bike based upon their existing Tyee chassis. The carbon bike is aimed at enduro racers with a weight advantage and slightly longer (+7mm) over the alloy frame. Geometry basics are a 65.5 head angle, 425mm reach for a medium and 445mm chainstays. Propain say that their racers were asking for a longer chainstay to gain stability over tight corner agility. A pre-order campaign will be launched in October with delivery expected in January 2016.

Propain Tyee carbon
Propain Tyee carbon


There will be two full builds available to pre-order. The top of the range bike equipped with DVO Diamond fork, Monarch Plus shock, SRAM XO and Magura MT7 brakes will sell for €3999.


Propain Tyee carbon
Propain Tyee carbon


Propain Tyee carbon



Elray R.U.A XC Racer


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Elray Cycles was founded 20 years ago by Patrick Ray Pugliese and have always specialized in top quality, hand-built racing frames. Now focusing on customized titanium and carbon frames which are hand welded in Italy from 3AV 2.5 ti and machined CNC journals. The 29" wheeled R.U.A Titanium is designed to be reactive like a carbon frame, but with the toughness, resilience and longevity of a titanium frame. It's the only Ti bike to be raced on the UCI World Cup cross country circuit between the legs of Italian Federico Mandelli and Alessia Verrando. €3400 gets you this Italian exclusivity.

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Solid Flare


Solid Bikes

Solid Bikes


Details:
• Intended use: downhill
• Rear wheel travel: 200mm
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• Centre Force Suspension
• Full 7005 aluminium frame
• ISCG chain guide tabs
• BOS Suspension
• SRAM X01 DH drivetrain
• Adjustable geometry and wheelbase
• MSRP: €3999


Solid Bikes

Solid Bikes
Solid Bikes

Solid Bikes

Solid have built the first women's specific downhill bike, here's what they have to say about it.

bigquotesOur Strike FLARE was developed in direct cooperation with Morgane Charre (DH World Champion 2012), to build an optimal downhill bike for women. It was important for us to not just shrink our current model and to paint it differently, but also to equip it completely with its own geometry.

Morgane gave us vital and helpful feedback from the beginning and so the basic parameters were found quickly. The bike needs easier handling to compensate for the lower muscle mass. Therefore a new balance between the main frame and rear triangle had to be found to design the optimal weight distribution on both wheels and allow for power-saving riding. Therefore the head angle has also been adjusted and the rider was positioned centrally in the bike again.

One thing we have learned, "girls shred too", and nowadays at a very high level, therefore a bike for women must take account of this fact. Men and women are anatomical differently, so why not the bikes? We can proudly say to have built the first downhill bike for the fastest girls in the world. This is proven by the 4th place finish of Morgane Charre at the UCI World Cup in Lenzerheide. - Solid Bikes
@solidbikes

Photo Credits: Beatrice Baar - @whateverphoto

Solid Bikes
Solid Bikes



85 Comments

  • + 165
 OMG Pinkbike! You're pumping these articles out faster than I can read them! Awesome, awesome coverage of the show this year. Thanks a lot!
  • + 13
 I'm glad it's Friday. I've never been so useless at work with all the new stuff to drool over...
  • + 1
 So much awesomeness!
  • + 1
 Average price = $3990.
  • + 81
 I like those propain bikes, but aren't the natural gas ones cheaper to operate?
  • + 8
 psssssssshhhhhhhhhhh, good one
  • + 10
 I heard e-bikes are the cheapest and most sustainable... *gunshots*
  • + 13
 I have a propain bbq, good to see um branchin out an all!
  • + 38
 Propain and propain accessories
  • + 3
 Damn. Beat me to it lol.
  • + 6
 So how often do you have to refill those Propain bikes?
  • + 0
 Those things are light!
  • + 7
 2 new bikes coming this fall; the Torch and the Tank.
  • + 1
 I'm usually saddling Methain.
  • + 2
 Charcoal tastes better
  • + 39
 I have absolutely no aspirations for XC racing, but that Elray is fucking beautiful.
  • + 9
 Yup. The world needs to keep Ti hardtails alive...sexy they are.
  • + 2
 It's those seat stays, that subtle curve is fucking sexy! One day I'll be able to justify a ti hardtail for the 4-5 times a year is ride it, and it's definitely getting some of those 1200 gram wheels from the German Tech post.
  • + 15
 "Propain say that their racers were asking for a longer chainstay to gain stability over tight corner agility."

Good to hear their racers know whats up unlike 99% of the plebs on the internet.
  • + 2
 I think longer chainstays help high speed stability more than short chainstays help navigate tighter turns. So yes I agree as well.
  • + 20
 It's a question of whether you want to go as fast as possible or have as much fun as possible
  • + 8
 It also depends on the trails you are riding. Around here the switchbacks are tight as fuck
  • - 13
flag Protour (Aug 28, 2015 at 23:43) (Below Threshold)
 @grgsmith We shouldn't design bikes for trails that suck, just ride better trail or build new ones.
  • + 6
 ^ @Protour -1000 ^ Go home, you are drunk!
  • + 3
 I was also skeptical before buying my new Canyon Strive with the race geometry, but after i rode it for the first time I knew that i would never buy a short bike again, because the confidence you get from a long bike makes you go faster and thats where the fun begins.
  • + 1
 I ride 4 Tyee xx1 (2014). Best bike Ive ever had. Touring or BikePark both is possible.
  • + 14
 That is a solid looking bike... I'll walk myself out.
  • + 6
 Hi All, commeting on our new PROPAIN Tyee Carbon:
Yes, the shock is close to the rear tire but the mud fender protects all sensitive parts of the shock very well. It is open at the bottom so the air can of the shock indeed gets dirty but that doesn't cause any problems. The piston part is well protected and our AL version of the Tyee which we run for 3 years now never had any issues with damaged shocks due to rock strikes, excessive mud or anything similar. In fact I can't remember that we had a single shock with any of those before mentioned issues in several thousand Tyee bikes sold...

Also thanks for the mainly positive feedback!

Cheers Robert
PROPAIN bicycles
  • + 7
 brand X's 160mm enduro-specific.... NEXT!
  • + 3
 The propain looks nice, but... There are other similar options out there that don't force the shock to be in such a compromised position, and with such a slack seat tube angle (bad if you have a dropper post).
  • + 5
 What a bore: Enduro racing, XC racing, Downhill racing ... it seems nobody is mountain biking any more.
  • + 5
 Lol.. Is anyone actually brave enough to market a bike as 'freeride' anymore?
  • + 12
 It's all about Duro-ing. Crossduro...Upduro...Downduro...Jumpduro...Slopeduro...Flowduro...Freeduro....
  • + 2
 I do down country racing
  • + 2
 Look like a Session is no longer the starting point for new bike designs now.
  • + 2
 That Propain bike has huge chainstays . Same problem the Cortina Europa had.
  • + 3
 that Elray R.U.A XC Racer looks really tempting
  • + 1
 Two new, full suspension bikes, with top of the line build kits, for well under $5000 each? Hell yes! Someone's listening!
  • + 1
 I would get that Solid Flare if I did more DH and if it didnt have Magura Brakes.
  • + 2
 The Magura brakes are superb. Not a single person who's tested my bike has anything but praise to say. They are not the old crappy Magura stuff.
  • + 1
 You can get it without Magura brakes, I think. And do it like me - go for the new Solid Enduro bike. Smile
  • + 1
 @trasselkalle I had Magura brakes on my 2015 Cannondale Jekyll 3 and they sucked.
  • + 2
 They aren't the same brakes @SpinningAddiction - unless you upgraded from MT2 to MT7.
  • + 2
 I want more details of the Solid Flare
  • + 2
 It's all up on their website now.
  • + 2
 Weird to notice no Marzocchis for the first time in forever :-/
  • - 1
 So Sad. Hope to see them in WC downhill again next yr. Although prob not unless privately funded.
  • + 8
 Is that not a Zocchi on the Elray....?
  • + 2
 There's an article on Bikerumor showing the Marz stand with a bunch of prototypes and talk of potential investors: www.bikerumor.com/2015/08/29/eb15-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-for-marzocchi - could be hope for them yet...
  • + 1
 That black and pink DH bike looks like a solid bike.
  • + 0
 Elray is a beautiful frame, but it is really not built pretty. Ti stakes should be built more understated.
  • + 1
 How are these 2 brands getting around vpp patents?
  • + 3
 Because they're totally different, at least as far as patents are concerned. These have the shock mounted to the lower link and not the frame, I.e. A 'floating shock'. Mondraker was one of the first to come out with this configuration, and in Europe the patents aren't as ridiculous.
  • + 1
 Loving the Solid Flare looks amazing , geo looks good too
  • + 1
 Those Diamond Backs look cool
  • + 2
 holy solid!
  • + 1
 Intended use: piggy back rides
  • + 1
 that hardtail... the equivelant of a ferrari 458 in cars.
  • + 0
 First pic looks like a lapierre zesty
  • + 0
 Step on to the podium Bro.
  • + 1
 Magura brakes are on it
  • - 1
 The Propain Tyee Carbon looks exaclly like a 2012 Cube Stereo!
  • - 1
 That rear fender is useless. Its open at the shock.
  • + 1
 @rgeniec if you are talking about the Solid, the fender is designed to cover the most important parts of the shock and the open design is needed to make sure the fender does not colide with the frame when the bike goes up in travel. It is used by our team riders and it works pretty well.

So no it is not useless it is just designed in a proper and minimalistic way. By the way Oliver Bossard was so keen about it that he asked us if he could use it for production of his BOS shocks.
  • - 1
 Nice looking VPP`s!
  • + 5
 I don't see any
  • + 2
 We are using our own plattform - which is called the center force suspension. This system has some major chances to a VPP and centeres the foreces in one spot. This will result in lower forces on the frame, which in result brings a lighter frame.
The layout of the linkages is also quite different and features our "Flip Pivot" System where the viritual pivot has a specific path...
Sometimes it is hard to understand what a VPP is and what a multi linkage design is.
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