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Review: Last Glen - An Out-of-the-Ordinary All-Mountain Bike

Jul 8, 2024
by Matt Beer  

“Last” is a strong word. If you title your bike brand as such, you better build them strong, because you can be guaranteed you’ll be asked, “Is that the last bike you’ll ever own?” Maybe that’s what the seldom seen (at least in North America) German company was striving for.

The Glen is an aluminum all-mountain bike with 150mm of rear wheel travel and geometry that differentiates itself from the featherweight Tarvo, another bike in Last’s catalog with similar angles, but geared more towards enduro racing. Clever design work allows the Glen frameset to be built with either a 27.5 or 29” rear wheel, as well as evolving into a long-travel model, which we’ll get into later.

Glen Details

• Aluminum frame
• Wheel size: 29" (MX option)
• 150mm rear travel, 160mm fork
• Single pivot, rate-controlled suspension design
• 63.9° head angle
• 77.5° effective seat angle
• 430mm chainstays (size 175)
• Weight: 14.78 kg / 32.6 lb (as tested)
• Sizes: 165, 175, 185, 195 (based on rider height)
• Price: €8,754 EUR
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The clean lines of the alloy frame come in three classy finishes: raw, matte black, and a powder coated dark blue for €2,499 EUR without a shock. When it comes to building any Last frame, the sky's the limit. Their custom component selector ranges from Shimano SLX and Fox Performance goods, however, boutique options from Intend, EXT and Trickstuff will take you close to five figures quickly.




Contents


bigquotesIn an age of copy and paste geometry, it's refreshing to ride a bike like the Glen with an individual and reactive nature to it. Matt Beer





Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
Despite all of the pivots, the Glen didn't need any special attention. There are no pockets for debris to collect and the pivots are doubled sealed.

Frame Details

As a smaller manufacturer, Last focuses their energy on building their carbon frames in Germany, whereas aluminum models like the Glen are welded in Taiwan. Those alloy frames follow a hybrid manufacturing flow where the pivot points, shock mount and brake mounts are finished in Germany. The frames are then assembled and fitted with the desired parts at Last's headquarters.

Sensible solutions like using all of the pivot bolts and bearings the same size make replacements headache free. The pivot bolts feature an additional seal and the washers behind the bearings are captive.

Standards like 148mm Boost rear hub spacing, 73mm BSA BB, 31.6mm seat tube, and UDH frame specifications have thankfully become the norm. There’s also replaceable ISCG tabs, as well as rubber chainstay protection and a sleek carbon downtube guard.

Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
The matte black and chrome color scheme matched the rest of the components with a classy style.
Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
If this were fitted with a mechanical derailleur, the housing would exit here too.




Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.

Suspension Design

Unlike the other carbon models in Last's range that use a flex-stay, the Glen uses a single pivot near the top of the chainring. A push rod at the top of the seatstay actuates the rocker link to compress the 185x55mm trunnion mount shock. This forms a 19% progression increase from the sag point (30% travel) to bottom out. Numbers like that let the rider have their choice of either a coil or air shock.

A longer push rod, available separately, retains the geometry between the two rear wheel options. Another set of links (and fork) can transform the Glen into the longer travel Coal model, since they share the same front and rear triangles, as well as running on the same size shock.

In terms of the Glen’s anti-rise, it follows a straight line which lands at a neutral 100% at sag, meaning the geometry should remain unaffected by braking forces.

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Geometry

Last Bikes takes another approach to labelling their frame sizes but this one is less arbitrary than other brands. Denoted by the riders height in centimeters, this points you in the right direction, however, the size selection is still at their discretion. There are four frames in the Glen lineup that span from riders who stand at 165cm tall to 195, each staggered in 10cm apart. Those sizes translate to 440, 470, 500, 535mm reach measurements.

The 165 and 175 frame (the one that I’ve selected) are attached to a stubby 430mm chainstay, whereas the 185 frame receives a 438mm length rear end and the 195 is mated to a 447mm tail. Each of those uses the same rear triangle member but the length is set according to where the main pivot is located on the front triangle.

In terms of angles, the head tube of the Glen sits at 63.9-degrees with the 160mm fork. That seemed steeper than first suspected. I went on to measured this frame to have a figure of 63.1-degrees using the trusty iPhone angle finder.

Sharing some lines with Knolly’s push-rod rocker link, the seat tube is similar in design. The actual seat tube angle isn’t steep, but does lead to a desirable position with a 77.5 effective angle on the 165 and 175 frames. Each consecutive frame size jump up thereafter receives another 0.5-degree tick forward.

The seat tubes have plenty of insertion depth and are kept to an extremely low height (390mm for the 175 size) to be able to move around the bike.




Specifications
Specifications
Release Date 2023
Price $9526
Travel 150
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil
Fork RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 160mm, 44mm
Headset Cane Creek 40 Series, IS41/IS52mm
Cassette X0 Eagle AXS Transmission
Crankarms X0 Eagle AXS Transmission, 170mm
Bottom Bracket DUB BSA 73mm
Rear Derailleur X0 Eagle AXS Transmission
Chain X0 Eagle AXS Transmission
Shifter Pods SRAM AXS Pod Ultimate Controller
Handlebar Reverse Seismic 810 carbon, 25mm rise, 31.8 diameter
Stem Reverse Black One D-2, 31.8mm
Grips Ergon GD1 Evo Slim
Brakes Trickstuff Maxima, 200mm F/180 R
Wheelset Newman Advanced SL A.30 Carbon, 29"
Tires Maxxis Assegai 29x2.5" 3C MaxxGrip EXO+ F/Minion DHR II 29x2.4, 3C MaxxTerra DD
Seat Ergon SM Enduro Comp Men
Seatpost Vecnum Nivo



Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
Less common components run throughout the build.
Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
Strong and simple lines with UDH compatibility.






Test Bike Setup

I chose the 175 Glen which lined up closest to my 178cm height. Other riders often commented on how small the bike looked underneath me, but the 470mm reach felt ideal. Most likely, it was the low standover height that led those statements. I appreciated how much space that short seat tube freed up for throwing the bike around in the air and ran the 205mm dropper 50mm above the seat clamp.

The Glen can be built in multiple ways, but I kept the bike set up with dual 29” wheels and a Super Deluxe Coil shock throughout the test. A 450 lb spring was provided and produced a hair more than the suggested 30% sag. The compression and HBO clickers stayed towards the closed end. I toyed with a 500 lb spring down the road for a higher ride height.
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Matt Beer
Location: Squamish, BC, Canada
Age: 37
Height: 5'10" / 178 cm
Weight: 170 lb / 77 kg
Industry affiliations / sponsors: None
Instagram: @mattb33r

The low rise bar was maxed out on the steer tube with 15mm of spacers underneath it and the Lyrik Ultimate fork was set to 95 psi with 2 tokens. The rebound on both ends varied depending on the trail types and spring forces, but generally ran on the faster side.





Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
This switchback turn is tight and takes concentration on the best of days. On the Glen, moving forward further than normal can be the play for steep climbs.

Climbing

The Glen's chainstays are stubby and head angle is raked out, yet it has a peppy nature that wants to go forward. You are rewarded with each pedal stroke, but the handling requires you to stay attentive. Slow speed balancing acts take a fair bit of focus with lots of corrections through the handlebars. You’ll accomplish tech climbs best by attacking them with poise and speed.

Spinning up steep roads also require you to lean forward on the handlebars to keep the front wheel from wandering. Part of that comes from the angles, but also the chainstays. At 430mm on the 175 frame, they are a hoot when blasting downhill and punching tight corners but they do compromise the climbing ability by pushing the rider’s weight over the back wheel. I’d often loop out when trying to burst up short climbs with step ups in them.

Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
Lunging moves up steps like this can be done with a slack head angle, you'll just need to attack them with speed.

The steep effective seat tube converges on the head angle too. That can cramp your upper body in the seated position, especially if you run a higher saddle and bar height relative to the frame size. I maxed out the stem on the top of the steer tube and tried a higher, 35mm rise bar on there, but understood why the steer tube was kept short. Sizing up to stretch out the cockpit length might be the right call if you're nearing the upper limit of the frame size.

Ground clearance can be a concern too. Even on the firmer side of the sag recommendations, the cranks can feel relatively close to the ground and striking a pedals was a regular occurrence. Shorter 165mm length cranks wouldn’t be out of the question here. Closing the climb switch is advisable to firm up that suppleness at the beginning of the progressive rate and increase the ground clearance.




Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
High-speed, gutter-like sections of trail like this can be a bit of a wrestling match to stay centered.

Descending

By simply looking at the side profile of the last Glen, you can see how the rear wheel is tucked into the back half of the bike and the front wheel stretches out at such a prominent angle - you can tell, this is a bike that loves steep trails.

Hanging off the back of the bike and digging into deep rutted turns is where the Glen really came to life. At a moment’s notice, you can change direction or pop the bike off the ground. It’s not too different of a feeling than riding a short tailed snowboard, or what I envision riding a surfboard well would be like, if I knew how to do such a thing.

Small bumps are taken care of surprisingly well for a single pivot bike. On big singular drops and G-outs from steep rock rolls the frame’s high progression holds you up well. When you do use full travel, the Super Deluxe’s hydraulic bottom out control gracefully touches down.

Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
Cornering by driving weight through your legs feels like the best way forward, just mind the front wheel washing when the trail gets flatter.

While the big and little impacts are well taken care of, this isn’t a high-pivot magic carpet that swallows everything in its path. To carry speed through chunky or even soft trails with roots and hidden compressions, I found a low body position worked best to avoid being knocked off line. It’s on those types of trails where you can feel a kicking sensation through your feet on the repetitive mid-size bumps, particularly when you’re on the brakes.

Those mega-short chainstays don’t help the matter much either. Most of your weight is hinging off the back of the bike - great for slower, steep trails, not so good for pinballing flat-out over repetitive square edges.

Another downside to the heavy rear wheel weight bias are flat corners. Shifting your weight forward to put traction on the front wheel is necessary at times. In my eyes, the Glen is a reactive and rewarding trail bike for places like Bellingham and Squamish, where steep yet smoother trails exist; finding alternative, creative lines and slashing through tight corners.

Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
The Glen will help you dive into steep moves.




Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
Maximum power. Trickstuff brakes not only perform exceptionally, but are beautifully finished too.
Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.
Newman's carbon wheels impressed us with ride quality and silence.

Technical Report

Newmen Advanced SL A.30 Wheels: From the first outing on the Glen, these carbon wheels from Newman impressed me. I haven’t been overly mean to these wheels, but I also didn't shy away from features within the Glen’s limit either. No pseudo-scientific rolling speed tests were performed, but they have an impressive perceived efficiency about them. Part of that could be their low weight of 1,617g weight or the minimal drag and quiet whir of the freehub. Not too dissimilar to the ride qualities of the Race Face Era, these carbon wheels from Newman give a nice amount of snap without stinging on square-edge strikes.

Trickstuff Maxima Brakes: Trickstuff’s tagline is “slow down faster.” I can get behind that. The Maximas are strong and light action brakes. They reduce cramped forearms and hand fatigue on extended descents. Even with the little 180mm rotor out back, the rear brake always had a solid bite on tap. The power delivery is progressive though and the lever does require a fair bit of pull to reach the end of the travel. Even with the instructional video to follow along with, they proved to be a little finicky to bleed. You’ll also need a specific mineral fluid and bleed kit. For the price, I’d also expect the pads not to rattle in the caliper either.

Vecnum Nivo: This was my first experience with the fancy German-made dropper post. There’s a distinct, assuring mechanical actuation to the infinite height adjustment as it clunks into the notches. On one muddy ride, mid-way through the review, the post wouldn’t engage the cams to stay into a lower position. A trailside inspection revealed the actuator was moving freely. The cable and housing were set and moving accordingly. I revisited the bike later to dive into the problem and found it had mysteriously fixed itself.

Reverse Seismic 810 Carbon Bars: I think the last 31.8mm carbon bar I saw might have been an Easton Monkey Bar. Either way, this component from Reverse is softest carbon bar I've tried. Slamming into heavy compressions or deep turns would throw me off line. I ran the Seismic bar at 770mm throughout the test and can’t imagine how soft it would feel with a full 810mm of leverage. If you’re a lighter rider looking to add comfort through your hands, this could be great option, though.




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Which Model is the Best Value?

This is a tough one to summarize because if you’re interested in any Last's bikes you probably aren’t a mainstream consumer – you know exactly what you’re looking for. Last also doesn't have your typical model layout either. Each bike is built from their online component configurator. There are oodles of options to personally pick out your parts. That can quickly take you close to a five-figure bill with components from boutique brands. For example, our Glen arrived Trickstuff, Newman, EXT, Intend and Vecnum and bringing the bill to €8,754, a pricey figure for an aluminum bike.

That being said, the aluminum frame is handmade overseas and finished in Germany. When built at the base model level, that does equate to decent value. Starting with Shimano SLX components and all alloy components, the Glen can be pieced together from a competitive price of €4,714.

You can also custom build this incrementally by adding on your choice of components wherever you’d like. Just a couple hundred bucks more you could customize the build and increase the performance. Moving up from the base model with SRAM DB8 brakes and a Fox 36 Rhythm fork, I’d shell out an extra €330 for better brakes, such as the Formula Cura 4 and Rock Shox Lyrik Select Plus. Elsewhere staples like the DT Swiss E 1900 wheelset, Fox Float X shock, Maxxis tires, a Bike Yoke Divine dropper post, and Shimano SLX groupset give you excellent bang for your buck.

If you’d like to custom build a frame, that’s always an option too. There are three color choices; raw, metallic dark blue, and the anodized matte black we have on test. Pricing begins at €2,499 EUR, not including the shock, however options from RockShox, Fox, Intend, and EXT are all on tap.





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Last Glen - 8,754 EUR
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Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Alloy - 6,300 EUR

How Does It Compare?

The 150mm aggressive trail bike category is hotly contested. Unarguably, one of the leaders would be the Specialized Stumpjumper Evo (SJ Evo), in which an aluminum-framed version exists too. Both the SJ Evo and the Glen are versatile in their own way. They can each accept a 27.5 or 29” rear wheel, however, you’ll need auxiliary links to do so.

In other areas, the geometry of the SJ Evo can morph to suit a variety of terrain and rider styles by selecting from three headset cups angles, two shock height positions, and two independent chainstay length adjustments. The Glen on the other hand, doesn’t offer any onsite geometry adjustments - you’ll have to drop the fork to 150mm to steepen the head tube angle. Specialized also earns another point for being one of a few manufacturers to implement downtube storage in an aluminum frame.

On paper, the Glen might compare to the Status, Specialized's wallet-friendly play bike, but in many ways, it reminded me of the SJ Evo. The Glen is more supple than the Status and like the SJ Evo, you can really hang off the back of the bike and dig into deep rutted turns, driving forward through your feet. Although the Glen’s single pivot performed adequately on small bumps, the SJ Evo is the king of its class, especially under braking.




Last Glen Review. Photos Tom Richards.



Pros

+ Doesn't back away from steep moves or trails
+ Low standover and short chainstays let you whip the bike around on command
+ High-value custom build program

Cons

- Can become unsettled on rough tracks, especially under braking
- Requires a conscience effort to weight the front wheel on flat shallow corners
- Brake pads rattle on the Trickstuff Maxima - the most expensive brakes on the market



Pinkbike's Take

bigquotesIf you're searching for a boutique all-mountain bike, the Glen is a solid choice that will take you on tours of zesty trails without zapping all of your energy on the way up. The short chainstays and slack geometry suits steeper terrain best. In conjunction with a progressive leverage rate that is highly reactive, that also allows you to pop and pull the bike off the ground with the flick of a switch. If you're looking for a balanced enduro race bike though, there are other models in Last's lineup to suit.
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125 Comments
  • 130 20
 Nearly 9k euro for an aluminum single pivot. This would be my Last choice.
  • 19 19
 Would you pay this much for carbon and if so, why?
  • 15 4
 @vinay: Nah
  • 26 1
 frame is only a little over 2k, so you can’t really compare
  • 12 2
 @vinay: I think the single pivot aspect puts some people off - though those same people won't say a single negative about the high single pivot stuff....

Kind agree though - lots of extra linkage stuff for a single pivot, could go multi link and improve anti rise somewhat.
  • 8 1
 Haha, I was suprised by the 'ok' pricing for a carbon frame, Trickstuff brakes and stuff only to find out in the comments it's aluminium! On the other hand the weight is even more impressive.
  • 29 1
 Funny what people put value on. I'd for one appreciate their post-weld processing in house to ensure bearing alignment. To each their own of course.
  • 2 4
 Yeah, the Last me at $9,500.
  • 4 1
 @justanotherusername: three of my favorite bikes- gen 1 insurgent, original highlander 150 and my current stumpy. All single pivots of one type or another
  • 7 6
 I’d rather this than the Orange
  • 2 0
 @twonsarelli: yea I have had plenty of single pivots, they don’t work as well under braking though, depends on your priorities.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: I don’t experience any braking issues but I understand that’s something that may technically be true about the design. I feel like my highlander was better under braking than my stevo, which should, in theory, be better. So who knows!
  • 9 0
 With 2.5k brakes and 2k carbon wheels, Dropper is pricey aswell. 4.5k for a normal build is pretty reasonable and it's light particularly for an aluminum bike
  • 1 1
 @vinay: I also appreciate that. But it's still a single pivot, you need to ride well to enjoy it, any braking on the rough means you get a ton of feedback through your feet, you need to ride full on or ride some mellow stuff. You can throw an OChain on it and make it acceptable. For this price you can buy a Raaw frame + parts not to mention all good bikes which are currently on sale.
  • 1 0
 @briain: Maximas can be had for 1200.- Euros in Germany, plus maybe 100.- for discs. Don't know where 2.5k come from.
  • 5 0
 They were good value since the last model. They upped their prices by 40%.

Good lightweight and durable frames but way to short chain stays. Moreover they (Glen/Coal) now come with shorter shocks for the sake of a straight top tube.

No thanks.
  • 3 1
 @rich-2000: 2.5k for a Taiwanese ali frame without a shock, hardly stonking value is it
  • 3 1
 @hgardner: Taiwanese / German - they weld them in Taiwan before post heat treat machining in Germany.

Not sure there is a better place to get an aluminium frame welded really, you know of anywhere?
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: Here www.crossworx-cycles.com/en/shop/bikes-en/racing-en/dash290_en, welded in Germany, single pivot, all pivots in a machined "nest", so no alignment problems, the same price, better looking welds...
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: y’all overthinking the whole “pedal feedback/kickback”
You can go on rough trail while not being Superman and use your brakes and enjoy the single pivot on everything
Delta system owner with hydra hubs as well, no o Chain no winging
  • 2 2
 @nicoenduro: I currently ride a single pivot, used to ride horsts and demoed vpp and for sure braking in the rough feels like sh*t, if you like single pivots it only means that either you ride clips or do not ride rough natural trails or you ride so fast that you do not brake. The worst combination of all is a single pivot with 29 inch rear wheel, cause you get shitty axle path plus shitty braking performance. Of course if you pick your braking spots carefully you can and will rde fast, but sooner or later you get tired and then it bites you.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: My point is people don't mind paying a premium for bespoke locally made products. For a couple hundred quid more than this you can get an Atherton s170 frame, made in wales including a shock. Or you could get an airdrop fade/slacker for 2k (also inc shock) if you wanted a small brand but produced in the far east (I think, maybe they still bang them out in Sheffield but I doubt it). Both seem like miles better value options compared to this.
  • 1 0
 @Muckal: OK, got that wrong had it in my head they were 1200 each. But my point stands that it's a dream spec and you could build a capable bike for a lot less
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: I ride a NP Giga which is a single pivot and experience none of the issues your talking about. Really old single pivots (I owned a few) did this but my experience doesn't match yours. I'd say there's slightly less braking traction then my previous FSR linkage bike but very slightly. Put it this way I wouldn't discount a single pivot out of hand. To your point about using an oChain. It wouldnt solve the issue as old single pivot would extend the shock under braking which stopped it working, this was why braking arms were used back in the day
  • 2 0
 @briain: Actually, a single pivot compresses the rear suspension under braking. I actually appreciate this as it balances the front which also compresses under braking. I'm not looking for too much traction from the rear wheel when braking though, that's what the front wheel is for. Much more load on that one so also more traction. People have different preferences though which is what a floating rear brake arm is for (not to be confused with a floating caliper a la original Gustav or a floating rotor like Hope makes). A floating brake arm allows you to get exactly the braking behavior you're looking for. Santa Cruz and Kona used to give you the option (if you were willing to drop from the 150mm rear axle down to 135mm). I can see it make a return someday.
  • 1 0
 @hgardner: All depends on perception I suppose - if you feel a domestic product is more valuable because it is made in the country you buy it in vs in a very good overseas factory.

The Airdrop isn’t cnc machine finished in Sheffield though, your own point is missing in that comparison.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: @briain: It really depends on what you'd like from suspension. By and large, true single pivots will carry quite high anti-rise values which will preserve bike geometry (relative to fork compression) and significantly impede suspension action/traction during braking events. Personally, I've always gotten along best with bikes that have quite low anti-rise. When I am flying through chunky stuff, I often want to use my rear brake to control speed and allow my fork to eat up the bumps. For my style of riding, I want the rear suspension to maintain traction and remain quite active even if I am on the brakes.

Some of the high pivot companies have described this issue - Forbidden was explicit that they moved to an inverted 4-bar design on their new Druid and Dreadnaught V2 because of the desire to achieve lower/descending antirise values compared to the single pivot designs of their V1. I'd also say its one of the reasons Specialized bikes are always so well liked/reviewed - a lot of their bikes enjoy anti-rise values in the 40-50% range.
  • 2 0
 @lkubica: The current Raaw Jibb and Madonna are 2.8k for a frame without a Shock. And the Jibb V2 weighs nearly 1kg more. And they're also not made in Germany, not even the post-welding stuff. I actually don't mind when a Bike is welded in Taiwan, they a lot of experience in treating and welding bike frames. Its not a negative.

2.5k seems to be the new normal price for really high quality aluminum frames right now. Considering how light they are and still durable I think thats a rather fair price compared to the other competitors: Crossworx from Germany is as expensive as Last but made in Germany, but they are really heavy and also have a single pivot. And had some design issues. Nicolai Saturn 16 is 500€ more expensive and heavier but made in Germany.

All this just to say, that the frame is at an okay price point, considering the weight and the quality control.
  • 2 0
 @Weirdo12345: the larger point isn’t where the frame is made or finished, but how it is finished. Last machine all bearing seats on both sides of the frame in one machining setup. This is so important to having decent bearing life, easily as important as the quality of the bearings and sealing, but somehow near impossible to do correctly in Taiwan. That is hyperbole, but somehow nobody over there seems to give crap if the bearing seats are correctly positioned to each other and to the BB. Just getting them round is a struggle.
  • 2 0
 @FatSanch: Taiwan can do it, the brands just won’t want to pay for it.
  • 1 0
 @FatSanch: yes underscoring my point. It’s a really important thing. Just to think that many mechanics tend to retap bottom bracket shells, at least on road bikes.
  • 1 0
 @FatSanch: Nah, I think the Taiwanese can make the frame just as perfect, it just depends on what you ask of them. If you ask them to work up to a certain pricepoint, tolerance etc, that's what they'll do. Lots of their customers seem to want quick and dirty so they can do that too. Doesn't mean that's all they can do.
  • 47 0
 Biggest thing not mentioned in this is that Last does not ship bikes to the US and Canada. www.last-bikes.com/Shipping
  • 16 47
flag vinay FL (Jul 8, 2024 at 8:33) (Below Threshold)
 Not necessarily big considering this website has a global audience.
  • 28 1
 They must not want to get sued for their lightweight frames breaking under us larger American behinds... Smile Smile Smile
  • 4 2
 we're just LAST I guess....
  • 4 3
 Exactly, why is it even on here!
  • 8 1
 @dogdaysunrise:
maybe because of this:

USA inhabitants: 333.3 million
Canada inhabitants: 38.93 million

World inhabitants: 7.951 billion
  • 8 2
 @colincolin: Plus of course, the North Americans are a tough crowd. Remember back when Specialized still held the FSR patent in North America, (primarily German) brands like Canyon, YT Industries, Cube had built a perfectly fine reputation around their lines of horst-link derived full suspension bikes. They were getting great results and raving reviews, at least across Europe (so including the UK and Ireland). Their reputation was great. Once the North American FSR patent expired, they made the jump across the Atlantic but apparently logistics were a bit tougher than they anticipated. In proper fashion, the audience over there swiftly resorted to social media and the forums (like this one here) to express their disapproval regarding the waiting times and availability of both new bikes as well as warranty handling. Even the unfortunate situation of a bike being held in customs is still being discussed in the context of the bike. So the good reputation they had built in Europe, not much of it was left over there and it took a good few years to get it back. Of course having seen that unfold any smaller European brand would think trice about entering the North American market. Unless you invest heavily and get it absolutely perfect right away, it just isn't worth it. And for most of these brands, it is just that: not worth bothering with.
  • 28 2
 Another bike brand from Europe, where a median male height is 180cm, designing bikes to specifically NOT fit a 180cm male Razz I am starting to think this is some kind of conspiracy.
  • 7 0
 They have two sizes you can choose from. People much longer than 195 or much shorter than 165, have a bigger problem.
  • 4 1
 Maybe my reaction was too serious. I didn't notice that emoji till now.
  • 6 1
 so true!
Last & RAAW please, listen up and create a M/L size!
  • 7 1
 There are only 3 bike sizes in existence:
1 - XS/S/M/L/XL/XXL (too small for you)
2 - S/M/L (probably the right size for you, unless its 2015-2023 and you read too much online in which case its too big for you)
3 - XS/S/M/L/XL/XXL (too big for you)
  • 1 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: well, to me being 186cm tall with long legs the sizing is a bit odd, too. But I guess there's a solution for everyone on the market.
  • 1 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: The biggest size is as big as an XXL Megatower. This size could easily go up to 200cm maybe more depending on rider proportions.
  • 2 0
 @Muckal: I’m 186cm with long legs and the 185 fits perfectly. I can run a 240mm dropper!
  • 2 0
 Exactly right. I'm 180cm and exactly between sizes. 470mm reach, especially with fairly low stack, is too small. 500mm reach is too big. Wierd sizing, for me anyways.
  • 1 0
 @KennyWatson: I'm 183 with longer torso and arms and I love the sizing.
Currently I'm on 495 reach so 500 would be spot on
  • 1 0
 Haha - you're right :searches_tin_foil_hat:
  • 32 9
 Dear PinkBike - please stop defaulting to the desktop version of the site. It looks terrible on mobile. Sincerely, Everyone on mobile.
  • 9 12
 Never ever had this issue.
Maybe it's an issue with your mobile and your browser option?
  • 23 2
 @zede: Nope. I've changed nothing. Plenty of others on here with the same issue too.
  • 19 1
 I've got an uncle called Glen
  • 5 0
 Glen is a fine name indeed
  • 8 0
 When did you last see him?
  • 9 0
 @vinay: About a week ago at my cousins wedding
  • 3 0
 Last Ted would have worked too, or maybe Rick.
  • 3 0
 Good conversation. I hope this one last s a while.
  • 4 0
 Glen!
Glen, Glen, Glen!
Glen, Glen, Glen!
Glen's the man, going to work
Got his tie, got ambition
He knows one day he just could become... supervisor!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygMGMgeCqgI
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 Single malt scotch anyone...?
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 @showmethemountains: Coffee's for closers.
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 @TwoNGlenn: for the right price, I'll come to your work and sing it (poorly) about you. And I'll even properly pronounce your extra N for free!
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 Tried to buy a Last Tarvo 2 years ago, and after waiting 6 months for the frame to be ready, I was told they would not deliver it to me because I live in North America. Not entirely sure why, I was told because of liability reasons.
Has Last changed their policy?
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 Good review. I’ve been on a 185 since eo Jan 2024 and I’ve ridden it in both in 150mm Glen and 165mm Coal modes and both with 29 and 27.5 rear wheel. I settled on the 165mm mode and the mullet in the rear as my favourite, with a 160mm Zeb giving me a head angle of 63.3 degrees. I was initially disappointed that it was slacker than quoted but now I’ve ridden it a lot I’m fine with it.

I agree with Matt that even in 165mm mode, its not a plush magic carpet enduro smasher like the hope 916 or Nukeproof Giga, its more a bike that can take the chunk but likes to be thrown about. Great for bike parks as it jumps (and corners) incredibly well. The suspension reminds me of my old 2018 27.5 specialized enduro, probably because of the high leverage ratio giving a nice firm platform to jump with.

The build quality control is simply amazing. Its very very nicely made, and light for aluminium.

Frame only is a bargain for what it is, even with brexit taxes grrr
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 Oh on the 185 I find the seat angle nice and steep, chainstays fine (doesn’t wander on steep climbs), and bottom bracket height just right.
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 @rich-2000: how tall are you, out of interest? I'm 182 and find the "185" overly long
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 @blackpudding: 186cm with long legs. Size is bang on for me, best fitting bike I’ve had for a long time. I’m always between L and XL so it make a refreshing change that these sizes are like mid-way sizes of other brands, its like a L/XL
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 @rich-2000: thanks for taking the time to answer! Very helpful
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 @rich-2000: what's your inseam? As I am 186cm also with a 89/90mm inseam and find the 500mm reach a bit long.
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 Cool looking bike and great review! But as an East coaster, really LOLed at the caption about the “tight” switchback, 3 feet wide and perfectly compacted, cleared & graded. Put a boulder or two, a downed log, 100 roots, a dozen other rocks, some moss, and some mud on that corner, then we can talk.
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 If you aren't first you are last! What an unfortunate name for a bike brand... I love how Europe can support these mid-boutique brands on ust shear population density. Never heard of them, will never see one in the wild, apparently can't even buy one here but still love that somebody is trying to make a go of it.
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 I think I've at least seen them at the beginning of this century when I got into mountainbike riding. Not sure how well they were known before that. But I always thought they had pretty nice and clean DJ bikes back then.

Judging by your post, their marketing is pretty efficient. They're not being sold in North America and they didn't bother to make themselves known. All good I suppose. Before the North American FSR patent expired, loads of those German brands didn't seem to be known either over there. Didn't people wonder what Andreu Lacondeguy was riding back then?
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 shake n bake
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 I think it's rather common that boutique brands are extremely rare overseas. Here in Germany, I've seen quite a few Last bikes over the years, but for example I have never seen a Knolly bike in the flesh, which I believe is a regular sight when you ride in BC.
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 I was seriously considering the last Last Glen (haha), but the kinked top tube was just a No-Go for me. This one seriously ticks all the boxes for me (I am really not a Last-Fanboy whatsoever, trust me).
I'm pretty short (1,68m/5'6) and I'm riding a modified Banshee Phantom V3 right now. Modified means: -2 Degrees Angleset for the steep stuff, longer fork and a coil shock, because why not. Altogether this results in a Bike with a 440 Reach and 445 Chainstays. Combined with the low amount of travel, this makes a pretty strenuous ride. Corners are not as intuitive for me as I always have to think about the rear wheel and its just not really quick in general. Jumping of lips etc. is just a hassle. The Bike shines on fast straight lines, but has to little travel for those. This isnt supposed to be a criticism of the Phantom though, I know im a bit to small for it etc. And Ive maybe maybe changed it a bit too much. Just to explain where I am coming from.

What is interesting here is, that all the negatives, that this Bike legitimately has for taller/bigger people, are more or less positives for me. For example the Leverage ratio is pretty high. This means that it can be hard for 100kg+ Guys to find a good setup. But it makes it easier for me. With my Banshee its the opposite, I'm already on the lightest Spring Rock Shox offers and would like to try something lighter, as the Leverage Ratio is smaller.
At Size 165 the Glen has the perfect amount of reach for me (450, which is on most Size Ms is pretty long 430 which is on most Size Ss to short). The 430 Chainstays should be pretty balanced combined with that. Maybe a bit more biased towards playfull, but thats not a bad thing. Its just obviously more balanced on the 165 with its 440 Reach than on the Bike on Test here. They are even more balanced when swapping to the Coal Enduro Bike, with its 430 Reach. For my specific case those Chainstays make sense in the size I would pick.

This is not to say, that the criticism is unfair though. I agree that a 470mm Reach Bike has no business having 430mm Chainstays. I also don't like their Sizing in general. It seems as if there is a Size missing, with those big step ups in Reach. And the Chainstays just stay too short on anything but the 165.

I also really like flexibility of the platform. For normal Hometrail-Riding or some bigger Tours at my home region a 150mm Bike is perfect, but when I'm going on vacation to Finale Ligure etc. I want more travel and a slacker Bike. Just changing the Link and maybe change the Fork to a cheap Marzocchi Coil Bomber is perfect. You dont have to buy another Bike, which would be too much on 350 Days of the year, for 15 Days of Holiday.

And the other parts of the Geo are also pretty good. Slack Headangle is perfect for my preferences. And the short seattube is just a dream for small kings like me, the smallest size can accommodate huge droppers. On my previous Bike I had a 180mm Dropper, due to the Banshees Seattube I can now only have a 150mm Dropper and it just sucks...

And last but not least (haha) its just beautiful and well thought out from an engineering perspective.
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 And the winner of the PB comment section Longest comment of the year goes to...weirdo1345
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 @pink505: yeah sorry, I was surprised seeing how long it has gotten. Had a lot of time procrastinating…
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 Tl;dr: Bike good when small, less good when big, size steps too big. But pretty.
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 The LAST Coal/Glen is a great bike, but the price increases at LAST are no longer understandable. The Coal/Glen frame set has become 500 euros more expensive compared to its predecessor - that is completely absurd. 2500 euros for a frame made in Taiwan is simply cheeky, for 200 euros more you can buy frames that are welded in small series in Germany.
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 Big bikes with short chainstays are a particular kink, but in the right conditions-really fun. Props to Last for making a bike that trades speed for that. I’d love to see this pitted against a Wreckoning. That seems like a much more similar layout than a Stumpy EVO.
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 "Sensible solutions like using all of the pivot bolts and bearings the same size make replacements headache free."

But it also means some bolts and bearings are overkill for the need at a given pivot, and others might be on the low side of optimal. There is a reason pivots might have different size hardware (all pivots don't see the same loads), and also a reason they might even use different tooling (it builds in a bit of safety against ham-fisting it: even most newb mechanic is less likely to put the same force on a 4mm hex vs a 6mm hex)

It's wild how you guys can praise some companies for optimizing to the max and others for skipping optimization for one reason or another. Having your cake and eating it too.
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 "Unlike the other carbon models in Last's range that use a flex-stay, the Glen uses a single pivot near the top of the chainring."

Very confusing slash incorrect statement. All the other [flex-stay] models also use a single pivot near the top of the chainring. And that single pivot is a driving factor for every rear suspension kinematic except leverage curve in both designs.
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 Why Specialized dropped the Evo I’ll never know
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 So it can comeback next year when they need a little pizzazz in their line up.
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 Same. IMO one of the best all-rounders to ever exist
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 They only dropped the Evo name, the new Stumpy is practically the same bike. It's the regular SJ that got dumped.
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 @Genewich: the new SJ lost the super long chain stays on the small sizes for better or worse
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 32 pounds? That's not bad at all for that kind of a build. It's definitely on the pricey end of things, but still.
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 Yeah, I mean that weight is definitely achievable with a cheaper build too. The bike on test came with a coil shock and Sram Transmission drivetrain, both of which adds quite a bit of weight. With a Shimano SLX/XT mix and a decent air shock you'd be off both lighter and cheaper
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 When I read "Last" I didn't think durability, more where where I am on the climb most of the time.
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 Last 31.8mm bar I saw was an uncut M9 on my trail ride this morning. Still a fine mix of stout and forgiving after more than a thousand hours of ab-use
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 I find this bike to be pretty gigitty
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 V2 Glen/Coal Best bike I've had www.pinkbike.com/photo/26926763
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 Family Guy x Last x Transition x Rockshox: Pilot your Glen with the Flight Attendant while you Giggity(up) for your next adventure!
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 covid bike pricing is gone bro lol...its a pile
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 Were you riding Diamond Head on Friday on these bikes? I noticed 2 Last bikes while riding there and was curious.
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 Conscious decision.
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 "drop the fork to 150mm to reduce the head tube angle"
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 So those wheels are Newman's own?
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 Ok i love the new uprising of small simple aluminum bikes but why cant any of them be US based!!!!!
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 Bike after bike after bike.

I know it’s all about advertising, but there’s nothing new or innovative about this bike.

So yeah, slow day at PB I suppose …,
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 great that Annie Last has her own brand
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 Did your teacher require you to include that useless bar chart about pricing different models?
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 Sounds like an aluminum evil but with way less progression.
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 A statement is being made by having the most expensive brakes.
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 Nope. Price is not competitive.
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 sounds like a wreckoning..
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 NICE PEDALS YO
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 are u 4 by 4 ?
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 nice Smile
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 To be fair the chainstays are very short in the two smaller sizes. The two bigger sizes seem just fine.
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 Yea I have the “185” with 438mm chainstay and its fine. Mine also seems to be nearly a degree slacker than geo chart states, so its not just Matt’s “175” demo bike.
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 430mm chainstay for 165 cm rider is very short, a 438mm for 185 cm rider is "just fine"? Really? What kind of logic are you applying here? There is a 60mm difference in reach and only 8mm difference in chainstay length.
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 @PeaFunk: Fair. maybe just the biggest size then. 447 for XL+ is fine. TBH the fit geo for this bike is all over the place. If they were dedicated to the short CS why not have proportionally short CS for the big size too?
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 I think the Chainstays on the smallest size is quite fine (which is the one relevant for me). 430 Chainstays with a 440 Reach is pretty balanced, maybe more focused on playfulness. I'm riding a Banshee Phantom V3 with some modifications (Angle Set, longer Fork) right now. It has roughly a 440 Reach and 445 Chain Stays. The reach is perfect for me but the long chainstays mean that the bike handles like a truck. Good on some terrain, but not so good most of my riding.
I agree with you on the 175 though, they are way to short there. Just not relevant for me.
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 @Weirdo12345: Thanks PB. Now even the commenters feel compelled to have opinions on sizes of bikes that they don't even ride.

Having actually ridden a bike with very similar dimensions to the 175, it's totally fine.
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 @PeaFunk: its a non issue.
my other bike has 445mm chainstays and the last glen/coal is not any less stable imo
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 430mm chainstays, hell naw
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