The Chiru Savage is a 120-150mm Endurance Bike With A Focus On Comfort - Roc D'Azur 2019

Oct 12, 2019
by Matt Wragg  
Roc D Azur 2019. Frejus France. Photo by Matt Wragg

Chiru are another brand at Roc D'Azur that maybe don't come from a traditional mountain bike background, but it seems to be a more unique one than most. They are named after an endangered Tibettan antelope that lives in a very high, wild environment. Talking to the company founder, Pierre, his background is in ultra-endurance and he explains that he creates his bikes based on a race or a challenge he wants to undertake - he builds the bike then heads off to use it in that race.

His background means that he comes at each bike with a particular focus on both efficiency and comfort - because in that type of environment you don't want to carry any unnecessary grams, but being shaken apart by your bike is equally unhelpful.

Roc D Azur 2019. Frejus France. Photo by Matt Wragg
Roc D Azur 2019. Frejus France. Photo by Matt Wragg

The Savage is Chiru's burliest, longest travel mountain bike - designed for exploring a remote alpine environment - and it drops nicely into the downcountry category that our very own Mike Levy decided should be a thing.

It has a few options to adjust the travel between 120mm and 150mm, depending on how the rider wants to set their bike. The front triangle is made from titanium because of the excellent compliance it offers so you don't get deflected as much as you tear through roots and rock gardens. The rear is made from carbon to reduce weight and increase stiffness, with the whole frame weighs in a 2.5kg without a shock. Frames cost €2890 and come with a Fox DPX2 Factory shock.



Roc D Azur 2019. Frejus France. Photo by Matt Wragg
Roc D Azur 2019. Frejus France. Photo by Matt Wragg

One of Pierre's other projects is the component brand CEC (Carbon Endurance Concept). They had some very interesting wheels on display. What really caught our eye was the fact that they had a broken rim on their display bike - it had been crushed by an airline, but Pierre claims that with their blend of Inegra fibres the crack did not propagate and could glue it up and keep riding high up in the mountains.

Roc D Azur 2019. Frejus France. Photo by Matt Wragg
Roc D Azur 2019. Frejus France. Photo by Matt Wragg

The resilience is not the only interesting thing about the wheelset - the spoke are made of Dynema fibres rather than steel, which means they weigh just 2.2g each, saving 150g compared to steel spokes and, Pierre claims, offering superior compliance. The hubs are also made by CEC and use a star ratchet system similar to DT Swiss. The direct pull version with the lightweight axle weighs in at just 300g, where the heavier dutier version features a steel axle for an 80g penalty. The Dynema-spoked version of these wheels with CEC hubs costs a fairly reasonable (for carbon) €1300, while the Dynema spokes bump the cost up to €2300 per set.

Roc D Azur 2019. Frejus France. Photo by Matt Wragg

CEC also offer a range of carbon seatposts and handlebars all tuned for compliance.


38 Comments

  • 37 10
 New sales point for makers of carbon rims: They may crack but it’s ok to ride them like that!
  • 7 0
 Now I have seen everything.
  • 11 3
 Riding broken carbon rims can also be referred to as ”doing crack”
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: yet another thing that was was cheaper back in the day
  • 5 0
 @WAKIdesigns: lol "Riding on crack"
  • 17 2
 Wait, do they want me to die of thirst? Are they mocking me?
  • 19 1
 CEC also offers a range of carbon Dynema hydration packs
  • 7 0
 @OnkleJoachim: I think that's "Enema Packs". It's far more efficient to injest that way, carbon or not.
  • 2 0
 French website velovert.com says Chiru will shape the downtube so a water bottle will fit inside the front triangle.
  • 2 0
 @Gabzor: greenbike huh? Name has a certain similarity to it, but can't place from where...
  • 13 0
 To be fair, most rims will crack if crushed by an airline.
  • 5 0
 "The Dynema-spoked version of these wheels with CEC hubs costs a fairly reasonable (for carbon) €1300, while the Dynema spokes bump the cost up to €2300 per set."

??

Also, it's Dyneema, 2 E's, and that's a brand name, too. Are the spokes actually Dyneema, or just generic UHMWPE?
  • 7 1
 Those rims look like snake skin. very good looking bike.
  • 6 0
 Maybe they are snake bite proof? Big Grin
  • 6 0
 @alacart: only if you put snake oil in the sealant
  • 7 1
 An "ultra-endurance" mtb without a decent bottle mount?
  • 2 0
 "....while the Dynema spokes bump the cost up to €2300 per set." Guys, are you seriously ? 1000 $ for a bit of plastic wire ?
Don't know if should burst in tears or laughter....
  • 3 0
 Built for comfort? How far do you feel comfortable on a ride before wanting to reach for a water bottle?
  • 1 0
 The only real advantage this bike offers over others is a Titanium front triangle and a carbon rear. I don't know how you can market this for endurance riders and not include space in that front triangle for a bottle mount.
  • 2 0
 Are those the same as Berd spokes?
  • 4 0
 The material is the same as what need uses. Not sure if the mounting is the same - if so berd will be doing a cease order real quick. Berd had a thread over on mtbr shut down because a handful of diy enthusiasts were building their own dynema spokes and using a method that was too similar to theirs.
  • 2 1
 Do the handle bars not have a finish on them? They look rough to my eyes. Also, the Dynema spoke idea reminds me very much of Pbo spokes by Spinergy. I had a Spinergy wheelset in 2009 and they were compliant but also rather flexy. They felt like the tire was really low on air in corners so it was not a great feeling, with the rear wheel flexing all about. I wonder if these wheels will feel similar?
  • 2 1
 @onemind123: The thread wasn't shutdown. You can still read and post to it.

forums.mtbr.com/wheels-tires/make-your-own-polymer-uhmwpe-spokes-1091276.html

Berd just asserted their US patent rights politely. The company discussed in this article is not in the US so the patent Berd noted in the MTBR thread would not apply unless they tried to sell their product in the US. It's possible Berd has patents in our relevant jurisdictions, but I have no information to that affect.
  • 6 1
 @vikb: No, its not polite to go on a hobby enthusiast forum and tell fellow MTBers to stop home-brewing something similar that you needed a team of PhD's to accomplish, when there is no clear intention of selling it.
But minneapolis hipsters will always be what they are...
  • 1 0
 @vikb: Sorry, not locked, just a lot of the relevant information deleted.
  • 2 1
 Yes, they are Berd spokes!
  • 2 1
 Love it. I love these simple looking linkages for the suspension, way cleaner.
  • 1 0
 Funny cause to me a backwards shock connected to a brace connecting the top and down tube is ugly to me.
  • 3 0
 I like it, dent and all.
  • 1 0
 cool bike ...I'lll stick with my 2014 Specialized Enduro 29 and buy another one in 2023 when I turn 65!!!
  • 1 0
 I like that bespoke chainguard.
  • 1 0
 Cool bike. I'll stick with my epic evo. Carry on...
  • 1 0
 Looks like baby enduro.
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