showed a wild looking prototype carbon fiber 29er at Outdoor Demo with a 130-millimeter-travel suspension system that is totally enclosed in the frame. Its shock is nested inside the oversize, semi-rectangular downtube and operated by a linkage beneath the bottom bracket shell. A removable carbon cover that doubles as a bash guard conceals the shock, while allowing for quick access to make adjustments. The low-slung suspension configuration makes room for full sized water bottles within the front triangle and keeps the mass of the bike lower than most. The yet unnamed AM/trail bike is said to weigh between 25 and 26 pounds and is in final testing phases. Reportedly, Pardus will introduce the new machine to North American retailers as early as Spring, 2018.
Unless you work for a well-known bike brand, you probably haven't heard the Pardus name before. It's a relatively small (by Asian standards) carbon frame and component maker that produces some of the best quality products in China for select OEM customers - brands which are on the tips of many rider's tongues. Some time ago, Pardus decided that they should launch their own range of elite-level mountain bikes.
The designer that they selected to flesh out their first trail bike was Steve Domahidy - the man who co-founded Niner Bikes and more recently, launched his own brand
. He also works as a hired gun for bike makers in need of expertise. The collaboration between Pardus and Domahidy has given birth to the futuristic looking long-travel trail bike that will surely turn some heads.