Kiwi gearbox bike brand Zerode has long been the source of gossip among North American riders, but few have gotten the opportunity to try one out.
That should change in the upcoming months, as Bellingham-based online retailer and brick and mortar bike shop Fanatik Bike Co. has added the Zerode Taniwha to its collection of high-end bikes.
The Zerode Taniwha is the world’s first production carbon enduro bike with a gearbox, and for the last year it has been proving that gearboxes are a viable alternative to derailleurs, offering distinct advantages in durability, shifting, and suspension performance.
With a Pinion gearbox, the bike achieves a whopping 600% gear range, significantly larger than that of SRAM Eagle. Additionally, the bike’s gearing sits inside a sealed package that is nearly maintenance-free and offers dramatically improved clearance for when the trails get rough and rowdy. Shifting is instantaneous and seamless across the whole gear range.
A simple, effective, and proven suspension platform combined with a fixed chain line optimizes pedaling performance through the entire travel range. The single speed rear hub and lack of derailleur minimize unsprung weight to further improve suspension performance and the symmetrical spoke angle ensures superb rear wheel stiffness.
“We're very excited to bring on Zerode here at Fanatik,” said Jadyn Welch, Fanatik Bike Co’s internet sales manager. “They are a boutique brand producing a quality product that fills an important void in the high-end mountain bike market. Gearboxes have been largely overlooked in the past, and we're happy to say the Taniwha rivals some of our favorite mountain bikes in terms of ride quality and craftsmanship. We've already eliminated the front derailleur, why not eliminate the rear derailleur?”
Fanatik has long been recognized as a leader in online bike sales, due in no small part to its online bike builder, which lets riders fully customize their build before ordering. http://bit.ly/Zerode-Taniwha-Reviewedhttp://bit.ly/Shop-the-Taniwha
Frames are currently available in three sizes: M, L, and XL. Available colors are matte black with grey decals, stealth graphite with yellow highlights and blue sky blue with grey decals.
Frames weigh in between 5.7–6.2 lbs. (2,600–2,800g) depending on size and complete bikes will weigh in starting at 30lbs.