Last Launches the 29" Aluminium Glen Trail Bike

Nov 22, 2018 at 4:51


bigquotesOn the first few meters already, its playfulness and agility totally wowed us. We had already used a similar suspension system for the Clay, so I was quite sure it would do well again. Its geometry is optimized according to the frame size and on paper looks very slack and long. After the first few trails though it was clear: the Glen is agile, precise and playful. At the same time you feel safe and in control. A great success since we wanted to go easy on the geometry. Our kind of easy. After a short period of settling in with the higher traction of the 29“ tires, you get to the threshold range and can cross-ride with yet unknown speed.Jochen Forstmann, co-owner of Last - rider owned bike company - and design engineer of the Glen.

Geometry – Last Glen

The Glen is based on our signature geometry with short chain stays, flat head angle and long top tube. For the first time, we extensively adjusted the geometry to the size of the frame by optimizing the length of the chain stays and the effective seat angle. The improved weight distribution especially benefits tall bikers, for whom there is now frame size XXL.

Last Glen, size XXL

Compared with our other bikes, the reach values have significantly risen. For one thing, we streamlined the seating position and secondly, we shifted it forward by making the effective seat angle steeper. This means better weight distribution on the front and rear wheel and high pedalling efficiency. Larger frame sizes come with steeper seat angles and longer chain stays, providing the balance of the weight distribution for larger bikers, too. Especially the smaller frame sizes feature short chain stays that allow to manual easily.

Due to the short seat tubes, bikers with long torsos or long arms can chose a frame one size bigger than normal. This also works vice versa if a seatpost is used that is long enough. The seat tube is designed in a way that the seat post does not conflict with the bolt of the rocker arm and can be slammed down all the way.

Geometry – Last Glen
Based on a Rock Shox Pike 150 mm with 42 mm Offset
Frame spec – Last Glen

Last Glen – Suspension and Shock Options

Following our well-proven philosophy, the Glen features progressive kinematics. Rocker tuned suspension provides a fine response behavior for little shocks. In the middle part, the kinematics offer a lot of feedback and the spring travel allows for a smooth ride and easy take off at lips. The generously dimensioned progression at the end provides good bottom out protection and reserves. Thanks to the kinematics, the suspension type can be chosen freely – air or steel spring – since the progression comes from the kinematics and not from volume spacers in the air shock. This means that the suspension system remains progressive even with linearly coiled steel springs.

The position of the pivot point on the main frame guarantees high pedalling efficiency. Anti squat and ant rise values that were achieved this way draw the image of a carriage so efficient that it is often unnecessary to use the damper platform.

The generous installation space enables the installation of most dampers – even with piggyback. The rocker arms keep away dangerous shear forces from the damper. For perfect adjustment, the lower damper mount is milled on the completely welded and heat-treated frame using a CNC machining center. The damper is protected against rockfalls by its position in front of the seat tube.

A drinking bottle can be fixed to the down tube. Threaded sleeves are welded into the frame which makes them particularly robust. We also went again for a threaded BB for hassle-free maintainance and service.

The head tube houses integrated headsets Type IS41/IS52 and does without press fitting which makes the system easy to maintain. Head tube features asymmetrical wall thickness with a good load-bearing capacity. All rockers and screws are machined from high strength 7075 T6 Aluminium.

The disc brake mount on the Glen is complexly CNC milled in Germany after the frame is built. This guarantees a perfectly even and plane mounting platform. All four complete bike setups come equipped with either Sram GX or X01 Eagle 12-speed shifting.

Last Glen – Total Bearing Quality

By Total Bearing Quality we mean everything that is necessary for high quality and thus durable bearings. This includes roller bearings, bearing seats, mounting, and protection against dirt.

Full-ball type roller bearings improve load rating and stiffness. We use only 28x15x7 bearings that are globally available in cases of need. Our bearings are produced by Enduro Bearings and are made of stainless steel.

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Machining the frame‘s bearing seats in one clamping on a highly precise 5-axis milling machine in Germany enables us to adhere to strictest diameter, form and positional tolerances to avoid tensioning of the components during installation. All contact surfaces and threads for the bearing pins are also milled in one clamping.

From Trail to Enduro – Last Glen

With 150 mm at the front and 140 mm at the rear, the Glen brings along a suitable suspension travel for all-round use without losing focus on efficiency and playfulness. The 29” wheels provide optimal roll-over resistance and make the bike fast.

At the same time, the bigger wheels and thus higher front axle help to avoid rollovers on steep slopes and unexpected obstacles. In relation to the axles, the bottom bracket of the 29” frames sits lower and provides the biker with a good stand on the bike.

The Glen is certified for ASTM class 4 which normally is put on one level with Enduro. If you want to built an even more potent bike, you can use suspension forks with up to 160 mm of suspension to be used in racing or at bike parks. All wheel options and attachment parts are robust and designed for the expectable loads. The SL complete bike was designed as a particularly lightweight trail and all mountain bike.

Complete bike specs – Last Glen

LAST GLEN – Availability
The Glen is immediately available in four different builds ond three different colors that can be configured in detail to match personal preferences for stem length, handle bar rise and terrain. Wheel sets and tires are available in different strengths to match the mode of application, the riding style and rider weight. Frame sets are available as well.

Testrides – Last Glen
Besides testing the Glen at Last head quarters in Dortmund there is a number of test events:

Testival Augsburg, 24.11.2018
Registrations are possible from the launch date on.

Testival Heidelberg, 12.01.2019
Registrations are possible about 2 weeks in advance of the event.

Last Bikes – Factory direct
LAST is exclusively distributed directly by Last. Comprehensive and competent advice is available via telephone or visiting Last in Dortmund, Germany. Come spring there will be a demo tour covering many German cities with the option to ride the bikes on the local trails.

Betti and Jörg rode in the nearby region of Sauerland. Testing the Glen on these trails where the perfect opportunity to unveil the full potential of the GLEN in tight corners and on highspeed passages as a playful and capable trail & enduro 29".

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  • + 28
 This thing looks perfect
  • + 37
 yeah but when you tell people you were riding "Glen" hard this weekend they might start to wonder what "mountains" were you talking about.......
  • + 19
 @viatch: The brokeback kind! ha ha
  • + 3
 Not perfect - its brake levers are the WRONG way around.
  • + 15
 Hopefully this won't be the the last we hear from them.
  • + 1
 Certainly not the first. I hope they last around.
  • + 0
 @hirvi: yeah, I'd love to ride this in the glen.
  • + 8
 6902 bearings throughout... Enduro MAX bearings as standard... Yes.

May I ask how the linkage/pivots come apart? Is that a 8/10mm Hex? Or is there a proprietary tool? - Difficult to tell from the pictures. If the bolts are all the same size and the torque specs are all the same, you guys are on fire.
  • + 8
 Also, is this the brand that had a bike called the Herb?
  • + 4
 @matwilliams: yup. the Herb
  • + 8
 @ashleyren: Herb 204. Because 420 was taken.

I wonder if frames are welded in Dortmund. Looks quality. Glen frame + shock is about $2700 shipped to USA, two year warranty.

Needs thrash vid.
  • + 1
 Very likely made in Taiwan.
  • - 6
flag ceecee (Nov 22, 2018 at 9:45) (Below Threshold)
 @shutter2ride: Still seems like a high price for a steeper STA when Capra AL 29s are somewhat available. Volkswagen FTW
  • + 5

Welded on Taiwan BUT the do all the after-work like bearing seats in Dortmund to get best tolerances and the fanes are really well made though an light. For example Enduro COAL M frame 2900 grams.
So I think they are worth their money more than any transition, trek or spesh alu frame. Besides good and large bearings to LAST long ;-)
  • + 1
 @bansaiman: you shouldn¨t post when on drugs, brother! Wink
  • + 1

Mobile phone that's used to german auto correct ;-)

Wanted to say they finish them with their own machines in germany to get best tolerances and long bearing life. Besides the frames are pretty light for aluminium with 2.9 kilos for their Enduro in M. Thus it is a bit heavier than a nomad and Capra carbon but lighter than evil frames.
  • + 7
 Hi, all linkage bolts are 8 mm hex operated. The threads are standard 14 mm threads and torque is the same for all of these bolts. Cheers Jochen
  • + 10
 This article keeps saying my name, but I don’t think they know me. I’m honored either way????
  • + 1
 Apparently they really want you to hang in there too, that's nice of them.
  • + 4
 I think they are trying to say what a good ride you are Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
  • + 1
 @oldmountainepicBig Grin efinitelty quick! I bet this one doesn’t need a nap after though.
  • + 5
 "The generously dimensioned progression at the end provides good bottom out protection and reserves"

This is my goal for Tgiving dinner tonight...
  • + 5
 Always cool to see something from Last again. One of the coolest brands out there.
  • + 2
 I had a last herb 180 for many years, only just got rid of it. I miss that bike. Its an absolute monster truck. Stiff, light enough and compatible with nearly every standard. Which other frame maker offered a frame compatible with 135mm, 142mm and 150mm hubs just by switching dropouts? Kinda regret buying a pivot but i just cant handle the rockshox/sram setup the full builds come with
  • + 1
 Ever heard of selling and exchanging components instead of a great frame? ;-)
  • + 1
 @bansaiman: How does one get their hands on a Last Glan frameset in the States? Lusting after this bike in blue. Thanks.
  • + 1
 I have a Last Rufus jump bike, one of my favourite bikes I’ve ever owned. They went through a spell of making some gorgeous and unbelievably good steel hardtails. This bike looks really promising but I’ve been waiting for them to make a steel full sus. Would smash all the current models out the water!
  • + 3
 Looks a bit like a knolly on the drive side. Then you realize it’s just a single pivot from the non-driveside
  • + 1
 The reach numbers are not all that impressive. For the slack ht and the steepish st it looks like its going to be cramped especially with that short stem. Am i missing something?
  • + 2
 But it does have very short seat tube in a given size so sizing up should be ok. Provided that rocker pivot on the seat tube allows full insertion of the post!?
  • + 3
 Machining is as much a art form as painting. That fixture with the ratchet strap is cringe worthy to say the least.
  • + 1
 what are you talking about?
  • + 2
 @addatx: referring to the video
  • + 4
 External routing, yay!
  • + 2
 Great job! These guys get it. Well thought out. Guessing they have a 27.5 model with a similar design
  • + 2
 Added to the geometry database for comparison...
  • + 3
 It looks like a knolly
  • + 2
 Cool bike. Would be the LAST bike I buy
  • + 1
 Awesome geo. Throw a 160 fork on it and the reach/stack/bb drop numbers would still be legit.
  • + 1
 Looks excellent and fun. Never heard of LAST.
Any first-hand comments? Do they make good bikes?
  • + 5
 Yes. All people who have got the Coal (650b) praise it.
Light, high quality. and extremely good leverage for air and coil shocks.

Its the german equvivalent to Knolly imo
  • + 1
 @NotNamed: suspension design has similar aspects too
Given how well Knolly bikes ride, that comparison inspires great confidence in Last
  • + 1
 google Last Fast Forward Wink
  • + 3
 @Lookinforit: Sorry, but Knolly is a 4-Bar and this is a linkage-driven Monopivot. Not trying to say one is better that another, just that they only look simlar. Owning a Knolly I can say that I would prefer a monopivot done right (this one seems so) than a 4-bar with flex and huge tolerances throughout.
  • - 3
 @lkubica: its as ugly as a Knolly...thats 4sure Big Grin
  • + 2
 I have a lesser known Last Rufus, an older cromo jump/4x frame
And it’s one of the most playful and comfortable bikes I’ve ever owned! The quality of the frame is nuts, everything down to the inbuilt tensioners, dropouts, brake mounts, welds...
Even the paint work is super high quality! (Mine is a pearlescent green/bronze)
  • + 1
 love how it looks and the geo numbers

I´m not native Englisch speaking - the writing is not easy to read.
  • + 1
 Really loving all these aluminium bikes. Has the industry fell out with the black stuff!?
  • + 1
 7 seconds...thats what she says!
  • + 1
 Can't wait for my clay. Builds started.
  • + 1
 looks like four by five.
  • + 0
 Maybe you guys could build frames for turner bikes?
  • + 1
 Nice! Smile
  • + 0
 I think its a missed opportunity that this bike isn't named the Last Randy
  • + 1
 It would be nice to think this is the last we'll hear of him.
  • + 1
 I want one
  • - 1
 Looks like an updated Ironhorse Sunday.

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