Bike Check: George Brannigan's Propain Rage Mullet Bike - Crankworx Rotorua 2020

Mar 8, 2020 at 22:43
by Aidan Oliver  
George Brannigan Propain

It's a new year and a new bike for George Brannigan as he joins the Propain Factory Racing team. George has had some bad luck in the last few years, which saw him break his collarbone 4 times in 12 months. But it looks like the fresh start on a new bike has done George some good as he bagged a third place at Crankworx Rotorua DH behind two of the world's fastest riders. We caught up with him post race run to check out his new Propain Rage.


George Brannigan Propain
Rider Name: George Brannigan
Age: 27
Height: 5'10"
Hometown: Hastings, New Zealand
Instagram: @georgebrannigan

Propain Rage Mullet
Frame: Propain Rage XL
Fork: RockShox Boxxer Ultimate, Low speed compression 10 from closed, high speed rebound fully open, low speed rebound 11 from closed.
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe coil, rebound 5 clicks from closed, compression 4 clicks from closed
Wheels: Stans Flow rims on Propain hubs. 29" front, 27.5" rear
Tires: Vee Tire Snap with Cushcore in the rear. 22 front psi, 26 rear.
Saddle: Sixpack
Cranks: SRAM XO
Bars: Sixpack 770mm
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC


George Brannigan Propain
The Propain Rage can be run with two 29" wheels, but George liked the mullet set up he had last year with GT and is carrying it on into 2020.


George Brannigan Propain
Carbon fender keeps the shock free from debris.

George Brannigan Propain
George Brannigan Propain
SRAM stoppers to keep George's speed under control.

George Brannigan Propain

George Brannigan Propain
The Propain team are running Sixpack components for 2020.

George Brannigan Propain
Propain's own hubs laced to Stans rims.

George Brannigan Propain
The team are also running Vee Tire Co tires.





104 Comments

  • 164 1
 Propane Rage Mullet sounds like the signature move of a backyard wrestling star from Mississippi
  • 25 7
 if i am a privateer and I ride this, is it a Privatepain?
  • 10 2
 Was my last GFs name who happened to be from Mississippi
  • 17 5
 @giantwhip:

Now your boyfriend?
  • 11 2
 Sounds like the name of a band that would be on the same festival tour as Five Finger Death Punch.
  • 1 6
flag enduroNZ (Mar 10, 2020 at 0:08) (Below Threshold)
 No, now your boyfriend @TobiasHandcock:
  • 3 0
 @timrippeth:

I would agree.

Kind of also like Taintstick and Death Death Die
  • 1 0
 @timrippeth: And Sonic Death Monkey
  • 45 0
 Best of luck this season, George
  • 16 7
 Yeah I like George. He has the pace Smile
  • 38 1
 I hardly even know you anymore Waki, with your new Fiji flag. =)
  • 18 0
 XL at 5’10”? Dang.
  • 27 9
 They need to make bigger bikes. At 6' 6" I shouldn't be forced to ride the same size as a 5' 10" dude
  • 34 12
 @goldencycle: you’re not a World Cup racer dude
  • 8 0
 @goldencycle: you’re not lol, buy a different brand. XXL V10 seems to fit Cathro
  • 3 0
 @BamaBiscuits: exactly! I've got a buddy that's 6' 7" and runs an older XXL Santa Cruz that fits him perfectly.
  • 3 0
 @goldencycle: thats just how it is bud. I'm 6' 5" and I'm in a similar canoe.
  • 7 0
 @BamaBiscuits: XL Propain Rage in long setting is only 1mm shorter reach than the biggest size of V10 currently
  • 4 0
 @BamaBiscuits: @fpsberg: But what if I don't want a Santa Cruz or YT? No other bikes really come in XXL, and XL isn't long enough. It just isn't. My ass is over the rear axle, and the bars are at my knees in practically every XL frame. They should just make the XL frame actually extra large, and size everything accordingly. I have 5'8" friends on Large frames. On the road, there are plenty of bikes that come in sizes large enough. Why can't the mountain bike world adopt a similar policy?
  • 7 1
 @dieuci: lmao so I don't get the privilege of getting to get a bike big enough for me because I'm not a world class racer? Seems cool. Thanks, man. You're right, I'll just stop trying. You got me there.
  • 1 0
 @lowkeyokeydokey: I know that's how it is, which is why I said they should change it?
  • 2 2
 @goldencycle: no lol you’re riding the right size bike for you, you shouldn’t be mad that a shorter World Cup racer rides the same bike as you lmao
  • 1 0
 @dieuci: No, my point is it is not the right size for me. They don't make a bike that is the right size for me. I'm on the bike closest to the right size, but it isn't there.
  • 2 2
 @goldencycle: just accept the fact that the market for super large bikes is very small. Why should manufacturers make expansive molds and stuff for sizes hardly anybody buys?
  • 4 0
 @Muckal: imagine you have huge feet. Nobody sells shoes in your size. Most people don’t have big feet. There’s no market for them! But you have big feet. And no shoes because nobody makes them. it’s the exact same scenario
  • 3 0
 @NWuntilirest: Or riding pants.
  • 2 2
 If you don't really care about optimal pedaling position/aero, you can get used to riding most any size bike. Bmx riders send it big on tiny 20 inch bmx bikes, and mx riders whip around 230 lb long motocross bikes like they were bicycles.
  • 10 2
 No need to dream it anymore, boys. The future is now! Both this bike and that new Evil bear more than a passing resemblance to your so-called future bike. And I guess you did.........call it, that is. The Mighty Grim Peanut!! or was it bagel, no, no.....grim fritter....no.....oh yeah, donut.
  • 8 0
 5’10” size XL? So rest or the people who are higher should ride what? Xxl/ xxxxl?
  • 5 5
 Rest of people don't ride world cup tracks full gaz
  • 4 2
 Bike size can be a personal prefference. If someone who is 5’10 rides xl and likes to be stretched on the bike, that does not mean the same bike must be size xxxxxxl for someone who is 6’6.
  • 9 0
 @Uchwmdr: But it does mean they don't have the option, which is the point.
  • 1 2
 @getonyourbike: the option to ride a bike that's actually to big for their bpdy size and abilities?
  • 5 0
 @Muckal: And I suppose you are the person knowledgeable enough to tell other riders what size frame they should be riding?
  • 1 2
 @getonyourbike: absolutely!
  • 1 3
 @getonyourbike: every company provides a size chart for their bikes, that corresponds to rider body stats like height and proportions, as well as geometry trends. go 10 years earlier, even 5, and you will see, that bikes, that were concidered xl or L then are now equal to a m or even s size bike. I think that we can both agree, that a larger, longer bike is more stable and provides a more safe ride at high speeds. This being said, not every racer who obviously rides as fasst as possible prefers a big bike, just as not every racer prefers a smaller bike. Roughly said, a smaller bike is more playful, but kinda risky at some situati0ons, when a larger one is more stable, but kinds sluggish. In this case, i think that propain bikes are overall nicely sized, and just because he rides an xl at 5 feet and 10 inches, it does not mean, that someone who is 194 cm wouldnt feel ok at that sanme size bike.
  • 2 0
 People who are "high" probably shouldn't ride bikes, let alone DH.......Just sayin' Smile
  • 3 0
 @Uchwmdr: That's a lot of words to say, "tall people still don't have the option to ride the size of frame they might be most comfortable on."
  • 2 0
 @Uchwmdr: But what if someone who is 199cm wants to ride a bike that is long enough for that stable feel you mention? We don't get to experience that?
  • 2 0
 @goldencycle: currently bikes get longer reach but have still low stack, bikes are sized still for average 6 feet person, while for dh riding it is ok, and you can find proper fit, for any enduro riding, you are limmited to few models:

Currently i’m looking for stumpy evo and the best suitable option for the buck, norco did great job of implementing modern geometry, however their sizing chart finishes on xl ( which is for based ob their char should fit person 185+ sm or 6’1 feet) so i’m really sad for taller people
  • 1 0
 @goldencycle: im 193 and i can find bikes to match my size. check pole and geometron bikes if you want something huge.
  • 7 0
 really wish these bikes were available to the U.S. market!
  • 5 0
 I think they're supposed to be soon. Though obviously global issues could delay that given the disruption to even more established supply chains.
  • 2 3
 Seriously. I tried emailing Propain to see how and when I could order a bike, and they didn't even bother to respond. Their bikes would be a great value if we could make shipping to the US work out.
  • 1 1
 @pnwpedal: Sadly German Bike brands don't seem to bother much for requests that aren't warranty cases.
  • 1 0
 I want to get the Tyee CF. I got the cash, but have been holding off buying another bike to see if Propain opens their shipping options to the US.
  • 1 0
 Go to firebird79 and look at their stuff.They will ship you suttin.
  • 4 0
 @pnwpedal: its a small company and their marketing guy just broke his hand... So maybe thats the reason...
www.instagram.com/p/B9SAYoeoSMX/?utm_source=ig_web_button_native_share
  • 5 0
 You know whats really nuts? You can't buy Propain in NZ either— in spite of the fact that their rider Brannigan is a kiwi!

Talk about a lost opportunity...

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 3 0
 @pnwpedal: I emailed them at beginning of the year to try and purchase a frame. Their frame prices were the best i seen, but they did reply to me and said sometime this year they were planning to sell to the U.S. but it would be a few months at least. I wanted to try one of these but will have to wait. So i bought a Commencal Furious frame since they had the next best prices. Plus me being a bigger rider, Commencal frames are triple butted and tend to be a bit heavier so heavier riders can still ride hard as the teeney weeny bean poles. And i already been riding a Commencal DHV4 for a few years and i really liked it so didn't bother me to buy another frame from them.
  • 1 0
 @maxx-x: I emailed 3 weeks ago... I'm definitely still interested in their bikes though! Hope their guy has a good recovery, hand injuries are never fun.
  • 2 0
 @Overdrivedusty: nice to hear that they still have plans to bring their bikes to the US!
  • 6 0
 Guys, chillax! Our bikes will be available to the U.S. market very soon. We'll make an announcment in the next couple of weeks. Cheers
  • 1 0
 @PROPAIN-Bicycles: Great to hear! I'm about to make a move to an area with bigger, more open terrain and the Tyee is on the very top of my list to consider.
  • 1 0
 @PROPAIN-Bicycles: I like the sound of that! Timing will be perfect for when I'll be buying a bike.
  • 5 0
 I don’t understand... can someone explain to me the benefits of a mullet bike, other that the cool looks
  • 44 2
 You get the roll over ability of the 29er up front where it's most important, with the snappier handling of the 27.5 in the rear. Also you have more room between ass and tire, which is the main reason I went to this set up
  • 23 0
 business at the front, party at the back
  • 24 3
 What @catweasel said. That’s the hypothesis. Also hypothetically making a 28.25 wheel size makes the best of both worlds
  • 6 0
 For shorter guys and certain frames, you get less manuever abillity. You worry about tire buzz. With a mullet the back tire won't bite you. Basically why specialized redesigned the demo for 29 and shorter riders. For taller riders it's no issue with most frames. Rolling and tranction differences don't mean anything if you can't be confident on the bike.
  • 3 0
 There's also a slightly larger grip differential between front and rear. Feels like the rear breaks away easier, fun feeling and feels very fast in the corners (not sure if there is a real world speed difference though).
  • 10 1
 @WAKIdesigns: 32er up from, 28.25 in the rear...
  • 5 6
 @catweasel: it's usually not a good sign when your rear wheel overtakes the front due to a speed differential
  • 11 5
 “Cool looks” is debatable.
  • 4 0
 @mi-bike: I just lost so many brain cells, if anyone can donate some to me, that would be helpful
  • 1 0
 @JacobyDH: what's your blood type
  • 2 0
 @Dogl0rd: umm, what’s the blood type of the average in-inteligentist person
  • 5 2
 That rear fender looks really close to the 27.5" tire and doesn't look like it could be moved farther away - do you have to replace the rear triangle to run 29" in the back?
  • 2 0
 No. Look at the right hand picture from the brakes. It shows the rear brake and there you can see, that the rear axle can be swaped between 27.5 and 29 position.
  • 6 1
 Oh man, that saddle...
  • 6 1
 i dunno how i'd feel about a sixpack under my ass, either..
  • 1 0
 Just wrong
  • 4 0
 Good to see him back on the podium
  • 11 11
 Me in 2018- "Hey they should make a 29/27.5 bike like the old Big Hits with 26/24"s"

PB Commenters- "That's lame and stupid and they sucked...shut up."

Me in 2020- "well...."
  • 14 0
 I demand proof
  • 8 5
 @kookseverywhere: my name is preach...need I say more? ;-)
  • 2 0
 @preach 2018? The argument for the 26/24 was made as far back as 2011 right here on PB: www.pinkbike.com/news/burning-question-will-the-29er-replace-the-26-2011.html

"I keep finding that whenever I put a 24" rear wheel on a bike I instantly like it better, as long as it doesn't screw up the geometry too bad."
  • 11 2
 Imagine being the 1000th guy to the party and then expecting everyone to say thanks for hosting...
  • 1 2
 @VwHarman: imagine being born prior to 2000
Dang
  • 1 0
 Are mullet bikes usually frames for a rear 27.5 wheel with a 29 fork or frames designed for a 29 rear wheel but with a smaller 27.5 instead?
  • 3 1
 and 5"11 on an XL.. stupendous
  • 2 1
 I am really interested in the framesize of the tyee was riding in the latest video edit?!
  • 1 0
 Mullets are longer at the back than the front. The 29 wheel should be at the rear
  • 2 0
 Analogy is wrong: business at the front, party at the rear
  • 2 0
 gorgeous bike
  • 1 0
 A damn good looking bike!
  • 2 1
 Low speed and high
speed rebound ? Typo?
  • 6 1
 If you have to ask, you can’t afford it
  • 1 1
 @catweasel: Fox Factory.
  • 2 0
 It's a typo, Boxxer Ultimate with RC2.1 damper have high & low speed compression, low speed rebound.
  • 1 0
 @Cookiefr I think it should read “high speed compression fully open”
  • 1 0
 Is he one the 27.5 or 29 frame?
  • 1 1
 Sexy. I want a mullet I can actually buy...
  • 1 0
 Lahey would be proud
  • 1 3
 Love George's riding and the bike is cool....but how about a bike check on the bike that actually won the race!
  • 1 1
 This bike looks cool
  • 2 3
 Sorry,5"10.. hahaha
  • 9 12
 WHY NO WATER BOTTLE HOLES, NO SPACE ???????? Dead Horse
  • 2 2
 its a downhill bike silly
  • 3 1
 @Civicowner: yeah, you don’t need to stay hydrated while on a DH run.
  • 5 0
 @JacobyDH: yeap, i drink in the middle of each run, in mid air even!!!

Drink when you get to the bottom you muppet
  • 1 0
 @Civicowner: I bet Blenki would both pedal and drink from his water bottle mid air.

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