bc original Podsol – The Trail Hardtail for Everybody

Apr 12, 2021 at 23:35
by bike-components  

BC ORIGINAL PODSOLThe Trail Hardtail for Everybody
The bc original Podsol is a modern 29er trail hardtail frame that clicks all the boxes and sells for a fair price. Sounds too good to be true? Read on to learn more about the bike.

Before we dive deeper into the story of the bc originals Podsol, all the numbers, specs, and why an online shop starts producing its own products, we should ask one question:

Why do we really buy hardtails?

Hands down, with full suspension bikes getting better and better, there are obviously not many reasons to buy a trail hardtail. The main ones are the low price and high reliability. Hardtails are very appealing for new riders in our much-loved sport as you don’t have to sell a kidney to get the party on the trail going. More experienced, (let’s face it: older) riders probably choose a trail hardtail because they still have this romantic vision of their early days in mind: The golden days when crashing heartless was the standard and fear was an unknown word. Maybe they also choose a hardtail because of the high reliability, easy serviceability, and the fact that you train your skills.

Spend more time on trails instead of working on the bike. A hardtail is made for good times. It’s less expensive, trains your skills and needs less service.

Those clean lines are something we love about hardtails.

Why does bike-components produce their own bike frame?

What’s the reason that bike-components aka an online retailer produces a hardtail frame? The first thing you have to know is that the team here is full of enthusiastic bikers: We love trails, we love bikes, we love new stuff. If you want to learn more about bc – it’s worth reading the From the top-interview we did last year.

If you want to learn more about bike components, it’s worth reading the interview with the CEO Philipp Simon

When we were dreaming of a trail hardtail 4 years ago, there was no real good product available. Everybody was talking about 29er full suspension bikes, but nobody made a great AND affordable trail hardtail. Yes, there have been tons of carbon fibre XC machines, but no hardtail made for heavy trail abuse. No bike you want to ride all mud-season long and session it with your buddies on your home trail. Thus, we started with the idea of making our own bike. How come that it took soooo long? Well, to make a long story short: Our first prototype bikes failed in the lab test we did together with the Zedler laboratory here in Germany, and we had to change the manufacturer in order to fulfill our own expectations. But now it’s here – and we are damn proud of it.

When we started the Podsol project, there was a lack of good trail hardtails at an affordable price point on the market. Nowadays there are different options available, but we are pretty proud of ours!

What makes for a great trail hardtail?

We had four main characteristics on our wish-list when we started the bc Podsol. First: it has to ride great! Who wants a ride that sucks? On a hardtail, you skip all the myths and headache-making theories going into the kinematics of the rear suspension, but you still have to work out a proper geometry, stiffness to weight ratio, and tons of other small details that affect the trail handling.
The second aspect which was very important for us, is easy serviceability. We ride our hardtails mainly in the dark, cold, and wet period of the year. The time, when every part wears out twice as fast. For that reason, we chose to have a bsa-bottom bracket and external cable routing. We chose the most common standards for the headset, dropper post and rear axle. Riding a bike is more fun than working on it, so servicing should be as easy as possible.
Finally there are the factors reliability and safety. We want to sell a frame that lasts, a bike that fulfills the hardest tests. We want to be able to go to bed at night and be sure, that nobody gets harmed riding our bike (maneuver-initiated crashes not included).

Build the bike with your likes and needs in mind. The Podsol is compatible with forks from 120–140 mm of travel.

External cable routing makes working on the bike easy.
In our opinion, all bikes should have BSA bottom brackets.

It’s all about the details! We added an extra cover on the seat clamp to prevent dirt from getting into the seat tube.

Interesting fact: we had to produce several versions of the dropouts till they finally met our own testing standards.
The Podsol frame got tested to the max.

This headset badge won’t go anywhere. The bc original Podsol is our first trail hardtail and we are proud of the result.

Why do we believe the bc original Podsol is a great hardtail for trail riders?

We put a lot of thought into the geometry of the Podsol. The numbers are modern but not extreme. We love the 435 mm chainstays on the size small, medium and large that give the bike a nice snappy feel. At the same time, we believe that you need longer chainstays on bigger frame sizes for an optimal balance, so we changed them for size XL and XXL. We tested the bike with forks from 120 to 140 mm, so you can choose a fork that fits your riding preferences (yes, the geometry changes too but in the right way for the attended use depending on the fork choice). The bike climbs really effectively and lively without holding you back on the way back down. It is very direct, balanced and just tons of fun to ride!
bc original Podsol
Intended use: Trail
Fork travel: 120-140 mm
Wheel size: 29"
Frame construction: aluminum
Sizes: S to XL
Color: black/sand
Price: €450
More Info: bike-components.de

A hardtail for sure should climb efficiently – and the Podsol simply does that. At the same time, the bike with its modern geometry won’t hold you back on the way back down!

Geometry Geeks watch out: here are the numbers of our hardtail.

The choice is all yours. We offer the Podsol frame in two colors and five sizes.

Our top tips for riding a trail hardtail

Before we end, we want to give you three tips for setting up your trail hardtail for maximum fun. Riding a hardtail is different than riding a full suspension bike just because of the fact hat you have no rear suspension and because of that often more pressure on your front. With that in mind, we recommend setting up your fork a bit harder than you would do it on a full-suspension bike. Maybe even mount a handlebar with a bit more rise as you would normally and last but not least, mount a tire with a heavier casing to get more damping, grip, and comfort on the rear.

Hardtrail riding will train your skill. We definitely recommend mounting a robust rear tire for a bit more grip and damping and setting up the fork a bit for a more balanced feel.

bigquotesAt the end, a big shout out to all the tough hardtail riders out there – have a great season. You all rock!


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 Weird there's no comments on this old article. After switching back to my hardtail after a season of long and slack full squish I'm shopping for a new (longer and slacker and long chainsaw) hardtail frame... This frame is absolutely spot on, and the price is oh so right.
Why no pinkers chimed in is surprising to me. Modern Geo affordable hardtail? Gotta wait until they restock but I'm buying.
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 Got my Podsol in 2021 when nothing else was in stock. Built it up with the just-released GX AXS and a mixture of bin and craigslist parts. Even mismatched wheels, cheap plastic bottle cages, and whatever rubber I could get my hands on, I found myself reaching for the Podsol any time the day called for "hey lets just go mountain biking". Thank you BC for making an XXL frame with proportionate chainstays and modern geometry. Thanks to the fit and versatility, this bike will remain in the quiver for years, if not decades to come.

Now about a Ti version...
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 Yes. When are they getting more of these in?

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