Propain Rage CF Downhill Bike - Eurobike 2016

Sep 1, 2016 at 8:40
by Mike Kazimer  
Eurobike 2016


Propain Rage CF

Propain's new carbon fiber downhill bike, the 27.5" wheeled Rage CF, is entering production, and should be available for the masses by January 2017. Designed with extensive input from their World Cup racers, the bike's overall design is very close to that of the alloy version, but the geometry and suspension kinematics have been tweaked slightly based on the athletes' feedback. The Rage CF has 210mm of rear travel, a 63-degree head angle, and a claimed frame weight of 3.1 kg (6.83 lb).


Propain Rage CF
The massive headtube holds a reach adjusting headset that allows for 10mm of change in either direction.
Propain Rage CF
The chainstay chip can be flipped to create either a 445 or 459mm chainstay length.


One of the most interesting design elements it the use of Propain's own reach adjust system, which allows the reach of the bike to be adjusted by 10mm in either direction. Instead of using cups that need to be pressed in, Propain's design relies on notched cones that snap into place, which makes it nearly impossible for the parts to shift over time. Rather than offering four different frame sizes, Propain has a S/M and a L/XL – the reach adjust system effectively allows one frame to cover two sizes. This likely helped Propain avoid the costs of opening up more carbon molds than they needed to, but it's a completely understandable tactic.


Propain Rage CF

The Rage CF is one of, if not the first downhill bikes on the market to go with metric spacing for the rear shock, in this case a Fox Float X2 that measures 250 x 75mm. That does mean that initially the number of options will be limited, but expect that to change fairly quickly as more manufacturers update their offerings. The bike's 210mm of rear travel is delivered by Propain's distinctive dual link design, which has the shock oriented vertically, just in front of the rear wheel. A carbon fiber mud guard is in place to protect it from flying debris.

A limited number of bikes will be available this fall – the version pictured above, complete with a Fox 40 DH Factory fork, SRAM X01 drivetrain, Magura MT7 brakes, and Zelvy carbon wheels, is available for pre-order for 4999 €.





109 Comments

  • + 165
 Thats one good looking bike.
  • + 168
 Wasnt due for a wank at this hour... But one cant hurt.
  • + 2
 459mm chainstay?
  • + 23
 @chillrider199: it's always wank time mate Smile
  • - 22
flag fercho25 (Sep 1, 2016 at 9:53) (Below Threshold)
 Not as good loking as Peter Sagan.
  • + 24
 finally room for a water bottle!
  • + 9
 Giggity
  • + 3
 Looks a lot like the Polish Antidote. I love this concept though, centering all of the mass low and back in the frame so your feet directly translate into action on the bike. Those chain stay numbers are unacceptable for me on a 27.5" bike with 29ers running a full 2cm shorter, but I can't give the full rant until I get on one...
  • + 5
 Can you smoke wile riding or will it blow up in 420 different directions ?
  • + 1
 Pro pain Pro gain !
  • + 2
 @siderealwall2: I haven't rode a lot of the new bikes out with the boost and shorter chainstay deal, but really? My SJ evo 29 has 455 CS length, and I can bunny hop it...if I flipped a chip and shortened it to 430 is it going to blow my mind or could I even feel this very change??? Guarantee next wave of bikes will be 450+ CS lengths
  • + 2
 @properp: I own a 26" Kona with 420 stay's and it is rocking! Blow's mind's but I'm only thinking it does 360 different directions per wheel.
  • + 0
 @sjdeweese: I thought long chain stay's were the bomb, but one ride on the Kona changed me. Bought a dreamliner and a following on just that one short cs bike. It whips, rolls, and manuals sooooo good. I can feel even a 1mm change in chain stay now. Short is good.
  • - 1
 sex on wheels
  • + 41
 That's a ton of bike for 5000 euros, that's nicer than most the big four's top spec'd DH rigs! definitely interesting.
  • + 38
 All i can think of is Jim Lahey, Propain, Propain..... Propain Propain....
  • - 2
 Or, Tattoo yelling, "Da plane, da plane!"
  • + 10
 I AM THE LIQUOR!
  • + 10
 @Killrockstar: Ya pissed yerself again bud....
  • + 17
 @s-dub: A little drinky poo never hurt anyone Ran
  • + 8
 Or Eric Clapton, "She don't like, she don't like, she don't like, Propain."
  • + 25
 Hank Hill. "Propain and propain accesories".
  • + 5
 It's pretty simple.. It doesn't take rocket appliances to figure out.
  • + 24
 If you own this bike, would you be considered... King of the hill?
  • + 5
 Only if you got yet Propain with the deluxe Propain accessory kit and barbecue.
  • + 14
 If you really think about it, its genius for the reach adjustments headset. For a smaller company like propain, the molds are super expensive so this kills two birds with one stone, gives multiple sizes and keeps cost low for them and consumer
  • + 1
 Thought about this idea quite a few years back and still wonder why more companies arent doing this. Makes so much sense to have some kind of oval insert that can tailor the length of the bike between sizes.
  • + 14
 For a second there that frame on the background threw me off. Smile
  • + 9
 I wouldn't kick that out of my bed for eating crackers!
  • + 6
 What a stunning bike! Great price clever ideas with all the geo adjustments, and potentially one of the lightest dh bikes on the market.
  • + 7
 I read the title as propane. Finally a BBQ inspired dh bike
  • + 4
 Man, Orange is THE color this year...

Good for me, because I love orange, and I get to be "stylish" for a year. Then it's back to being the "dude with the loud kit".
  • + 2
 Looks like the lower pivot is influencing the extra chainstay length, it sits just in front of the wheel... a few mm up or down would bring the wheel in a little, but supple suspension vs a poppy rear is a toss up. I really like the thinking behind shocks mounted between the upper & lower pivot, keeping any influence off the front triangle and letting the rear suspension operate independently, never cared for a shock shoving against the frame as it damps the rear.
  • + 6
 Where's Hank Hill? I need some Propain and Propain accessories...
  • + 3
 Is it only me or it is just too polite audience to say that colors are identical to gambler 10 2016/2014? Even labels on the rims are same color as syncross on gambler.
  • + 4
 Sub 7lb frame weight? I could see someone building a sub 30lb DH bike with this....
  • + 2
 Why is the Dirt / Propain team not using this frame? They are still on he old yellow bikes this weekend.

Propain not carrying on supporting the team next season maybe?
  • + 1
 Maybe X-Fusion hasn't gone metric yet. So they would have compatibility issues. Maybe they are running custom geos too.
  • + 2
 What a beautiful bike!!!
I couldn't find the this particular carbon model on their website to pre-order.. Could you guys post the proper link?
  • + 3
 C3H8. Hope it ices up on the outside the longer you ride it.
  • + 1
 With a name like that for a bike, I expect to be able to cook me a fat ass steak and some scrimps on the bike while I whip on down the mountain!
  • + 1
 Looks good ,would look much better with any thing but FUX! Love seeing more manufactures in the game. The more competition the lower the prices.
  • + 4
 beauty
  • + 2
 colour. coordination. overload.

on that note, do those kash 40's look a bit more orangey than normal...?
  • + 1
 The headset cups snap in?
Great. Sounds guaranteed to creak and oval out the headtube at some point.
But maybe not. But probably.
  • + 2
 Interesting, it looks very much inspired by the Antidote Lifeline in terms of suspension.
  • + 1
 That bike is suh-weet. Hate to tell ya though, that fender will not offer that much protection from the rear tire for the shock.
  • + 9
 I think the fender is there to protect the tire from the shock
  • + 2
 I prefer the aluminium Solid Strike EVO over this pice of plastic.
  • + 2
 Sweet looking bike. They have my attention
  • + 1
 This might just fit the bill for my new DH bike. Great looking bike. Very sexy tup
  • + 2
 Can you smoke wile riding or will it blow up in 420 different directions ?
  • + 1
 Look forward to seeing a video of Phil Atwill shredding the f*** out of one of these hopefully soon!
  • + 1
 "The massive headtube holds a reach adjusting headset that allows for 10mm of change in either direction" - LEFT Wink
  • + 0
 I imagine we'll see very very very few of these running the stock brakeset garbage.
  • + 1
 Love the look of this...!
  • + 0
 Looks great but - 459mm chain stay, would people realistically want that? Must be stable but mega hard to manual?
  • + 6
 The Dirt Propain team don't seem to be having any problems with manuals. www.pinkbike.com/video/440936
  • + 1
 @DirtyDee: Yeah but the current chain stay length in the Rage this year is 445mm , 459mm is a big difference . Dont think there's a DH rig on the market with a chain stay that huge!!!
  • + 3
 @AlexJ23: Phil told me he is on special dropouts for the aluminum frame which extends the chainstays over 460mm, i didn't get the exact number. And he isn't the only one on the circuit with that long chainstays
  • + 1
 "The chainstay chip can be flipped to create either a 445 or 459mm chainstay length."
Should be doable for someone who isn't a baddie, as I don't have any problems with my old Nukeproof Mega with 440 stays, and I'm a midget who's awful at manuals.
  • + 1
 Seems like the V10 and the old Giant DH Team mafe a son.....
  • + 1
 ...Hmmmm, they dont ship to the US! Wassup with that?
  • + 1
 Propane, propane...propane, propane...it's time to start the game."
  • + 1
 There is a water bottle mount, right?
  • + 1
 Does Hank Hill sell these?
  • + 1
 Sweet! Clean, simple, whats not to like.
  • + 1
 5000 euros !?? Take my money!!!
  • + 2
 Mmmm Looks hawt
  • + 1
 Are we gonna see the team on them this weekend?
  • + 1
 I wonder if it smells like hard boiled eggsSmile
  • + 1
 Beautiful bike.
  • + 1
 Looks like a SOLID
  • - 3
 Not
  • + 1
 But better
  • + 0
 more like a v10
  • + 1
 @celedonio: agree
  • + 1
 V10 specialy in the rear end
  • + 0
 It's more like that the solid stuff looks like this!
guess where solid grabed their initial suspension design idea from Wink
  • + 1
 @mopedmann:
Suspension design of the solid strike is actually way older than those of propains rage cf. If you take a look at the doubledragon destructor/ reichmann engineering rip you will see that the engineer responsible for the suspension of the solid strike has developed his design far earlier than propain. (When propain still used their split seattube-design)
In addition to that the designs are quite different (floating shock vs fixed shock on one side, constant low progressivity vs high progressivity at the end of travel (rage cf - strike)).
So claiming that solid grabed their suspension idea from propain is plain wrong.
  • + 1
 Very good.
  • + 1
 Hot
  • + 1
 must be 27 lbs
  • - 1
 The propain does not look like a session. It looks like a v10
  • - 1
 Possibly the worst named bicycle company of all time. But nice bike.
  • + 8
 Nah. I personally consider Da Bomb worse.
  • - 1
 That shock is going to get absolutely trashed
  • + 2
 I'd been kinda thinking the same thing, but after seeing some in real life and not particularly perfect conditions, I'm starting to think otherwise.
Still not 100% convinced
  • + 5
 The Solid Strike has a similar set-up and the damper is just fine. So it seems there is nothing to worry about.
  • + 0
 @mtb-journal: with a coil shock I wouldn't be too concerned, but with the X2 air style can you imagine the rocks and dust and mud from being down there? It must need to be serviced a lot, especially on a DH rig. I've always liked the shock in the front triangle, out of harm's way.
  • + 2
 @chrisingrassia: My girlfriend has got a bike with a similar layout (Propain Tyee), and I can tell you that it's perfectly fine. No rocks or mud comes even close to the shock thanks to the fender. So nothing to worry about.
  • + 1
 It's got a massive fender
  • - 2
 Basically VPP
  • - 1
 Looks like a Santa Cruz
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