3 New Carbon 29ers - Eurobike Media Days

Jul 8, 2018 at 1:01
by Paul Aston  
KTM Prowler 29

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The Prowler from KTM is their latest 150mm travel 29" bike. It's not aimed towards full-on enduro racing as it keeps an eye on lightweight and climbing ability. At 12.7kgs for the top of the line Prowler Sonic 12, it's light enough. Fully specced with new 12x speed XTR and Kashima coated Fox Suspension it costs €6799.

Geometry looks on point for intended purpose with three sizes in 445, 461, and 488mm reach sizes, 436mm chainstay, 66.5º head angle and 76.5º seat angle.


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Don't worry though if you don't have that kind of cash to splash, there are more models to choose from down to a sub-€3000 alloy version that shares the same geometry and design.


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NS Define

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These Define prototypes from NS Bikes are an evolution from their Snabb chassis, and now has full carbon frame including in seatstays and chainstays. The frames are the same, but changing the lower shock mount can raise or lower the ride height for 27.5" or 29" wheels. They have also spec'd shorter offset forks than standard, 44mm for 29" and 36mm for 27.5".


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Changing the lower shock mount can raise or lower the ride height for different sized wheels.


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Integrated and adjustable reach headsets aren't new, but I think this is the first one seen on a trail bike, most are found on downhill bikes. The large size will have a reach of 490mm/500mm reach in large size.


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They have created a semi-integrated cable routing system that sits the housing flush in the frame and will be protected by a downtube guard against incoming rocks.


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Here is the model with 27.5" wheels.



BH Lynx 5 LT

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The new Lynx was developed by their team, BH Miranda (Karim Amour, Alex Cure, and Jose Borgés), to take on the Enduro World Series. The Lynx 5 LT has 150mm of travel with a DW Split Link suspension system that has a floating shock driven from either end. The frame uses Ballistic carbon construction with HCIM (Hollow Core Internal Moulding) process, weighing a claimed 2100g without shock for a medium size. Geometry is a 65º head angle and 75.5º seat angle, with a 440mm reach. The frame has internal cable guides, integrated chainstay and the seat stay protectors and downtube guard, all the usual features like Boost spacing, tapered headtube and bottle cage mounts.


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MENTIONS: @ns-bikes



55 Comments

  • + 58
 Climbs like a hard tail, descends like a KTM. Weapon. Mini dh. Long low slack.

There, I just wrote Pinkbike’s review of these three bikes.
  • + 7
 Name it KTM Enduro
  • + 16
 I think you mean "climbs like a goat" and "playful".
  • + 2
 @chyu: They should name is the XC-W like their motos.
  • + 3
 66.5˚ HTA. What is this 2012?
  • + 1
 @kmg0: Same name but not the same company since '80s Wink
  • + 1
 @chyu: Name it KTM Enduro, by Specialized.
  • + 1
 @daugherd: I own a 500 EXC that I love and a Specialized enduro. I know little about KTM's bicycle division - do you think Specialized built the frame ?
  • + 1
 Loving the pivot hardware on that KTM.
  • + 1
 @gonebiking1: I heard that Specialized just contracts out to the lowest bidder when having most of their bikes made for them.
  • + 1
 @gonebiking1: Nah, just looks very similar to a 29'r Enduro, was being cheeky.
  • + 31
 That semi internal routing is really a neat idea.
  • + 48
 After one wet ride it'll be fully intergrated in mud.
  • + 9
 @jclnv: "They have created a semi-integrated cable routing system that sits the housing flush in the frame and will be protected by a downtube guard against incoming rocks."

I would buy this just for the cable routing.
  • + 11
 Didn't Canyon already do that?
  • + 1
 @Nairnster: indeed
  • + 8
 @Nairnster: And GT, hopefully a trend that continues and ends internal routed BS.
  • + 2
 @b1k35c13nt15t: Internal routing is fine if it's implemented well. Go check the new Stumpjumper. Even the alloy model has the easiest cable routing (internal or external) I've ever worked on. No crappy zap straps, easier to clean, no cables wearing off your paint etc.
  • + 1
 I agree 100%.
The routing gives me the consumer the choice of what side to route the cabling to the levers. I love them when they travel on the opposite side so there's no bunch up or bending.
  • + 0
 @jclnv: I agree it looks nicer but I really hate the under bb routing after an incident a decade ago when the cabling ripped up in a rock garden leaving me with a major tech issue in deep.
  • + 1
 @jclnv: So does the new Capra, push it in one side and it comes straight out the other.
  • + 23
 NS is a very underestimated brand. No gimmicks. They just work
  • + 7
 Gutted they stopped the soda EVO, that was my dream trail bike
  • + 1
 The reach on that! What would XL/XXL be, or do they only go up to L?
  • + 2
 I wouldn't say underestimated. For me they still haven't found the golden ratio between cost and components. They need more work in that area (a more clever approach). Other than that they are solid bikes. Also, they need a more widely known pro team to promote their stuff. Don't forget that their in house components are solid as well.
  • + 2
 best looker too
  • + 16
 3 bikes so well balanced they stand up on their own.
  • + 6
 Are Hand Dampf's like Nickleback; we all secretly like them?
  • + 5
 No way...they suck a giant D...
  • + 6
 The Hans Dampf’s suck too
  • + 1
 Ok... Now I'm confused! Another site said the NS will be avaiable only as a 29er and that the lower shock mounts allowed to change between 130 and 155mm of rear wheel travel without change the geometry. So???
  • + 1
 I'm sorry. The geo changes, but looks like the Define is a 29er only bike, with two travels: 130 or 150mm.
  • + 1
 @Queixo: That's pretty funny, one of these bike websites got some bad info! Smile
  • + 1
 I'm surprised they haven't caught/updated the article by now...?
  • + 4
 That NS is Hot!!! I want one of those????????????
  • + 1
 Sweet looking headtube interface on the alloy KTM... Nealy as nice as that hose routing on the BH. Would love to see that after a couple wet rides.
  • + 3
 Ballistic Carbon! Bahahahaha
  • + 2
 Do all three bikes shovel the dirt right into the lower pivot?
  • + 1
 I relly like the NS bike, but the cables run on the wrong side of the tube...I dont want to clean them after a muddy ride
  • + 3
 that NS is DOPE
  • + 1
 Saracen Ariel LT runs a reach adjust headset too, just like it’s big bro the Myst.
  • + 3
 That NS!
  • + 1
 I see the shock travel ring on the NS is hanging out about where mine always ends up too
  • + 1
 There's something about the snabb's rocker link that i like. I dont know what, but i love it.
  • + 2
 Finally, NS took the lead to do a dual wheel size bike! Excellent work NS!
  • + 1
 rocky mountain maiden had that with 26 and 27.5
  • + 1
 Damn, these are all dope.
  • + 1
 Is it me or does that BH look amazing in the rain?
  • + 1
 Can we just start calling it whore link instead of horst link
  • - 3
 Am I the only one who is sooooo cheap/poor/jealous of dentists that when I see "carbon frame" I say to myself, "Skip this"?
  • + 1
 Nope, had a few carbon bikes. Current and next will both be alloy.
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