First Look: 2022 Propain Rage CF Downhill Bike

Jul 14, 2021 at 7:41
by Seb Stott  

Propain is ready to release a new and improved sixth version of their Rage CF downhill bike. It has been under development for over two years and has been ridden and tested with the Propain Factory Racing team for over a year. We've seen it before, but now the new bike is ready for release. It's got more travel, greater adjustability and less weight, but the most noticeable change is the shock has been moved from behind to in front of the seat tube.
Details
• 215mm rear travel
• 29" or mixed wheels
• 445mm or 460mm adjustable chainstay
• Three sizes
• 16.9Kg claimed weight
• Shock inside the main triangle
propain-bikes.com




The new bike is adaptable to fit either a 27.5" or 29" rear wheel, using a flip chip to accommodate the change in wheel size without affecting the geometry, along with a 29" front wheel. There's no longer a full 27.5" model. The chainstay length can also be adjusted to suit different riding styles or tracks from 445mm or 460mm (the old bike was 459mm only), with a two-position dropout.

George Brannigan Propain
The old bike...
... vs. the new one.

Another important change is the sizing. Previously, you could have a Large or XL Rage in 29"; or a Medium, Large or XL in 27.5", all of which could be modified with a +/-10mm reach-adjust headset. Now there are just three sizes (M, L or XL), all of which use a 29" front wheel and either rear wheel size. These have 440, 465 and 495mm reach measurements, respectively. That makes it slightly longer per size than the outgoing bike even in its longest reach setting. The reach-adjust headset is gone, but the frame is compatible with third-party adjustable headsets.

The geometry in the 29" configuration. With a 27.5" rear wheel, the only change is the BB offset (drop) is 3mm.

The frame sticks with Propain's PRO10 suspension system, which employs two counter-rotating links that compress the shock from both ends. This delivers a generous 215mm of rear wheel travel (the old bike had 210mm in 27.5" and 200mm in 29"). The leverage ratio drops by 38% through the stroke, making it quite progressive.


The bike uses what Propain call Blend Carbon, which they say offers a better balance of strength, stiffness and weight. Claimed weight for a size large frame is 3.7Kg and 16.9Kg for a top-spec size large bike.The internal cable routing now runs through internal channels to ease the replacement of cables in the pits and keep them from rattling on the track. The frame also features stainless steel bearings, bolt-on frame protection, a threaded bottom bracket and a 5 year warranty with a crash replacement scheme.

The Rage CF costs from 3,999 EUR for the "Start" option, which can be upgraded in Propain's online configurator. There's also the Performance and High-end models to choose from.


Rage CF Start

Rage CF Performance

Rage CF High-end

The new Rage CF can be ordered online from today.






144 Comments

  • 196 0
 That is a good looking bicycle.
  • 27 0
 agreed! not a DH guy myself but that is a great looking bike! well done Propain, love that shock integration
  • 29 1
 This bike makes me wish I could justify a dedicated DH rig.
  • 2 0
 Dammed - agree very nice bike! have to think of buying one… next years then
  • 4 0
 Seriously, that blue one is one of the most beautiful dh bikes I've seen.
  • 4 13
flag jrocksdh (Jul 15, 2021 at 14:33) (Below Threshold)
 @bocomtb: if it had a battery....
  • 3 0
 @jrocksdh: Yes it will assault and batter the trail
  • 4 1
 @bocomtb: n+1 is all the justification you need!!!
  • 1 0
 I really want one.
  • 141 2
 I'd like to think that the paywall comments may disappear from the comments section but deep down I know they'll be behind the paywall.
  • 29 59
flag SATN-XC (Jul 15, 2021 at 8:08) (Below Threshold)
 this rant has nothing to do with Propain [nice bike!] but here we goooo.......thought about this last night ....as long as Outside keeps the same PB staff around and doesn't attempt to downsize and/or "stream line" the staff/content to appeal to the corporate overlords...and a paywall guarantees the status quo ...I'm okay with a SMALL subscription (f that's the ONLY way to move forward...argh) so long as non-subscribers can still comment and have access to most of the same stuff. [Note, I don't want to pay for any other Outside access...if I wanted that I would already have a subscription...I don't.]
Strava does this and I'm okay with it...non-members still have access but subscribers get a bit more but its doesn't really exclude anyone from the essence of the app or community. If comments and participation are locked behind a paywall, then the site is done for. I only come here for the community interaction, I can go to any number of sites for product information.
  • 30 1
 @SATN-XC: what I fear is that all the good content will be behind a paywall like the stuff Cathro does, and the free content will just be sponsored stuff.

Then again I don't know anything I just think it's fun to take part in the fear mongering. Same reason I read comments of random internet users shitting on e-bikes lmao.
  • 10 2
 @swenzowski: just hoping the sponsors/manufacturers pressure PB/Outside to not f**k things up after seeing the community backlash. I assume the draw of PB from the manufacturer's standpoint is the audience/community it has (for example, I'm a big fan of OneUp primarily because of its exposure on this site and would never have heard of them if not for the PB community; me and numerous family members have now bought their products because of that). That's no longer going to be the case if Outside neuters the PB community.
  • 1 0
 @SATN-XC: They paid PB owners for our eyeballs and clicks, don't open a crack for the new evil overloads to dig into your pocket every month. That isn't how capitalism is supposed to work. Oh wait.....Nevermind...
  • 2 0
 @SATN-XC: I think I can see where you are coming from. I hope that paying could be optional. I probably would donate to PB, just as I do to my trail network via Trailforks. Hey, call it Trailforks points and PB points. As long as those that can’t afford it get the same access. I don’t need extra features.
  • 8 0
 Not paying $250 for NSB pedals and not paying for content
  • 2 0
 @aaronlelevier: vp vice pedals work pretty good for me.
  • 2 0
 I do think it's weird that we've all come to expect all this content for free, but that's where we are now, and nobody wants to start paying for something that was once free. And all the subscriptions start to add up - whatever your TV streaming service is, online magazines... In an alternative universe, Google didn't appear and monetise our eyeballs, and instead we all paid a fixed fee per month that was distributed between every website we visited. In our universe, we got this mess
  • 52 0
 That rear shock is as long as a monday. Makes the one on my yt tues seem stubby.
  • 35 0
 For a second I though fox had supplied a coilover off a Ford Raptor on the high end version.
  • 1 0
 Captures a certain aura of Monster Truck. Though since we’re on visuals, there’s something deeply weird about seat stays that are longer than the top tube. Just an aesthetic oddity, I’m sure it’s perfectly functional.
  • 5 0
 @dominic54: It certainly looks ready for bad line choices. Wonder if they are going to sell the aluminum frame as a frame only? I swore off carbon dh frames after destroying a kona operator a few years ago.
  • 3 0
 225x75, it's shorter than my Capra's 250x75

(Though you may have just been going for the puns, in which case, carry on)
  • 1 0
 Its just a normal 225x75
  • 1 0
 @pablo-b: Thanks fellas. I guess the vertical layout just made it look really long to me? My YT Tues shock is 267X89.
  • 2 0
 @Struggleteam: yeah, it definitely looks huge!
  • 41 3
 Pay for Pics. Outside is going to turn Pinkbike into OnlyFans
  • 6 0
 @ptylisczak: Just got provisional patent for wbecam based axs dropper control for the livefeeds. Includes 3mo Outside+ Xtreme pass in purchase price.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: it's beautiful
  • 33 2
 shout out to the other bike companies that still make 27.5 DH bikes because they know there's more to big bikes than just racing.
  • 13 2
 I still love my 26
  • 1 0
 well the front wheel has to be 29'', so not full 27.5'' option
  • 3 0
 @theteaser: yeah that's why I'm saying shoutout to the other brands that don't do this shit.
  • 1 0
 If you look at the Fox drawings here: www.ridefox.com/fox17/help.php?m=bike&id=1088 the 29'' fork is only 15mm longer so I wonder if you could use a 27.5'' fork with an external headset cup that compensates for the 15mm?
  • 25 1
 Get a propain torch and burn that contract you just signed with Outside. Cool bike though, glad I didn't have to pay to see it
  • 24 3
 I'm so early, there's no front page image! Wink
  • 192 4
 Probably behind that paywall...
  • 96 2
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  • 3 0
 @pyromaniac: Damn, beaten to the joke by 4 minutes.
  • 22 0
 @pyromaniac: Came for the early morning paywall jokes. Wasn't disappointed. Will be back later to read the article and more paywall jokes.
  • 1 0
 @pyromaniac: came here for this, was not dissapointed, Propain vise will be available someday ever soon in US
  • 3 0
 @HaggeredShins:
I had never heard of Outside or any of the things they owned before buying PB. I guess PB will go the same direction as all their other products, invisible
  • 1 0
 @abzillah: You're not missing anything. They have a TV channel on the Samsung app (came free w/the TV). I tried watching it, but meh.
  • 3 1
 @abzillah: when something dies something else grows in its place
  • 17 0
 If I wanted a downhill bike... that would be the downhill bike I'd want.
  • 17 1
 You know what sells better than this bike? Pinkbike...
  • 1 0
 Define "better". Ugh.
  • 15 3
 Got up this morning and immediately just started thinking about how absolutely sh$tty Outside is. Not even that pissed PB was sold; was eventually going to happen. BUT WHY TO THE SHITTIEST PILE OF OUTSIDE CRAP THAT EVER STUNK.
  • 1 0
 Yeah exactly. Why sell to them????? Ugh
  • 13 0
 Propain just has the prettiest bike line up for me at the moment. what a beauty!
  • 13 2
 From the brilliant minds that bring you a "looks like a session" joke every single bike release, her come the paywall jokes distracting from the release of another great bike!
  • 14 1
 What is funny in the configurator is that you've got to pay _more_ to go from Formula Cura 4 brakes to SRAM Code R brakes...
  • 17 2
 What's great is that the 100€ you'll save by keeping the Cura 4 over Code R is exactly the cost of subscription for 1 year of Outside+ !
  • 2 1
 @AAAAAHHH: coquin.e va, je l'avais pas vu venir
  • 1 0
 I'd take the Formulas over the Maguras, as well.
  • 1 0
 priceless!
  • 7 1
 Not a rant, but:

I bought a Propain Frechdax for my little 6 year old racer and drove half a day to Germany to pick the bike up directly at Propain.

Paid in cash and my little one asked for a few stickers or similar.

Nothing, Nada, Njet! Not even one word to this little fella receiving his first bike and making his day a bit more special. Big fail, no matter how good the bike is, the little one will not remember Propain when he has grown up. it would have been a small investment for Propain to make this little boy happy by making him feel special for 10 minutes while in the Propain warehouse.

Sure, still a good bike but this is not how a brand creates loyal fans.
  • 4 0
 So you’re saying they refused to provide your kid with any Propain accessories? Really missed the opportunity to fire the kid up then. Probably still couldn’t wipe the smile off his grill.
  • 2 0
 @initforthedonuts: well, it was not really about getting something for free, but not even taking a few seconds to interact with your new and (maybe) future customer is just lame.

Kids at his age sometimes are more happy about the sticker or cap they receive on top of it. Strange, but that‘s how kids are Smile
  • 5 0
 79 degree effective, and 69 degree actual seat tube angles on a DH bike? Are they making a super enduro bike here for EWS?

Those are steeper angles than my 150mm travel bike that’s actually designed for pedaling. And seems way steeper than most other DH bikes I’ve looked at.
  • 1 0
 They are making a bike no one sits down on
  • 2 0
 @browner:

That’s my point.

Why bother with a steep sta on a bike hardly anyone will ever pedal. Most DH bikes have a super slack sta, to keep the seat out of the way when riding, so this seems noticeably different.
  • 8 0
 @ocnlogan: maybe for clearance with a 29" wheel in the back?
  • 2 1
 @ocnlogan: maybe it is because they measure the effective sa at a lower height suited for dh instead of at full extension like on enduro bikes
  • 1 0
 @ocnlogan: because they know I will take it as an Enduro. It looks like only DHs have a long CS and balanced reach with a long WB.
My last Propain was the Spindrift, 2017mod. 445cs, 445 reach , super nice..
  • 7 1
 €3999 for the 'Start Build', that's only £3,400, incredible value!

What a minute... plus 20% import duty, plus 14% VAT, plus €199 shipping, now convert to GBP.... £4,750.

Thanks Boris.
  • 11 0
 Worth taking the drive out to Germany, get it covered in mud and save yourself a fortune.
  • 6 1
 Following these first looks at bikes has been very interesting to say the least.
Understanding the ins and outs of these new bikes has been helpful.
Component-wise looks solid.
Kilogram wise, not too bad.
Propain bikes have always been on my wishlist.
After all, I do like propain and propain accessories.
Yearly I look at their catalogue like a kid searching for their perfect christmas present.
Why do like these bikes?
Actually, it's the sleek designs.
Looks are a huge part of it.
Lately, I've been thinking about pulling the trigger on this bike.
Someday.....
  • 6 0
 Thats a comment I can get behind.
  • 9 0
 Deleted photo>
  • 16 1
 Paywall
  • 8 1
 See this bike for 99 cents...(cover image not working)
  • 9 1
 Propaiwall
  • 6 0
 Nah, I'm against paywall Wink
  • 8 2
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  • 2 0
 anyone know pricing on these bikes....I know they are impossible to get right now but trying to eye something for a future purchase down the road. The Hugene looks badass but pricing is TBA on the website.....I assume its probably comparable to Santa Cruz?
  • 4 0
 Nah, they are comparable to commencial I would say. Sometimes higher, sometimes lower, but most of the time with better specs I would say.
  • 4 1
 Friendly reminder that you can get the same info over on vitalmtb.com
Go there and give them some traffic.
Let´s help build them up so we have a place to go after the inevitable pinkbike paywall gets raised.
  • 1 0
 Propain is ready to release a new and improved sixth version of their Rage CF downhill bike. It has been under development for over two years and has been ridden and tested with the Propain Factory Racing team for over a year, similar to our new method of removing the community from our platform, which has slowly been evolving, nevertheless, let's go back to Propain. We've seen it before, but now the new bike is ready for release, also ready for the release, is our new comment section method, which now will be paid for a secured, meaningful and peaceful comment section, back to the bike. It's got more travel, greater adjustability and less weight, but the most noticeable change is the shock has been moved from behind to in front of the seat tube, behind the seat tube, you will find a device, this device will tell you how many miles have you ridden before you will be able to read Pinkbike without the paywall.
  • 1 0
 My Propain Order is already 2 months after it's original delivery date. No update from Propain, their own statement 'our system doesn't allow us to update customers'. Terrible customer service, seemingly great bikes, but who knows seeing as I can't get mine. @propain, some response would be appreciated.
  • 1 0
 I’m sad that they aren’t offering that kobelco blue of the team bike. Unless that performance model is the shade and they just didn’t boost the vibrancy on the marketing shots as much as the pb photog did.
  • 4 0
 the team color is the available badmint
  • 1 0
 @derechtefux: awesome, I thought that might have been the case.
  • 1 0
 I have 2020 Rage and all I can say is that it rides like a dream. Very well planted and stable bike. Headset bearing make some noises pretty fast but thats pretty much the only problem I had with this bike so far.
  • 2 0
 Good looking bike, although I think my next DH bike will have a high pivot. 440 reach for a size large seems pretty short too.
  • 2 0
 Does any manufacture fit a bigger rear shock to a bike?! My wee shock is feeling a bit inferior
  • 3 1
 Why not bottle cage on a DH bike ? This is not very sexy, but I'm sure they not only drink beers at the end of day
  • 1 0
 cannot upvote more
  • 1 0
 due to the amount of rear travel, I think the seat stay (at full compression) would occupy most of the space in the triangle where a bottle would go....not a DH bike owner but that's my guess
  • 2 3
 @nickmalysh: Cannot downvote enough. It's dangerous to do this, the can could pop from all the shaking and drinking while riding is illegal in most US states and I'm sure other countries too. Please rethink your life choices.
  • 3 0
 Best looking bike out there...
  • 4 0
 PAYWALL
  • 3 1
 Came here to read about the new Propain and Propain accessories. Sad nobody beat me to it. This proves that PB is dead.
  • 2 0
 Now taking order for 2023 for 2022 models lol might be available in Canada by 2025
  • 1 0
 This is a bike I'd like to rent when spending the day at Whistler. Although I saw a recent rental (summer 2021) and the bike looked like it was 6yrs old. lol
  • 1 0
 @SATN-XC: yeah but not everyone will pay something just to keep status quo.......status quo is for sure gone, for better or worse
  • 1 0
 Hopefully not true but I'll stay optimistic until changes actually occur. Wonder if PB had some kind of voluntary pay scheme in place prior to the sale this could have all been prevented (the owners did elect to sell after all, it wasn't a hostile takeover). Would feel better paying if I knew the money was staying in-house and not the coffers of Outdoor.
  • 3 0
 Propane and propane accessories, Hank Hill approved.
  • 1 0
 And Trek, Santa Cruz, and Specialized just got dethroned from having the prettiest DH bikes and perhaps the best DH bikes. This Propain looks awesome!
  • 2 0
 Now that is what I call a shock haha
  • 2 0
 That frame has my name all over it, calling my financial advisor now.
  • 2 0
 what ever happened to propain and formula
  • 1 1
 Propain went 'USA.' Rage 27.5 AL that Kaudela just demo'd Dorado on--wiped from catalogue in last day or two
  • 1 0
 They parted ways!
  • 2 0
 one of the best looking dh bikes out there
  • 2 0
 The bikes looks better in the flesh too. Such a pretty bike.
  • 1 1
 What's with size XL DH bikes with a sub-500mm reach? Sure the WB is plenty long but when pointed down a steep, the precious reach evaporates pretty quickly.
  • 2 2
 Somebody at Propain looked at the old bike and and cried "Eureka!" "Guys, I think we could design the frame so the shock sits in front of the seat tube."
  • 2 0
 Gorgeous bike...well done Propain!
  • 1 0
 Only thing that annoys me is that they didn‘t integrate that flip chip for mullet use on the spindrift …
  • 1 0
 But it says in the article that one can change it to mullet.
  • 1 0
 No ride impressions?? Ugh, that's probably going to be available behind a paywall *groan and take poo in toilet*
  • 1 0
 I'm surprised no one has said this yet... but that looks like a Grim Donut. Someone pay Levy his royalties.
  • 2 0
 SEXXYYYY
  • 1 0
 Paywall now please
  • 2 0
 I like it
  • 1 0
 Good luck getting to that rebound knob.
  • 2 0
 Best looking bikes.
  • 3 2
 Outside magazine, the subscription magazine full of ads.
  • 1 0
 That is a proper monster truck rock basher.
  • 1 0
 Such a good looking bike! Makes me wanna own a dh bike again
  • 1 0
 No aluminum version? No frame only?
  • 2 0
 will probably come later down the road. the hugene is only available in carbon and therefore doesn't have the cf at the end of the name, all other bikes have the cf and then came in aluminium too. the rage also has the cf, so I guess there will be the rage al too
  • 1 0
 @derechtefux: the previous generation frame had an Alu option too
  • 1 0
 Yeah I'd be interested in a frame only purchase to replace my 2016 Rage AL. Make it happen Propain!
  • 2 0
 @wburnes: ok propain said there will be no Al version, someone in the german forum called them
  • 2 0
 looks like a spindrift
  • 1 0
 The propain accessories are behind a paywall.
  • 2 0
 #LookslikePaywall.
  • 2 0
 looks like a paywall
  • 1 1
 Just hope there turn around improves iv had 2 mates wait upto 10 weeks for a bike
  • 2 1
 Would look perfect with 27.5 wheels all round..
  • 1 0
 That is a badass looking bike...
  • 1 0
 Last Propain bike, with the cooler looking linkage gone... Frown
  • 1 0
 Propain please come to Canada!
  • 1 0
 Propain again comes out swinging and another KO bike great job
  • 1 0
 This is a bike even my wife will understand why I had to buy it...
  • 1 0
 OPAAAA Bicicletón!
  • 1 0
 Incredible looking bike
  • 1 1
 I like that "shock inside the main triangle" is listed as a feature lol
  • 2 2
 No high pivot? :p

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