Archive for August, 2013

2014 Transition bikes Sneak Peak from Eurobike!

Since it’s officially Day 1 at Eurobike, We thought we would give our real fans a lil sneak peak before the gates opened on what we’ve been working on this year. A few of the new models we are unveiling including the only Prototype of the completely redesigned TR450 with a fresh ANVL Components trim kit!

Stay tune for more updates!

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Cove Hummer Ti!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Titus Cove Hummer Ti!
A hard tail bike isn’t light enough? The Cove Hummer Ti is even lighter!

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Read on..

Complete build of a Cove Hummer Ti.

Upfront of the complete set up.

Xfusion Velvet for the shock.

15QR for the stiffer front end.

The Ti finish head badge.

Cockpit with Shimano XTR shifter and brakes.

Servo Wave technology on the XTR.

Front drive train with Shimano XTR crankset.

Rear transmission with Shimano XTR shadow rear derailleur and cassette.

Hope pro 2 evos hubs with ZTR flow rims.

Cooling fin in the Shimano XTR caliper.

The Hummer.

Fizik Ti rail saddle and Thomson Elite seatpost.

Components List
Frame: Cove Hummer Titanium Medium
Fork: XFushion VelVet RL
Headset: Chris King Nothreadset
Wheels: Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs on ZTR Flow rim and DT Swiss DB spokes
Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 Front and Rear
Bar: Ragley Wiser riser bar
Grip: Soft Grip
Crank: Shimano XTR crankset in 175mm
Brake: Shimano XTR Disc Brakes
Rotor: Braking 180mm front and 160mm rear
Stem: Point One 31.8 clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite Seatpost
Pedal: Shimano XTR SPD pedals
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11t – 34t
Shifters: Shimnano XTR Shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR Shadow
Front derailleur: Shinao XTR
Chain Guide Device: Nil
Chain: Shimano XTR chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Pivot’s All-New Mach 6: Any shock down the road!

While the new Pivot Mach 6 uses the dw-link rear suspension, this version is optimized for longer travel and signals a big departure that isn’t like anything else in the current Pivot line. Designed around the use of 27.5-inch wheels, it is built with the singular purpose of riding high-speed aggressive terrain (both up and down). The Mach 6 features a new generation of the long travel dw-link design. That rear suspension delivers 6.1-inches of travel, a 13.6-inch bottom bracket height, longer top tubes, lower standover, and a 66 degrees head tube angle, built around a carbon frame.

Little touches you expect from Pivot include internal top tube cable routing, internal dropper post routing and ISCG 05 tabs.


  • 6.1-inches travel from the next generation dw-link suspension design with position-sensitive anti-squat.
  • All New upper linkage design provides additional control over the suspension curve.
  • This new Mach 6 linkage design also eliminates the rear shock bushing; replacing it with two large Enduro max cartridge bearings. This is compatible with most shocks so it does not require a proprietary shock design.
  • The new Mach 6 linkage design was one of the keys to achieving short 16.9-inch chainstays and 6.1 inches of rear travel while clearing 27.5” X 2.35” tires.
  • Pivot exclusive hollow box, high-compression internal molding technology.
  • Pivot specific, custom tuned Fox Float or Float X CTD shock technology.
  • Internal top tube shift cable routing and down tube dropper seat post routing.
  • Rubberized leather chainstay, inner seat stay, and down tube protectors.
  • 142mm X 12mm thru-axle, ISCG05 tabs, Press Fit 92BB, direct mount front derailleur, post mount brake tabs.

This is a very cool trick. By rotating the shock body (1), Pivot connects it to a wishbone link (2) to the dw-link rear suspension (3). Where other designs have used a similar link, it required a proprietary shock (a shock designed just for one model). Pivot’s trick, one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas, allows the Mach 6 owner the freedom to swap to pretty much any production shock down the road.

Available in stores soon.

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Titus Motolite TI EXO!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Titus Motolite TI EXO!
A legend Motolite frame with Titanium and Carbon bits from the USA.

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Read on..

Complete build of the Titus Motolite TI EXO.

Upfront of the complete build.

Front damper with Fox Float.

Shimano XTR crankset and SPD for the pedaling.

Rear transmission with Shimano XTR rear derailleur and cassette.

Wheels on Chris King hubs.

Hope tech brakes and floating rotors.

Chris King ceramic bottom bracket.

The Titanium EXO gride carbon.

Cockpit with Shimano XTR shifter and Hope tech brakes.

Titus USA head badge.

Components List
Frame: 2010 Titus Motolite TI EXO Medium
Fork: 2010 Fox 32 Float RLC
Headset: Chris King Nothreadset
Wheels: Chris King hubs on DT Swiss XR4.2D rim and Wheelsmith DB14 spokes
Tires: Continental Race King 2.2 Race Sport Front and Rear
Bar: Easton Monkey Lite riser bar
Grip: Spank lock on Grip
Crank: Shimano XTR crankset in 175mm
Brake: Hope Tech Disc Brakes
Rotor: Hope Tech Floating Disc 180mm front and rear
Stem: Thomson Elite 25.4mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite Seatpost
Pedal: Shimano XTR SPD pedals
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11t – 34t
Shifters: Shimnano XTR Shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR Shadow
Front derailleur: Shinao XTR
Chain Guide Device: Nil
Chain: KMC X9 SL gold chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Transition TR250!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Transition TR250!
Free ridding with a DH platform.

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Read on..

Complete bike of the Transition TR250.

Upfront of the build.

FSA tapered headset.

Shimano Saint hubs.

MRP Min G2SL chain guide with Shimano Saint crankset.

Shimano XT rear derailleur.

Rear Hope hubs.

The one and only TR250 linkage for the aggressive feel.

Avid juicy 7 brakes for the stopping.

Fox DHX RC4 rear shock.

Details on the decals.

Marzocchi 888 fork.

Components List
Frame: 2013 Transition TR250 Medium
Fork: 2006 Marzocchi 888 RC
Headset: FSA tapered sealed headset
Wheels: Front Saint hubs with Rear Hope hubs on Mavic 729 and DT Swiss competition spokes
Tires: Intense 909 2.5 Front and Rear
Bar: Truvativ riser bar
Grip: ODI Ruffian lock on Grip
Crank: Shimano Saint single ring crankset in 170mm
Brake: Avid Juicy 7 Disc Brakes
Rotor: Shimano Saint front 203mm centerlock and Hayes V8 rear 203 6 bolt rotor
Stem: Direct mount stem 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Titec Seatpost
Pedal: Atomlab Trailking pedals
Cassette: Sram 11t – 25t
Shifters: Sram Shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT
Front derailleur: Nil
Chain Guide Device: MRP Mini G2SL
Chain: KMC 9 speed chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Pivot’s New DH Bike!

Pivot team manager and DH Pro Bernard Kerr received the first production version of their 2014 frame – air-freighted from the factory – and it is a huge departure from the Phoenix it will soon replace. Bernard built it up immediately and was returning from his first hot lap on the bike when we caught up with him. The new chassis is designed specifically around 27.5 inch wheels, for starters, and it features X-Fusion suspension front and rear. Bernard said the graphics and component spec was not production and that Pivot was still settling on a proper name for the bike. He was impressed with the bike’s performance from the start and was keen to get back on the mountain. The following is as much of the story as we could piece together in the brief time we had to get some spy photos.

The profile of Pivot’s new DH bike is much simpler than that of the Phoenix. The dual-link rear suspension is retained, but the shock is now driven by a large yoke and mounts to the down tube instead of at the bottom bracket junction, presumably to flatten out the suspension’s leverage curve. The long-stroke X-Fusion Vector HLR shock suggests that the suspension also has a lower leverage rate than the Phoenix as well.

What We Know About the Frame Design

The new chassis is longer, lower and slacker than its predecessor. Reportedly, the top tube is a half-inch longer, the bottom bracket is slightly lower than the Phoenix, and the head angle is slacked out to 62-degrees. The seat tube is a stub, welded to a large, two-piece welded forging that carries the pivot locations for the rear suspension and also forms the bottom bracket shell. Pivot pioneered the technique of manufacturing critical parts of the frame from thin, matching halves that are then welded together to form a lightweight structure with precise locations for key components. The dropouts are bolted to the rear suspension and the left-side dropout incorporates the brake caliper mount – all suggesting that a 26-inch-wheel option may be available in the form of a different shock and dropout combination. The through-axle screws into a machined nut on the drive side that also integrates the derailleur hanger. Up front, the tapered head tube has no form of adjustable cup, which seems to be a growing trend now that slack steering geometry has moved from trend to science. Cable routing is external, but all cables and hoses run cleanly through a tunnel on the down tube formed by the shock mount. As a nod to the future, the down tube has a port to route a Reverb Stealth-type dropper seatpost.

(Clockwise) A look at new DH bike’s oversized suspension linkage. No news on the bearing strategy, although Pivot is a fan of large ball bearings and wide, rigid pivot locations. Unlike the similar yoke setup that Specialized uses, which requires a dedicated shock, Pivot’s yoke arrangement attaches to a conventional shock eye, which means that the customer has more options for future upgrades. The last run of derailleur housing is routed through the right chainstay to keep it out of trouble. The bolt-on dropout incorporates the brake caliper mount.

Suspension Notes

Mechanically, the suspension linkage creates an instant center that is high and forward at the beginning of the suspension travel, suggesting that the new configuration is intended to perform better than its predecessor on square-edged bumps. Rear travel is listed as 207 millimeters. The nature of the suspension curves was not known, but the bike feels very plush through the first half of its travel. X-fusion is the suspension sponsor of the Pivot Team, so we got an up close and personal look at the new RV1 DH fork. The lowers looked like production items, although both crowns were CNC-machined prototypes – a tipoff that the fork offset was adjusted for 27.5-inch wheels at the crown and not by altering the dropout castings. Bernard says that he and the other team members have been impressed with the performance of X-Fusion’s shock and fork, and also by the support that the X-Fusion factory has provided them.

A few details of the X-Fusion RV1 DH fork showing the prototype machined crowns. Spank Components is a co-sponsor of the team, so the direct-mount stem, handlebar and prototype DH rims were all Spank’s Spike-level items.

We were not told who was going to be racing the new Pivot – either Austin Warren or Bernard Kerr – but from all accounts, the bike is ready to do battle in its present form, and with Whistler’s trail network in rougher shape than it normally is at this time of the year, the big wheels should play a supporting role in the race this weekend. Pinkbike will keep you updated as we get more information on Pivot’s new DH weapon. – RC

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Cratoni MTB Helmets are in!!

2013 Cratoni C-Blaze Helmet
Our C-BLAZE is characterized by an attractive prize performance ratio and an outstanding finish. Perfect fit and wearing comfort is achieved through our reliable 360° adjustment system and additional height adjustment sidewards.

2013 Cratoni C-Smart Helmet
The advantages of this all-round helmet become clear when it is worn. The Cratoni C-Smart Mountain Bike Helmet impresses with the high level of comfort and the extremely streamlined design. That certain look of understatement in elegant colours makes this light helmet an ideal companion for travel in urban areas or a weekend trip on a trekking bike.

2013 Cratoni C-Stream Helmet
12 air vents, Inmold construction, a removable visor and an insect protective net speak for itself. Due to our 360° adjustment system and the additional available XXL size (59–65 cm) perfect fit is guaranteed. A particular feature of the C-STREAM is its already mounted rear light with a transparent cover against rain and dirt.

2013 Cratoni C-Tracer Cycle Helmet
The C-Tracer is THE alternative for ambitions hobby-bikers with an unbeatable prize. 21 oversized vents, detachable visor and state-of-the art design make the C-Tracer an ideal companion on your way to the peak. High quality Coolmax® pads allow optimal wearing comfort also on the way back to the valley.

2013 Cratoni Rocket Helmet
The ROCKET is one of the lightest Mountainbike helmets CRATONI has ever developed. The fact alone makes the helmet the first choice for demanding cross country and marathon bikers. Mountain bikers can keep a cool head on hard climbs thanks to the good ventilation performance and the breathable COOLMAX inner lining. A polycarbonate reinforcement at the rear of the helmet make up for additional safety. The style and hip design follow current trends to strike the right tone among mountain bike enthusiasts.

Grab yours in stores now!

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Straitline products are in again!

Straitline AMP Ti Axle Flat Pedals
The AMP pedals share the same internals as the DeFacto. Proven over time so why change a thing! Rebuilds are universal across both designs!

  • Weight: 272 g (pair)

Straitline AMP Cro-Mo Axle Flat Pedals
The AMP pedals share the same internals as the DeFacto. Proven over time so why change a thing! Rebuilds are universal across both designs!

  • Weight: 324 g (pair)

2013 Straitline AMP Stem
The Straitline AMP stems are designed to be light-weight yet rugged enough for the most demanding freeride applications.
“The AMP uses a fully closed, shaped edge for strength and clearance in the corners”

2013 Straitline Pinch Clamp Stem
The new Straitline stem is a perfect fusion of form and function. Combining stylization more commonly seen on high-end sports cars, with the simplicity of traditional pinch clamp designs. The split pinch clamp offers weight reduction and added clamping force. The stem has tremendous torsional rigidity, due to a combination of its extra wide boxy cross section and the use of 6mm high strength alloy steel fasteners, at a ridiculously low weight.

2013 Straitline Ultra Direct Mount Boxxer Stem
Inspired by Canadian DH champion Drew Mitchell, the new Straitline direct mount stem is ultra short, ultra light and ultra rigid. Designed for the rider that wants the shortest possible setup.

2013 Straitline Silent Guide
Straitline chainguides are the product of several years of effort. We designed this chainguide to be extremely light, rugged and maintenance free! Our guides are virtually silent due to our proprietary elastomeric guides. You will forget you are even using a chainguide!

2013 Straitline Race Ring
Hard anodized for extreme wear resistance in harsh environments. For the ultimate performance, use with the Straitline Silent Guide.

2013 Straitline Bash Ring – Serrated
Bash rings are a useful item on trails that have obstacles, big or small. They take the place of a big chainring that would get hung up on roots, rocks, or logs, and they protect the middle and granny rings from damage. On the Shore, they’re basically a necessity. Street riders also put them to good use when they’re doing grinds or stalls.
Straitline offers two different styles of 104mm, four-bolt bashguards: serrated and octagonal. The octagonal bash rings are slightly concave, to provide a better balance point for sprocket stalls. You can choose from black, ti grey, pink, white, or limited-edition X-ray colours.

2013 Straitline Seat Clamp
Our beautifully ctrafted seatpost collars utilize a barrel nut for more uniform clamping. As uusual available in all our colours.

Available in stores now! Grab them fast while stock last!

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The new Mach 6 27.5 and LES 27.5 will fit down to 4’11”!

Great to hear that asian would be able to perfect fit the upcoming new 2014 Pivot frames!

What size frame should I ride?

Mach 6 Carbon

  • X-Small: 4’11”-5’5
  • Small: 5’4.5″-5’9″
  • Med: 5’9- 6′
  • Large: 5’11-6’2″
  • X-large 6’2+


  • Small: 5’6″-5’10”
  • Med: 5’9″-6’1″
  • Large: 6’1″-6’4″
  • X-large: 6’3″+

LES 27.5

  • X-Small: 4’11”-5’5
  • Small: 5’5″-5’9″
  • Med: 5’9- 6′
  • Large: 5’11-6’2″

Stay tune for the new arrival of 2014 Pivots!

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Pivot M4X – Tested!

While 4X racing may have slipped out of the limelight it once enjoyed as part of the UCI World Cup, the 4X Pro Tour has been taking up the slack, and the Sea Otter dual slalom continues to be a fan favorite. To meet the needs of four-cross racers and dirt jump/slopestyle riders looking for a stiff, short travel bike, Pivot created the M4X. With 100mm of travel utilizing a dw-link suspension design, the M4X is purpose built for quick cornering and snappy gate starts. Available as a frame only for $2399, building up the bike as tested brings the price up to $4999. With pedals, our complete size large M4X weighed in at 29 pounds.

Pivot M4X Details
• Intended use: 4X / dual slalom racing
• 26″ wheels
• ISCG 05 mounts
• Tapered head tube
• Rear wheel travel: 100mm
• dw-link suspension
• 12 x 142mm rear axle
• Size: small, large
• Weight: 29lbs with pedals
• MSRP: $2399 USD (frame only)

Frame Construction and Geometry
Frame stiffness was high on the priority list when designing the M4X. In four-cross and slalom racing, where every millisecond counts, and getting a good snap out of the gate is crucial, it’s imperative that a frame be as stiff and responsive as possible. To accomplish these goals, the rear triangle of the M4X’s aluminum frame is braced on each side, and is connected with two short links (the upper link is constructed from carbon fiber) to the main frame, while the threaded bottom bracket shell and main pivot attachment point are constructed from one piece of aluminum that is welded to the down tube and seat tube. The lower pivot link has the bearings positioned as far outboard as possible to resist any flex under hard pedalling, and a tapered headtube and a 12×142 rear thru axle are also in place to further aid with strength and stiffness. The large tube diameters found on the M4X are based off of shapes used on the Firebird, Pivot’s longer travel all-mountain bike. Cables are routed along the underside of the down tube, and include routing for a dropper post.

Using Dave Weagle’s dw-link suspension design, the M4X’s rear triangle is connected by two short links to the main frame The upper link is made from carbon fiber, and the lower, blue link is aluminum.

Suspension Design
Pivot uses Dave Weagle’s famed dw-link suspension design throughout their full suspension bike lineup, and the M4X is no exception. “Anti-squat” is the key term to remember when thinking about a dw-link – this design is intended to be more resistant to pedalling induced suspension movement earlier on in its travel, which is when most hard pedal inputs occurs – it’s not very common to find oneself pedalling hard with the rear shock nearly bottomed out. The overall suspension feel of the M4X is intended to be firm, with enough give to suck up a hard landing, while at the same time providing enough of a platform to dive into corners and pop off the lips of dirt jumps. Fox’s 15mm thru-axle equipped dirt jump specific 831 fork handles front suspension duties, while a Float CTD takes care of the rear.

Kashima-coated Fox suspension is found front and rear on the M4X, with the Float CTD in the rear and an 831 CTD ADJ in the front.


  • Rear Shock Fox Float CTD
  • Fork Fox 831 CTD ADJ
  • Cassette Shimano XT
  • Crankarms Shimano XT w/ 36T Saint chainring
  • Chainguide E*13 LG1
  • Bottom Bracket Shimano
  • Chain Shimano HG94
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Saint
  • Shifter Pods Shimano Saint
  • Handlebar Gravity Light – 800mm
  • Stem Gravity Gap 45mm
  • Grip Pivot lock-on
  • Brakes Shimano XT
  • Wheelset DT Swiss Tricon FX 1950
  • Tires Kenda Nexcavator 2.35″
  • Seat WTB
  • Seatpost KS LEV 125mm

It only takes a few minutes of trail time to recognize how well the M4X gains speed – pump through a section of rollers and it’s like firing the afterburners on a fighter plane, creating that extra boost needed to rocket out of a berm and into the next section of trail.

Handling and Geometry
Acceleration aboard the M4X was quick and snappy, and even during out of the saddle sprints the suspension remained unaffected by pedalling forces. It only takes a few minutes of trail time to recognize how well the M4X gains speed – pump through a section of rollers and it’s like firing the afterburners on a fighter plane, creating that extra boost needed to rocket out of a berm and into the next section of trail. A look at the bike’s geometry numbers reveals where these handling attributes come from. With a 67.5 degree head angle combined with a 12.5” bottom bracket height and 16.5” chainstays, this bikes is made for railing turns like there’s no tomorrow. The M4X remained very controllable at high speeds, and partial credit for this stability likely goes to the 23.5” top tube of the size large frame, which is slightly longer than what is typically found on more dirt jump specific full suspension bikes

Since our test bike came equipped with a dropper post, we did take the M4X away from the dirt jumps and pump tracks and into the woods, where as long as the terrain didn’t get too chopped up and technical it made for a playful little trail bike. The M4X rides closer to a hardtail than a plush, bump sucking all-mountain rig, and takes a good deal more finesse to keep it on line when the trail turns technical, but the stiff frame does make it respond quickly to rider input. Smoother, jump and berm filled trails were where the M4X shone, bobbing and weaving like a champion boxer. Fit wise, we wouldn’t want to take this bike on long epics, since it felt at times like we were pedalling a kid’s bike, but shorter riders could likely get away with using the M4X as a trail bike.

Wide bars, a short stem and a low slung frame make the M4X easy to handle in the air.

The jet analogy continues to hold true regarding jumping on the M4X, with the bike blasting into the air with ease, even on steep, lippy jumps. Compared to a super-short dirt jump or slopestyle specific bike a little more effort is required to navigate tightly spaced jumps, the type where the transition of one jump almost touches the takeoff of the next, but it didn’t take long to adapt to the M4X’s handling characteristics. The 800mm wide Gravity bars combined with the low top tube height meant that minimal effort was required to maneuver the bike in the air, whether it was to get sideways for style points or to line up for re-entry after hitting a floaty hip jump. The M4X’s suspension is there to soften the blow on mis-judged jumps and drops, but it doesn’t hinder takeoffs, remaining firm to help get the pop required to make it to the landing. The occasions when we bottomed out the suspension were certainly warranted – overshooting every last bit of transition, or coming up slightly short and casing the knuckle of the landing – but the M4X does seem to go through the last portion of its travel rather quickly, with a firmer bottom out feel than we’re used to, leaving no doubt that all 100mm of travel has been used.

A Saint drivetrain, Kenda Nexcavator tires, DT Swiss Tricon 1950 wheels and KS LEV dropper post were part of the M4X’s lust-worthy build kit.

Component Report
• It was interesting to see the M4X come equipped with a KS LEV dropper post. While the bike’s geometry and its firm, 100mm of suspension don’t make the M4X our first choice for all-day epics, the dropper post does gives the M4X additional versatility to access smoother, jump filled trails that require pedalling to get to. The post worked perfectly, and features one of the best feeling and easiest to activate remote levers on the market.

• Although the DT Swiss Tricon 1950 wheels need a special torx spoke wrench to true them, we never had to use it – they stayed straight and true throughout our time on them, and worked well set up tubeless.

• The Saint shifter and rear derailleur worked flawlessly, and the ability to drop two gears with one push was appreciated when trying to gain the extra speed necessary when approaching a jump.

• We’d probably switch out the 2.35″ Kenda Nexcavators for something with a little less tread for riding on hard packed dirt jumps and pump tracks, but on the trails the tires offered predictable grip, and shed mud well in wet conditions, although they suffered a slight loss in cornering traction in dusty, dry conditions.

The M4X is unapologetically built with one goal in mind – to go as fast as possible on 4X and dual slalom tracks, a goal we’d say it easily achieves. In a time where every bike seems to be expected to do it all, a bike built with such a singular purpose stands out. Certainly, the M4X isn’t a slouch on trail rides, and some riders may find it’s all the bike they need, but we’re of the mind set that the M4X is best used for its intended purpose – rallying as fast as possible through berms and over jumps against the clock. The build kit that our test bike came equipped with would be ideal for the rider looking for a bike that’s race ready out of the box – there’s not a component on it that isn’t capable of being piloted to the top of the podium.- Mike Kazimer

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