NS Bikes’ New Downhill and Enduro Rigs for 2014!

NS Bikes Fuzz
Prototypes of NS Bikes’ new downhill bike were spotted earlier in the summer underneath the company’s team riders, and now, after a season of testing, the bike is ready for production. The new bike, called the Fuzz, sports an aluminum frame with either 201 or 207mm of travel depending on the rear wheel position. The effective chainstay length alters depending on rear wheel position as well, coming in at either 420 or 438mm. The bike’s true four bar linkage design has the rear shock passing through the rear seat tube before mounting on the rear swing arm, for a design that is intended to minimize brake jack and pedal feedback. With its roomy cockpit and relatively short chainstays, the Fuzz’s geometry is meant to create a stable yet quick handling bike, one that we could see being able to do double duty in the bike park and on the race course. Internal cable routing is in place for riders who wish to use it, but there is also the option of running the housing externally, which can come in handy for emergency equipment swaps on race day.

Two different complete versions of the Fuzz will be available, the Fuzz 1 and the Fuzz 2, as well as a frame only option. The Fuzz 1’s parts package comes equipped with a RockShox Boxxer RC fork and Vivid RC2C coil shock for €3699 (US pricing TBD). The Fuzz 2 is the more budget oriented option, with a kit that includes a RockShox Domain coil fork and a Kage rear shock for €2899. The frame only will run €2139 with a Vivid R2C.

Fuzz details:

  • Intended use: DH/freeride
  • Rear wheel travel: 201 or 207mm
  • Wheel size: 26″
  • Aluminum frame
  • 157x12mm rear hub
  • Internal or external cable routing
  • Frame weight: 3.5kg without shock
  • Head angle: 63.5 degrees, adjustable

The Fuzz has two rear wheel positions, which will change the chainstay length along with the amount of travel. Small details worth mentioning include the bike’s internal routing with wide ports for easy access, and an integrated seatpost clamp.

NS Bikes Snabb
NS also had a new all-mountain bike at the show as well. Called the Snabb (Swedish for fast), the complete bike comes set up with 27.5″ wheels, but has interchangeable dropouts for those who wish to run 26″ wheels, a useful feature for the “You can pry 26″ wheels from my cold, dead hands” crowd. With 163mm of travel, a 66 degree head angle and a true four bar linkage design, the bike looks like it could be a capable bike, one that’s designed to shine on the downhills. Plus, with a frame only option available, riders have the ability to build the bike up as burly or light as they want.

Snabb details:

  • Intended use: all-mountain / enduro
  • 163mm travel
  • Head tube angle: 66 degrees
  • Chainstay length: 433mm

The Snabb uses a true four bar suspension design, and features a tapered headtube and interchangeable dropouts.

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