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Introducing the Instinct MSL

July 03, 2013 Words By brian.

Instinct MSL
Trust it to own the trail

Named after its instinctive ability to tame a variety of terrain, the Instinct MSL is the perfect platform for epic exploration and now features SMOOTHWALL™ carbon construction (designated as “MSL”). RIDE-9™ makes it easy to precisely adjust the geometry and suspension, while its 130mm of SMOOTHLINK™ travel keeps you out of the weeds without bogging you down on the climbs.

Our design objective was to create an extremely versatile frame which meant including RIDE-9™ to adapt geometry and suspension characteristics to a rider’s preference. By including RIDE-9™, the Instinct’s headtube angle varies from 67.7° to 69.3° (66.7° to 68.3° on BC Edition), bottom bracket height varies from 329mm to 348mm (339mm to 358mm on BC Edition), and the suspension rate follows suit (the slacker you go, the more progressive it gets).

Our engineers chose 29 inch wheels for their ability to cover ground efficiently, and a slightly steepened seattube angle to create a bike that climbs aggressively. Throw in a well-defined design objective of getting the cockpit comfortable and agile for maneuverability and you’ll start to see what we mean by extreme versatility.

We designed the suspension layout to have enough support to be an efficient pedalling platform, yet swallow up big hits when the trail gets nasty. By doing this, we increased the versatility of the Instinct for riders looking for a bike that can tackle a 4 hour Marathon race on Saturday, blast through the burly trails on Sunday, and finish up with an all-day backcountry epic on Monday (long weekend eh!).

Technology

SMOOTHWALL™ - One of the most sophisticated carbon processes in the world aimed at delivering the best stiffness-to-weight ride quality and durability.

SMOOTHLINK™ - Neutral and active for full-time traction, and supportive for pedaling efficiency.

ABC™ Pivots - Lighter, more durable and laterally stiffer than conventional bearing systems.

RIDE-9™ - 9 different configurations put the rider in control of their geometry and suspension setup.

Key Features
  • 142mm E-Thru rear axle increases stiffness
  • Internal cable routing keeps cables neatly stowed, with service-friendly ports
  • ISCG-05 tabs give the option of running a rider’s chain device of choice
  • Internal “Stealth” dropper-post routing tucks the housing inside the frame for minimal clutter • BB92 pressfit bottom bracket provides maximum lateral stiffness
  • Frame Weight: 2350g / 5.18lbs (includes shock & hardware)

SEE ALL OF THE NEW INSTINCT MSL MODELS HERE

Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition
Built for our own selfish, smashy needs

We created the Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition to excel on the rugged, technical trails at our doorstep here on Vancouver’s North Shore. We tweaked the spec to better suit our local riding conditions and complemented it with a SMOOTHWALL™ carbon frame. The BC Edition is ready to plow through root-infested terrain and blast our (or your) favourite technical sections with ease.

Key Features
  • DH-width bars provide a more aggressive cockpit for increased control
  • Wider rims provide a bigger footprint, with more rubber on the trail and more wheel stiffness for confident cornering
  • Full Kashima-coated Fox package, featuring a 140mm travel 34 fork and Float CTD rear shock that has been specifically tuned for more aggressive, big hit performance
  • Avid 4 piston Trail brakes give more power and modulation for scrubbing speed when that impossibly steep chute leaves no other options
  • Chainguide and full aluminum bash guard keep things running smoothly when blasting down the trail
  • 142mm E-Thru rear axle increases stiffness
  • Internal cable routing keeps cables neatly stowed, with service-friendly ports
  • Internal “Stealth” dropper-post routing tucks the housing inside the frame for minimal clutter
  • BB92 pressfit bottom bracket provides maximum lateral stiffness

SEE THE NEW INSTINCT MSL BC EDITION HERE

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