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Suzi Q: Ride Fat, Stay Fast

December 19, 2016

  • Intended Use: Fat XC
  • Wheel Size: 27.5 FAT

The new Suzi Q challenges the narrative of slow, plodding fat bikes. Its lightweight carbon frame and narrow Q-factor are more efficient and comfortable than traditional fat bikes, perfect for everything from local singletrack loops to fat bike racing. Short chainstays and extended reach make for a stable and balanced ride that still feels agile.

"This is a seriously nimble whip—not what you're used to from traditional fat bikes. The narrow q-factor is a dream to pedal for big racing efforts, and its short chainstays and extended reach make for balanced, natural handling on singletrack." — Andreas Hestler

Details

  • Full carbon and aluminum models available.
  • 192mm Q-factor is 20mm narrower than standard fat bikes to improve pedalling performance and comfort.
  • 27.5x3.8 tires for improved rollover and lower rotating weight.
  • Fits up to 27.5x4.2 tires (when available, with safe clearance from 770mm x 104mm).
  • Next generation fat bike geometry is longer, slacker, and more agile.
  • Integrated chainstay protector and downtube protector.
  • Di2 electronics-compatible with an internal stealth battery port.
  • Full carbon monocoque fork on the -90°, -70°, and -50° models.
  • Lightweight bolt-on axles save 100g per bike compared to a Maxle.
  • Suspension compatible. A 100mm Bluto at 20% sag maintains the ideal stock geometry.
  • Two bottle cages on the fork, plus two in the front triangle.
  • Front triangle Rivnuts for custom, bolt-on frame bags (not included).
  • 1x specific.
  • Stealth dropper post compatible.
  • Internal cable housing.
  • PressFit BB107 bottom bracket, ZS44|56 headset, 177mm real axle spacing.
  • Sizing: S/M/L/XL.

Geometry

The Suzi Q has a stable and balanced ride that still feels agile, thanks to super short chainstays and a lengthened reach. During the bike's design and testing phases we evaluated a wide variety of geometry and offset combinations to hone its steering dynamics. The result is a bike without any of the "autosteer" instability that plagues other fat bikes.

Wheels

We worked with Maxxis to design a high performance 27.5x3.8 tire and wheel system. Compared to a traditional 26x4 "race fat" system, our 27.5x3.8 tires have a larger outer diameter. That means better rollover performance and plenty of traction, without the added weight and rolling resistance of 26x5 systems. In ski terms, 26x4 tires are traditional camber skis, and the larger diameter 27.5x3.8 tires are early rise tips. No, 27.5x3.8 tires won't let you carve turns in waist-deep powder, but they do roll up over soft snow more easily.

Pedaling

Designed specifically to have a narrow Q-factor, pedaling the Suzi Q is more efficient and comfortable than traditional fat bikes. Whether you're racing the 1,000-mile Alaskan Iditarod Trail Invitational or going for a quick rip on your local single track, the result is a more natural feel with less fatigue and knee strain.

See all the models here. Available in stores now.

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The Slayer is Back!

August 24, 2016

  • Intended Use: Enduro / All Mountain
  • Front Travel: 170mm
  • Rear Travel: 165mm
  • Wheel Size: 27.5”

Designed to lay waste to the world’s roughest trails, the Slayer is back as an all-carbon weapon. From the most aggressive Enduro World Series tracks to bike park laps and big mountain lines, its downhill-bike capability and pedaling responsiveness are matched with an uncanny ability to find and hold speed in rugged terrain. All killer, no filler.

“I’m super fired up that the Slayer is back. A few things really stood out to me through the development process—it pedals incredibly well, carries a ton of speed, and that extra bit of travel is awesome when you really want to rally! I see myself spending a ton of time on this bike." — Thomas Vanderham

Details

  • Full Smoothwall™ carbon frame
  • Ride-4™ adjustability chip for precise geometry adjustments
  • All sizes fit one water bottle inside the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to run Di2 and a dropper post concurrently
  • Max type Enduro cartridge bearing pivots with simplified hardware, Pipelock™ rocker link pivot
  • Shock-eyelet bearings for small-bump sensitivity
  • Single-sided chainstay and seatstay pivots for a narrower rear triangle—eliminates heel rub, even with Boost spacing
  • Metric shock, 230x65
  • 1x specific
  • Clearance for up to 27.5x2.5 “wide trail” tires, and compatible with 26+ tires (26x3.0)
  • Full-length internal dropper post and lockout routing. Internal brake routing in the front triangle, internal tube-in-tube shift routing
  • Oversized downtube ports for ease of cable routing
  • New derailleur hanger design reduces hardware complexity
  • Lightweight bolt-on axle saves 35g compared to a traditional Boost axle
  • PressFit BB92 bottom bracket, ZS44 | ZS56 headset
  • Post-mount 180mm rear brake
  • Max chainring size is 36t
  • Sizing: S/M/L/XL

Suspension

Our four-bar Smoothlink™ suspension has been tuned to eat up rough terrain and square-edged hits. We also increased the anti-squat values to make sure the bike pedals efficiently—whether you’re sprinting for a transfer stage or grinding towards a backcountry descent.

The Slayer features shock-mount bearings for incredible small-bump suppleness. Predictable, efficient, and capable, its rate curve provides good support at sag and a moderate ramp towards the end-stroke. 

Geometry

When we decided to bring the Slayer back, we knew it needed the crush-everything-in-its-path attitude of the previous generation while keeping the agility and efficiency that made it a favourite among aggressive trail riders. The updated geometry retains a fairly steep seat-tube angle, while the reach has been extended and the head-tube angle has been slackened.

We kept the BB drop neutral and the rear centre quite short to improve cornering, and shortened the seat-tube lengths to make room for the next generation of longer dropper posts.

Ride-4™ Adjustability

Our Ride-4™ adjustability system was chosen for the Slayer in order to provide precise geometry adjustments while leaving the suspension curve virtually unaffected. The head-tube and seat-tube angles can be changed by just over a degree, and the bottom-bracket can be raised or lowered by 7.5mm. This allows racers to adapt their geometry from track-to-track while keeping shock tuning predictable and simple.

Size Specific Tune

Size Specific Tune ensures that riders of all sizes get the right balance of small-bump compliance, mid-stroke support, and end-stroke progressiveness. Our design team does custom shock tunes based on real world field testing, and adjusts each tune for every specific frame size, from S to XL.

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