First Look: Bold Bikes takes suspension inside

New design houses rear shock inside seat tube

27.5 29er All Mountain Trail Plus
The bike will be available in four builds, all of which retail for more than $7000 based on current currency conversion rates.

The bike will be available in four builds, all of which retail for more than $7000 based on current currency conversion rates (click to enlarge).

From the novel idea department comes the new 130mm Linkin Trail bike from Switzerland’s Bold Cycles. The rear shock was developed in partnership with DT Swiss and is completely housed inside the composite frame’s seat tube in an effort to protect it from rock strikes, crashes, mud and gunk.

The result of what Bold calls IST (as in internal suspension technology) is a super clean look that also allowed them to lower the bike’s center of gravity, create more water bottle space, and make shouldering the bike more pleasant.

The shock was co-developed with DT Swiss.

The shock was co-developed with DT Swiss (click to enlarge).

The suspension design is a Horst-Link four-bar and there’s a remote lever on the handlebars that toggles through three shock settings. Intake ports on the headtube permit air to flow through the top tube and down tube, cooling the shock that’s driven by the frame’s upper rocker arm.

Damping controls and air valves are accessed by removing a protective cover plate, which uses two screws to close over the shock that enters the frame from the bottom. The frame will come in three sizes and is made from T30 and T40 Toray carbon fiber.

The shock enters the frame from the bottom of the seat tube.

The shock enters the frame from the bottom of the seat tube (click to enlarge).

Shift cables and the rear brake line are internally routed. Wheelsize is 27.5 with tire clearance for up to 2.8” thanks to a Boost 148 rear axle. You can also bump up to a 29er wheel with 2.4” tires as this video illustrates.

The bike will come in four builds: Race Day 29 with SRAM XX1 ($9100 based on current currency conversion rates), Early Bird 29 with Shimano XTR ($8200), Sick Day 29 which also has SRAM XX1 ($7300), and Sick Day 27.5 Plus, which is yet another SRAM XX1 build but with the smaller wheel size ($7300).

No word yet on the possibility of U.S. availability, but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. In the meantime, you can get more info at www.boldcycles.com.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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