Guerrilla Gravity unveils new Megatrail and Megatrail SS

Trail Mode and Gravity Mode let riders choose between snappy and rowdy

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With two ride modes (and an easy way to switch back and forth) this bike has real one-quiver potential.

With two ride modes (and an easy way to switch back and forth) this bike has real one-quiver potential.

Guerrilla Gravity has launched a new version of the Megatrail that’s billed as a “big mountain liberator.” The versatile bike is designed to conquer everything from getting after it at your local enduro race, shredding bike park laps, or just slaying your after-work rides.

Chainstays has been shortened by 13mm to increase the bike's playfulness.

Chainstays has been shortened by 13mm to increase the bike’s playfulness.

With built-in Trail Mode and Gravity Mode, the Megatrail lets riders choose between a snappy trail bike and a rowdy rock-smashing machine. The swap is achieved via a 30-second bolt swap, easily done trail-side with a 6mm Allen key. By putting the bike in Gravity Mode, the head angle is slackened ¾ of a degree, the BB is lowered 10mm, and the travel is increased by 15mm. For reference, standard Trail Mode head angle is 66.2-degrees with a 170mm suspension fork installed. Gravity mode slacks that to 65.5. No shock adjustments are needed between the modes.

The SS model has 135mm of rear travel in trail mode.

The SS model has 135mm of rear travel in trail mode.

Joining its bigger brother in the Colorado-based bike maker’s lineup is the Megatrail SS, or simply “the SS.” The shorter travel sibling has 135 and 145mm travel in Trail Mode and Gravity Mode, respectively. It is also 27.5 Plus compatible.

“The SS is the bike that turns your local trail into your very own slopestyle track,” claims Guerrilla Gravity. “It provides an exceptionally lively ride for those that value playfulness more than smashing the super-gnar. Plus, with Gravity Mode available, you still have the downhill chops when the going gets rougher.”

Here’s a rundown of the bike’s other tweaks and highlights.

Standover height was lowered by 30mm.

Standover height was lowered by 30mm.

Freedom Linkage

The Freedom Linkage is a proprietary Horst Link implementation that allows riders to tune the performance characteristics. In any configuration, the platform provides a supple top stroke for small bump compliance, mid-stroke support for popping off bonus lines, and ramp up for bottom out resistance. With engineered versatility, riders can adjust these characteristics based on local terrain and personal preferences via shock tunes. The base tune is designed with advanced riders in mind.

Headtube angle can be toggled back and forth between 66.2 degrees and 65.5.

Headtube angle can be toggled back and forth between 66.2 degrees and 65.5.

Geometry

After listening to rider feedback on the previous generation Megatrail, Guerilla Gravity shortened the chainstays by 13mm (now 427mm) and lowered the standover by 30mm. The result is a more playful ride.

The new Megatrail also utilizes the same steep actual seat tube angle geometry found on the Pedälhead and Trail Pistol. It’s important to note that the actual seat tube angle is important because effective seat tube angles can be misleading. A steep actual seat tube angle allows for an upright, efficient climbing position and a cockpit feel that is consistent as the saddle is raised and lowered.

Room for a water bottle. What a concept.

Room for a water bottle. What a concept.

Updated Gravity Mode

The updated Gravity Mode gets a 5mm travel bump over the previous version (now 165mm), a slightly taller BB height, and more mid-stroke support. This lends itself well to those that like to “set it and forget it,” and prefer to run it full time in the full-strength mode. Gravity Mode is now even better suited for laps in the bike park, too (you can run up to a 180mm travel fork).

The seat tube includes a frame storage system to carry a water bottle and flat-change supplies with the NUTS bracket (Necessities Under The Saddle).

The seat tube includes a frame storage system to carry a water bottle and flat-change supplies with the NUTS bracket (Necessities Under The Saddle).

Frame Layout

Taking inspiration from the Trail Pistol, the new Megatrail offers a custom tube set that reduces weight and improves aesthetics. It also includes a frame storage system to carry a water bottle and flat-change supplies with the NUTS bracket (Necessities Under The Saddle).

Loving the blue paint scheme.

Loving the blue paint scheme.

Made in America

The Megatrail, like all Guerilla Gravity frames, was designed and manufactured in-house at their Denver, Colorado facility. This holistic structure allows them to maintain tight quality controls, have a short and efficient supply chain, and offer riders extensive customization options.

The Freedom Linkage is a proprietary Horst Link implementation that allows riders to tune the performance characteristics.

The Freedom Linkage is a proprietary Horst Link implementation that allows riders to tune the performance characteristics.

Pricing

Megatrail framesets sell for $2095, and there are three available build kits at the $3295, $4295, and $5295 price points. It’s a similar story for the Megatrail SS. Framesets are $2095, and there are $3195, $4195 and $5195 complete bike options. Build kits feature components from SRAM, Shimano, Rock Shox, Race Face, e13, DT Swiss, Industry Nine, SR Suntour, MRP, and Maxxis. Frames and build kits are customizable: riders can choose their frame color, decal color, fork, shock, control components, brakeset, drivetrain, wheelset, and tires for each model.

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