Syntace 2013

27.5 29er Components

Syntace also has a new wheelset lineup, with four widths, ranging from 25mm, 30mm, 35mm and an ultra wide 40mm. The wheels will use an innovative spur gear drive hub, and will be equipped with Sapim X-ray spokes and alloy nipples. They’ll cost around $1,200 a pair, and will weigh 1295 g to 1840 g, which is very light for wheels in that width. I am really looking forward to trying these wheels out, especially the W35 MX version, as their quality, longevity and engineering are always exceptional.

The Liteville bikes come in two versions, the shorter travel 301 and the burly long travel 601. They use Tuned Chainstay Length technology, and each frame size gets their own particular chainstay length. They have six frames sizes (XS,S,M,L,XL,XXL) and five chainstay lengths, as the medium and large versions share the same chainstay. At Eurobike, they introduced Scaled Sizing, which allows different wheels sizes to be used in concert with the pertinent frame size and chainstay lengths. This sizing system will allow 650B usage on the larger frames, although tire size might be a constraint.

The 140mm 301 retails for retail for $2,595, has a 66.5 head angle, 13.5″ bottom bracket height, chainstay length from 16″ – 17.3″ (medium 16.5″) and wheelbase of 42.8″ – 48.3″ (medium 45.4″). The travel can be adjusted to 160 mm via an optional suspension linkage plate. The 601 retails for $2,999, and has 165mm or 190mm of travel, and has an adjustable rear shock mount, so geometry can be altered by 1.5 degrees, so the 160mm mode goes from 65 to 66.5 degrees, and 190mm has 64.3 to 65.5 degrees in the 190mm mode.

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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