The shock is now located in the front triangle, but Propain continue to rely on their so-called PRO10 virtual pivot point suspension system.

Internal cable routing and customizable badge. It didn’t take long for this bike to win us over. Subscribe today and get the next 3 issues of your favourite cycling magazine for just £5! It has more pop and is livelier. The aluminum version shares all of the features of the CF. Then don’t miss out on the chance to get this fabulous espresso machine at a fraction of the price!

There’s a whopping 180mm of rear wheel travel on tap (180mm or 190mm up front, depending on your spec choice), which is delivered via Propain’s PRO10 suspension system and will work with either coil or air shocks – although all three of the builds available use a coil shock. Despite the increased sag, the bike doesn’t wallow and still offers a lot of support, allowing you to play with the terrain. But the bike is capable of so much more than the bikes from the past. The angles and the bottom bracket are adjusted by lowering the axle of the rear wheel. There’s 23mm of bottom bracket drop and a relatively tall stack height, ranging from 633mm on the medium through to 660mm on the extra-large – a Specialized Enduro in the largest S5 frame has a stack of 638mm and uses a 170mm travel fork. Another problem we encountered during our test was with the Newmen wheels.

The changes are significant throughout and include different wheel size (29in, 27.5in and ‘mullet’ setup) and frame material options, along with a revised shock placement, which leaves the damper far better protected from the elements compared to its predecessor. The latest Spindrift comes in a choice of materials and wheel sizes, while its revised geometry should make it even more capable on the hills.

In sizes M and L, you can choose from all three variants. Both the mixed wheeler and full 29er size range from medium through to extra-large, The rear shock has been repositioned ahead of the seat tube. At first glance, the 23 mm bottom bracket drop doesn’t seem like much, but you have to take into account the considerable amount of sag you get on such a long travel bike. However, due to the shorter rear end, this setup may require a more active riding style.

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Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle AXS We found the Spindrift to be super balanced and pleasantly agile with 29″ wheels. Despite the long travel suspension, it only releases as much as you really need.

Read the new issue of ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine now. Sep 28, 2020 . He has been with ENDURO almost from the start and as editor-in-chief, he's responsible for making ENDURO the most progressive and exciting magazine in the industry. Don't miss out on MBUK – get your next 3 issues for just £5, Get the next 3 issues of the UK's number one cycling magazine for just £5. Rob is a riding encyclopaedia of bikes and kit. While its predecessor’s rear shock was behind the seat tube, the revised Spindrift sees the shock move ahead of the seat tube and inside of the front triangle, similar to its Tyee enduro bike which we spent some time on earlier this year. Tires Vee Flow SNAP Trail, Fork FOX 38 Factory 180 mm Tweet . The head angle isn’t crazy slack at 64.5 degrees (especially when compared to the likes of something like the Specialized Status at 63.2 degrees) although the effective seat angle is definitely one of the steepest out there at 78 degrees. Unfortunately, the Spindrift wasn’t available in the mullet configuration at the time of our test. Wheels Stans FLOW EX3 This must have been a faulty batch because generally, the Newmen wheels have always proven to be robust and durable. Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. It was only a question of time until Propain's latest design generation of their PRO10 suspension system was going to find its way into the rest of their lineup. If we take a look at the geometry of this big bruiser, focusing on the full 29er version, its freeride/downhill intentions are pretty obvious, though it’s not as extreme as many enduro rigs out there. Wheels PROPAIN ZTR Flow S1 Rear shock RockShox Select R Coil 180 mm Propain’s big-hitting Spindrift gets a serious overhaul for 2021, SRAM’s Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH) system, New Merida Ninety-Six XC race bike gets the long, slack and low downcountry treatment, Calibre’s limited-edition Triple B with piggyback shock and sticky rubber radness arrives, Best mountain bike disc brakes: 10 hydraulic discs tested, Best mountain bike shoes 2020 | 16 tried and tested recommendations, Met’s new Bluegrass Rogue Core MTB helmet includes MIPS and non-MIPS options, “I attacked it like a rabid beaver” | Our favourite bike designer’s wild restomod Cannondale F29, Propain is offering the Spindrift with an aluminium or carbon frame, The new Spindrift comes with either 650b wheels, a mixed ‘mullet’ setup (29in front, 650b rear) or 29in hoops at the front and rear, There are three different spec levels to choose from, You’ll only be able to get a size small with 650b wheels. We didn’t compare the bikes head to head, but we have a lot of experience with the TYEE and also got a good general impression of the Spindrift. Drivetrain SRAM GX Eagle

This could be the case again soon with the new edition. Until recently, the Spindrift was Propain’s best-selling bike. The fastest enduro race bike – 10 bikes go head-to-head on an EWS... Nukeproof Mega 290C Team Edition on test – grip and control in... Canyon Strive CFR Jack Moir Edition review – Racing machine and... Yeti SB150 Richie Rude Replica put to the test – A bike to win... three wheel size configurations: 27.5″, 29″ and mixed, shock fitted in the front triangle – like the Tyee, dual-sealed bearings (PROPAIN Dirt-Shields), three colour options for every frame material, build configuration is completely customisable, Complete bike weight: carbon approximately 15.1 kg (high-end, coil)/aluminium 16.0 kg (high-end/coil), Frame weight: 3.0 kg carbon, 3.9 kg aluminium frame, Price from € 3,199 (carbon) or € 2,599 (alloy), three wheel size configurations to suit your preference, rattling cables and loose spokes on our test bike. The balance and therefore the grip felt spot-on as soon as we hit the first berms – excellent!

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You can now also choose between carbon and aluminium for the frame of the new Spindrift. First Ride: 2021 Propain Spindrift - 180mm of Travel & Lots of Options. This is designed to work with pretty much every drivetrain out there and should you clatter your rear derailleur into something, the UDH should rotate backwards to help preserve the derailleur. The Spindrift is a joy on the climbs, thanks to the balanced riding position and the efficient suspension, it feels surprisingly light-footed. The 29er is a good choice for those who are looking for the best all-rounder for long rides. Difficile de vous proposer un test complet, mais découvrez toutefois nos premières impressions après deux sorties au coeur du Luberon. The new Spindrift is also available in Propain’s ‘Blend Carbon’.

As one of the very first brands, Propain offer the new Spindrift with three wheel size configurations. Stem SIXPACK Vertic 35 Instead of relying on a flip-chip, Propain use a different rear end for each wheel size. Seatpost Bikeyoke Revive

The small 27.5″ wheels are available on sizes S–L, while the mixed and 29er configurations are available on frame sizes M–XL. For more information, visit propain-bikes.com.

There’s plenty of suspension progression built in to tackle some seriously big hits along the way, too. By entering your details, you are agreeing to BikeRadar terms and conditions. If you want, you can also configure the build from the ground up. Press Release Propain Bikes. “Freeride ain’t dead” is the slogan with which Propain advertise the brand new Sprindrift. The reason for this is the online configurator which not only allows you to choose the components of the bike but also to customise the paintwork and decals. Brakes SRAM Code RSC 200 mm Like the alloy frame, Propain has used different resin-impregnated sheets of carbon fibre and assorted layups to achieve the best balance possible in the frame.

With three wheel configurations to choose from and the extensive online configurator, you’ll be sure to find a setup that suits you and your riding style. Reach on the size medium is a decent 450mm and extends up to 500mm on the extra-large. Despite its long travel, the front wheel stays planted and you don’t get the impression of pedalling the bike from behind. If you do need to buy a replacement, it retails for $15 and should be stocked by most shops.

Wheels Crankbrothers Synthesis Enduro Carbon i9 La marque allemande Propain renouvelle son fidèle Spindrift, initialement prévu pour un programme Freeride. Despite special sleeves in the frame, we couldn’t get the bike quiet. As usual, the extensive online configurator allows you pick the components to suit your preferences and budget – brilliant! Both aspects have been improved on the Spindrift.

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When work doesn't feel like work, then you've probably done everything right. If you look at the various geometry data, you can see that apart from the chainstay length and the bottom bracket drop, there are hardly any differences between the mixed and 29er options. These should help prevent damage from rock strikes and silence that ever so pesky chainslap when the going gets rough. If you don’t mind the extra weight, it’s guaranteed to offer the better downhill performance, as is the case with the TYEE – and that’s what a 180 mm travel bike is all about, right? Seatpost PROPAIN A super-stylish rider, and indeed beard groomer, Rob has no fears when it comes to hitting the trails with the industry’s best. You also have a large selection of wheels to upgrade the bike if your budget allows or save a few euros if you have to. Among other things, the reason for this is the excessive logistical complexity it would add to their already considerable warehouse management.