Bold Cycles have already done enough to prove that they’re a refreshing addition to the scene, and fortunately they haven’t got complacent about their success. Right now they’re launching the Long Travel, their option for super gnarly trails. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Bold Linkin Trail LT!
Most important things first: thanks to the new linkage at the rear, the Long Travel has a full 154 mm of travel to release – no mean feat for a 29er! There’s a brand new R414 rear shock at play, developed in close cooperation with DT Swiss. According to Bold Cycles, it’s not just significantly more potent, it’s also capable of dealing efficiently with the increased travel. Now, in our eyes the former X313 worked a treat, so we’re definitely excited to see whether this new rear end design can really bring out the magic. Teamed with 160 mm travel forks, a 1.5° slacker head angle and 29″ wheels, we should expect to meet a fearless bike. Bold Cycles have also given TLC to other parts of the bike, not just the namesake Long Travel. There’s a dropper post now with internal cabling, and the interesting additional of a new enticing DT quick-release with removable lever.
The Bold Cycles Long Travel will be available this autumn in at least four different build specs, with the entry level model sporting RockShox Yari and a SRAM GX groupset and the top-of-the-range model coming complete with SRAM XX1 or Shimano XTR Di2 spec and a RockShox Lyrik fork. Given the new rear shock, the starting price will fall slightly higher than the former Linkin Trail. The LT comes in three colourways, which are exclusive to this model (grey, orange and black), although the stylishly minimal detailing stays the same.
As soon as the first test models are out, we’ll be stoked to hammer the Bold Cycles Long Travel down some trails and share our findings. There’s still a little while to wait though, so in the meantime why not check out our article on the Linkin Trail Race Day?
Words: Andreas Maschke Photos: Noah Haxel
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