Eurobike 2018 News

Bold Unplugged – Potent geometry meets integrated shock

Like its little brother, the Linkin Trail, the shock of the new Bold Unplugged is hidden inside the front triangle. With its aggressive and adaptable geometry and long travel, the bike should be happy on rough trails. Read all about the new Bold here.

Das Bold Unplugged
Bold Unplugged | 160-180/164 mm (v/h) | from € 4.746

The Unplugged neatly hides its shock inside the carbon frame. Despite the integrated design, the 29er, also compatible with 27.5+ tyres, offers 164 mm of rear travel. Paired with a 160 mm to 180 mm fork offering and potent geometry, it’s prepared for anything you dare point it down.

In hiding: the shock is protected from dust and dirt behind a magnetic flap.
Space for a water bottle: that’s how we like it.
Taking what they learned from the Linkin Trail, Bold has significantly revised the rocker link
The chainstay guard is well thought-out and covers the entire length of it…
… There is a fin on the underside to protect the shifter cable and prevent chain slap.
It’s extended to the non-drive side to protect the carbon yoke from the tyre.

The componentry of the Bold Unplugged

Using Bold’s online configurator the Unplugged can be specced to your own desires and demands. In addition to the suspension, the brakes, the drivetrain, the length of the dropper seat post, and the dimensions of the cockpit can be selected to the rider’s preferences.

The DT Swiss F 535 One fork delivers 160 mm of travel at the front and will be available in the configurator at a later date.
Fancy carbon cockpit from Race Face
New integrated dropper seat post from Kind Schock

The geometry of the Bold Unplugged

The Unplugged is easy to adapt to your riding style. The chain stay length, bottom bracket height and head angle can be adjusted thanks to Variotec. With concentric washers in the horst-link the chainstay length is adjustable by up to 1 cm. The head angle can be adjusted by 1.5° with the help of a special NEWMEN headset.

Customizable geometry thanks to NEWMEN headset…
… and flip chips in the horst link
Size S M L
Top tube (horizontal) 559 – 565 mm 599 – 605 mm 641 – 647 mm
Head tube 90 mm 90 mm 110 mm
Head angle 63.3 – 65.9° 63.3 – 65.9° 63.3 – 65.9°
Seat angle 75.5 – 77.4° 76.5 – 78.3° 76.5 – 78.3°
Chainstay 433 – 444 mm 433 – 444 mm 433 – 444 mm
BB Drop 8.4 – 27.3 mm 8.4 – 27.5 mm 8.7 – 28 mm
Wheelbase 1.175 – 1.203 mm 1.226 – 1.254 mm 1.274 – 1302 mm
Reach 407 – 424 mm 458 – 475 mm 498 – 514 mm
Stack 600 – 612 mm 600 – 612 mm 618 – 631 mm

Our first impression

At first glance, the Bold with its unusual appearance and cleverly thought-out details looks convincing. The adjustable geometry looks very promising on paper too. We’re curious to see if the handling will keep what the appearance of this carbon monster promises.

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Words: Photos: Christoph Bayer