The new Forbidden Dreadnought 2021 enduro and bike park bike – Ultra sexy and fearless?

The Angelina Jolie amongst mountain bikes? If we were to be distracted by a bike as much as the American actor, then it would probably be the new Forbidden Dreadnought 2021. With far-out colourways and purpose-built for hard enduro and bike park use, the Forbidden does its name justice – dreadnought doesn’t describe fearlessness for nothing. You can find all the information here.

The Forbidden Dreadnought 2021 “Push Nerds” – we’ve fallen in love!

One or two of you will have heard the name Forbidden before, most likely in connection with the brand’s trail bike, the Forbidden Druid. We previously tested that bike extensively. The company, founded in 2019 on Vancouver Island, is announcing an even more capable bike in the form of the Forbidden Dreadnought 2021. The Dreadnought, designed for hardcore enduro and bike park riding, comes with 170/154 mm travel and, depending on your preference, can roll on 29″ wheels or a mullet setup. Like the Druid, Forbidden also rely on a high-pivot suspension design for the Dreadnought, using an idler pulley to improve anti-squat performance.

The geometry of the Forbidden Dreadnought 2021 with 170 mm fork:

Size S M L XL
Top tube 593 mm 617 mm 641 mm 665 mm
Head tube 90 mm 100 mm 110 mm 120 mm
Head angle 63.5° 63.5° 63.5° 63.5°
Seat angle 76° 76° 76° 76°
BB Drop 26 mm 26 mm 26 mm 26 mm
Chainstay 422 mm 436 mm 450 mm 464 mm
Wheelbase 1203 mm 1244 mm 1284 mm 1325 mm
Reach 440 mm 462 mm 484 mm 506 mm
Stack 612 mm 621 mm 630 mm 639 mm

The Forbidden Dreadnought will be available in four sizes from S to XL. Forbidden offer three frameset-only colourways and shock options, alongside XT and SLX complete builds. However, availability will vary as a result of the current situation in the industry. The top-of-the-range XT build will cost € 6,899 and should be available in the second quarter of 2021.

Our first impression of the Forbidden Dreadnought 2021

Is the new Forbidden Dreadnought the hottest bike of 2021? That seems very likely, especially considering the sex appeal and uniqueness that the new and small Vancouver brand exudes. The fact is that it neither looks like a Session, or a Santa-Proof Megatower, or even a Nukeialized Gigatower, as many Instagram commenters claimed about the launch of the Nukeproof Giga. Instead, the Dreadnought has its own unmistakable look. The great time we had with the Forbidden Druid and everything we know about the new Dreadnought so far mean we’re very excited for our first test of the bike. And we’re convinced it’s a guarantee for Angelina Jolie looking in OUR direction!

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Words: Peter Walker Photos: Forbidden Bikes

About the author

Peter Walker

As editor-in-chief, Peter is as much a man of action as he is of words. This expert, screw-driver-flexing two wheeled-whizz has many envy-inducing characteristics, including a background in motocross, several EWS race plates to his name, and more than 150 recorded days at Whistler Bike Park. However complex the bike and however steep the trail, he’s probably already nailed it, twice. Oh, and he can do it all on skinny tyres too. When it comes to guiding consumers, Peter cut his teeth at Vancouver’s oldest bike shop and now puts pen to paper on the daily translating this know-how into our editorial plan. When not tearing up Stuttgart’s local trails while testing bikes, he loves nothing more than loading up his self-renovated VW T5 and hitting the road. The fact that he’s a trained paramedic gives his colleagues reassurance out on the trails. So far we haven’t had to call him by his alias ‘Sani Peter’, so here’s hoping he keeps it right side up for the rest of his time here!