Bold Cycles was announced last year but was working behind closed doors. Now we know why, their first creation is quite the departure from the norm, taking integration to the next level! Finally they have let us in on the secret, Bold Cycles now reveals their revolutionary trail bike the “Linkin Trail”. Read the full press release here:


Swiss newcomer Bold Cycles Ltd. presents
its bicycle brand «Bold» and its «Internal Suspension Technology» as
a world first: The rear shock has been entirely integrated into the seat
tube. The public launch of the first «Linkin Trail» model will be held at
Solothurn’s Bike Days bicycle festival from May 8th to 10th 2015. As
per the same date the web shop will be open for online orders.

«IST»: Beim Eröffnungsmodell «Linkin Trail» befindet sich der Dämpfer im Sitzrohr
«IST»: the initial offering «Linkin Trail» packs the rear shock into the frame’s seat

With the «Bold» brand the team around Vincenz Droux and Oliver Kreuter
present a world premier regarding frame design and suspension kinematics
for mountain bikes: With its system integrated «Internal Suspension
Technology» kinematics, abbreviated as «IST», the rear shock has been
entirely built into the frame, driven by a set of links. As one of the first
companies worldwide the start-up is also early with another concept, as the
frame has been built to fit both 29-inch wheels and the new 27.5plus size –
depending on the intended use, expected trail characteristics and individual
preferences. All these new developments will be presented in form of the
initial offering «Linkin Trail» that combines state-of-the-art EPS frame
building technology with the Boost 148 standard in the back and the stiffer
wheels that result from this. With Bold Cycling Ltd. the Swiss bicycle
industry spawns a promising newcomer.


Invisible shock damper thanks to «Internal Suspension Technology»

As the name promises our kinematics that offer a full 130mm (5 inches) of
travel in the rear does not simply position the rear shock in the frame’s
main triangle but rather builds it neatly into the seat tube. Not visible from
the outside, the shock is driven by a patent-pending set of links. Thanks to
the «IST» technology the frame does not just serve as a structural element
but also as a tough skin to protect the shock from weather, loose rocks and
dirt. Apart from the clean looks and aesthetics, integrating the entire
suspension into the frame has some additional advantages. With the
frame’s kinematics new links positioning is possible adding both to the
stiffness and to a suspension platform that is fully active under drivetrain
and braking forces.


As the rear shock is not connected to the frame’s top
tube either, every frame size can be designed to meet the exact needs.
This means that even a small frame fits a full-size water bottle while
offering a low-slung top tube and heaps of standover clearance. The low
centre of gravity resulting from the compact, stiff linkages of the rear
suspension further add to the solid handling characteristics. Convinced by
the «IST» kinematics and the related concept, DT Swiss has stepped in as
technology partner and has built a shock that has been taylor-made for the
needs of «Bold» with the «DT Swiss X313 customized».

First offering «Linkin Trail»

As per Summer 2015 the «Linkin Trail» as first model of the «Linkin»
premium line will be available in four different specifications. The bike
comes with 29-inch wheels as a standard. Customers get to choose from
four different specifications and build options, three frame sizes and three
stem lengths. As for the clear-coated carbon frames, sticker sets in the
colours red, light grey and turquoise are offered.


The products will be sold via the web shop under and
are being assembled in Lengnau, Switzerland. Packed in a premium
wooden box, customers get their mountain bike delivered to their doorstep
within three weeks’ time. If they wish so, delivery to a selected specialist
retailer is an option too. A free first service within six months after the
purchase is included in the retail price.
The «Linkin Trail» will be presented to the public and available for test rides
for the first time at the Swiss bicycle festival Bike Days which is held in
Solothurn from May 8th to 10th 2015. At the same time the web shop under will go online.


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