This year, dream bikes worth a total of over € 9,000 are up for grabs in our reader survey. We’ll tell you all the details about what you can win.
Given the current supply constraints, it is not so easy to buy a new bike. So how about winning one? Sounds good? Then take part in our reader survey and get the chance to win one of two dream prizes! On top of that, you help us make our magazine even more relevant for you. Win-Win!
Below we present you the two prizes with a total value of over € 9,000.
Prime Thunderflash R
The bike industry is developing rapidly, and along with new bikes, you’ve also got new brands popping up everywhere. One of them is Prime, based in Poland. Peter Siulczynski, the CEO and founder, has already led a World Cup Downhill team and now, after several years in the making, he’s fulfilled his dream of developing his own bike brand. The Prime Thunderflash runs on 29″ wheels and offers an impressive 170 mm travel up front. The bikes were developed and designed in cooperation with the Cero Design Studio in Spain, which was also involved in bikes such as the Mondraker Summum, the Intense M29 and the UNNO Ever. The twin-link rear suspension offers 165 mm travel at the rear and accommodates both coil and air shocks. They also paid a lot of attention to keeping the design modern and consistent throughout, styling the bike down to the finest detail. If you look closely, you will see small splatters on the frame, which get painted by hand – awesome!
Prime rely solely on carbon for the frame of the Thunderflash enduro bike. All frames come with sufficiently large chain and seat stay protectors as well as a down tube protector, shielding the carbon frame from chain-slap and flying stones. There is also a small fender at the rear to protect the seat tube from being bombarded with dirt.
Fork FOX 38 Factory GRIP2 170 mm
Rear Shock FOX DHX2 Factory 165 mm
Seatpost BikeYoke REVIVE 160-213 mm
Brakes SRAM Code RSC 200/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12
Wheelset ENVE AM30 29″
The Prime impressed us on the climbs with a balanced riding position that remains comfortable on long rides. The suspension generates plenty of comfort yet doesn’t require you to activate the climb switch, no matter how steep the gradient. The bike pedals efficiently with the shock open and generates sufficient traction on technical terrain. Navigating tight corners, the Prime responds to steering input without having to weigh down the front.
Going back down, you’ll find yourself positioned centrally between the wheels of the Thunderflash. The bike’s handling is intuitive, keeping your weight evenly distributed across both wheels and thus generating lots of grip through the corners. The steering is direct and precise, allowing you to hit every line you choose. Thanks to the suspension’s ample mid-stroke support, you can generate speed by pumping the bike through berms and rollers. As such, the Prime is a lot of fun on flowing, relatively flat trails. Nevertheless, it generates sufficient traction when things get rough and has the reserves to cope with large jumps and drops. Its handling is composed at high speeds and instils the rider with confidence. All in all, the Thunderflash is suitable for everything from flow trails to technical and demanding descents.
We’re raffling off the superb R-spec Thunderflash, which comes equipped with a FOX 38 Factory fork and FOX DHX2 shock. A SRAM X01 drivetrain, SRAM CODE RSC four piston brakes and ENVE AM30 carbon wheels round off the excellent spec. The beautiful Thunderflash provides an excellent overall package for every rider and all conditions.
Value: € 6,999
Read our review here: The brand new Prime Thunderflash RSX 2021 in review – Rolling thunder on the trails?
More info: primebicycles.com
*The specification of the bike being raffled off differs slightly from the model shown.
RAAW Jibb Frameset
In the Bavarian alps, a new bike rolls out of RAAW’s doors that, with its straight-cut lines and clear-coated aluminium, is an unmistakable reminder or even easily mistaken for the Madonna V2. But a closer look makes it clear that this bike approaches things differently than the brand’s enduro weapon – yet, it makes no claims about being less wild. True, the Jibb is also manufactured from aluminium, rolls on 29″ wheels and uses Horst-link suspension. But there it starts to differentiate itself from the Madonna with a more restrained 150 mm and 135 mm travel front and rear. The RAAW Jibb seems less a steamroller and much more a party machine, trading a few percentage points of brutish descending capabilities for agility, pop and airtime.
Dog breeders describe the Jack Russell Terrier as an energetic, purebred hunter that lacks fear, has certain delusions of grandeur, requires a disciplined upbringing and will bring the most joy to experienced owners. What they don’t know is that there’s now one made from 6066 aluminium. Many of the characteristics of this small, bullish four-legged creature are said to be found in the RAAW Jibb. Somebody clearly put a lot of thought into which animal to put on the top tube. A trail bike explicitly approved for bike park use and the image of a hunting dog painted on the top tube are no doubt a nice idea, after all, no manufacturer wants to have built “just a trail bike”, but what tripped us up with the RAAW is how their own testers have interpreted the bike: The first Jibb that we saw with a sponsored rider had the front brake line routed through the headset and steerer tube. Combined with extra-long brake lines for the rear, bar spins and tail whips were possible. Frankly, that doesn’t really sound like a classic trail bike any more! Does that mean the RAAW Jibb is serious with its ambition to be a hardcore play bike?
Onboard it quickly became clear that this bike positions the rider upright when in the saddle. For the uphills, that results in a relaxed position and a front wheel that stays masterfully stuck to the ground even up steep ramps. Overall, the Jibb pedals relatively efficiently and marches willingly onwards. Having dispatched the ascent, the terrier wants to be let off the leash to give its character free rein. That doesn’t mean that the Jibb turns downhill, lets off brakes down the fall line and rolls over everything in its way as if by magic – that’s much more the Madonna’s forte. While it disappears out of view downhill in a cloud of its own dust, the Jibb first prefers pulling a wheelie, mischievously slaloming between its buddies before playfully dropping over some roots into the trail. For those who can master it, now the fun begins!
The terrier emblem, the party-hard attitude and the urge for bike parks – none of this has anything to do with hubris for the new RAAW Jibb. This Jack Russell really packs a punch. The unique concept of an amped-up trail bike works for experienced riders but needs to be tamed. All in all, with the Jibb, RAAW have hit the ball out of the park for real trail-party bikers. In our reader survey raffle you can win a RAAW Jibb frameset with FOX FLOAT X2 Factory shock.
Value: € 2,840
Read our review here: The new RAAW Jibb 2021 first ride review – A feisty party animal?
Mehr Infos: raawmtb.com
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