Just a little over a year old, Bold Cycles of Switzerland have shown off their take on the full suspension bike and the rear shock is nowhere to be seen.
“The shock is hidden away from both sight and muck,” explains product manager Oliver Kreuter, while pointing toward the seat and downtube junction. “There’s a removable cover that allows the mechanic to easily install or service a shock, so there’s no complications there and we think no performance disadvantages. There’s even room for internal routing of cables without interference.”
At present producing low numbers, the largely direct to consumer label has two bikes – a 130mm and a 154mm enduro machine – both of which roll on 29-inch wheels, though could house 27.5+.
“We work closely with our neighbours DT Swiss, so typically we will spec their shocks and wheels on our bikes. The shocks featured in our frameset and bike packages have valves and levers easily accessible at the base for on the fly adjustment,” adds Kreuter.
At present the brand has a handful of dealers representing it in France and Spain, though at present isn’t producing large enough quantities to expand into too many more shops, in the short term, at least. The brand does however ship as far away as the US and has a growing German audience, leading to a potential opening of a Munich showroom and service centre. Bike spec can be configured on the brand’s website.