Check out our most recent field test from Bellingham, which was filled with the latest and greatest enduro bikes. I wouldn’t say the geometry was the same because there were one or two outliers, but the numbers for the entire test bike were very, very close.
Secondly, the worldwide pandemic slowed production of components, primarily drivetrain parts, which meant bike brands were stuck in a stalemate. They were eagerly waiting for the parts to launch to launch a new bike.
Apart from some changes to the kinematics and geometry through machined alloy components, the carbon frame members have not changed since then. Not that any bike has slowed down its riders, however, Jackson Goldstone has taken several firsts. Still, don’t be surprised to see Santa Cruz releasing a new-ish V10 anytime soon.
Given that Commencal has just released the mixed-wheel Meta SX, it is unclear how this line will evolve as no figures have been shared on the prototype. The Andorran brand only makes their frames with aluminum tubing, which means their turnaround time from paper to production could be much shorter than that of carbon competitors, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see both layouts on the 2023 schedule.
Similarly, their Enduro model could also be in line for an update. We don’t expect too many changes there, however, as it uses a finely tuned suspension layout and already has a SWAT box, but it can carry more geometry adjustments with the motor like its sibling, the Canevo SL. Is.
Coming to the eMTB, the full-powered Canevo is also around for 2019. A carbon version of this monster e-bike with an updated motor and battery system will certainly reduce some weight.
Currently, the Canadian brand makes Wilson’s aluminum frame components at its Quebec factory, but that 29er-only bike hasn’t seen a product revision since its launch in 2019.
Norco’s popular 150mm-travel sight may also go under the knife to see some changes. It’s hard to fault the capabilities of a mid-travel enduro bike, but if it was received and updated it’s not hard to imagine it going through a range-like high-axle transformation.
Where do you go from there? The Gambler already has two sets of flip-chips that let you either steer the size of the rear wheel and change the stride of the suspension. We have seen Scott plays with the pulley and high pivots Beginning of that trend, but it is doubtful that much weight can be lost.
Another model that has remained the same since 2020 is their 170mm travel ransom. One way this wider-looking, longer-travel enduro bike could change would be more integration. Scott pulled off that move by concealing the rear shock in the seat tube/bottom bracket junction with his cross-country bike, the Spark – something fellow Pinkbike technical editor and PBR mechanic, Henry Quinney, would love like nothing more.
As it sits now, Pivot’s downhill rig is the last in their family to receive a new suspension layout. The size also tops out at the extra-large, reaching 485mm, which is now the case with most manufacturers’ larger frames.
I would have guessed that a second version of the SB150 would use the impressive 6-bar suspension found on the 160E eMTB, but I’ve been wrong before. Whatever the nickname on this new Yeti, it still uses the Switch Infinity system.
With stand-out, seasoned veterans like Remy Thirian, the Giants aren’t sitting still – just taking their time. Downhill is only a drop in the bucket compared to the number of units sold in other segments, so I don’t expect to see an investment in a carbon frame. Clearly, the Thirion’s prototypes were updated since the 2018 model and 2023 could bring a new kind of glory.