Mountain Cycle Returns

April 15, 2011

After a couple of years’ absence, Mountain Cycle is relaunching itself at the Sea Otter, complete with a new look and new suspension platform.

In order to keep things simple, the three suspension bikes in the range share the same ‘Turntable’ suspension system with varying amounts of travel. All complete bikes will be available in a single spec too.

Going up the ranks, then, there’s the Zen II with 5.5in travel, the San Andreas II with 6.5 and the Shockwave DH bike with 8in of travel

The San Andreas II, the mainstay of the line with 6.5in travel.


The Shockwave


The Shockwave features semi-monocoque construction - and yours won't have holes drilled in the headtube.


The Zen II XC bike. All bikes are specced with Marzocchi, front and rear.

All the bikes are single pivot, but the clever bit that Mountain Cycle is proud of is this Turntable link. The bottom mount of the suspension activating dogbone sits on an eccentric that is free to turn. As the swingarm goes through its cycle, the lower mount moves, changing the suspension ratio to give the ride that the Mountain Cycle engineers want.

The Turntable suspension system up close. The eccentric is visible at the bottom of the yellow shock dogbone.


Neat, bolt-on cable guides.


More Turntables and dogbones


All bikes also feature the M35 BB - which is a huge 35mm bearing outboard of a PF (Pressfit) 30 BB shell.


There'll be a carbon hardtail too - and amazingly for the USA, it'll be in 26in wheel size!


And the aluminium 29er hardtail. Will have big, bolt-in dropouts for belt drive and horizontal dropouts in production too

All the bikes should be out in August/September time. Mountain Cycle wasn’t sure who its UK distributor would be, but we’ll let you know when we know.

Nothing to do with Mountain Cycles, but how about this lowrider ice cream van?


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