Eurobike 2016: Propain Bikes

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Direct sales outfit Propain are a relatively new bike company. At Eurobike 2016, we caught up with founder Robert Krauss, and talked through their range for 2017.

I reviewed the Tyee CF earlier this year and, *cough*, quite liked it. The Tyee has had a few tweaks for 2017, becoming available in a wider range of builds, with a wider range of travel too. First though, the brand new Spindrift:

Eurobike 2016: Propain
Here’s the 2017 Spindrift. It’s a 180mm, single crown hooning machine.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
As well as this Cane Creek DB Coil CS, it’s also available with various air shocks.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
There were Propain branded hubs on many of the bikes at their stand this year.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Though as specced on most of their bikes so far, they’re sticking with Sixpack Racing finishing kit…
Eurobike 2016: Propain
… Magura brakes …
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… and Onza rubber.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Krauss said that equipment has got to the point where you can design a 180mm bike that’ll ride well and not be hell to pedal on climbs, hence the Spindrift. That said, it does seem to be solidly aimed at bike park riding.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
As with the Tyee, it gets that neat carbon fibre mudguard.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Plus internal routing. If the 180mm Lyrik didn’t already, the complete lack of bottle cage bosses or front derailleur mounts should make the intent of this bike clear.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Also new for 2017 is the Rage CF, Propain’s first full carbon downhill bike.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
You see those headset cups with the offset steerer holes? They’re flippable to make the reach adjustable by plus or minus 10mm. There are also concentric cups to put it at 0mm.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
The flip chips above that distracting SRAM X0 give you a length adjustment too. The short position gives a chainstay length of 445mm, the long 459mm, which, as we say up here in Yorkshire, is HYOWGE, but it gives stability at high speeds.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Oh the DH bike, the carbon mudguard reappears, but extended up and down.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Also as you’d expect for a downhill bike, room for a dropper wasn’t the primary design consideration.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Even compared to most carbon fibre bikes, the lines in this frame are all clean and organic looking.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Curiously, it has a Float X2 rather than a coil shock.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Again with those Propain hubs.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
The text on the seatstay says “Pain is temporary”. Look down to the Tyee frames below to see what the other side says.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Many bikes on the stand were being shown with Sixpack’s new Kamikaze saddles, rather than the Fizik ones that have been specced before.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
For a start, while rear travel remains at 160mm, it’s been tweaked for metric shocks, and it’ll now also take up to a 170mm fork.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Here’s the 2017 Tyee CF. The Tyee frameset has a few tweaks to open up suspension options.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
It still has the Magura MT7 stoppers
Eurobike 2016: Propain
But two of the three models available now have SRAM Eagle. Oh, and while we’re in this area…
Eurobike 2016: Propain
… “Pain is temporary. Glory lasts forever”.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
This shock arrangement may look vulnerable to UK guck, but with sag, that guard moves a bit lower down the shock body. which makes sense: fork seals withstand muck in this orientation, and so can shocks.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Depending on what configuration and model of Tyee you go for, you could end up with a Lyrik, Pike, Yari, or Fox 34.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
It may have SRAM Eagle on the back, but it’s paired up with a Truvativ Descendant crankset.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Yep, 170mm.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Here’s the Tyee CF AM. If 160mm is more than you need, this has 145mm travel at the rear, and a max fork travel of 150mm.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
For the first time, it’s also a Tyee that ships with Fox suspension.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Smaller brakes what for smaller riding. If four pots give you too much stop (and those MT7s have a *lot* of stop), these might suit you more.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Like the Tyee above, this build also features SRAM Eagle with Truvativ Descendant Carbon cranks.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
While I was riding a Tyee, a few people asked about this odd lateral offset on the shock.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
It’s for this well concealed front mech mounting point! None of the Tyees ship with 2x, but the option is there if you want it.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
The alloy Tyee has had the same geometry tweaks for metric shocks and 170mm forks in 2017.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
As well as that, the wheels have those new Stans Flow MK3 rims.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Robert said they haven’t promoted it much so far, but 1st Ride is Propain’s own brand for kids bikes and components.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
The Frechdax full suspension kids bike has been around for a few years…
Eurobike 2016: Propain
… but the Dreckspatz hardtail is new for 2017.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
1st Ride components are not only designed proportionally for tiny riders, but also meant to be light enough for them to enjoy riding too.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
These 1st ride forks are largely made from carbon fibre.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
They also have their own rims…
Eurobike 2016: Propain
… bars…
Eurobike 2016: Propain
… and saddles.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
No skimping though, even the kids get Magura brakes and Shimano 1×10.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
The widest of these is 680mm. Just showing that, for 2017 at least, all the things we used to ride are now too small for grown-ups but just right for rad kids.
Eurobike 2016: Propain
No dropper posts for kids yet, but surely that’s only a matter of time?
Eurobike 2016: Propain
Okay, we may have been on narrow bars in the past, but we didn’t used to ride pedals that tiny.

See more at propain-bikes.com.

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