China’s Pardus Cycles has developed the Pardus Cycleon, a Fox Live Valve compatible full-suspension bike with Scissor Link and hidden rear shock.
I’ve been to the Shanghai Bike Show in previous years, but it’s a year that I’m not there that something really quite interesting appears! Typical!
While we all know that many of our bikes are made in China or Taiwan, we generally associate Chinese OEM bikes as being low-tech and budget orientated. The Pardus Cyclone cannot be described as either. Pardus actually revealed the Cyclone full-suspension bike in prototype form in 2017 at Interbike, but the production version is now available and it looks as though it retains all of the same features that originally made it so intriguing.
With its chunky downtube, the Pardus Cyclone does a pretty convincing impression of an e-Bike, but the only electrical help on this carbon Chinese bike comes in the form of Fox Live Valve, although a RockShox version of the bike is also available.
Once you realize there is no motor hidden away in the frame you’ll soon notice that Pardus actually has hidden the rear shock and its clever ‘Scissor Link’ suspension system down near the B.B, located neatly inside the frame.
A removable carbon cover allows for easy access to the shock settings, but when in place protects the shock from debris and rocks being thrown up, this would be especially important if you were running one of those expensive Live Valve Shocks. The Scissor linkage runs internally and was apparently designed by Steve Domahidy, one of the co-founders of Niner.
As well as protecting the shock, the position so low in the frame means the Cyclone has a pretty low center of gravity and should help improve the life of your shock seals.
The hidden scissor linkage gives the Cyclone 135mm of rear wheel travel, while the front end of the bike is designed to accept either a 140 – 150mm travel fork.
The clever suspension system also has a flip chip for geometry changes, and also means that the Cyclone can either be run as a 29er or as a chunky 27.5+ bike without upsetting the angles. We assume the Cyclone can also be run in ‘Mullet’ mode, a larger wheel on the front.
Although Pardus originally designed the Cyclone back in 2017, the geometry is still pretty good by today’s standards with a large frame boasting a reach of 460mm, a head angle of 65.5°, seat tube angle of 75° and short 436mm chainstays.
Pardus says the Cyclone is part of its global range of bikes which also includes a gravel bike, but we’ve only seen Chinese pricing for the bike. So for anyone wanting one, you had better brush up on your Chinese and prepare to stump up 88,000 RMB which is around £9900 for one.
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