NS Synonym TR1 First Ride Impressions

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We take a ride on the NS Synonym, a cross-country bike with a wild side or is it a short travel enduro bike? Remember during our Eurobike coverage when we took a look at that stunning aggressive 29er XC bike from NS? Well, we could hardly tease you all with just those few photos and leave it like that, could we? So, for the past few weeks, we have been riding this aggressive XC bike around the trails near the office to see how it performs. It looks like an XC race bike but it is so much more!The bike we received for a short test was a size large NS Synonym TR1, this is the ‘trail’ version meaning that it has 120mm of suspension travel rather than 100mm found on the racier version. Fox 34 StepCast fork with 120mm travel.In addition to slightly more suspension travel front and rear, our Synonym TR1 also benefits from burlier forks too. The Fox 34’s that come on the front are lighter weight StepCast models, so they’re still more than enough fork for mucking about, but they don’t weigh a ton. Apart from those suspension differences this NS Synonym still has the heart of an XC racer, only with geometry that suggests something a lot more aggressive. The frame is a complete carbon affair. The front triangle is an uncluttered and refreshingly clean carbon monocoque with internal cable routing and space for a water bottle. SRAM X01 Eagle.The backend is all made of...

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