Bold LINKIN – Integrated tech for the ambitious trail rider

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Are you ready for the hype? Hold onto your trucker caps!

The BOLD LINKIN is the pinnacle of innovation, focused on technical and aesthetic details to emphasise its industry leading innovation and design. Created by passionate bikers and engineered for those wanting a high-end experience of technology and design.

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The LINKIN 150

There’s so much hidden in this bike, get past the first glance at the carbon frame and swing arm, and you’ll discover there’s a lot going on beneath the surface. Is it even a bike, or is it two bikes? With an Inner Link that allows you to choose between 135mm and 150mm rear travel on this single platform, the LINKIN will be available as four different builds, with two spec options for each travel set up. The shorter travel LINKIN 135 will come with a 140mm fork, while the LINKIN 150 will be paired with a 150m fork.

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The LINKIN 135

Further adjustability comes from a flip chip to adjust the bottom bracket height by 6.3mm, and 1 degree of adjustment on head angle. But that’s hardly unique to this bike. Let’s go in search of more hidden technology.

How about an integrated tool? Similar to Specialized’s SWAT hatch, the downtube opens up to reveal storage for a Save The Day Kit, which includes a spare tube, mini pump, tire levers and a spot for chain quick links. Another hatch reveals a Syncros MATCHBOX SL-CT Multi-Tool just in front of the bottom bracket. All kept down low, it’s part of the bike’s design aim of having a low centre of gravity. Ticked away in the rear axle is a tool which features a T25, T30 and a 6 Allen key all in one. With these three options you can adjust all pivot hardware and nearly everything else there is to adjust on the bike.

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It’s not just the tools that are hidden away – the suspension is too, and this may be of interest to those who have pulled damp, mouldy and stinky tool kits out of other bike storage hatches and are wondering about the welfare of the Save The Day Kit.

Frame stiffness, lowest center of gravity and optimum shock performance are the key benefits to our Internal Suspension Technology. The condition of the rear shock has a significant impact on suspension performance. The shock is always protected from dirt, water and crashes to ensure it is functioning at its best. As a result, the bike benefits from better handling, longer shock service intervals and a more stable, confidence inspiring ride.

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Bold Linkin

With the shock being internal, there’s a fancy sag setting system featuring magnets – for full Bike From The Future points.

Accessing the shock is possible via a cover in the down tube area. This makes it easy to adjust rebound, compression, shock pressure as well as access to the cable of the TracLoc Suspension System. Setting the right sag can easily be done via a magnet equipped travel indicator on the outside. The end stroke travel can also be checked on the smartly designed travel indicator for perfect bottom out control. Shock bolts are easily accessible from the outside.

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Bold Linkin

Putting the shock inside the frame opens up design options:

With the shock placed internally, we are able to design an ultra compact linkage system for low weight and high stiffness. The linkage is directly attached to the shock and mounted to an axle inside the frame, meaning the suspension pivots no longer have to be constructed around the frame. This makes our link shorter than any other traditional suspension platform.

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Bold Linkin

As you might expect from a brand majority owned by Scott, there are shock controls on the handlebars, giving you three shock control modes via TracLoc.

TracLoc manages the sag effect in several ways. Whereas most systems only increase low-speed compression in an effort to gain pedaling efficiency, TracLoc allows you to not only change compression damping, but also to change the spring curve, dynamically altering the geometry of the bike. In Traction mode, the shock is not only firmer, but it has dynamically less travel. The bike sits higher, maintains a steep seat angle for those climbs, and becomes more agile. In addition, the LINKIN has a third mode with a full lockout for going up the steepest trails in the most efficient manner possible.

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Enough about the tech, what about the ride – what are this bike’s intentions? Bold explains – but not before some more integration tech words.

Integration has always been a core feature of our bikes. With the new LINKIN we continue to follow this credo. Upon analyzing forces going into the frame, with the LINKIN we decided to place the shock horizontally near the downtube junction. This ensures an extremely low center of gravity a offers plenty of clearance for long-travel seatposts. In addition to the IST VP suspension technology designed for progressive trail riding, the bike features several other innovative solutions. The “Save The Day Kit” in the downtube, an optimized SAG and Bottom-Out Indicator and geometry adjustment options at the front and rear are just a few. The playful yet smooth handling coupled with a chassis with lots of pop and plenty of support in the mid-travel range provide incredible performance and round out the package for the ambitious trail rider.

Vincenz Droux, Head of Engineering & Design Bold Cycles

Does all this add up to something that catches your eye? Are you an ‘ambitious trail rider’ who wants ‘a high-end experience of technology and design’? You’ve a short wait ahead of you, as bikes are due early 2022.

Bold LINKIN Pricing and Availability

You can choose from four sizes between Small and XL.

  • LINKIN 135 ULTIMATE (8.499 €)
  • LINKIN 150 ULTIMATE (10.999 €)
  • LINKIN 135 PRO (5.999 €)
  • LINKIN 150 PRO (6.999 €)
  • LINKIN frameset in BLACK or WHITE (4.999 €)
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  • Premier Icon argee
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    Looks very nice, interesting how they’ve engineered how the suspension activates, would be interesting to see a little bit more of how it compresses and extends from the rear view and the progressive curve you get through the stroke, the lower part almost reminds me of the i-drive, of course with the shock now being the torsion bar.

    I’ll not comment about durability and servicing the shock or bearings, as i doubt that these are aimed at those who mess about with their shocks that much, or do their own spannering for bearing changes.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    Seems a missed opportunity to not give that name to a park bike

    Premier Icon submarined
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    I’d say the longer travel one was one step closer than before.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    True, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    What is it with all these supposedly serious bike brands putting these stupid ‘Action Man’ hatches on their bikes…

    Just build the bloody bike, and leave me to pack and carry the tools etc

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    @tom_howard My brain was torn between Linkin Park and LinkedIn.

    Premier Icon grum
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    Some clever design features and an aesthetically pleasing bike, however… I’m sure it must have been tested to death (ha!) but it feels like having a big effectively open void in the downtube there is likely to compromise the strength considerably. Certainly wouldn’t instill me with confidence when I’m flinging big sharp bits of slate up at it in the Lake District (or casing jumps badly!).

    I guess it’s not much different to the battery on an ebike, but it still doesn’t seem quite right to me.

    Premier Icon bearback
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    Bit copy/paste pinkbike here.. and I’m not talking about the press release 😉

    Anyway, good to see it’s a 2-way street with the Scott merger and presumably not just from a build kit perspective with syncros and the Nude. (Bars, tools, axle w/tools, pump, nude, wheels, saddle, grips) it’s also listed as HMX carbon so a production shift to Scotts factory?

    What I don’t see is what the “traction” mode travel is on either bike.

    Some huge bearings in there.
    I love it!

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I’d be worried taking a bike like that down steps, especially if they’re closer to the edge, I’d worry that it’d be about to break.

    Premier Icon Scott Biles
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    Is it 29 or 27.5 or mullet? The pic with the white sidewall Maxxis looks Mullet.
    How well sealed is that swat box? The one on my Stumpjumper does leak a little and I have to dry out the tool bags now and again. I would be concerned about the tools and the shock being in a moist environment that’s partially sealed.
    Stashing tools around a bike is good design (in some cases) but nothing new and even though I use my SWAT box I agree with @thegeneralist, build a better bike and let me worry about where the tools are stashed.
    Having said all that it does look a lovely bike, but I would worry about where that SWAT box is positioned, rock strikes, water and a big gap in the frame where it needs to be extra strong. Does the frame have a lifetime warranty?

    Premier Icon Nigel Leech
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    What’s the reach like? I need a little room to breathe…

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    If it’s not right for you, you might find yourself numb.

    Premier Icon LAT
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    If it’s not right for you, you might find yourself numb

    i agree, but it is good to have one more light bike on the market.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    If it’s not right for you, you might find yourself numb.

    It’s One Step Closer to a New Divide – bikes that hide linkages, those that don’t.
    I would have to Break the Habit of having to look at a shock regularly to see What I’ve Done to it.

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