NBD: Trek Farley, Thok Gram, Audi E-Tron, Last Cinto V2…

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… YT Decoy CORE 4, Islabikes Creig.S and Luath.S. They’re all in this week’s New Bike Day round-up.

Trek press release:

Trek unveils new updates to legendary Farley line

Today Trek launched the latest version of its legendary fat tire bike, Farley. With four seasons of trail tackling capability, humongous tires, and tons of mounts for gear, the all-new Farley is the overnight adventure rig, the off-season ripper, and the snowy singletrack surfer – all in one.

Farley’s expedition-oriented frame is fit for any adventure, big or small. Tons of frame mounts and custom-designed integrated accessories like front and rear racks, dry bag holders, and bolt-on front fenders make Farley suited for exploration. Plus, they don’t look like an afterthought.

The all-new Farley also incorporates an offset carbon fork that’s designed to save weight, improve handling, and provide extra real estate for mounting a custom rack or cargo cages. Paired with extra fat 27.5″ x 4.5″ tires, Farley claws through loose terrain with tons of grip and stability.

This utilitarian earth roamer comes in four different configurations ranging from the Farley 9, which is a fully kitted bikepacking adventure beast, to the Farley 9.6, an OCLV Mountain Carbon race rig for those who aren’t afraid to bring on the big. Farley 7 comes with an 80mm Manitou Mastodon suspension fork to take the edge off rough terrain, and Farley 5 is the starting point for building the dream adventure rig with an included dropper post and loads of gear mounts.

The all-new Farley will be available starting in mid-March 2023. Some builds will ship in mid-2023.


Thok press release:

THOK E-Bikes presents Gram, the revolutionary full carbon e-Enduro

THOK E-Bikes presents Gram, the revolutionary full carbon e-Enduro Gram, the bad boy of the THOK family, is finally here with its amazing shape, concept, geometries and technical choices.

Fun and great performances, in pure THOK style, no matter how steep the downhill trails or rough the climbs may be.

THOK E-Bikes announces its very first e-MTB with a frame in carbon fibre: the Gram.

The new e-enduro is a new member of the Italian company’s e-bike range, and joins the MIG series for the All-Mountain, the TK01 for the Enduro and the HT model for the mixed Trail-Urban use.

The Gram can handle breathtaking downhill trails as well as the most challenging climbs. This bike can go up surfaces that could not be dealt with on a normal bike, and is a lot of fun when going downhill.

This new model is the result of two years of design work, prototyping and countless tests carried out on the challenging trails of Finale Ligure.


Gram is Piedmontese for bad, as Piedmont is the region where THOK was born and is based. Gram stands for that healthy anger that drives you to achieve a result, that pushes you to reach a goal. This is what the new e-MTB is all about: no matter how steep the downhill trails or rough the climbs may be, this bike can vigorously tackle every path.


At the rear of the Gram frame, the chain-stays with asymmetrical design and integrated cable routing immediately stand out. This original solution favours maximum traction when going uphill and great responsiveness when going downhill.

The new UDH dropout, which is compatible with all drivetrain systems on the market and is easy to maintain and find, safeguards the integrity of the drivetrain, rotating backwards in the event of an impact, and improves the performance of the rear gearshift.

Above the bottom bracket the T-Ribs stand out, which are also made of carbon fibre: they provide support, dissipating the pressure produced by use and making pedalling more effective. In addition, they improve the lateral rigidity of the frame.

The new TPS-2 leverage system, also designed by THOK, increases progressiveness: the rear wheel easily absorbs obstacles when going downhill and offers excellent traction on climbs. The compression curve has been adapted to the bike’s enduro character.

The downtube features carbon with differentiated thickness and its C-shaped section helps disperse stresses during use on rough terrain. It has been extremely verticalised, with the aim of lowering the centre of gravity and further favouring uphill pedalling.

The Big Eye of the T-Front System reduces stresses in the steering area during use on the roughest trails. Rigidity and steering precision are always guaranteed thanks to the 1.8 tapered head tube.

Finally, the T-stopper is the steering lock that prevents damage to the carbon frame and cables being torn in the event of extra handlebar rotation.


Audi web description:

Audi Electric Mountain Bike Powered by Fantic

Be one of the first to get your hands on our first electric mountain bike. Inspired by the Audi RS Q e-tron, it combines great looks with Audi performance – and is up to any challenge. But hurry, we have limited stock available, register your interest so we can contact you with more information.


YT press release:

DECOY CORE 4: This shuttle sends

As the cliché suggests, never judge a book by its cover. Namesake and appearance alike, the DECOY MX and 29” are cut from the same cloth yet deliver two different on-trail experiences for real mountain bike enthusiasts looking to ditch the shuttle to the top and slash the most demanding terrain back down. Additionally, the new 720Wh battery is now available to everyone who just can’t get enough.

DECOY MX CORE 4 – Uncompromised descending dominance

YT Industries is a brand with its fingers firmly in the gravity pie. For riders looking for maximum amplitude, aggressiveness, and and roost worthy cornering characteristics– the DECOY MX fits the bill. The full carbon frame utilizes the V4L kinematic to drive 165mm of travel, enabling big bottom-out capabilities and heaps of traction. Up front, the Renthal Cockpit, ODI grips and SRAM Code RSC brakes direct the FOX 38 Float Factory fork, with 170mm travel controlled through an e-bike optimized GRIP2 VCC damper. Damping out back is handled by the FOX Factory Float X2 with four-way rebound and compression adjustability, ensuring all riders within the 150kg system weight can nail down their setup. YT’s 540Wh battery feeds the Shimano EP8 drive unit, which produces 85nm of torque within a svelte 2.6kg package, making it one of the lightest full power systems available. When it’s time to commit to the climb, Shimano’s Deore XT Hyperglide+ 12-speed groupset enables smooth shifting under load. The SDG Bel Air 3.0 saddle and YT Postman combination receive increased drop across the 5-size range, with up to 200mm for the XXL. For rapid acceleration and class-leading grip, the Crankbrothers Synthesis rims are paired with Industry Nine hubs and wrapped with the stickiest compound Maxxis Assegai up front and a DHR II out the back – both in EXO+ casings.

DECOY 29 CORE 4 – All-mountain adventure

If all-mountain epics, maintained trail flow and prolonged climbing efforts are a firm favorite, then the DECOY 29 will be right up your street. Akin to the MX version, the DECOY 29 CORE 4 receives the full carbon frame treatment. The V4L linkage provides a different, 29” specific kinematic this time around, and 145mm of rear travel damped by a FOX Float DPS Factory rear shock. The geometry reflects its climbing capability through a 77-degree seat angle and 458mm chainstay length, and is paired with the same powerful Shimano drive unit as it’s MX counterpart. The front end comprises of a 150mm FOX 36 Float Factory fork, including handy bleeder valves ensuring consistent performance at alpine altitudes. The Renthal cockpit features along with SRAM Code RSC brakes, a Shimano XT groupset, and a YT Postman seatpost, with increased drop heights. A Maxx Terra compound Maxxis DHF and DHR II combo balances fast rolling performance and climbing traction, complimenting the 29” front & rear tuned Crankbrothers Synthesis wheels.

720Wh Battery

Upping the ante of the DECOY platform, YT has developed a 720Wh aftermarket battery that equates to 30% more capacity than the stock 540Wh version. Off the shelf isn’t in YT’s vocabulary; the custom construction uses 21700 cells wrapped in a robust aluminum casing, mounted with two bolts accessible via a 5mm Allen key. This provides quick battery swaps and easy on and off-bike charging. Weight distribution and its effect on ride experience is a key consideration – the increased mass is kept close to the bottom bracket to retain the DECOY’s downhill capabilities. It’s good news for previous, current, and future DECOY owners – the 720Wh battery is compatible with previous and current MX and 29 models in sizes M, L, XL & XXL.


LAST press release:


Uur CINTO goes into the next evolutionary stage. With the new, 300 gram lighter Layup variant, we achieve a frame weight of only 1.8 kg. With the completely redesigned rear triangle, a flexible frame platform is created that ranges from the enduro bike TARVO to our downcountry CELOS. Handmade in Germany and individually configurable, this creates an individual bike with each of the CINTOs limited to 100 pieces.


Islabikes launch:

Islabikes Creig.S and Luath.S

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  • willard
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    I looked down the photos in this and saw alllll the eBikes and their overly fat downtubes and weird bottom brackets and strange angles and got a bit sad at how ugly bikes seem to be. Then at the end, there was the Cinto and, quite frankly, it looks lovely, maybe not just “in comparison…”.

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    I’d love to take a YT Decoy away for a weekend. All the others are bloody hideous.

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    Last make really nice looking bikes, don’t they.

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    Jeez, reading that press release from Thok makes chewing a brick look easy although it doesn’t make your retinas burn like that Audi e-bike. Christ thats ugly, even for an e-bike thats hideous. On a par with a Pole in making a bit of sick come up.

    Then theres the Last. What a wonderful looking thing that is… There are very few new bikes that make me immediately want one but thats one.

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    I do like that front rack on the Farley. Maybe not enough to buy the rest of the bike to go with it mind…

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    LBS did demos on those Thok bikes. Man, I felt a bit queasy slinging my leg over something so ugly. But, must say, they were blimmin good ebikes. (didn’t buy one, never intended to 😀 )

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    Irrational wanting for one of those Farleys with all the racks and bags. I imagine riding it to Nordkapp in the middle of Winter. Or something.

    Would probably just gather dust in reality 😕

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    That Last is gorgeous.

    Why did 27.5 become a thing? They originally pitched it as meaning you could have the size of a 4.8 but with a 4.0 tyre. And here it is, with a 4.5 on it.

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    You could buy the front forks and integrated rack for the 1120 separately if you wanted to convert an existing frame – I imagine they’ll offer the same with the Farley. Wasn’t particularly cheap IIRC but a very elegant way of carrying stuff at the front of your bike.

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    What would my wife do if she spotted last.gmbh on the credit card statement?

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    Looking at the spec of the Audi bike, who’s guessing the cost?

    Including Audi tax, I suspect £19.5K

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    You could buy the front forks and integrated rack for the 1120 separately if you wanted to convert an existing frame – I imagine they’ll offer the same with the Farley.

    Yeah, I looked at the 1120 set. I could be tempted.

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    For info if considering the trek fork I just bought an 1120 fork and rack off ebay but struggling a bit with the length due to rack mounts. Trek describe it as suitable for replacing a 100mm fork but at 510mm a-c is about the length of unsagged fork. On my el mariachi it adds about 3cm to height and feels odd to ride. Think it actually might be best on a frame designed around a 130mm fork, still experimenting but might be an expensive buy!

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    I have 120mm Reba’s on my bikepacking B+ so I reckoned it would work fine for me.

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