Positive Traction, Maximum Action
Start talking about full-suspension mountain bikes and the conversation naturally focuses on the suspension itself—its design, how it works, whether it’s fully active under all riding conditions, you name it. It’s easy to lose sight of the most important thing of all—how the bike rides and functions as a whole. And that’s where we excel—we stay focused on the big picture.
That’s not to say we don’t obsess over our Dakar mp2, mp3 and mp4 suspension designs, because we certainly do. We’ve worked at perfecting them for years, and it shows. Not just in how well the suspensions work—ours are active under all conditions, including braking; and they’re isolated from pedaling forces—but in how well they hold up. We match design and geometry with aggressive materials, engineering and hard science. Our bikes are built to be ridden hard, and ridden often—so we use 10 mm shock hardware, asymmetric chainstays, tapered head tubes, and cartridge pivot bearings. We focus on making our frames as light as possible, without sacrificing stiffness or durability, so they’ll keep going and going long after lesser frames would’ve worn through their flyweight hardware.