We first came across the Lone Parabellum on display in the HxR Components booth at Eurobike last year. Now, the company has completed testing and design refinements, and they are actively taking pre-orders for new frames and complete bikes.
Thanks to an eccentric geometry adjustment at the bottom bracket, the Parabellum can roll on your choice of 27.5, 27.5+, or 29er rubber without changing the geometry much. Lone’s geo-shift system, called the N.A.S.T (Nique All System Technology), allows riders to adjust the geometry by loosening a pair of bolts and sliding the eccentric adjuster by hand. There is one pre-set low position for 29er and 27.5+ tires, and a high position for 27.5-inch hoops.
The Lone Parabellum fits neatly under the enduro moniker, squishing 163mm of rear travel with a metric shock, or 159mm on a standard shock. Optimal fork travel ranges from 160 to 170mm for 27.5″ forks, and 150 to 160mm for 29″ forks.
The Parabellum’s reach measurements are shorter than its chainstay length on the size small and medium frames, adding to the possibility that its overall ride feel will stand out from the competition. The 65.5°- 65.6° headtube angle and 74.8°-75.3° seat tube angles are on par with most modern gravity sleds in this category.
The Parabellum frame’s advertised weight, including an axle and seat post collar, is 3.6kg. Customers can choose to run their dropper cable, shift cables, and rear brake hose internally or externally, and thankfully the bottom bracket is a trusty 73mm BSA external. The rear end is Boost-spaced with widely adjustable chainstay sliders. Finally, the bike takes a 30.9mm seat post, and has mounts for an ISGC 05 chainring guard.
Pre-ordered frames are expected to ship out to customers in May of 2019, at a cost of €1,749 for the frame alone, or €1,999 with a DVO Topaz damper (about $1,986USD and $2,270, respectively). Complete bikes start at €3,499.