The new LINKLN 29er from Bold Cycles is a carbon fiber do-most-of-it mountain bike with the Swiss brand’s integrated shock design. Mounting the shock just above the BB allows for a low-slung damper and water bottle to keep the grams close to the earth, and it also keeps the shock clean which potentially elongates service intervals. The new bike has a link inside that can be swapped to create 135 or 150mm of travel at the rear axle, paired with a 140 or 150mm fork respectively. Bold claims that the platform is poppy and responsive, designed “for the ambitious trail rider.”
In addition to all of the sleek-looking integration across these frames, there is an external flip-chip where riders can adjust the bike’s BB height by 6.3mm and an angle-adjust headset that allows for a 1° slacker to steeper lean. The frame has sag and bottom-out indicators so you don’t have to use x-ray vision to see how the shock is doing, and there’s a tool-stash under the downtube.
There are two 135mm LINKIN models and two of the 150mm builds available, each with its own blend of high-end suspension and component specs. LINKIN 135 Ultimate builds will retail for €8,499 while the Pro build will go for €5,999. The longer 150 Ultimate sells for a cool €10,999, and the Pro long-travel version will go for €6,999. The bikes will be available in white or black and you should be able to pick one up in early 2022. Hit the Bold site for further details.