The New Bianchi Methanol CV FS Mountain Bike Rips in With XC and Trail Builds

The frame’s simple suspension design leaves ample space for a bottle, or frame bags if you are in the market for a long distance racer.

Bianchi has a new short travel 29er on offer that can be built up with a 100 or 120mm fork and takes a proper dropper post. The Methanol CV FS is a full squish race bike designed for modern XC and marathon courses. This latest version is longer and slacker than its World Cup proven hardtail teammate, while the bike remains podium-poised in every way.

While the Methanol “trail version” comes with a 120mm Fox Step Cast fork, a dropper post, and 760mm wide bars, the bike fits best in the marathon and XC category, given its geometry and overall build spec.

Bianchi claims that “the new Methanol CV full-suspension will not only improve the way you ride, it will change how you ride. Technical descents once deemed too rough to attempt are now a breeze thanks to the Bianchi CV System: the use of Countervail special carbon material and viscoelastic resin [cancels] 80% of the vibration, resulting in improved after shock control.”

The frame includes a super light, integrated chain keeper.

Geometry

The respectable 435mm chainstays at the back of the Methanol CV FS should pair well with its equal reach measurement (size medium) and somewhat relaxed 68.6° (100mm fork) headtube angle. All sizes come with the shortest headtubes possible to let riders drop their bars low and aggressive on the bike, and the short seat tube should open up the size range to folks with a wide variety of inseam measurements.

The steep seat tube angle and reportedly light weight of the frame should make it a winner on the climbs, particularly when paired with a grippy 2.4″ tire.

Quick spec

  • Sizes: 15″, 17″, 19″, and 21″
  • 100mm of rear travel and 100 or 120mm up front
  • Boost rear end
  • Carbon front and rear triangle
  • Colors: Black and celeste, or black and grey
  • Fits up to 29 x 2.4″ tires

For pricing and availability, check with your local Bianchi dealer.

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