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2021 Propain Spindrift – 180mm of Travel & Lots of Options

2021 Propain Spindrift – 180mm of Travel & Lots of Options

It was solely a query of time till Propain’s newest design technology of their PRO10 suspension system was going to search out its means into the remainder of their lineup. The Spindrift is their big-hit single-crown mannequin, that includes 180mm of rear wheel journey, with 29″, 27.5, or blended wheel choices accessible. There’s additionally now a full-carbon body to associate with the aluminum fashions.

Questioning the place the identify Spindrift comes from? It truly wasn’t been dreamed up in a advertising workplace. When founders Robert Krause and Markus Zander have been on a highway journey on Vancouver Island some time in the past they determined in some unspecified time in the future that the following crossroad would resolve their subsequent mannequin’s identify. Fortunate for them, it was Spindrift Street, and never Ragged Ass Street in Yellowknife.

Spindrift Particulars

• Meant use: enduro, freeride
• Wheel dimension: 29″/27.5″/blended
• Rear wheel journey: 180mm
• Carbon or aluminum body choices
• 64.5° head angle
• 78° seat angle
• 445mm chainstays (29″), 435mm chainstays (27.5″/Combined)
• Body weight (w/o shock): 3,000g / 3900g (alloy)
• 12 x 148mm rear spacing
• Sizes: S-L (27.5″), M-XL (29″/Combined)
• Value: €2,599 – €7,904 (alloy)

Body Particulars

As talked about, the Spindrift is on the market with a full-carbon or aluminum body. The carbon model is constructed with their Mix Carbon course of, using totally different fibers and cloths of carbon for various areas of their frames relying on the requirement of stiffness, influence resistance, flexibility, weight, power or stress course.

The aluminum model makes use of a couple of sort of aluminum relying on the necessity, thereby dubbed Mix Alloy. Body components like rockers and axles that need to endure excessive stress use 7075 T6 aluminum. Their tubing options extra fatigue resistant 6066 T6 aluminum, whereas solid components are made out of 6061 T6 aluminum.

Each aluminum and carbon can be found as a 29” model, a 27.5″ model, or as a mixed-wheel model (29″ entrance triangle and 27.5″ rear finish).

All their pivots are protected by Propain Grime-Shields, a second seal to additional shield the Acros bearings from the weather.

The rear disc brake attaches to a 180mm publish mount. A series protector with ribs and built-in softer materials on prime is in place to attenuate the noise from chain slap. The decrease down tube can be protected by an additional layer. The rear finish options the 12 x 148mm Enhance normal. New is using SRAM’s standardized UDH derailleur hanger, one thing that will even be used on different Propain fashions sooner or later.

Cables are routed internally, however the routing close to the underside bracket has been adjusted, in comparison with the Tyee, and is now situated alongside the decrease hyperlink quite than touring underneath the underside bracket.

Connected to the underside bracket are ISCG chainguide mounts, however with Propain’s twist. They slide an ISCG adapter onto a counter-piece of the CF’s aluminum backside bracket insert or respectively the AL’s backside bracket tube. If a bash guard is mounted, influence forces are unfold over a bigger space, defending the body. If the mounts do get broken they will simply get replaced.

Propain has examined their body past the required standardization values, and the Spindrift body is designated as much as class 5 use, so it is completely fantastic to take it to the bike park. You possibly can even mount a twin crown fork up entrance, in case you felt prefer it.

The 29″ carbon body in dimension L weighs 3,000g with out shock, the aluminum mannequin with out shock 3,900g. Colour choices for the CF are Carbon Uncooked, Moongrey Darkish and Lime. The AL is available in Uncooked, Venomblack and Petrol. Their body decals and even Badge colours are additionally customizable.

And sure, there’s room for a water bottle.


The 27.5″ mannequin is on the market in dimension S, M and L. 29″ and the mixed-wheel bikes are available in M, L and XL. In comparison with their earlier mannequin, attain has grown barely at 5mm for the dimensions M, 10mm on the L and 15mm on the XL body dimension. The Spindrift’s attain measurements nonetheless fall into the reasonable class, with 450mm for M, 475mm for L and 500mm for the XL on the 29er and Combined model. 27.5″ involves 425mm for a dimension S, 450 for M and 475 for L.

One of many greatest variations between 29″ and the 27.5″/Combined choice is the change in chainstay size. 29″ makes use of 445mm stays, the 27.5″ and Combined rear finish a brief 435mm size.

The pinnacle angle is sitting at 64.5 levels with the 180mm journey fork, and at 64 levels with the accessible 190mm journey choice for the RockShox ZEB. The efficient seat angle is angled at a progressive 78 levels. With that mixture, the horizontal prime tube size is as much as 25 mm shorter (aside from XL, which is identical because of the longer attain), in comparison with the older mannequin – one thing to contemplate when choosing the right dimension.

Suspension Design

The PRO10 suspension design is predicated round a digital pivot system with two counter-rotating hyperlinks, activating a floating shock from each side. With the brand new Spindrift, the linkage meeting has moved from behind the seat tube inside the primary triangle for higher safety.

The bike’s has a progressive leverage curve a gradual drop from starting to finish. Which means the Spindrift will be run with both a coil or air shock with out concern of bottoming out harshly.

The Spindrift makes use of a 230 x 65mm stroke shock, delivering a median leverage ratio at 180mm of rear journey of two.77 : 1 and thereby reducing the ratio from their older mannequin barely, since that was utilizing a shock with 60mm stroke.

Anti-squat on the really useful 30-35% sag sits at round 120%, having been raised significantly from their earlier model, which was situated at 60%.


Propain gives many choices for his or her bike specs with their on-line configurator. Nearly all parts will be altered, beginning with one of many three otherwise priced starter packages.

So far as the selection of suspension forks goes, you possibly can both decide between RockShox’ ZEB or Fox’s 38 burly single-crown fashions. For the rear shocks, you possibly can decide from air or coil fashions from each makers.

The most cost effective model of the carbon Spindrift CF begins at €3,199, going all the best way as much as €7,904 in case you deck it out with goodies like Crankbrothers Synthesis Carbon wheels, AXS shifting and Fox Manufacturing facility suspension.

The aluminum Spindrift AL will be had from €2,599, going all the best way to €7,304.

Considered one of my medium sized check bikes with 29″ wheels, coil shock and a spec checklist much like the Efficiency package deal had a weight of 15.7kg (34.54lbs.) with out pedals. In keeping with Propain, the highest spec would carry the bike’s weight down to fifteen.1kg (33.22lbs.), which sounds about proper.

The Spindrift CF will be ordered from their web site starting September twenty eighth 2020, the aluminum bike from November 2020. By November 2020 the Spindrift will even be accessible in North America, with costs in {dollars} being introduced by then.

I really like bikes with a number of journey that you could nonetheless pedal up the hill with out a lot problem to then blast down on no matter path you discover. Whereas that might be mentioned for a lot of enduro bikes as of late, bridging the hole to a burly downhill machine continues to be as attractive to me because it’s ever been. As a matter of reality, I can nonetheless bear in mind the times after I lovingly known as my 180 mm journey bike with a single crown fork my cross-country trip, virtually 20 years in the past. We have come a great distance since then.

After having ridden the Tyee’s PRO10 suspension system, my expectations within the Spindrift’s capabilities have been excessive, and I wasn’t dissatisfied. Propain has discovered a system that simply works for a variety of riders, and in case of the Spindrift particularly for aggressive pilots, because of a properly progressive suspension curve.

I arrange the air shock suspended rear finish on the really useful sag of a bit over 30% (ending up at 32%) and by no means appeared again. That offered sufficient plushness for plowing by means of roots and rocks, whereas protecting it from bottoming out at larger drops or exhausting landings. On the similar time, the suspension nonetheless gives sufficient help for the bike to stay playful sufficient to pop it off lips or different obstacles on the path with out it feeling like a waterbed on wheels.

Operating a coil shock the following day, and operating barely much less sag, nonetheless labored out fantastic, though I felt that the additional sag from the day earlier than did cater to the bike’s character nicely.

When it comes to dealing with, I used to be first assigned the 27.5″ dimension medium model, and to be sincere, I had a tough time getting used to that setup. Now, that is to not say that there was something fallacious with it design-wise, however the smaller wheels and agile dealing with of the bike was far off from what I used to be used to driving these days. It was a blast to throw from nook to nook and nimble within the air, I did not really feel snug pushing it previous a sure velocity, lacking the stabilizing impact of a much bigger entrance wheel and longer chainstays.

The second I jumped on the 29er after a few half day’s trip – additionally a dimension medium – my frown actually turned the other way up instantly. Steady at any velocity with a number of cornering traction, I used to be capable of push more durable into corners and gained that additional little bit of confidence that makes day on the bike nice.

I used to be additionally extraordinarily completely happy in regards to the barely longer chainstays, balancing entrance and rear middle higher and placing my physique extra centered over the bike. You would be shocked how a lot these 10mm additional in chainstay size can have an effect on the dealing with – for my part, in a constructive means. I used to be blown away myself how a lot of a distinction in dealing with the 2 variations offered. I did attempt the mixed-wheel setup for a extremely brief stint, and whereas I felt way more at dwelling than on the 27.5″ model with the additional stability the entrance finish offered, I could not shake the sensation that the shorter chainstays would not make me completely happy in the long term both.

Wheel dimension and geometry is a extremely immersive subject and with so many selections on the Spindrift it sparked lots of totally different discussions. Ultimately, I would say the one conclusion that’s protected to return to is to trip no matter you’re feeling most snug on or that you’ve essentially the most enjoyable with.

For me, my favourite setup with the Spindrift CF was to run the 29″ body with longer chainstays for greater steadiness with a 27.5″ rear wheel, dropping the top angle to about 63.1 levels with the 190mm journey fork and reducing the underside bracket to about 340mm (at the least that is what the squiggly measuring tape advised me after I grabbed it to test). I used to be capable of readjust the seat angle to its supposed measurement by sliding the seat ahead on its rails and I used to be standing in entrance of what I felt was a close to excellent setup for me. Not simply in concept, but in addition out on the path.

Glued to the bottom when cornering, including a bit extra responsiveness general, with the ability to push the smaller rear wheel into corners more durable with no tire buzzing my rear finish in steep sections both was simply what I used to be on the lookout for. Sadly, my experiment isn’t a setup that may be ordered from Propain’s in depth menu, however that does not imply that the Spindrift could not be run like that.

Perhaps climbing isn’t your first concern when contemplating a 180mm journey bike just like the Spindrift, however the little climbing we did confirmed the bike’s potential. It actually looks like a Tyee with extra journey and possibly a bit extra weight because of the parts. My check bike with principally aluminum components weighed about 16kg together with pedals and felt removed from sluggish or being a ache to pedal up the hill. The steep seat angle helps enormously, and in case you really feel prefer it, you possibly can at all times activate the pedal platform lever on the shock to scale back bob.

I do not care if freeride ain’t lifeless or not. To me, the Spindrift CF represents a really versatile bike, constructed to excel within the gnar however nonetheless gentle sufficient with sensible geometry to pedal to the highest. I am sure that there are fairly a number of folks on the market which might be going to get pleasure from that concept.

For a extra detailed evaluation, we have already got Propain’s new Spindrift CF in for an upcoming Subject Check – keep tuned for extra trip impressions, timed laps, and comparisons.



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