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In case you’re from the UK, likelihood is you could have an affinity with Tempo Cycles, particularly in the event you’re wealthy sufficient in years to have seen the small model make its mark on the game of mountain biking from the very begin, within the eighties, proper by way of to the present day.

The brand new RC295, the corporate’s first full-suspension bike in years (a long time, actually), is eye-catching and inflicting a stir — it’s fairly some bike.

First for a recap on Tempo’s historical past, simply in case you’re unreasonably younger. Again within the early days of the game, Tempo produced the considerably ground-breaking RC100, an unforgettable square-tubed aluminium body, straight out of Yorkshire.

Alongside the timeline of mountain biking, the model has popped up at times with an innovation (akin to its carbon fibre downhill forks) or just a lovely product (its hardtail frames are price trying out). To today, the founder and designer, Adrian Carter, remains to be on the helm of the family-run firm.

What’s Bike of the Week?

Each Tuesday, we carry you an in depth first have a look at one of many newest bikes (or framesets) to reach at BikeRadar HQ – from street to commuting, gravel to enduro, and something in between.

That is our probability to introduce the bike and the whole lot that makes it distinctive earlier than hitting the street or trails.

Head to our Bike of the Week hub for earlier editions.

What’s the Tempo RC295 Final GX?

It’s a 29in-wheeled, 135/150mm-travel (rear/entrance) carbon fibre bike outfitted with a RockShox Pike Final fork and SRAM GX drivetrain, thus the identify.

The RC295 is inflicting a stir for its attractiveness and progressive numbers, and it actually does push the boundaries. The underside bracket peak sits at 327mm (46mm drop), which is nearly astonishingly low for a motorcycle of this suspension journey, and Tempo has outfitted this Final GX mannequin with brief 165mm SRAM GX cranks to minimise pedal hits.

This construct options SRAM’s 12-speed GX Eagle drivetrain.
Ian Linton

Likewise, a 64.5-degree head angle is relaxed for a comparatively short-travel bike, but it surely makes excellent sense on a motorcycle Tempo says is made to be a “enjoyable, participating machine”.

Mix this with a brief chainstay (436mm) and lengthy attain (484mm on a dimension Giant), and you’ve got a motorcycle that needs to be snappy and fast-accelerating whereas remaining secure and confidence-inspiring.

The one accessible color – gloss uncooked – exhibits off the hand-laid Toray Uni Directional carbon fibre that’s moulded utilizing the “newest Latex Inside mould know-how which supplies a a lot smoother inside floor and better layer compaction”, in line with Tempo.

Smart move making has gone into the RC295 Final GX full construct, which prices a snip underneath £4,000.

Its 150mm-travel RockShox Pike Final fork (42mm offset) is simply what you’d hope for up entrance on an aggressive path bike like this, and it’s coupled up with the equally succesful and ever-popular RockShox Deluxe RT3 Debonair rear shock.

Dependable merchandise from fellow British firms embody Hope Know-how (headset, seat clamp), Burgtec (handlebars), DMR (grips) and Hunt (Path wheelset), none of which we will fault as parts decisions.

It’s specced with Hunt wheels and Maxxis rubber.
Ian Linton

The three sizes (Medium, Giant and X-Giant) include a RockShox Reverb dropper submit with 150mm journey (sizes M and L) or 170mm (XL) – maybe one space of oversight as a result of most riders would most likely desire extra journey.

an organization has its clients in thoughts when it provides a motorcycle with interior tubes fitted however tubeless kits equipped too.

Plus, it comes with a spare derailleur hanger, Rockguardz under-frame safety and a 10-year guarantee on its Enduro Max body bearings. That’s dedication.

Tempo Cycles RC295 Final GX

  • Fork: RockShox Pike Final 150mm journey fork with Charger RC2 damper. 42mm offset, black
  • Dropper:  RockShox C1 Reverb Stealth 150mm drop, plunger lever
  • Headset: Hope, Integral, black
  • Wheelset: Hunt Path vast 29in, 30mm rim width
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHR2 entrance and rear, 29in x 2.4, EXO/TR
  • Saddle: Cost Spoon Saddle, black
  • Groupset: SRAM GX Eagle 1×12, 165 crank arm, DUB BB
  • Stem: Tempo RC46 35mm clamp with 32mm attain, black
  • Handlebar: Burgtec Ridewide Alloy Enduro. 800 vast with 30mm rise / Renthal Fatbar, alloy, 35mm, 800 vast with a 30mm rise, black
  • Grips: Deathgrips, black
  • Brakes: SRAM Information RS
  • Rotors: 203 entrance and 180 rear
  • Value: £3,999
  • Availability: Bike should be pre-ordered and can be delivered (£38 for a UK supply) 6 to eight weeks after ordering if they’re in inventory (Tempo says they’re promoting extremely shortly)

A full overview of the Tempo RC295 is within the works, so keep tuned to see how we get on.