Spot launches new hardtail that can be used with single speed or gear belt drive
The Hardtail Rocker takes Spot back to its roots and is designed for “fast and light XC hot rides” or “long adventures deep in the mountains”. There is a standard spec of this bike, but the one that caught our eye is the single speed that comes stock with a limited edition red Gates carbon belt drive. The bike is also modular, so it can be switched between the two configurations according to the wishes of the rider.
While this setting might be a bit of a throwback, there are also a lot of modern touches here. These include the ability to use 29 or 27.5+ wheels, downhill geometry and dropper posts on all trims. Spot CEO Andrew Lumpkin said, âHardtail riding and singlespeeding is where many of us found our love for mountain biking. We decided to relaunch our beloved Carbon Rockers to amplify and modernize the pure, simple qualities we love in hardtail. “
Gear: Gates drive SS or 12 speed
Wheel size: 29 or 27.5+
To travel: Fork 100 – 130 mm recommended
Head tube angle: 67 Â°
Seat tube angle: 75.5 Â°
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Frame weight: Starting at 2.8 lbs
Price: From US $ 3,299
More information: spotbikes.com
Geometrically speaking, the Rocker is on the more progressive side of things when you consider that its primary function is to be a bike to cover terrain quickly. Yes, its 67 Â° head angle isn’t going to do much good on Trespasser, but compare it to some bikes in our XC Field Test and it’s comparable to modern cross-country and downcountry bikes. This is combined with a seat tube angle of 75.5 Â° and reaches figures of up to 500mm for a modern XC bike. It should be noted that these numbers are measured with the bike not sagging, so they will be steeper when you are actually on the bike.
There are 3 versions of the single speed version available with prices starting at $ 3,299 and weights and 19.7 pounds for the full versions, then 4 more versions of the geared versions of the bike starting at $ 3,499 and 21.3 lbs. The bikes are available for pre-order now and the first deliveries will take place in October. Since January 1, 2020, all Spot bikes and frames are guaranteed for life.