First Look: Propain Rage CF 2022 Downhill Bike
The new bike is adaptable to fit a 27.5 “or 29” rear wheel, using a toggle chip to accommodate changing wheel size without affecting geometry, as well as a front wheel 29 “. There is no longer a complete 27.5” model. The chainstay length can also be adjusted to suit different riding styles or tracks from 445mm or 460mm (the old bike was just 459mm), with a two-position dropout.
Another big change is the size. Previously you could have a Large or XL Rage in 29 “; or a Medium, Large or XL in 27.5”, all of which could be modified with a helmet with adjustable range of +/- 10mm. Now there are only three sizes (M, L or XL), all of which use a 29 “front wheel and one or the other rear wheel size. These have reach measurements of 440, 465 and 495mm. This makes it slightly longer by size than the outgoing bike even at its longest reach setting. The reach adjustable headset is gone, but the frame is compatible with the sets of adjustable directional third.
The geometry in the 29 “configuration. With a 27.5” rear wheel, the only change is the BB offset (drop) is 3mm.
The frame adheres to Propain’s PRO10 suspension system, which uses two counter-rotating links that compress shock at both ends. This provides generous 215mm rear wheel travel (the old bike had 210mm in 27.5 “and 200mm in 29”). The leverage ratio drops by 38% over the course of the race, making it quite gradual.
The bike uses what Propain calls Blend Carbon, which they say offers a better balance of strength, stiffness and weight. The claimed weight for a large frame is 3.7 kg and 16.9 kg for a large large bike. Internal cable routing now goes through internal channels to make it easier to replace cables in the pits and prevent them from rattling on the track. The frame also includes stainless steel bearings, bolt-on frame guard, threaded bottom bracket, and a 5-year warranty with crash replacement program.
The Rage CF costs from EUR 3,999 for the “Start” option, which can be upgraded in the Propain online configurator. You also have the choice between the Performance and Top of the range models.
The new Rage CF can be ordered online today.