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We want to test this beauty please!  

Propain Bicycles, Vogt DE, 13-7-2016: Superenduro? Bike park enduro? Trail freeride bike? Our industry gets more and more creative when it comes to new category names for long travel bikes. At Propain the name is simply Spindrift! Propain Bicycles launched their latest long travel bike at the Glemmride Festival in Saalbach, Austria, the perfect stage for this bike!

alt It’s pretty long, yet nimble – and it’s made possible by a new game-changing geometry!

So what is this new bike all about? Big hit capabilities of a true Downhill bike with 180mm of travel, but without the typical limitations that come with this category. A lightweight frame and balanced geometry make for surprisingly easy climbs. But the Spindrift is not the typical Superenduro bike which other companies offer.

alt Propain Dirt Zelvy Team rider Phil Atwill on the new Spindrift!

Simply, it is a bike with loads of big hit capabilities and high fun potential, which won´t let you down on the uphill. Propain accomplished this through a game-changing geometry, which is different from most other bikes in this category: long reach and wheelbase, a steep seat tube angle, a slack head tube angle, all this in a perfectly balanced ratio.

alt Stealth grey gives it a stylish look. Other color options are raw aluminum, and an eye-popping neon orange.

The Spindrift has always been the favourite pick of the Propain team for bike park runs. However, it has always been Rage's little brother and was a bit on the heavy side. The short seat tube also limited its climbing abilities. The new Spindrift is a different beast altogether and checks all boxes. 

altOne goal, no compromise – the Spindrift is probably the most versatile bike to come along in a while.

It is part of Propain's philosophy to consistently develop each existing model to its fullest potential. For example, we employ both innovation and evolution, where it makes sense, while optimizing all the important little details. All models are based on the PRO10 suspension design which was invented by Propain founder Robert Krauss. The new Spindrift also benefits from this technology. The PRO10 system delivers perfect traction, smooth small bump sensitivity and amazing uphill capabilities.

alt Plenty of room for coil shocks, such as the Cane Creek Double Barrel CS.

Why do we use so many superlatives? Are we saying the Spindrift is a Superenduro after all? Not really - the Spindrift is a class of its own. But “super” for sure is Propain’s outstanding price-performance ratio. For €2,399 the „Comp“ entry version of the Spindrift delivers with a well thought-out component package, featuring Rock Shox Yari Solo Air fork, Rock Shox Super Deluxe RC3 Plus shock and Sram Guide R brakes. On the other end of the range is the high end model “Race” for €3,999 with the brand new 1X12 SRAM Eagle X01 group, Magura MT7 brakes, a Fox Float 36 Factory fork, and the Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock.

alt Propain's PRO10 system has proven its capabilities for years and it’s also the heart of the new Spindrift frame.

Different from the prototype, the production frame features external cable routing for both quieter performance and convenient maintenance. The weight of the demo bike is 13.95 kg. The production models will make their debut at the Eurobike show and will be available for order soon afterwards.

alt The demo bike, still equipped with the Sram X01, whereas the production version will run on the new Eagle X01 with 1X12 gears.


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