Propain owner Robert Kraus was adamant that he’d nailed the geometry on the new carbon fibre version of his downhill bike, the Rage. The cynical side of me was keeping the hype in check but I was fully open to see if the walk was as good as the talk. To his credit Kraus was on a plane from Munich within a week, and within two more I had to agree that yes, he had indeed done a very, very good job on this one.
The Rage carbon is different in many ways from the aluminium version of the bike. Primarily this is in the suspension design and geometry. For £3569 the aluminium World Cup is already a lot of bike. It comprises of Magura MT7 brakes, Sram X01 gearing and weighing in at 15.4Kg. it comes in four sizes, 63 head angle and 353mm bottom bracket with a reach that goes from 393mm to 473mm on the extra large. Good numbers, good specification, great price. For a few hundred pounds more you get something quite different in the carbon Rage.