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Downhill Bikes

Propain Rage Carbon

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.

 

One of our biggest likes is that Propain offer a superb personalised bike option for the Rage and it takes literally seconds to get a bike that’s fully decked out in parts and colours of your choice. Our pick for the Rage would definitely be made up of the Sixpack finishing kit with Stans Flow rims, Fox 40’s, Sram GX gearing and Fox Float X2 shock. This would bring the bike in at under four grand. For a fully decked out carbon bike that’s seriously good.

It has good detail too. The Rage has an adjustable headset which can be flipped to shorten or lengthen the reach dimensions, pretty key for Propain as they only offer two sizes in this bike – S/M and L/XL. It’s a pretty neat system. The chainstay is also adjustable from 445 – 459 mm, a key feature on what is one of the longest downhill bikes available.

“Possibly THE lightest bike on the market”

 

At 15.1 kg it is one of the lightest bikes on the market, in fact possibly THE lightest after a recent weigh-in that we conducted. But those geo’ numbers – with long setting on chainstay and headset it leads to a 1282mm wheelbase, with the largest reach dimension heading to 461mm, shorter than the aluminium XL Rage but still one of the largest dh bikes on the market. And even though the reach is smaller than an XL sender from Canyon, the wheelbase is longer along with a proportionately longer chainsaty combination. We like this a lot as it delivers a super balanced ride.

Propain Rage Carbon

In fact there’s lots we like about the Rage, no more so than its ride character. Its very quick across the ground, efficient at pumping terrain and very, very stable through broken ground. The bike is quiet and has a good feel to its bones. The suspension is supportive, there is little noise form the transmission and even though the Rage is slightly flexier than many other carbon bikes in certain directions, the feeling is good. Very good.

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