We were blown away by the Antidote Darkmatter, one of the best DH bikes we’ve ridden this year. How does their 160mm travel enduro bike, the Carbonjack, stack up in this highly developed category?
Words: Sean White Images: Steve Jones
Yeah, that’s right, the Darkmatter took us by surprise and had us itching to get more time in on this bike from Poland. We kept it for as long as we could and naturally were keen to explore other bikes in the Antidote range. The Carbonjack a bike with 27.5″ wheels, 160mm of rear travel has stiff competition. The 2017 Dirt 100 is stacked with good examples of these bikes – all with well honed geometry, up to date sizing and sorted suspension and damping. The YT Capra, Transition Patrol and Evil Insurgent are all carbon framed bikes that are both proven dynamically and hugely desirable. Aluminium equivalents such as the Commencal Meta AM and Orange Alpine 6 are also likely contenders for your enduro shopping list. So how does the Carbonjack, a hand-crafted carbon frame from a small builder in Europe compare against these benchmark bikes? As we found this year with the steel framed Starling Murmur, we need to be prepared for surprises. Quite frequently, these more esoteric and custom options from true craftsmen show they can not only produce a stunningly finished bike but one that blows us away on the trail.