The Linkin Trail LT is the latest addition to the Bold Cycles range, the bikes with the hidden rear shock. How does this long travel carbon 29er from switzerland stack up against the best in this category from the US and Europe?
Words: Sean White Images: Ieuan Williams
BOLD CYCLES LINKIN TRAIL LT – FIRST LOOK
With only a few years of development and bike production behind them, you may well be unaware of this small Swiss brand and its bikes. Bold’s design concept is to hide the rear shock inside the seat tube of a full carbon frame protecting it from water and filth. It also gives clean lines to the bike and the finish and detailing is typical of what you would expect from a Swiss company. Rolling on 29″ wheels (with a 27 Plus option) Bold offers a 130mm travel Linkin Trail Classic or this, the bigger hitting LT model. This longer travel LT model uses the same suspension platform as the Classic but dishes out 154mm of rear travel with a 160mm fork up front.
With many brands now offering a longer travel 29″ wheel enduro bike for 2018, this Bold bike has plenty of competition. Here we take a look at the frame, suspension, geometry, sizing and spec. We’ll report back with a full test in October.
FRAME AND SUSPENSION
The ‘unique selling point’ that Bold offers with its bikes is the hidden shock, called IST – Internal Suspension Technology. Bold has designed the carbon mainframe around the rear shock which is held vertically in the seat tube. It claims that this design not only brings clean lines and water, dust and mud protection but other benefits too – increased stiffness being one of them. So how does this system work? Is it user friendly or just a gimmick that looks good in the showroom? The Linkin Trail LT is certainly a very well presented bike with great attention to detail and a very slick finish.