Bold Cycles will soon release an over-forked version of their Linkin trail bike; like the current models it has the capacity to run 135mm or 150mm rear wheel travel by switching the link out, but the Linkin 150 LT will boast a 160mm travel fork out front for more aggressive trail or enduro riding, whichever you choose to call it.
Bold Linkin 150 LT
It has to be said, Bold Cycles had some of the more interesting mountain bikes of Eurobike 2022. The Swiss brand has an uncommon approach to suspension design, whereby the rear shock is hidden away inside the front triangle, out of harms way. Their design went a little more mainstream in 2019 when Bold Cycles joined the Scott Sports Group. The result of that partnership was of course the 120mm travel Scott Spark which hides the rear shock inside the seat tube.
Bold Cycles are continuing to operate as their own brand however, releasing the Bold Linkin 150 at the end of 2021 wherein the rear shock slots into the downtube in a horizontal fashion. It runs a VPP-linkage delivering 135mm or 150mm of rear wheel travel, dependent on which link you choose. All of the launch models paired that rear wheel travel with a 150mm fork, but now there is a new complete build option on the way which serves up a 160mm fork; the Linkin 150 LT.
As you might imagine, the longer travel fork slackens off the head and seat tube angles and raises the bottom bracket height a touch. The Bold Linkin 150 LT goes to a slack 63.8° head angle (in the low flip-chip position) with the seat tube going to 76.9° in a size medium. The BB falls to 343mm. Across the S-XL size range, reach figures stretch from 418.4mm up to 513.4mm.
Bold had a bare frame on display to show off some of the interesting details.
Keep an eye out for the Bold Linkin 150 LT due in Spring 2023.
I should mention here that Bold did have another bike at their Eurobike booth. However, it was only viewable from inside a very small, dark room wherein thunder and lightning was rumbling, via a very narrow slat in the wall that allowed for a shrouded view of a bicycle-shaped object sat within a room that seemed to be filled with smoke. Way to build curiosity, eh! You can read Tyler’s thoughts on what that could be here.