QBP’s Heller Bikes keeps filling out their trail bike line-up, now going beyond the 27.5+ & fat bike hardtails we’ve seen over the past couple of years. The new Heller Barghest is the brand’s first full-suspension bike, pairing the same plus-sized tires & carbon construction of the Shagamaw with 130mm of four bar suspension to yield a bike capable of attacking almost any trail ride. Heller says the Barghest started with a modern long & slack trail geometry and grew into a carbon full suspension bike begging for longer travel forks to shred their favorite trails….
The 130mm Horst link Barghest gets paired with 140mm Manitou Machete Comp fork up front via a 68.5° head angle, but is also happy to run a 150mm fork for an even more aggressive build. The plush feel of the classic four-bar suspension design – what Heller calls “simple, trail-proven No-Fuss-Sus” – on top of the rough terrain-eating & super forgiving 2.8″ Maxxis Rekon tires makes the Barghest a much more capable trail bike than anything Heller has built yet.
The $3000 Barghest still manages to be a relatively light and easy to maneuver bike. With a full carbon frame, affordable SRAM NX 1×11 drivetrain, tubeless-ready wheel/tire paring, TranzX dropper seatpost & aluminum components, the complete Barghest claims a weight of 14.54kg/32.05lb.
The Barghest frame gets Boost spacing, internal routing, and a stealth dropper.
It comes in any color you like as long as it’s black, and in five frame sizes to fit a wide range of small to tall riders.
Heller says that “everyone deserves a high-performing mountain bike”, and the idea for the Barghest was to deliver a carbon bike & a killer ride at a price that is hard to beat. Distributed through QBP, you can get ahold of a new Barghest through pretty much any independent bike shop, with availability anticipated at your local shop in the next week or two.