BH’s new Lynx Race Carbon RC slashes more than 1/3 of the cost of entry off their latest lightweight, trail-ready XC mountain bike thanks to a more affordable, but still light carbon construction. Weighing just 350g more than the EVO, BH’s newest RC addition to their short-travel carbon full-suspension MTB family means plenty of more attainable options in either 100mm cross-country or 120mm downcountry builds…
2022 BH Lynx Race Carbon RC for XC & Trail
The core of the new 2022 BH Lynx Race Carbon RC is exactly the same as the 2021 BH Lynx Race EVO – a light & stiff carbon, oversized main single-pivot XC mountain bike with a linkage-driven shock and a Split Pivot around the rear axle. For 2021 the Lynx Race got a major technical trail capability boost with modern geometry and the ability to swap shocks/forks for either 100mm or 120mm of travel, plus an integrated internal routing front end.
Now, a new RC carbon frameset spec brings all of that performance down in price with a more affordable frameset that still weighs only 2200g for a size M with rear shock. The new Performance Carbon Layup (P-CL) looks to come out of the same molds so all its features are exactly the same.
BH even says that frame stiffness is even identical. You just add a few hundred grams in carbon, and your wallet is all the happier.
The Lynx Race Carbon RC still uses the same Hollow Core Internal Molding tech for the full carbon frame & rocker link.
The front end features an Acros headset with cable access ports under the stem for internal cable routing with the flexibility of standard bar and stem cockpits. Inside, a 150° Acros BlockLock steerer stop protects the frame & cables in a crash.
Race & Trail-ready Geometry
The Lynx Race Carbon RC features the same longer, slacker geometry of the EVO in four stock frame sizes (S-XL). Three Race Carbon RC builds get the steeper 68° headtube / 75.8° seattube of the 100mm travel cross-country bike. And one Race Carbon RC LT build gets the slightly slacker 67.5° headtube / 75° seattube of the 120mm travel downcountry bike.
Both share the same 430mm chainstays with room for 29″ x 2.4″ tires.
BH Lynx Race Carbon RC – Pricing, options & availability
Four complete bikes are available with the new Lynx Race Carbon RC frame, interestingly all with Shimano XT 8100 1x 12-speed drivetrains and Shimano 180/160mm brakes.
The 4700€ BH Lynx Race Carbon RC LT 7.5 is the only longer-travel down-country build, with XT brakes, Fox 34 SC, Float DPS EVOL Performance suspension with remote bar lockouts, 25mm internal BH EVO Alloy tubeless wheels, and a BikeYoke Divine SL dropper post.
Of the 10mm travel bikes, the top spec is the 4300€ Lynx Race Carbon RC 7.0 with a 100mm Fox 34 SC Performance fork & matching Float shock, XT brakes, the BH EVO Alloy wheels, and a rigid seatpost.
The 3700€ Lynx Race Carbon RC 6.5 gets the same Fox Performance suspension & XT derailleur, but downgrades to Deore shifters, cassette, chain, brakes, and a Race Face Aeffect 27mm internal alloy wheelset.
Lastly, the most affordable 3200€ Lynx Race Carbon RC 6.0 shifts to a Fox 32 Rhythm fork, the same drivetrain mix & Race Face Aeffect wheels as the 6.5, and a set of MT410 hydraulic disc brakes.
(A pair of lower-priced MC bikes carry over the older Lynx suspension design in a carbon + alloy frameset that hasn’t yet been updated.)
The new Lynx Race Carbon RC bikes each come in four standard paint schemes but are also available in the BH Unique program where you can customize paint, finishes, and even get your name on the toptube for a few hundred Euros extra.
Depending on build spec, the new Lynx Race Carbon RC bikes will start deliveries at the end of October.