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New Spot Brand Mayhem 130 / 150 mountain bikes get lower, longer leaf spring travel

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Golden-based Spot Bikes have released updated models of their Mayhem 130 and Mayhem 150 full suspension trail bikes. These both use Spot’s Leaf Spring suspension platform; a design that has done away with traditional cartridge bearings for the main pivot, replacing them with a composite leaf-spring, named the Living Link.

spot bikes release new mayhem 130 150 trail mountain bikes from colorado
The new Spot Mayhem 130 trail bike from the original owners of AVID

The New Mayhem 130 and Mayhem 150 both receive a substantial geometry update, now longer, lower and slacker than their previous iterations. They now also offer trail side adjustable geometry, allowing the rider to slacken the head angle and drop the BB in a (claimed) less than 30 seconds. We have the full geometry details and pricing right here.

New Spot Mayhem 130

The Mayhem 130 is available in both 27.5+” and 29″ options. As it’s name suggests, it’s rear end sports 130mm travel, paired with a 140mm or 150mm fork up front.


On the geometry front, the new Mayhem 130 is much longer, boasting a 440mm reach in medium, as compared to the 424mm reach of the previous generation. Reach values now span 415mm in Small up to 490mm in XL.

A 435 mm chainstay offers tire clearance for 29 x 2.5” and 27.5 x 2.8” tires, though Spot say some 29 x 2.6” tires will fit too

Chainstays measure up at 435mm across the S-XL size range. The seat tube angle of the small frame is relatively slack at 75.5° (effective), steepening up in 0.5° increments up the size range to a steep 77° on the XL frame.

 full suspension trail bike geometry adjust

The head tube angle is consistent across the size range at a conservative 65.7° in the HI geometry mode, dropping to a slacker 65.2° in the LO geometry mode. With the HA change comes a drop in the BB height from a 31mm drop in HI, to a 39mm drop in LO.


A key feature of the Mayhem 130 is its super short seat tube length – as short as 356mm on the small frame, and 495mm on the XL. This will encourage the use of super long travel dropper posts for all riders, giving them maximum standover clearance to throw some shapes in the cockpit.

Spot Mayhem 130 Details:

  • Frame Material: Carbon
  • Travel: 130mm rear, 140/150mm front
  • Wheel Size: 27.5″+ or 29″
  • Claimed weight: from 27.2 lb (12.3 kg)
  • Starting Price: $4,999 USD


New Spot Mayhem 150

The new Spot Mayhem 150 is, as the name suggests, a 150mm rear wheel travel mountain bike, built for rather more technical terrain than the Mayhem 130. It pairs that additional travel out back with a 160mm fork up front, rolling on 29″ wheels.

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Both Spot Mayhems have two water bottle mounts, located in the front triangle and underside of the downtube

The new Mayhem 150 sports a 65° head angle in HI mode, slackening to 64.5° in LO mode. The BB drops 27mm in HI mode, lowering to a drop of 36mm in LO mode. The seat tube angle is an effective 75.5° across the S-XL size range.

new spot mayhem 150 2021

As we saw on the Mayhem 130, the 150mm Spot offers ultra short seat tubes too, measuring at just 400mm in medium and 450mm in large. This will allow riders to spec long droppers, and choose their frame size based on their desired reach figure.

440 mm chainstays 29" mtb
Rear brake cable routing is external

Speaking of reach, this spans 410mm to 500mm across the S-XL size range. Chainstays measure 440mm consistent across the size range, offering clearance for 29 x 2.5″ tires, though spot reckon some 2.6″ tires work too.

Spot Mayhem 150 Details:

  • Frame Material: Carbon
  • Travel: 150mm rear, 160mm front
  • Wheel Size: 29″ only
  • Claimed weight: from 29.3 lb (13.3 kg)
  • Starting Price: $5,1999 USD


What on earth is the Living Link Leaf Spring?

living link leaf spring

Tyler explains Spot’s signature Leaf Spring suspension platform here, but here’s a brief description. The Living Link replaces traditional cartridge bearings on the main pivot for a composite leaf spring that works with the air shock to provide a very linear mid-stroke suspension curve.

In the first 25%-50% of the shock’s stroke, the leaf spring is said to “increase spring rate at the wheel to widen the sweet spot of mid stroke support”. Towards the end-stroke, a reduced spring rate at 75% travel is said to make more travel accessible on rough descents, transitioning to a stronger “ramp up” near bottom out as the leaf spring force falls away.

On the rebound side, the leaf spring is meant to reduce “pogo” experienced on big hits. In the early to mid-stroke region, the leaf spring is said to bestow more “pop” to help riders hop obstacles with ease.

Spot Mayhem Pricing & Availability

The new Spot Mayhem 130 and Spot Mayhem 150 full suspension trail bikes are available at four price points; 4-star, 5-star, 6-star XTR and 6-star AXS.

The Spot Mayhem 130 starts at $4,999 USD for the 4-star build, featuring a Fox Performance Float DPS shock, RockShox Pike Select fork with 42mm rake, Stan’s Arch S1 wheelset, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and SRAM G2 R brakes with 180mm rotors.

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New Spot Mayhem 130 6-star AXS build with full factory suspension from Fox and carbon Enve rims

At the top-end, the 6-star AXS build will set you back $ 8,399 USD. It sports a Fox Factory Float DPS shock, Fox Factory 36 Float fork, SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS drivetrain, Enve M630 carbon wheelset and G2 ultimate brakes.

For the Mayhem 150, drivetrain specs remain as for the Mayhem 130, but suspension, wheelsets and brakes are all on the burlier side. At the lower end, the 4-star $5,199 USD build gets a RockShox ZEB Select RC 44mm rake fork, Fox Performance Elite Float DPX2 shock, Stan’s Flow S1 wheelset, and Code R brakes with 200mm and 180mm rotors.


At the top-end, the $8,599 USD 6-star AXS build gets a Fox Factory Float X2 shock, Fox Factory 38 Float fork, carbon Enve rims on i9 Hydra hubs and CODE RSC brakes.

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3 years ago

Think I maybe found my next bike.

3 years ago

Very nice.
Is it the same frame for booth builds ? ie can one convert from the 130mm version to 150mm ?

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