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Nordest Lacrau Ti gears up with Pinion powered 27.5+ hardtail mountain bike

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The latest titanium hardtail creation from Nordest Cycles is the gearbox driven Lacrau Ti Pinion. Their newest mountain bike is a direct evolution of the aggressive trail geometry of their popular steel Bardino enduro bike, adapted with a low maintenance belt-drive drivetrain.

Nordest Lacrau Ti Pinion gearbox hardtail trail bike

Alternating between the Canary Islands and the Portuguese coast, Nordest debuted a ti version of their Bardino last year, but now that bike gets renamed along with a new updated belt-drive version sporting Pinion’s internal gearbox.

The ti trail hardtails share the same geometry as the original steel Bardino, but the new bike adds compatibility with either the 9 or 12-speed Pinion gearboxs which helps drop the low-slung frame’s weight even further.

Buyers can opt for chain drives, or thanks to a driveside seatstay coupler the preferred Gates belt-drive setup to further the maintenance-free ethos of the gearbox setup.

The bikes are welded from 3/2.5 double butted titanium tubing in Taiwan.

Sliding dropouts let riders adjust chainstay length, and give the ability to run a range of tire setups, including the bikes standard 27.5+ with up to 3″ tires, regular 29er tires, or even 29+ up to 2.6″.

The frame is designed to be built up with 160mm or even 170mm forks. So it’s built to handle pretty much the toughest terrain any hardtail will get hucked down.

The bikes are available as framesets with either Pinion gearbox, or as a frame kit including a Fox fork & matching dropper post. All setups are available direct from Nordest, with bikes built to order and a lead time of 8 weeks.


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6 years ago

Can someone explain the cable routing to me? Is that a pinion thing?

Fraser C.
Fraser C.
6 years ago
Reply to  Dylan

Yes Dylan, the Pinion gripshift is a two cable system, and they supply it with cable adjusters coming straight out.. I put custom bent cable noodles on mine to tuck them in more. Looks much better!

RV Witherspoon
3 years ago

How do you replace the belt after it’s worn?

2 years ago
Reply to  Hampus

Haha are you serious? This bike frame has a split seat stay.
It is build specially for belt drive.

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