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Bombtrack Bicycle Co are currently developing their very first full-suspension mountain bike: the Cale XC, following their steel and alloy Cale hardtails. Scouring the social media accounts of the Bombtrack NZ folks, we can tell you this is a 100mm travel carbon XC bike running a single pivot suspension platform with linkage-driven shock. It’s likely the suspension also relies on a bit of vertical seatstay flex, too. We reached out to Bombtrack for comment; here’s what we know…
Bombtrack Cale XC Prototype
What you’re looking at here is an updated version of what Gosse van der Meer raced back at the Saariselkä MTB Stage Race and the 2021 Alta Via Stage Race where he took the top step. Bombtrack confirm that this full suspension carbon mountain bike is in development together with their XC, Marathon & Adventure racers, but the project is still in the very early stages.
Gosse will ride a similar bike at the 2022 UCI MTB Marathon WC, while another of Bombtrack’s supported riders, Nancy Akinyi, will take on Olympic and Commonwealth Games qualification aboard a similar bike and an existing aluminum Cale AL hardtail with a 120mm fork.
Bombtrack aren’t too forthcoming on details just now, stating they expect the 2022 race season to guide how the new XC bike is developed going forward.
We’ve spotted two testers giving the carbon Bombtrack Cale XC prototype a thrashing on Instagram; @toby_bikes_roberts and @joeoutandabout. Joe (left in the above image) captioned his post, “Bedding in the new steed. Happily surprised by how well this short travel missile goes, turns long low and slack can be combined with 100mm travel to great effect”.
We notice that while Toby’s ride is sporting a Fox 32 fork, Joe’s has a Fox 34, suggesting that the team are testing a variety of travel combinations.
Beyond what Bombtrack were able to share with us, we’ve deduced that this frame runs a trunnion-mount metric shock and gets some form of ISCG tabs, likely for the mounting of a mini chain guide. It also looks like it will run a full straight 1.5″ headset which could lead to fully hidden internal routing in the future.