Simple and effective suspension kinematics means you get a great quality ride on an affordable bike platform.
ESS is a suspension platform designed to give both efficient pedaling action as well as smooth and controlled bump absorbsion. ESS brings a level of suspension optimization and tuning usually found only on flagship bikes to a value platform. A longer wheelbase means for a more stable and comfortable ride.
Many suspension designs, particularly in Sport models, make compromises or take shortcuts to be able to provide a full-suspension frame. Such compromises include reduced bearings in pivots (or even bearing-free), or poorly conceived leverage curves. ESS uses sealed cartridge bearings at all pivot points, providing a stiff and friction-free suspension action.
Leverage ratio on the Sprint is initially regressive which gives a comfortable and compliant ride. At approximately 45% travel the leverage ratio becomes progressive for improved big hit control and to prevent harsh bottom-outs. The suspension characteristics are optimised around producing a comfortable and efficient ride.
Insight into the technology of SPRINT
The 3D forged linkage plates on Sprint enhance rear triangle stiffness while enabling the designers to ?nely tune suspension characteristics for fantastic ride quality.
All pivots use replaceable sealed cartridge bearings which provide a smooth suspension action, free of friction. A smooth friction free action results in a smooth comfortable ride as the bicycle makes light work of any small bumps.
A standard threaded bottom bracket shell makes for quick and simple maintenance, and many trouble free miles.
Sprint 29 uses Boost 141 x 9 dropout spacing for a stiff wheel and frame to give direct and efficient power transfer. The Boost 110x15 thru-axle fork enhances front end stiffness and steering precision. Sprint Plus offers a Boost 148 x 12mm thru axle system that makes the rear triangle very stiff.
Cables are routed below the downtube using aluminium X-Guides for a neat appearance and easy maintenance. Cables protect the downtube from debris kicked up by the front wheel, and cable rub is prevented with intelligently placed cable bosses. There is a hole on the Seat Tube for the use of an internal routed dropper post.
Steering precision and front wheel tracking is improved with a tapered headtube and suspension fork.