Primarily based simply exterior of Leeds in northern England, bike maker Carbon Wasp has an all-new UK-made carbon Truffle brief journey full-suspension mountain bike. Sitting in between lengthy XC and brief path, the 120mm Carbon Wasp Truffle has a familiar-looking linkage-drive shock, single-pivot suspension design, plus a number of trick particulars to tackle any path…
Carbon Wasp Truffle 120mm UK-made carbon MTB
Carbon Wasp proprietor & bike designer Adrian Smith calls the brand new 120mm Wasp as a ‘sturdy and stiff ‘ carbon path bike developed to stability environment friendly climbing to get you up the hills and an opulent trip to take pleasure in getting ‘rowdy on the way in which again down’.
“We needed to create a motorcycle that may do something, an actual “go to” bike for all path circumstances. The Truffle is mild and predictable for climbing, agile for singletrack and sturdy for technical descents. We principally made the bike that we need to trip, a motorcycle that will be at house on the XC race circuit or razzing across the native woods,” describes Smith.
Trendy Path Geometry
Although the short-travel bike rides the road between XC & path, Carbon Wasp says the Truffle is constructed to tackle all type of trails. Geometry-wise, they name it Trendy Path, with longer body attain, a slack 65.5° head angle, and steep 76° seattube (already when paired with an identical 120mm fork.)
Plus, that “120mm of plush and progressive rear journey” could be balanced with something from a 120mm XC fork for much less aggressive singletrack & trails, or as much as a extra beefy 140mm path fork for extra technical & steeper using.
The Carbon Wasp Truffle is a 120mm full-suspension bike made completely by hand in Yorkshire, even all the way down to the full-carbon shock linkage. It additionally features a good downtube storage opening to maintain trailside spares low & protected contained in the body.
Carbon Wasp has been crafting carbon elements & bike frames for different manufacturers out of their West Yorkshire workshop for a number of years. However as mountain bikers themselves, Carbon Wasp actually needed to create their very own good path bike. The Truffle has been in improvement for a number of years, and from the appears of issues has gone by means of a number of evolutions, seeming to dial again journey whereas sustaining a progressive nature for all-rounder path duties.
“When designing the Truffle the target was to make a body that could possibly be constructed into a light-weight XC race bike, however was additionally sturdy sufficient to tackle probably the most technical descents. It’s not designed for bike park laps, however it might deal with that for those who sometimes wanted it to.”
The in-house carbon layup itself has taken 3 years to refine, alongside balancing a dependable provide of the UK-sourced prepreg fiber that Carbon Wasp builds the Truffle with.
The Truffle options totally sealed bearing pivots for UK sturdiness, inner cable routing, stealth 30.9mm dropper publish compatibility, a basic BSA threaded backside bracket, Increase 148 rear spacing, replaceable derailleur hanger, a few ISCG chain information tabs, and a single bottle cage mount.
The 1800g body (with out rear shock) features a burly stick-on rubber downtube protector and chainstay protector to maintain the body secure and working quietly over tough terrain, and has UK clearance for 29 x 2.4″ tires (tyres?).
Carbon Wasp Truffle – Pricing, choices & availability
The Carbon Wasp Truffle is available in 4 inventory sizes (S-XL) and is barely out there as a frameset – together with a 5 12 months restore or change guarantee. For £2800 you get a Wasp body with a Cane Creek DB Air IL air shock, or simply £2400 with no shock, together with free supply worldwide.
Frames can be found now from the small builder in normal Wasp Yellow paint with an approximate 3-week supply time. Or different customized single-color paint jobs are additionally doable for no additional cost, for the reason that bikes are painted regionally. You may even go wild with customized paint (pricing to be agreed with Carbon Wasp) so you’ll be able to construct up your personal distinctive lengthy XC or mild path bike.