The Snabb was designed with the aim to optimise the following traits: function, weight and reliability. Impressing the public with gimmicks, “patents” and “systems” was not on our list. We aimed to make the frame light, strong and fast. Many elements, including the suspension characteristics are inspired by the Fuzz, our DH frame that has proven itself on race tracks around the world. We managed to build in a good amount of anti-squat into the horst-link design and at the same time achieved our desired suspension curves. The geometry is modern, low, long and slack. We took into account that NS Bikes customers are usually tough, aggressive riders and expect our products to hold up to seasons of abuse. At the same time we made sure that everyone, including our team riders will be happy with the performance on race day.
The Snabb rolls on 650B wheels and is available in two versions: Enduro (E) and Trail (T). The Snabb E has over 160mm of travel and slack, aggressive geometry. It can easily be classified as mini DH rig. On the other hand the Snabb T is more of an all-round workhorse, designed to go fast uphill, downhill and take a lot of abuse day after day. This tough frame has 140mm of travel, modern geometry and will work perfectly with trail and enduro forks. The differences between the two models are: travel, geometry and tube set weight, but both of them can cover a lot of ground, depending on the builds.
Geometry: Both frames have very long front ends, but the compact chain stays keep the wheelbase at bay. The Snabb E comes with a slack 66 degree head angle and slightly longer chain stays to help keep the bike stable and higher descending speeds. It’s designed to be used with a 160-170mm fork. The Snabb T will work best with a 140 to 160mm fork which give a respective 67.5 – 66.5 degree head angle.
Suspension and kinematics: the frames have a good amount of anti-squat into the horst-link design, perfect for 1X drivetrains which tend to produce more squatting than traditional 2X setups. After many prototypes we achieved our desired suspension curves which make for a fantastic ride that gives a feeling of support but at the same time allows full range of travel to be used. The 4-bar Horst link suspension has a significant amount of rearward axle movement which helps to absorb square faced bumps. The system, unlike most other designs on the market (including virtual pivot designs) it is immune to brake jack (i.e. the torque generated by the brakes will not cause the suspension to stiffen).
Since the Snabb proved to be such a great bike, we couldn’t resist making a a superlight carbon version. The Snabb C’s frame is almost 500g lighter than it’s alloy counterpart. We spent a lot of time on the R&D process to make sure our new product is perfect in terms of quality and stability of manufacturing. We use a high-end EPS moulding method in order to get the lightest, stiffest and most consistent frames. The frames have very smooth internal surfaces that prevent stress-cracking, delimitation and irregularities inside tubes.
The Enduro frames (Snabb E Carbon and Snabb E) are equipped with the latest Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair shocks and the Trail frame (Snabb T) comes with a Rock Shox Monarch RT3 Debonair. Both shocks have very linear spring curves and amazing small bump sensitivity.
NEW FOR 2016
Snab E: lower BB, post mount interface, special low friction bearing systems in the rocker arm for more sensitive suspension, MAX bearings in all pivots, revised internal cable routing, fully integrated taper head tube (IS42/IS52).