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The new Rage CF carbon downhill bike by Propain was definitely one of the highlights at the Eurobike 2016. After the success of the Tyee CF it was the next logical step to upgrade the downhill bike to carbon as well. The new full carbon frame features a wide variety of geometry options. Three different top tube lengths and two different chain stay lengths are possible for each frame size to perfectly adjust the geometry to the rider, the track, or the riding style. Just like the Tyee CF in 2016, the Rage CF will be available as a limited “First Edition” for pre-order, priced at € 4,999 and in an exclusive color.

Images for Propain Rage CF First Edition Carbon dream bike blog
Images for Propain Rage CF First Edition Carbon dream bike blog
bigquotes We wanted to design a bike which is capable of winning World Cup races, but at the same time, is versatile enough to be the perfect bike for weekend fun on bike park tracks. – Robert Krauss

Propain – Evolution in Development

Constant evolution is the mantra of Propain’s development team. The new Rage CF represents the fourth generation of Propain’s downhill bike, but this time the result might as well be called revolutionary. The frame has been redesigned to get the best out of the carbon attributes, and features a whole host of new improvements and adjustments. What has stayed the same, though, is the highly acclaimed Pro10 suspension system, which combines pedal efficiency with small-bump sensitivity.

The Rage CF can be built just below 15kg (33pounds) and is one of the lightest Downhill bikes available. The frame weight tips the scale at 3.1kg (6.8 pounds) which is more than 500g lighter than the aluminum version. Even though the frame weight is impressive, it was not even the main development objective. The primary development goal was to use the properties of the carbon material in order to create a stiffer bike with a much more predictive feel than is achievable with an aluminium frame.

 

A lot of input from the Propain Dirt Zelvy Worldcup team went into the development of the frame. The riders, along with Ben Reid, know exactly what is needed to get the most out of the bike. As a result, the Rage CF features a new and revolutionary reach adjustment which, along with the new chain stay length adjustment, enables you to adapt the bike perfectly to your size, track and riding style. Surprisingly, the feedback from all team riders on the head angle was similar, so Propain decided to refrain from head angle adjustment and instead focused on reach and the chainstay length adjustment. Also, the suspension system was tweaked towards perfection.The beginning-stroke progression was increased to make the bike sit higher in travel.
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The new suspension kinematics produce a more progressive rate in the beginning of the stroke (blue line)

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One Bike for Everyone

While most bikes currently on the market trend towards shorter chain stays, the new Rage CF can be adjusted to feature a whopping 459mm chain stay length for ultimate stability at high speeds. “This was a request from our WC riders” says head of R&D Robert Krauss. For those who prefer shorter chain stays the length can be set to the short position at 445mm length. This bike perfectly meets Propain’s objective to develop a bike that is versatile enough to win WC races but is just as great for simply having fun with your buddies in the bike park.

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dropout “chip” can be reversed to alter the the chainstay length by 14mm
Images for Propain Rage CF First Edition Carbon dream bike blog
Oval headset cups can be reversed to change the reach (and top tube length) by 10mm.

Attention to Detail meets Versatility

The novel reach adjustment provides a yet unknown flexibility to adjust the frame size according to your needs, your size or the track. Simply by flipping the headset cups the reach can be adjusted by +/-10mm and with another centred cup the frame can be ridden in the 0mm position. Combined with the new chain stay adjustment this will give you tons of options to customize the geometry to your needs. Combining all the given options the wheelbase can be adjusted by a total of 34mm.

Images for Propain Rage CF First Edition Carbon dream bike blog
Images for Propain Rage CF First Edition Carbon dream bike blog
Images for Propain Rage CF First Edition Carbon dream bike blog

Rage CF First Edition

As known from previous product launches at Propain there will be a limited, highly exclusive “First edition” of the new Rage CF. The bike will be available in a limited volume for pre-order starting at midnight on the 10/10/2016. Besides an amazing build kit the frame is dressed in a stunning matte royal blue, which is only available for the First Edition.

Details

• Carbon monocoque main frame
• Unique reach adjustment (+10 mm / 0 mm / -10 mm)
• Chain stay length adjustment (445 mm / 459 mm)
• Internal cable routing (optimized not to interfere with a race plate)
• Combined fork bumper and cable routing
• Durable and strong down tube protection made of durable plastic material
• Exchangeable ISCG mount to protect the frame against heavy impacts
• New, future proof metric sized shock (250x75mm)
• Threaded BSA bottom bracket

Specifications

• Fork: Fox 40 Factory
• Shock: ]Fox Float X2 Factory
• Drivetrain: Sram X01 DH 1x7
• Crankset: Sram X01 DH Carbon
• Brakes: Magura MT7 First Edition
• Wheels: Zelvy Carbon DH 35
• Handlebar: Sixpack Millenium Carbon 785
• Stem: Sixpack Millenium 35
• Seat Post: Sixpack Forward
• Saddle: Sixpack Kamikaze
• Tyres: Onza Ibex DHC 650B
• Frame Sizes: S/M and L/XL
• Weight: 15.1kg
• Price: € 4,999

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Rage CF Geometry

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