"Diamonds are a girl‘s best friend." And just as many women have a soft spot for something essentially consisiting of carbon materials, cyclists also get excited in a similar way: carbon is the magic word here that embodies pure, unrestrained allure when it comes to bicycle frames. On the 20th birthday of our No Pogo, the 1997 version of which was the first full suspension mountain bike to feature a chassis unfettered by drivetrain effects, we are treating our latest all mountain full suspension version its most valuable gift to date, and one that has won us all over: a carbon frame.
The carbon fibre version of the No Pogo Carbon saves 700g compared to its aluminium counterpart, while much of the geometry and kinematics have for the most part been retained. The chain stays have been shortened by 5mm, made possible by the new Boost 148 dimension of the rear wheel, and the post mount brake bosses are now safely at home on the chain stay within the rear end – two innovative features of the carbon fibre edition. Furthermore, the new all mountain full suspension bike has been optimised with partial internal cable routing and a mount for Shimano's new Side Swing front derailleur – that is, if you don't decide to go directly for the top-of-the-line No Pogo Carbon 3000 with Sram's new 12-speed XO1 Eagle drivetrain with its impressive 500% gear range (10-50 cassette).
All No Pogo models – carbon and aluminium – feature 150mm of travel in front and 145mm in the rear, disc brakes with 180/180mm discs as well as standard dropper seat posts with remote control on the bars and internally routed cables for pure all mountain fun!
Even if it comes across as rather robust as a 150/145mm all mountain full suspension bike with more than enough in the tank for the rough stuff, nobody can say that our new No Pogo Carbon hasn’t been staying in shape over the years. And we’re not just talking about the 700g saved compared to the aluminium frame – the actual lines of its design cut a fine figure. In particular, the Boost 148 rear hub with its wider standard and the 5mm shorter chain stays really highlight the combined effect of form and function.
The carbon fibre frame of the No Pogo Carbon not only shaves off 700g compared to its aluminium counterpart. It also features a number of new technological advances compared to the established model. In addition to Di2 integration, the carbon all mountain machine's post mount brake bosses for 180mm discs are mounted safely within the rear end on the chain stay. However, the two models do share the high-end "float link" rear end, which has loads left over even for the rougher patches.