"Development for the next generation of the Numinis Carbon was one of the most complicated things we've pulled off in recent CENTURION history," says engineer Hannes Genze looking back over the past five years. The three frame sizes (43/48/53) are based on two rear ends and the parallel development of an XC / Marathon (100mm) and a Marathon / Trail version (120mm) ultimately made it necessary to create four separate chassis designs – all with an new concept. The shock is no longer in front of the seat tube, but rather below the top tube in order to provide much more direct power transfer. Combined with the "flex link" design, which does away with the pivot point between the seat and chain stays, you get a "highly modern, full suspension carbon bike with a load of advantages," according to developer Genze.
The new PCF and RCF frames (Pro Carbon Fibre and Race Carbon Fibre) weigh 1880g and 1780g without shock, respectively, providing the perfect foundation for superb stiffness-to-weight ratios and maximum propulsion. "Second place in the Cape Epic didn't come out of nowhere," says Genze, who worked closely with TEAM CENTURION VAUDE. "The second bottle cage mount was the express wish of the riders and it bridges an 'historic' gap with our LRS chassis, which also featured this advantage." The new rear end is primarily more sensitive in the middle of the travel range, and with the increased progression the chassis possesses previously unknown reserves even under gnarly circumstances.
Features: the Boost 148 rear hub, the Low Direct Mount front derailleur with Side Swing, the integrated post mount brake bosses in the rear, Di2 readiness, the dropper seat post remote control running completely within the frame and all of that within a modern geometry with a long reach and short stem. The Numinis handily convinces racers and tourers alike.
It is crucial with racing bikes that the power generated by the rider is transferred into forward motion as effectively as possible through the frame. But unlike a hardtail, a full suspension bike has a "soft" connection between the front triangle and the rear end. As such, the latter must be as stiff as possible in order to allow for the most direct transfer of power. The result: the new Numinis Carbon's rear shock sits below the top tube and there is no bearing point between the seat stay and the drop outs.
Our engineers reached deep into their trick bags to make the new Numinis Carbon a true "Race bike 2.0". The super light carbon fibre frame features maximum stiffness and, among other things, allows for partial internal cable routing (also for the dropper seat post) and has a Direct Mount front derailleur boss, two bottle cage mounts,
a post mount brake boss placed safely within the rear end on the chain stay, and much more. Still, the scales stop at an amazing 9.55 kg for the Numinis Carbon XC Team.