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*Bike shown is not to spec
Our bikes have always punched above their weight class in terms of suspension feel so don't be fooled by the 135mm on the Fugitive LT. This bike will have you hitting the trail harder and faster than most bikes with 150mm but don't worry - the bike exudes stability, control and traction so your ride just got better. And faster. And more fun.
BIKE MAG BIKE BIBLE REVIEW OF OUR FUGITIVE LT
"The frame is impressively stiff for aluminum, without being harsh, and the suspension offers a near-perfect mix of traction, pedal-ability, ground hugginess and pop. It has the suppleness and capability of a long-travel bike, but it only actually has 135 millimeters—and is progressive enough to supply that telltale short-travel liveliness."
Yes, you see an extra linkage here. This is the secret sauce in the Fourby4 design. It allows us to decouple the performance aspects of the rear suspension, which means we can fine-tune each bike to match its intended purpose. Put simply - the lower linkage controls the rear wheel axle path, and the upper linkage controls the shock progression.
Fugitive shock fitment specifications
Shock size: 185 x 55 / Reducer & hardware spec: Top - Trunnion mount, Bottom M8 X 25mm
FOX & ROCKSHOX base tune = CL, RM, Climb L (if specified).
FOR SHOCK TUNING PLEASE REFER TO THE MANUFACTURES SETUP GUIDES.
Only Knolly Fourby4 suspension can achieve balance in all four of these categories with no compromise. We can build the bike to deliver the exact ride experience desired which means our bikes are some the best performance full suspension bikes on the market.
BRAKING. PEDALING. TRACTION. CONTROL.
SUSPENSION PERFORMANCE IS FOCUSED ON THESE FOUR CHARACTERISTICS.
The rear triangle pivots determine the rear wheel axle path and the anti brake jack characteristics of the frame. The chainstay pivot placement means the brakes do not lock up the suspension.
The linkage pivots are isolated from the rear wheel axle path and they are directly responsible for the progressive nature of the rear suspension. For more tech nerdy info on our Fourby4 check out our suspension page.
+Rear Travel: 135mm or 5.31"
+Wheel Size & Max Width: 29" x 2.6"
+Dropout/Hub Spec: 157 x 12mm axle, DT rear QR, axle 205.3 / 176.3 long, 1.0 thread pitch.axle included. All dimension here
+Headset: 44mm upper & 56mm lower
+Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
+Post Collar: Size 35.0mm
+Seatpost insertion depth: 280+mm
+170/175mm dropper post will fit most riders
+6066 series hydroformed alloy frameset
+Low stress pivot locations rotate on new long lasting premium BLACK IGUS bushings
+Internal cable routing with Di2 battery compartment
+Industry leading geometry - Long reach, Low bb height and standover
+Front Derailleur: E-type direct mount
+Dual ring compatible
+Chainguide Tabs: ISCG05 (removable)
+BB Shell Spec: 73mm / threaded
+Chainline: 55-57 with 56.5mm optimal
+Rear Brake Tabs: Post mount 160mm
+Two geometry settings allow you to fine-tune your ride experience
+Bottle mounts will fit a bottle even with a reservoir shock
CRANKS AND CHAINLINE
Cranks and BB for the Fugitive
With our new 157TRAIL rear end the chainline on the Fugitive and Fugitive LT is in the 55-57mm range with 56.5mm being optimal. There are a number of ways to get cranks to fit our frames so here are some helpful facts:
SRAM's new DUB system comes in two versions. Regular and SB+. The regular version works on the Fugitive but you have to switch to a zero offset chainring (see below). The SB+ version has a bottom bracket, cranks and chainring combination that works perfectly on the Fugitive. The X01, GX, and Descendant 7k DUB SB+ cranks have a longer axle and a wider BB spacer that works with 157TRAIL. All the DUB BB's are the same.
Any direct mount Raceface crank with a flipped Direct Mount ring will work. You can also run a direct mount flat ring from Black-Spire .Raceface rings come with a 3mm offset so when the ring is removed and flipped (the teeth profile works like this as well) it becomes a -3mm offset and the chainline works on the Fugitive. For a 1x system you can run a flipped ring on the Next SL, Next R, and Turbine cranks with a 134mm axle, or the Atlas and SIXC with the 136mm axle, or the Aeffect and Ride Cinch cranks with 137mm axle. For a 2x system you can run the Next SL, Next R or Turbine with a 143mm axle and a Boost spider. Helpful graphic for chainline. Raceface also now offers their cranks in a 143mm BB spindle which will provide a 55.5 chainline without having to flip the ring.
Shimano offers their cranks with a +3 option (the part number should have a "B" on the end like this: FC-M8000-B). The axle length and BB are the same as their standard cranks so the offset is worked into the chainring mount. This system will work as both a 1x and a 2x option on the Fugitive. NOTE: this set up requires one spacer between the BB and the frame on the drive side. Maximum size chainring is a 32t ring with this setup. The XTR, XT and SLX cranks in this configuration work on the Fugitive. The new Shimano XTR, XT and SLX 12 speed cranks come in a 56.5 chainline
FSA has 5 different MTN cranks that work with our 157TRAIL rear. Their system is very simple - you simply move one spacer from between the crank and the spider to between the spider and the BB to provide the right chainline.
Fork offset for the Fugitive
Recently there has been a lot of talk about fork offset in the bike industry. The simple truth is that you can run either offset on our Fugitive (or any bike) - you just need to understand how the bike will ride with a shorter or longer offset fork.
With a longer offset (51mm) the bike corners better in tight singletrack and has slightly quicker handling but it gives up a bit of stability at high speed.
In the shorter offset (42 to 44) the bike is more raked out so it is more stable and performs better at high speeds but in tech climbs, switchbacks, and slower stuff, the bike is a bit more to get around and the front end can feel floppy.
Depending on travel, a shorter offset will change the wheelbase between 5-7mm which amounts to an almost insignificant half a percent (0.5%) of the total wheel base.
As with all geometry changes, advantages in one area are achieved at the sacrifice elsewhere. Fork offset is a simply another tool/adjustment for riders to customize the handling of the bike to suit their riding style and the terrain they ride.