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Introducing the Craftworks ENR: the world’s first available AM/Enduro bike with a substantial rearward axle trajectory with optimised dynamic stable pedalling platform.  The ENR will run alongside the current 4th generation Craftworks FRX as a more technical, race focused offering. 

The release of the Craftworks ENR also marks the beginning of a new collaboration with another home town company from Adelaide, South Australia: i-track suspension. The new Craftworks ENR features the patented i-track suspension system to deliver kinematic characteristics that have not been commercially available until now.

* Flow was lucky to review an early prototype of this bike, the i-Track Suspension P3. Read our review here. 

Craftworks ENR Production MU

Craftworks ENR production mockup.

Craftworks ENR Prototype

Craftworks ENR Prototype

i-track started with the objective to find a mountain bike suspension layout combining the square edge release of a rearward axle path with the ideal anti squat properties for exceptional pedaling characteristics. The patented solution was realized by means of a dynamically positioned  pulley wheel that varies the anti-squat properties throughout the suspension travel.  This favors the current direction of drive train technology going to 1×11 systems.  

The i-track anti-squat properties increases throughout the pedalling zone in the travel, providing a dynamically stable pedalling platform, yet drops off towards the end of the travel to allow for big hit compliance, while achieving a substantially rearward wheel path throughout the travel. 

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Hugh McLeay from i-Track riding the prototype on home trails in Adelaide.

The leverage ratio curve is progressive/linear/digressive to perfectly complement to digressive/linear/progressive characteristic of common air shocks. This results in small bump sensitivity early in travel, and a predictable feel throughout travel. 


Specifics: 

6061 T6 frame

Custom MRP Chain device

Compatible with 32T, 34T, 36T chain-rings.

27.5” wheel size with ample clearance for up to 3” tyres. 

160mm rear wheel travel (vertical) – 43mm rearward travel. 

Non-BOOST 142×12 axle standard. 

Syntace X-12 Axle System

Threaded Bottom Bracket

Enduro Max Sealed Bearings on suspension pivots. 

Internal Cable Routing

Available in Medium and Large sizes

2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Shipping date : April 2016


Geometry 

Medium

Large

WB

1150

1170

FC

732

752

RC

418

418

HA

66.5

66.5

HT

120

120

Reach

425.5

445.5

Stack

609.5

609.5

SA

75.2

75.2

ETT

593

613

ST

455

455

Pricing and availability will be released shortly.

See craftworkscycles.com for more details.

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