It’s blue, it’s beautiful, it’s the new carbon Rage DH chopper from Propain and by the beard of Zeuss it looks good!

Rage CF “First Edition” – Carbon dream bike

The new 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. At € 4,999 the pricing is as attractive as the frame which comes in an exclusive color only available for the “First Edition”.

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 (6.8pounds) which is more than 500g lighter than the AL 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 achievable with an aluminium frame.

One Bike for Everyone

A lot of input from the Propain Dirt Zelvy Worldcup team went into the development of the frame. The riders around 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.

“We wanted to design a bike which is capable of winning WC races but at the same time is versatile enough to be the perfect bike for weekend fun on bike park tracks!”

– Robert Krauss

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 chain stay length adjustment. Also the suspension system was tweaked towards perfection. The beginning stroke progression was increased to make the bike sit higher in travel.

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.

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.

All highlights at a glance:

• 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 downtube protection made of durable plastic material
• Exchangeable ISCG mount to protect the frame against heavy impacts
• New, futureproof metric sized shocks (250x75mm)
• Threaded BSA bottom bracket

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.


Fork: Fox 40 Factory
Rear Shock: Fox Float X2 Factory
Drivetrain: Sram X01 DH 1×7
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

Thu 6th Oct, 2016 @ 12:30 am

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