Propain are on a bit of a role lately with their model range, the recently updated Tyee and Spindrift most notable. It’s no surprise then to see them turn their attention to their all round trail bike in their lineup, the Hugene. For 2021 we have a 300g lighter carbon frame featuring 10mm more travel (now up to 140mm), slacker head angle, steeper seat angle, longer reach and of course, new colours. Quite an update then! For more info, check out the full press release from Propain below:
Hugene – Huge On Trails
Tour, Trail, Allmountain? What now? The new Hugene is the answer. A bike with 140-150mm of travel that always fits. Whether it is a quick trail loop, an all-day tour or even an alpine cross. The Hugene is a summiteer on the uphills and a rocket on the downhills. One bike to rule them all.
We continue to rely on carbon and 29″ wheels, but we took the criticisms of the previous Hugene very serious. Therefore, our new trail rocket has a slightly steeper seat angle, a lower steering angle and a longer reach. The travel has increased by 10mm and the chainstay remains at a moderate length of 445mm. As with our other models, the damper is placed in front of the seat tube. For this purpose, we have neatly optimized our proven PRO10 suspension system. The result is an even better balance of smoothness and agility to give the trail rider safety and stability without being sluggish.
The new Hugene is even lighter and more dynamic, with a lot of attention to the drive efficiency. With 110% anti-squat, nothing will upset the rear triangle on the uphill. The bike climbs like a hardtail, but also offers you a steady downhill performance. The kinematics has been further optimized to give more support in the mid-travel and to increase the sensitivity at the same time.
It climbs, it jibs, it shreds, it’s huge – huge on trails!
We have completely redesigned the Hugene for the model year 2021. We have responded to the criticism and wishes of our customers:
- Optimized frame material made from Blend Carbon
- Wheelsize 29”
- Travel: 140/150mm front; 140mm rear
- PRO10 suspension system
- Two mounts for drinking bottles or straps, tools, pump, etc.
- PROPAIN DirtShields (double sealed frame bearings)
- New frame design: “clean and high-end”
- Selectable headtube badges and new decal colors
- New selectable frame colors
- Removable ISCG chainguide mount
- Bolted BSA bottom bracket
- New Drivetrain: Eagle 52z
- New hanger standard: SRAM UDH
- New cable routing above the bottom bracket with internally routed cables in ducts
- Upper linkage made of carbon and in frame color
- HIGH5 Warranty: 5-year warranty and crash replacement
By combining a flat steering angle of 65.5° with a steep seat angle of 76.5° (effective) and the floating damper, which is centrally mounted in the bike, we achieve exactly this: easy pedalling on the uphill with a lot of pressure on the front wheel and an optimal weight distribution on the downhill. A characteristic that you notice once you get on the bike and never want to miss again afterwards. Remarkably, this geometry change has significantly improved both the uphill and downhill performance. A reach of 480mm with a chainstay length of 445mm at size L makes the new Hugene smoother and more agile than before and creates a noticeable balance.
New Design Concept
We are also breaking new ground in the design language, as with our other models. The modern design of the Hugene looks elegant, clean and dynamic at the same time. To achieve that we use the versatility of the material in the processing of the carbon. The upper linkage is now also made of carbon and painted in frame color. Many visible edges and flowing shapes characterize the look. With attention to detail, a design was created that is tidy, noble and puristic. In addition to new frame colors, the customer now also has the option to configure the headtube badge. As usual, the bike can also be further individualized from the wide selection of decals for every taste.
Forward on the uphill with the new Hugene. Thanks to the steeper seat angle, the lower steering angle and the 29″ wheels, you have a lot of pressure on the pedal and plenty of propulsion and traction even on steepest climbs and technical uphills. The high anti-squat keeps the PRO10 rear-end tight and you do not experience any energy loss. The stiff frame made of full carbon provides lightness and agility. The new Hugene wants only one thing: go forward!
Specs & Prices
When selecting components, we continue to focus on a large and high-quality variety from which everyone can configure their dream bike. In addition to the new RockShox Pike Ultimate and the Fox34 Float FIT4 Factory with 140mm, we also offer the new Fox36 in orange with 150mm in our configurator. In addition, new features include SRAM’s Eagle 52 cassette, carbon wheels from Newmen and the new Schwalbe Nobby Nic Supertrail tires. The electronic Sram AXS drivetrain and longer seatposts up to 185mm from Bikeyoke and Fox complete the package.
The customizing options are extended by various rise-options for handlebars and stem lengths. Besides the individual customization option, we also offer three pre-configured models (Start, Performance, high-end), which simplify the selection of the bike and are a recommendation.
The “Start” model starts at a price of 3,399.00 EUR. The Performance Kit is priced at 4,549.00 EUR. The high-end version is available from 7,164.00 EUR by 02 February 2021 in our web shop. Prices outside Europe may vary.
For more info, head on over to propain-bikes.com