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First Look: The 2023 Bold Unplugged Mixes Aggression With Integration

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Bold is a Swiss company that, as the name suggests, is happy to do very different things.Their designs are veering off the beaten path, and the good news Internet – it definitely doesn’t look like a session! It seems that Scott Majority share of Swiss brands, definitely bold mean business. So this certainly isn’t Bold’s first bike, or even his first Unplugged. Rather, it’s a new take on the enduro platform.
Bold Unplugged Details
• Wheel size: 29″ or 27.5/29″
• Carbon frame
• Travel: Rear 160 / Fork 170mm
• 63.2 – 64.5° head angle
• Tilt headset
• Flip chips and wheel size chips
• Chainstay length: 437mm
• Size: S, M, L, XL
• Prices start at $8,999.99

That bike had less travel and less weight than the Unplugged, but had some of the same features. The most obvious is the shock that is completely contained within the frame. You may have seen Spark and Genius following a similar path since Scott came on board. However, one big difference is that the Bold bike keeps the shock horizontal. This low mounting means you can benefit from a large post insertion depth.
This bike has 160mm of rear travel, is paired with a 170mm fork and is made from the same HMX carbon found on other Scott bikes. The frame’s suspension design is called Internal Suspension Technology Virtual Pivot (IST VP), which focuses on keeping frame weight low. The main pivot rotates around the bottom bracket and the 3-piece lower assembly has a yoke that drives the rear of the shock in the frame. special tools are required.

Bold’s design hopes to make accessing the shock easier so as not to put off those wary of overly complicated designs. In some ways they did a good job allaying those concerns with a button-operated hatch that opens to reveal the head of the shock. can access. The frame shock is a modified Fox DPX2.

frame details
there is many Talk to Bold. Start with the front of the bike.

This bike uses a one-piece Syncros Hixon carbon bar and stem. All of the bike’s cables are routed through the headset, which isn’t surprising when the shock is in the frame. The set should get their attention back.The Syncros Tilt Headset has two plastic cups that allow for 1 degree of adjustment depending on orientation. The rear triangle upper stay also has a flip chip to fine-tune the shape. The head angle is about 0.3 degrees and the BB height is 8 mm. That flip chip is housed in his second larger chip that allows the frame to be adjusted between 29 inches and 27.5 inches. The frame that screams “gimmick” in one fell swoop has a number of encouraging and practical features that are mentioned next.

should i enjoy Spit Mike Levy from afar, and enjoy actively using climbing switches on shocks, Bold has you covered too, albeit in a slightly more complicated way. With the shock housed inside the frame, the only way to adjust it on the fly is with a remote lever, and that’s exactly what you get. There are 3 positions. By adjusting not only the compression but also the air volume, you can effectively adjust the geometry and suspension.

The frame also features a Save the Day Kit. This is the entire sleeve that slides the shock door. It has pretty much everything you need for a trail-side fix. There are also tools inside the door. The Bold includes a tool that doubles as a lever on the rear axle for quick adjustments. The rear axle tool has a T25, T30 and 6mm Allen key. All Bold hardware uses the Torx system, but on expensive bolts it would be nice to replace the Allen key fit in the cockpit so that it also fits in the same family of fittings.
There’s also a discrete chain tool and ample slap protection to keep the chain on and quiet no matter what you’re riding. Both bikes in this series use his AXS shifting and are not compatible with standard mechanical derailleurs as there is nowhere to store cables on this frame.

Bold’s geometry is very aggressive, and not just in the most obvious ways. Usually when we talk about new bikes we focus on head angle, sometimes it slackens up to 63.2 degrees but that’s not a number I pop out. Combined with a 25mm rise bar. This is relatively tall, coupled with a slightly shorter rear he end of 437 mm, which is likely to result in a bike that is very willing to accept rear-wheel weight, while also giving the rider plenty of opportunity. High front end.

That big stack number is also paired with a long reach number. Small, medium, large and extra large have reach of 425, 460, 490 and 520mm respectively. Those numbers are pretty big, but thanks to that tall front, the effective top tube is relatively middle of the road for its size.The seat tube angle is also 77.8 degrees. This is the enduro trend for his bike. However, the geometry chart does not specify which BB mode it is running in. It’s also worth noting that this bike uses the same shock technology found on the latest generation Scott bikes. What this means is that clicking the compression setting between open, traction and closed remote settings also adjusts the amount of air shock. That means the air shock has to travel higher and keep the seat tube angle steeper. yet.

As you change wheel sizes, Bold does an excellent job of maintaining consistency by changing just one or two dimensions, and when doing so, it makes a mere 1mm difference.

model and price

The frame is available in two colorways and retails for US$5,999.

First impression

Bold offers a lot of features for enduro bikes. The internal shock, quality lightweight carbon and aggressive angles certainly caught my attention. Having only spent a few weeks on the bike since the Squamish woke up from the winter, a few things are very clear. It feels like there are a ton of bikes. Naturally, it’s better for steep trails than flat trails.

The suspension seems to offer a relatively middle-of-the-road feel. It’s a bit disappointing that the Open mode doesn’t make it a little more sensitive to small bumps, especially considering there’s an option to adjust the shock’s sensitivity on the fly. It seems like a good bike for cruising fire roads. That being said, I’ll look into my setup over the next few rides to see if I can eliminate this issue.

However, the Bold comes to life when navigating sharp turns. It’s hard to imagine a hardcore mountain bike rider would consider a bike that has everything fully built-in aggressive or out he bike, but the Bold does just that, with a geometry that makes you feel at home when you’re riding tough trails. Offers.

We look forward to a full review of this bike in the coming months.

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