The new layout uses our radical new Longshot geometry for sweet, short stem handling, and the bike is now designed around longer forks for 2018. You can run up to 140mm fork for full trail slaying potential. It hasn't forgotten it's roots though: Run the minimum 120mm travel fork on the front, and the SolarisMAX is more than happy whizzing around 12hr long distance races, scrambling up technical climbs, or off on bike-packing adventures in the wilderness. Longshot geometry not only makes the bike confident on steep, rough trails, but adds plenty of space for bags and stable handling for long days in the saddle. SolarisMAX remains as versatile as ever.
As always with our flagship models, a full Reynolds 853 air-hardening steel front triangle is all present and correct. Our signature features such as Ovalform top tube and 35mm seat tube keep the weight, stiffness, ride feel and durability in the sweet spot. Grace, durability, clean lines, great attention to detail.
All of this adds up to give the SolarisMAX amazing adaptability; from sus forked, wide barred trail warrior, to Plus tyred, high traction monster truck, across to rigid forked, map crossing smoothie and everything in between. Where will your SolarisMAX take you?
For 29 or 27.5 plus Wheels:
MAX by name, Maximum versatility by nature, the SolarisMAX can run either 29 inch wheels with tyres up to 2.5" wide, or the latest 27.5 Plus sized wheels in 27.5 x 3.0" width.
29" wheel compatibility offers you a huge range of tyre options for carving corners and easy rolling speed, for every condition, and any purpose. You want fast? You've got fast. Any kind of fast you want.
27.5 Plus wheels with high volume tyres add comfort and traction advantages, with monster truck style rock smothering when you get into really rough terrain.
Why Big Wheels?
29inch or 27.5 Plus wheels roll easy and give a lot of stability, confidence and speed in rougher terrain, at the expense of being a little heavier and less playful than regular 27.5" wheels. 27.5 Plus wheels (the 27.5 x 2.8 or 3.0" option) offer more comfort and traction than 29" wheels at the expense of more weight and slower acceleration.
The way the SolarisMAX frame is packaged around the larger wheels (longer rear end, longer wheelbase, taller front end) can suit the proportions of a taller rider better, this will minimise any potential drawbacks, as a taller rider tends to have long enough arms and legs to move the bike around easily. However, if you're after more speed and stability from a bike, you may enjoy the SolarisMAX more than an easier to manoeuvre, but less stable, smaller wheeled bike.
Frames are £599, and bikes start at our Silver build, now with the fantastic SLX M7000 11spd drivetrain, for just (price unavailable).
Moving up to Gold level at (price unavailable) with Hope Tech XC 29 wheels and other parts in your choice of colour, Deore XT or Eagle GX drivetrain, Cane Creek HELM29 or Pike RCT3 fork. Or you can go Gold Plus and get the Hope Tech 35W wheels with WTB Trail Boss 27.5 x 3.0 and Ranger 27.5 x 2.8 tyres.
For the ultimate though, we have the Platinum build starting at £3649 with carbon cranks, XTR drivetrain, Burgtec bars, and Hope brakes and cassette, all in your choice of colour. You can Go Custom on all our builds and add different brakes or wheel options, for example.
There are stem length options and a bunch of different handlebars so you can tailor your bike just as you want it.
Build Specification - Platinum 29:
- Shimano XTR M9000 Mechanical 1x11 Drivetrain
- Hope 10-48 11spd super light cassette
- Race Face Next R Cinch 175mm Carbon Cranks, Direct Mount 30t Chainring
- Hope Tech X2 Brakes (colour of your choice), 180/180 Floating Hope rotors
- Cane Creek HELM29 120mm, Boost110x15mm axle, taper steerer
- Hope Hoops Tech XC wheels
- WTB Vigilante 29x2.3 TCS Light Fast Rolling, Trail Boss 29x2.25" Light Fast Rolling. Set up tubeless
- Finishing kit, including:
- Burgtec Ride Wide Carbon
- Cotic Shortstem 35mm
- X Fusion Manic 2018 dropper seatpost, 125mm drop small and medium, 150mm drop large and XL
- Cotic Cromo Rail Saddle
- Hope Headset
- Pedals not included
- 0% Finance Now Available. Use the order page to calculate your payments
- Price - £3799 including UK mainland delivery
- Use the framebuilder to spec your bike
Other Build Options:
- Platinum Plus
- Gold Eagle 29
- Gold Eagle Plus
- Gold 29
- Gold Plus
- Silver X Hope Plus