NS Bikes DEFINE150 1
Revolution MTB|Issue 58
NS Bikes DEFINE150 1
TO BEGIN WITH, WAS THERE EVER REALLY A DOUBT THAT FROM THE BRAND THAT ORIGINALLY PUT THEMSELVES ON THE MAP FOR CREATING THE MOST DIALLED DIRT JUMP HARDTAILS OF THEIR LATEST BIG MOUNTAIN ENDURO RIG WASN’T GOING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST PLAYFUL BIKES OF 2020? THAT’S PRETTY MUCH IT IN A ‘NUTSHELL’ REALLY! NS’S RANGE OF LONGER TRAVEL BIKES HAVEN’T BEEN AVAILABLE OVER HERE IN OZ FOR VERY LONG NOW, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN KNOCKING OUT AWESOME BIKES BASED OF OF THEIR DJ/FREERIDE ROOTS FOR MANY YEARS. BECAUSE OF THEIR HERITAGE, THEY HAVE KEY ASPECTS ABSOLUTELY NAILED. FRAME STIFFNESS IN THE RIGHT PLACES, DIALLED GEOMETRY AND DAMN THIS THING IS A LOOKER!
Matt Staggs

Alright, well then give us a walk-through of the Define 150’s frame tech and features? First up we’re talking about a full carbon frame, which is beautifully stiff in all the right areas. High end fixtures on all the pivot points. Semi-integrated/internal cabling which is sunken into the underside of the downtube for ease of service and what seems like very high quality and robust paint job. Modern “long, low and slack” geo with the option to adjust reach via the headset cups and rear end travel via an interchangeable lower shock mount.

Another nifty feature about this bike is that you have the option of altering the rear travel and geo by swapping the lower shock mount (sold after market/separately), what difference will that make? This type of adjustment will continually become more and more common in bikes, it’s almost like having 2 bikes in 1 in some cases. This coupled with something like an alternative chainstay length can take a bike into a whole different calibre of machine!

Given that we tested the top of the line model, it’s still really surprising just how much fibre has been featured in the frame and parts spec, eh? Loving that! Indeed, this is one Gucci bike, NS have done an amazing job with their frame for this bike and have spec’d it accordingly, their in-house cockpit parts are awesome!!

Considering NS only o er the Define 150 in two frame sizes (Medium and Large) both bikes are actually pretty ‘big’ and ‘long’ - were you surprised with the geometry package that NS have gone with? To be honest, I was a little bit, the geo numbers on the Define 150 are pretty true to current “enduro” race bike standards. For such a freeride blooded brand we didn’t expect it, but they have done very well!

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