Pronghorn Racing have unveiled their 2010 lineup, and it looks like it's a case of refinement rather than revolution for the Danish company.
They're staying with their unusual top tube mounted shocks, but making small changes across the range, such as moving from Kenda tyres to Schwalbe and adding a 1.5in head tube to their PR6-LT all-mountain bike.
As well as the models detailed below, a limited edition bike is in the pipeline. Made in conjunction with FRM, it will be launched at the Eurobike show in Germany in September.
Also due to be unveiled at Eurobike are integrated seatpost versions of the carbon PR6-SW full-suspension bike and PHM1 hardtail.
Pronghorn's long-travel trail bike has 150mm of suspension front and rear, a triple-butted alloy frame and a low centre of gravity. It features Pronghorn's Anti Power Loss System (APLS), where the shock is mounted over the top tube. The company claim this reduces power loss and creates "a bike which rides like a hardtail on the uphills and a full-suspension on the downhills". New for 2010 is a 1.5in head tube.
The top-end model equipped with Shimano XTR weighs 11.1kg (24.5lb) and boasts a Fox RP2 195 shock, DT Swiss EXC 150 fork and 1750 QR15 wheelset, Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres, a Fizik Antares Carbon saddle and own-brand finishing kit. Frame weight is 2.4kg (5.3lb) for the 15in model.
Options: Complete bike with Shimano XTR (£4,451), XT (£3,419) or SLX (£3,161); frame kit (£2,369 or £2,129); frame with Fox PR2 shock (£1,441).
The PR6-SW is a lightweight 100mm-travel cross-country/marathon bike, available in both alloy and carbon fibre versions. With a frame weight of only 1.79kg (3.9lb) for the medium size, the carbon bike is one of the lightest full-suspension rigs on the market.
The top-end XTR model weighs in at just 9.8kg (21.6lb) with DT Swiss XR Carbon shock and XMC 100 fork, Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres, a Fizik Antares Carbon saddle and own-brand finishing kit.
Options: Carbon bike with XTR (£4,709) or XT (£3,677); alloy bike with XTR (£4,451) or XT (£3,419); frame kit (£3,229 or £2,989); carbon frame with DT Swiss XR Carbon shock (£2,301); alloy frame with DT XM 180 (£1,957).
The alloy PR6-XC aims to offer similar performance to the SW at a lower price, with the top-end XTR-equipped model costing £4,107 – £600 less than the equivalent SW Race. The lower price is reflected in the frame weight – 2.3kg (5.1lb).
The XTR bike comes with a DT Swiss XM 180 shock and and XMC 100 fork, Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres, a Fizik Antares Carbon saddle and own-brand finishing kit. It weighs 10.5kg (23.1lb).
Options: Complete bike with XTR (£4,107), XT (£3,075) or SLX (£2,473); frame kit (£2,369 or £2,129); frame with DT XM 180 shock (£1,441).
Pronghorn's hardtail is aimed firmly at the cross-country race set. The carbon PHM1 boasts one of the lightest hardtail frames on the market, with the full bike weighing just 8.9kg (19.6lb).
The top-end XTR model comes with a DT Swiss XMC 100 fork, Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres, a Fizik Antares Carbon saddle and own-brand finishing kit. It costs £3,763.
Options: Complete bike with XTR (£3,763), XT (£2,559) or SLX (£2,043); frame (£1,097).
Want to try one?
If you fancy trying out one of Pronghorn's bikes for yourself, they'll have their demo fleet at the Bontrager TwentyFour12 in Plymouth on 25-26 July. They're also looking for UK riders to sponsor.