Following the announcement of an updated 2015 road range, BH Bikes also has a brand-new 650b carbon version of its Lynx 6 enduro mountain bike. This 150mm rear travel, 650b Lynx will be joined by an updated alloy model that offers a few important tweaks. We also received news of a new Lynx 4.8 Carbon, but details on this are currently lacking.
Geometry wise, the new carbon and aluminium Lynx 6 650b models will offer a shorter top tube and chainstays, which are now claimed to be just 426mm long. BH states that there’s still room for tyres up to 2.4in in width, as well as compatibility with 1x, 2x or even 3x gear systems. Something that has helped BH achieve a shorter length is by moving the rear shock from its previous seat tube piercing position to a simpler in front of the seat tube design.
A 142 x 12mm rear thru-axle sits between the split pivot dropout: David Rome / Immediate Media
A concentric pivot at the dropout is a key part to the Split Pivot design
The rear end continues with Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot floating suspension system, something that’s proven to be effective with its reduction in brake squat, anti-squat under power and progressive leverage ratio.
Made from a combination of high modulus T40, T30 and T24 Toray carbon fibre, the carbon version should equate to a stiffer and lighter weight frame than the alloy version. Meanwhile the aluminium edition will feature triple butted 7005 tube sets with sections such as the head tube and bottom bracket being cold forged.
Other details include sealed Enduro MAX bearings at the pivots, and fully internal cable routing – including a port for a seemingly mandatory Stealth dropper seatpost. Drivetrain options are kept plentiful with a PressFit BB92 bottom bracket, ISCG05 chain guide mount and direct mount front derailleur.
It was just the Lynx 6 Carbon 27.5 (650b) we saw in the flesh, but we’re told the current 29in wheeled versions of this bike will continue on without frame changes from 2014.
The removable battery has its own built-in charge-state display : David Rome / Immediate Media
We’re told BH is set to launch a huge range of e-bikes at this year’s Eurobike show
And for something completely different, the guys at BH Bikes Australia were teasing the release of a huge ‘Evo’ and ‘Sport’ e-bike range for 2015. BH already has some strong offerings in this market and it seems to be an area of focus for the Spanish brand. We’ll be testing one of the new Evo mountain bikes in the near future.