Brodie Loki – first ride review

Top-of-the-line marathon bike

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,799.00 RRP | USD $2,799.00

Our review

A great all-day trail hack, with potential for marathon performance if it was to be put on a diet.
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With plenty of efficient, bump-eating travel, a solid, good value Shimano drivetrain and gobs of climbing traction, this Canadian marathon bike will take you up as well as down with equal prowess – and keep you going all day.


Ride & handling: more than just a marathon cross-country stroller

The problem with labels is that some bikes defy categorization. As much as it comes in a little heavy for a typical marathon machine, we loved the way the Brodie Loki lapped up the kind of trails we chose to ride. Only our legs limited what it would climb and its uphill behaviour was much improved by setting the fork to 120mm.

Admittedly, fireroad climbs and long, level spins were a drag thanks to the hefty hoops, but the Loki excelled at technical ascents.

The Roco Air 3PL shock and its many adjustments took some getting used to. We preferred the compression adjusted setting to the heavy, wooden feel of full lockout and we’d have used it more if we’d been able to find the lever in a hurry.

Torquing the rear wheel down into the ground and perching on the saddle sent it rocketing straight up the steepest of test ascents, with rewards waiting at the top in the form of confident descending.

Slower, technical drops were a simple case of point the nose downhill and hold on tight.

Frame: mandrel formed tubes of the future

Brodie claim to have leap-frogged the manufacturing technique of the moment, hydroforming, and plumped their development dollars into mandrel forming. By forming the 7005 tube sections around a mandrel (former), accurately-shaped and lightweight tubes can be made.

These retain a lot of strength despite their complex sections. Sealed cartridge bearings, a CNC-machined rocker link and low top tube for clearance complete this functional design.

Equipment: tough kit & beefy wheels

Tough Sun 32-hole Sun DS2-XC rims are laced to Shimano’s Deore hubs, making a wheel package that comes in on the heavy side of marathon.

WTB’s Prowler XT tyres roll well on hardpack and really dig in on loose loam, and at 2.3in, they give plenty of volume for protection and stability.

Shimano M535 brakes provide adequate if unexciting stopping power, and Center Lock rotors are always a neat touch.

Shimano Deore XT two-way shifters allow quick gear changes when the trail rears skywards.

A Shadow rear mech tucks vulnerable bits under cover of the burly chainstays.

The pennies scrimped on the LX front mech afford an 11-34-tooth Deore XT cassette, which saves a few grams and gives a spinny low gear for ultra-steep climbs.

The Truvativ Stylo chainset spins on a Giga X Pipe bottom bracket and WTB’s Pure V Race saddle is a favourite.

The oversize forged Syncros stem is burly and obscures the front tyre from above.


There’s also a bottle cage mount under the down tube, but it’s more useful for storing spare batteries for lights than juice.

Product Specifications


Name Loki
Brand Brodie

Frame Material Brodie Shaped Custom Select 7005 fully butted frame. mandrel shaped sealed bearing pivots
Brakes M535 7 Inch Rotors
Cranks Stylo 3.2
Fork XC600 ATA2 100-140mm Travel Rebound Compression Lockout
Front Derailleur LX
Front Hub M535 Centrelock
Handlebar Bulk OS bar
Rear Derailleur Deore XT
Rear Hub M535 Centrelock
Rear Shock Roco Air 3PL 100-140mm Travel 3 Position Lockout
Rims DS2-XC
Saddle Pure V Race
Seatpost Syncros Derived 6061
Shifters Deore XT
Stem FLS OS Stem