First Ride: Spot Mayhem 29
Spot Mayhem 29
Spot Brand is a family-owned bicycle company located in Golden, Colorado, that is passionate about high-level engineering. The family founded Avid in 1991 and grew the component company into one of the largest brake manufacturers in the world. After selling Avid, the Lumpkin family founded Spot Brand. What sets Spot apart from other bicycle manufacturers is their patented Living Link suspension system which eliminates the lower rear pivot set and replaces it with a leaf spring. Yup, you read that right. The bike’s suspension borrows technology from the automotive world and incorporates it into a mountain bike. According to Spot this leaf spring design is said to, “Improve pedaling efficiency and enhance the linkage’s energy return, providing a boost atop the spring curve that powers you over roots and rocks.” Furthermore, the leaf spring helps provide lateral stiffness to the frame. We got our hands on the Spot Mayhem 29 to see just how much havoc we could wreak on our local trails.
First Ride: The Mayhem is a fast 29er trail bike built with 130mm of travel and an urge to charge obstacles with authority. The bike’s Living Link suspension provides great pedaling efficiency that allows riders to leave the shock in the open position. During descents, the bike has a nimble feel, and the leaf spring design seems to add an extra pop to the bike when riding off jumps or bunny-hopping over obstacles. Our first impressions of the Spot Mayhem are quite good. The bike sports a modern feel with a steep seat tube, long reach, and low bottom bracket height. Our testers are looking forward to wreaking havoc aboard the Spot Mayhem over the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for a full review in an upcoming issue of Mountain Bike Action Magazine.
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