Composite Leaf Spring System Behind New Marathon Race Bikes
Spot Launches the “Ryve” 115 and 100 Marathon Race Bikes with Living Link Suspension
Spot, maker of the widely acclaimed Mayhem and Rollik, announces the next member of its game-changing full-suspension mountain bike line: the Ryve, a marathon race rig with Spot’s proprietary Living Link suspension platform. Spot will debut the Ryve at the Sea Otter Classic, April 11-14, in booth B18.
“We conceived and designed the Ryve from the ground up for goal-oriented racers and strivers who want to crush marathon singletrack and achieve personal bests at events like Leadville. It marks a paradigm shift for lightweight, full-carbon race bikes thanks to its Living Link suspension platform,” says Andrew Lumpkin, Spot President. “Living Link changes the way you attack long climbs. It basically kills the need to lock out due to its efficiency. Ride it wide open and stomp the climbs,” Lumpkin adds.
Widely acclaimed in the cycling media and by Spot customers as the “most efficient” suspension platform on the market, Spot’s patented Living Link system pairs a composite leaf spring with the main pivot. Coupled with a Fox factory-tuned shock, the leaf spring’s anti-squat response stores and releases energy generated by compression, providing an energy gain at the optimal time in the pedal stroke and maximizing pedaling efficiency. “Living Link diminishes body fatigue and helps you stay fresher longer, which is crucial for maintaining strength for the finishing kick during long days in the saddle,” Lumpkin says.
The composite leaf spring also eliminates the most failure-prone cartridge bearings, providing longer service life while also increasing the frame’s lateral stiffness for faster, more controlled descending than any other race bike in its weight class.
The Ryve comes in two base models, the Ryve 115 (120 mils front and 115 rear), and the Ryve 100 (100 front and back). Both come standard with dropper posts that, combined with Living Link, provide performance-enhancing stability and a lower center of gravity for confident handling at maximum speeds. The Ryve carbon frame is built to Spot’s exacting standards that exceed strength thresholds while maintaining a nimble ride characteristic. The colorways are also eye-catching and fast: black with Hot Tomato highlights or Hot Tomato with black detailing.
Ryve 100 complete bikes start at 22.9 pounds with dropper; the 100 22.9 pounds with dropper. Spot offers multiple build kits for each, with four frame sizes from XL to S—all sold direct via the Spot Inside Line service that eliminates middleman markups and saves customers thousands. Other Spot features on the Ryve include: Groovy Guide integrated brake lines, Double Box Structure shock mounts that lower and centralize mass and increase frame strength, a carbon Rocker Link with a trunnion mount and bearings that heighten small-bump sensitivity, Conical Pivot Axles that provide better stiffness and power transfer, and O-ring sealed Dual Row Full-Complement Bearings that diffuse forces and eliminate play.
The bike’s name is a riff on the word “rive” or “riven,” as in to rip apart. The name precisely articulates what Spot has done to the standard playbook for marathon race bikes: ripped it up.