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4130 FI The Rig V2 aluminium hardtail gearbox MTB is finished in Germany by Nicolai

4130 FI The Rig V2 aluminium hardtail gearbox MTB is finished in Germany by Nicolai

Finnish brand 4130 FI are back with the second iteration of The Rig gearbox hardtail mountain bike. The notable news here is that this model…

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Finnish brand 4130 FI are back with the second iteration of The Rig gearbox hardtail mountain bike. The notable news here is that this model is welded up in Germany by none other than Nicolai Bicycles, instantly noticeable at the top tube seat tube join. The Rig V2 goes somewhat against the grain of current trends in mountain bike geometry… let’s take a closer look. 4130 FI The Rig v2

Over the last several years, we’ve seen a constant barrage of press releases from mountain bike brands spouting the “longer, lower, slacker” mantra. That’s all well and good. We like roomy bikes with slack head angles and low bottom brackets; they handle well. But, what do you do when your bike is already long, low and slack?

4130 FI are only making one frame size for The Rig V2 for “production reasons”. They say it should cater to riders 177cm to 190cm tall. In comparison to the original Rig, the V2 is 0.5° slacker at the head angle, now sitting at 64° in line with current trends in mountain bike geometry.

However, it is now shorter, both in the reach and wheelbase. It loses 5mm in the reach, now measuring up at 500mm, and 9mm in the wheelbase now at 1291mm. Chainstays are adjustable, ranging massively from 435mm to 465mm via adjustable rear dropouts. At 455mm, the maximum tire clearance is 29″ x 2.4″. The BB drops 57mm, making it just 3mm higher than the original 4130 FI The Rig.

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