The Snabb was designed with the aim to optimise the following traits: function, weight and reliability. Impressing the public with gimmicks, “patents” and “systems” was not on our list. We aimed to make the frame light, strong and fast. Many elements, including the suspension characteristics are inspired by the Fuzz, our DH frame that has proven itself on race tracks around the world. We managed to build in a good amount of anti-squat into the horst-link design and at the same time achieved our desired suspension curves. The geometry is modern, low, long and slack. We took into account that NS Bikes customers are usually tough, aggressive riders and expect our products to hold up to seasons of abuse. At the same time we made sure that everyone, including our team riders will be happy with the performance on race day.
The Snabb rolls on 650B or 29" wheels and is available in three versions: Enduro (E), Trail (T) and Plus. The Snabb E has over 160mm of travel and slack, aggressive geometry. It can easily be classified as mini DH rig. On the other hand the Snabb T is more of an all-round workhorse, designed to go fast uphill, downhill and take a lot of abuse day after day. This tough frame has 140mm of travel, modern geometry and will work perfectly with trail and enduro forks. The newest Snabb Plus is our first ever 29-er full suspension frame for those who preffer big wheel aggressive trail riding. The differences between the models are: travel, geometry and tube set weight, but all of them can cover a lot of ground, depending on the builds.
Geometry: Both frames have very long front ends, but the compact chain stays keep the wheelbase at bay. The Snabb E comes with a slack 65 degree head angle and slightly longer chain stays to help keep the bike stable and higher descending speeds. It's designed to be used with a 160-170mm fork. The Snabb T with it's default 66.0 degree head angle will work best with a 140 to 160mm fork. The big-wheeled Plus has the steepest 67.0 head angle and will work best with 140-160mm forks.
Suspension and kinematics: the frames have a good amount of anti-squat into the horst-link design, perfect for 1X drivetrains which tend to produce more squatting than traditional 2X setups. After many prototypes we achieved our desired suspension curves which make for a fantastic ride that gives a feeling of support but at the same time allows full range of travel to be used. The 4-bar Horst link suspension has a significant amount of rearward axle movement which helps to absorb square faced bumps. The system, unlike most other designs on the market (including virtual pivot designs) it is immune to brake jack (i.e. the torque generated by the brakes will not cause the suspension to stiffen).
Since the Snabb proved to be such a great bike, we couldn’t resist making a a superlight carbon version. The Snabb C’s frame is almost 500g lighter than it’s alloy counterpart. We spent a lot of time on the R&D process to make sure our new product is perfect in terms of quality and stability of manufacturing. We use a high-end EPS moulding method in order to get the lightest, stiffest and most consistent frames. The frames have very smooth internal surfaces that prevent stress-cracking, delimitation and irregularities inside tubes.
All Snabb frames are equipped with newest Rock Shox Super Deluxe metrick shocks.
NEW FOR 2017
New one-piece rocker arm, resulting in stiffer rear end & re-designed suspension curve. New SRAM Super Deluxe metric shock with Trunnion mount. Improved internal routing with rubber gromets.
Rear wheel travel: 127mm (5”)
Recommended fork travel: 140-160mm
Tubes: AL6061-T6 + AL6066-T6 custom formed and butted tubes, forged AL6061-T6 1pc rocker arm, smooth double pass welding in all critical areas, MAX bearings in all pivots, friction-free shock mounts
Rear shock: Rock Shox Super Deluxe, 200x57mm (7.9x2.24”), mounting hardware: front 22.2 x 8 mm, rear 22.2 x 8mm
Cable routing: internal or external cable routing option
Head tube: integrated tapered IS42/IS52
Fits forks: standard 1-1/8” or tapered 1.5 1-1/8” steerer tubes
Head tube length: S size: 110mm, M size: 120mm, L: 130mm
Hub spacing: 142 x 12mm, NS axle included
Disc brake: post-mount, max rotor size: up to 200mm
BB: threaded 73mm with ISCG-05 mounts
Biggest chainring: up to ~34t (SRAM XX1 up to 32t)
Rear derailleur: removable hanger included
Front derailleur: low direct mount S3
Seat post/clamp: 31.6mm / 34.9
Maximum tire size recommended: 29” x 2.3”, 650B x 3.0”
Weight (w/o shock, w/o axle): ~3.1kg