EUROBIKE 2015 | The new Antidote CarbonJack Enduro Bike
EUROBIKE tends to follow the same procedure day in day out, with one standard visit to a manufacturer’s stand where you’ll be presented with all their latest news after another. So naturally it was a pleasing breath of fresh air when the guys from Antidote approached us with a very tempting offer to look at their new bike
Antidote, the small Polish bike firm, craft all of their distinctive carbon frames by hand in Krakow. After previously making waves in the downhill word with their Lifeline DH, they’ve now set their sights on the enduro market and are pushing the CarbonJack.
Exclusively made from carbon and covered with a layer of transparent lacquer, the bike makes an impressive first impression as the frame and rear are each single pieces. The carbon that Antidote chose makes use of Vectran fibres – frequently used for spacesuits – and is reputed to increase the rigidity and durability of the frame.
With 160 mm rear travel, the CarbonJack has been designed to take front forks with a height of 555 mm, which includes most modern 160 mm forks. The medium-sized frame has a 425 mm reach and chainstays of 438 mm, which is relatively compact considering the position of the rear shock. Teamed with the slack 65.5° head angle, the wheelbase comes in at 1,183 mm, promising stability on high-speed sections. The effective seat angle of 75° should convince riders of the comfy riding position on climbs.
|Toptube Effektive||585 mm||615 mm||640 mm|
|Chainstay Length||438 mm||438 mm||438 mm|
|Seat Angle Effektive||75°||75°||75°|
|BB Drop||12 mm||12 mm||12 mm|
|Seattube||440 mm||470 mm||500 mm|
|Reach||425 mm||455 mm||480 mm|
|Stack||603 mm||603 mm||616 mm|
Not just an attractive frame, the CarbonJack features an eye-catching rear end with two aluminium rocker arms linking the main frame, rear and the floating rear shock, linked on either side. According to the designers, it results in a great wheel trajectory and progression without causing unwanted pedal influence. The rear shock is behind the seat tube, with the piggyback reservoir mounted at 90° to ease access to the Climb Switch lever.
The CarbonJack is so far only available in medium, but the large frame should be available soon. According to Antidote, the frame weighs 2.5 kg (minus the shock), and the frame set retails at 2,999 € (minus the shock). For an extra 400 €, you can include a Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS. And Antidote are willing to custom-build any frames upon request.
For ordering details and more info head to: antidotebikes.com
Text: Martin Stöckl Fotos: Sebastian Hermann