SUNN, KELLYS AND THOK LAND ON AUS­TRALIAN TRAILS

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As 2019 bikes and prod­ucts are ap­pear­ing not just on the hori­zon but on shop floors, we’ve heard news that not one, not two, but three new bike brands are com­ing in to Aus­tralia. And when we say new – well one of them might be fa­mil­iar if you were rid­ing in the 1990s.

Ride Sports, based in Queens­land, are im­port­ing Sunn Bi­cy­cles from France, Kellys Bikes from Slo­vakia, and Thok bikes from Italy.

Sunn bikes have a long his­tory in moun­tain bik­ing, hav­ing been pi­loted by moun­tain bike leg­ends like Nicholas Vouil­loz, Anne-Caroline Chaus­son and Miguel Martinez. Even our own Nathan Ren­nie spent some time aboard the French fly­ers. The en­duro and trail crowd will love the Kern range, with 120-160mm mod­els that share slack 66 de­gree head an­gles (67 on shorter travel bikes), steep 75 de­gree seat an­gles and long reaches. We think the Sunn Kern LT Finest will turn some heads at an Aussie trail cen­tre or en­duro race!

Cross-coun­try rid­ers will be im­pressd by the Shamann 100mm FS, the rad­i­cal look­ing frame hides the shock and link, and it has a new school 69 de­gree head an­gle, 74 de­gree seat tube and a flex stay as­sem­bly which should keep weight re­ally low. There’s a car­bon hard­tial called the Prim with sim­i­lar ge­om­e­try and de­sign cues.

Sunn come to the eMTB party with the Rage and Charger moun­tain bikes, bring 140mm FS and 130mm ag­gres­sive hard­tails to the trails with pedal as­sist to help boost your fun.

Kellys hail from Slo­vakia, and have a wide range of bikes and ac­ces­sories. From ba­sic hard­tails, short travel full-sus­pen­sion bikes, mid to long travel trail and en­duro bikes, down­hill race bikes and of course an eMTB range.

The 165mm travel Swag re­ally jumps out at us, with neu­tral sus­pen­sion, su­per short 419mm stays and a raked out 65.5 de­gree head an­gle this bike should please any­one look­ing to charge hard on grav­ity trails or plan­ning a visit to places like May­dena Bike Park.

The Kellys Theos is a 140mm travel Shimano STEPS equipped eMTB, which man­ages to marry 455mm chain­stays with a 68 de­gree head an­gle – ide­ally mak­ing a lively ride to re­ally help work the ter­rain, your legs, and pedal as­sist to help you view your cur­rent trails dif­fer­ently and en­joy how a pedal-as­sist bike can change how you ride.

The Sunn Slanger might have a funny name, but as a 140mm trail bike ca­pa­ble of run­ning 29” or 27.5+ wheels, it is the sort of bike that should feel right at home on Aus­tralian trails, be it on your lo­cal loop or vis­it­ing a ma­jor trail cen­tre.

Thok bikes come right out of Italy. Bet­ter than that, they’re based on the Ital­ian Riviera, known around the world for the qual­ity of their trails. The brain­child of Ste­fano Miglior­ini and Livio Suppo,

Thok bikes ex­ist to pro­vide ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers with a high-per­for­mance eMTB. They had de­sign ex­per­tise from Ger­many, and pro­to­type test­ing from 22 time mo­tor­bike tri­als World Champ Toni Bou. The MIG eMTB has a low cen­tre of grav­ity thanks to the place­ment of the bat­tery un­der the raised down­tube – en­sur­ing the bike is su­per sta­ble and planted. This is some­thing most eMTBs are known for any­way thanks to their weight – but the Thok MIG uses the weight of the bat­tery and the Shimano STEPS E8000 mo­tor to its ad­van­tage as best as pos­si­ble.

140mm travel out back is matched with 150mm up front, and the 66 de­gree head an­gle should let you keep the bike charg­ing on steep de­scents while the 74.5 de­gree seat an­gle keeps you on top of the ped­als when rid­ing back up with the pedal as­sist.

The al­loy frame boasts good stan­dover height and Thok claim the weight dis­tri­bu­tion has been op­ti­mised not just for de­scend­ing, but climb­ing back up trails too, and get­ting the heav­ier bike (Thok claim the MIG R is 21kg) back up over ob­sta­cles. We hear that a lot. Bear in mind that Thok make 3 bikes. The MIG, MIG R and a lim­ited edi­tion model - so they have been able to fo­cus solely on this bike, and we’re hop­ing to get the chance to throw a leg over one for an in-depth re­view for our next is­sue.

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING

Three new brands com­ing to Aus­tralia is a pretty big deal, but what we are stoked to hear is that Ride Sports will be set­ting up a fleet of about 70-80 test bikes to show­case around Aus­tralia for test ride week­ends. We are wait­ing to hear the ex­act dates and lo­ca­tions, but we have been told to ex­pect events at well-known and loved trail cen­tres, with food on hand, bikes to ride, and plenty of in­for­ma­tion about the mod­els on hand. Fol­low Ride Sports on In­sta­gram and Face­book to stay up to date about up­com­ing demo days.

THOK MIG-R

SUNN CHARGER

KELLYS SWAG 50

KELLYS THEOS 70

KELLYS SLANGER 30

SUNN KERN LT

SUNN SHAMANN

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