Simplon Test Ride

Offered the chance to ride two different full suspension bikes, I spent a good morning doing my duties as a Mountain Bike Guide, showing Kevin at Simplon UK around my favourite bits of the South Downs. Kevin bought the Simplon Cirex 120 and Rapcon 140 – both throughly capable bikes for different applications.

The Rapcon has a playful, sure footed ride – this is due to the large print of the 27.5+ tyres. For those wondering what the ‘+’ means, it’s a 27.5 tyre, in a 2.8″ size – this adds some extra volume for grip and comfort, but also increases the wheel size to be near a 29″ (The jury is still out on how much it improves things, but 2.8 is about as big as you’d want to go – have a read of a in-depth look by Enduro Mtb).

With the 140mm travel, carbon frame and the grippy tyres, its definitely happier downhill, but rolls nicely along the single track. It’s got a fairly standard head angle and the handling is more all day single track than out and out ‘enduro’ – perfect for the 20 odd miles of trails we got to enjoy in some early spring sunshine.

The Cirex is a more XC orientated beast – its just makes you want to smash out miles of trails until your legs go pop. Lightweight, 1×12 SRAM drivetrain and full carbon frame, with a unique pivot – look at the site for it in more detail.
If you wanted to ride the whole of the South Downs Way or a long trail in a day, this would be a really great choice to do it on.

Thanks to Kevin for bringing the bikes down, to The South Downs, and taking the pictures.

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