With so many prominent bike brands launching their latest 29er bikes every other week, it seems like these large wheel bicycles are slowly finding its place and gaining acceptance in the world of mountain bikes.
Local outfit, Link Carbon Bicycles is also one of the latest players to hop on this trend. The Profligate 29er, Link Carbon Bicycles’ full suspension, full carbon monocoque 29er was officially unveiled on 25 May 2013 at TEF Bikers Junction. According to Kenneth Tan, owner of Link Bicycles and an adventure racer himself, the Profligate had undergone a full year of stringent testing in 2012, where it had been ridden through the trails of Singapore and used on Malaysian Jamborees and Enduro races.
Here’s the low down on the Profligate
- Carbon frame weight with rear shock weighs just 2.6kg
- Rear shock is 4 bar linkage and utilizes Japanese made SKF bearings
- Tapered headtube and oversized bottom bracket for stiffness
- Internal cable routing
- Available in 3 sizes: 15.5, 17.5 and 21
The Profligate 29er size 15.5 can fit smaller riders like me. This is good news as general offerings for smaller riders in the 29er category are limited. Even with a longer than usual stem that Kenneth’s Profligate 29er, which is a size 15.5, was fitted with, (Kenneth’s bike had a more aggressive setup) the reach was still comfortable for me.
I managed to take Kenneth’s bike for a short spin where I rode it through some grass patches and up and down gentle flights of urban stairs. First impression of the bike is pretty decent though I would need some adjustments (e.g. shorter stem length) for a more comfortable personal fit and reserve further comments till the bike has been properly tested out on the rugged trails. Stock sets of the Profligate 29er will come fitted with Rockshox Monarch RT.
For more information on the Profligate 29er and its geometry breakdown, do visit: http://www.link-carbon.com/profligate29er.html
Check out their video of the Profligate 29er: