Windwave is set to take stock of a new brand it has tracked down from the Le Vosges mountain range in France.
Labyrinth is a rider-owned company that designs and produces its own models and unique shock linkage – the Adapt Link. The link is designed to be super-supple on the little stuff, but capable of handling big hits while still feeling like it has bottomless suspension travel.
Windwave’s Dan Jones told BikeBiz: “While Corsair has been relatively successful for year one and will evolve into an even stronger Corsair 2.0 later this year, we felt there was room in our portfolio for something else.
“Labyrinth was presented to us at last year’s Eurobike and what was interesting about this brand was that it had developed its own suspension platform rather than copying or licensing an existing design. Labyrinth has projected models that will move it in an opposite direction to Corsair, so both brands can sit together with minimum overlap.
“Most important for us is the launch model. The Agile has spot on geometry, great build quality and a very neutral ride making it ideal for the UK.”
The firm’s flagship model, the Agile, utilises the Adapt link, which revolves around a single pivot design and offers six inches of rear travel via a Marzocchi Roco Lo shock. It also features cable guides for Hammerschmidt, remote height-adjustable seat posts and an ISCG05 mount.
For the first two inches of travel, it has a very low leverageratio to react and absorb small bumps and have a greater grip. The middle part of the stroke (2.8 inches) is linear – this is for small to medium hits and helps to isolate the pedal action from the shock. Finally, the last 1.2 inches is very progressive to give a bottomless feel and to help resist large drops.
Labyrinth stock will be available from the end of June and test rides will be available on the Windwave booth at BikeRadar Live in July, while Marzocchi’s Positive Ride Experience will also occupy space alongside it.
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