Tough, versatile and fun are the key words here. Build the frame up with coil shocks and forks and you get a mini-dh / freeride bike. Or choose air shocks and lightweight components and enjoy all-day hardcore enduro. Either way, any bike built on this frame will cover a lot of ground. The key is the super sturdy design. Not the lightest on the planet but trust us - we've seen loads of guys swapping their weight-weenie framesets for the Soda, simply because it's already proved itself in the real world. It pedals great, descends smoothly and when you launch it, it flies like no other. The frame has big bearings, is burly, overbuilt and has huge tuning potential so no matter what you want to do, there is a setting that will be perfect for the application. Adjustable chainstays (417mm - 433mm) in conjunction with adjustable travel (152mm - 177mm) allows for dramatic changes of the bike’s character. This bike is exceptionally nimble and manoeuvrable in short travel and short chainstay mode (note: chainstays are VERY short in this position, much shorter than most bikes on the market), and still stable at high speeds in long travel with long chainstays. The frame is also very torsionally stiff - not only can it handle all rotational tricks but it also feels great in fast corners where you can often feel other frames flexing.
We uses a custom tubeset developed specially for this frame, to achieve the best performance, durability and aesthetics. You won't find any ugly external gussets on the Soda. We blended in an array of beautifully cnc'd parts, each one optimised for weight and strength. You will find an internal headset and tapered headtube for low stack height and stiffness. The frame also has an option of external or internal cable routing.
The 2013 Soda now comes with a number of small improvements and is now approx. 50g lighter. L size now has a longer seat tube (432mm instead of 417mm).
In the rear end you will find a 4-bar linkage that gives several advantages:
lateral stiffness of the rear end of the bike
minimised side loads on the shock, eliminating excessive shock wear and friction
an optimised shock rate curve.
For highest pedalling efficiency we suggest the following setup: 160-170mm fork, air shock, long chainstay and short travel setting
NS Bikes Soda Frame Specifications:
152-177mm (6-7”) adjustable rear wheel travel
A6061-T6 custom formed and butted tubes
smooth ‘double pass’ welding in all critical areas
weight (w/o shock): ~3.35kg
rear shock: 216x63mm (8.5x2.5”)
internal or external cable guide option
head tube: tapered 1.5 ZS (56mm ID/44mm ID), 115mm stack height, headsets to fit 1 1/8” steertubes and tapered steertubes included with frame
fits forks with standard 1-1/8” or tapered 1.5 - 1-1/8” steer tubes
rear hub 135x10mm bolt type or 135x12mm Maxle, Rock Shock Maxle axle included with frame
IS-2000 disk brake mount
BB: standard mtb english 1.37x24tpi, 73mm wide, ISCG-05 mounts
rear derailleur: removable hanger included
front derailleur: not compatible
seat post/clamp: 30.9mm / 34.9mm
max tire: 26 x 2.5”
Buy NS Bikes Soda Frame (Marzocchi Rocco R TST) from Chain Reaction Cycles, the online bicycle store.