Monday, June 5, 2023

Forbidden Motorbike Co. Conjures Up New Body & Inverted 4-bar Linkage for Druid V2 Path Motorbike


Forbidden Druid V2 carbon path mountain motorcycle

The Druid is what Forbidden calls “a wolf in sheep’s clothes”’, as its Trifecta suspension platform is designed to experience love it has extra shuttle than it in reality does. Rear wheel shuttle stays at 130mm for the Druid V2, however Forbidden has made key tweaks to the brand new body to extend the motorcycle’s general efficiency… all with out shedding the experience qualities the unique Druid presented.

What’s new?

The V2’s maximum obvious alternate is the brand new rear finish, which now employs an inverted four-bar linkage. Forbidden sought after to do away with the Druid V1’s decrease chain information, and the brand new suspension format will increase chain wrap across the chain ring sufficient to do with out it.

A brand new 18t metal loafer pulley is supplied with a cast lube bearing, and has a sophisticated teeth profile to make sure longevity and compatibility with more recent drivetrains (like SRAM’s T-Kind transmission). A modular mount gadget makes the loafer completely appropriate with both 52mm or 55mm chainlines.

Complete 29er or mullet setups are each OK at the new body, however if you want to move with blended wheels, it’s now not only a topic of including a Ziggy Hyperlink anymore – that’s Forbidden’s adapter hyperlink to transform their earlier frames to blended wheels. For this Druid V2, Forbidden is generating aftermarket chainstays to regulate for the mullet setup.

Pricing for the non-compulsory chainstays has now not but been supplied.

Body Tech Main points & Key Specifications

The X0 construct package (the one package we now have main points on at this level) can be offered with a 150mm fork, paired to the 130mm rear shuttle making this a sexy burly path motorcycle.  

The brand new Druid body got here in a little bit lighter than the outgoing model, however as an alternative of saving a couple of grams Forbidden took the chance to make stronger the V2’s body {hardware}. Tucked in between the entrance triangle’s pivots, the brand new cast Fee Regulate hyperlink makes use of a bearing-in-rocker design, with locking collet axles and outsized bearings for stepped forward stiffness and sturdiness.

With an organization founder hailing from Europe however dwelling in Canada, it’s no marvel Forbidden makes positive their frames be offering inner cable routing that works similarly neatly irrespective of what facet you run your brakes on. The cable port covers and guides pinch the cables/hoses to stop damn.

To give protection to your body, the Druid V2 contains molded chainstay & seatstay guards, plus rubberized higher and decrease downtube protectors. The Forbidden Druid V2 additionally provides a downtube garage compartment, which has been up to date to permit tool-free get admission to for your snacks or experience necessities.

Path Suspension Updates

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The Druid’s suspension was once all the time designed to offer cast traction, playful pop, and a stunning skill to gobble up rougher terrain. For the Druid V2, Forbidden has larger the linkage’s leverage charge to raised serve quite a lot of rider weights. They’ve straightened the preliminary leverage curve to fortify sensitivity, maintained a supportive mid-stroke that may nonetheless take in repeated bumps neatly, and larger end-stroke ramp-up to provide the bottomless feeling the Druid is understood for.

The V2’s loafer pulley was once additionally repositioned. And the motorcycle makes use of a brand new V2 Fee Regulate linkage which gives larger small bump sensitivity, higher traction, extra mid-stroke give a boost to, higher bottom-out resistance, and each stepped forward pedaling and braking traits.  

To make sure cast braking the Druid V2’s anti-rise has been tuned to start out off with sufficient give a boost to to deal with the motorcycle’s geometry below braking, however drop off when the rear wheel will get deep into its shuttle. This permits the rear wheel to stay extra energetic over tough terrain, optimizing traction below arduous braking.  

Anti-squat has additionally been adjusted in a similar fashion, shedding off when the motorcycle dips deep into its shuttle. On the sag level the Druid V2 provides balance for environment friendly pedaling, however because the motorcycle compresses its loafer pulley place reduces pedal comments additional than the Druid V1 frames.   

Path Geometry, up to date

With the Druid V2 comes Forbidden’s new body sizing scheme. Their frames will now not be known as S/M/L/XL, however slightly S1-S4. With low standover heights and seat masts around the board, riders can make a choice their body length in response to achieve desire and/or using taste. Rider length doesn’t in particular resolve preferrred body length – however the differ covers riders from 5’2” to six’6”.

The Forbidden Druid V2 has stretched out up entrance, with 29er fashions now providing 15mm extra achieve than the V1. Stack heights have arise through 4mm, whilst the BB has dropped through 2.5mm. As for angles, the V2’s head tube is 0.5° slacker and the seat mast is 1.5° steeper than the outgoing body. Now in case you opt for a mullet setup the V2’s achieve will increase through 10mm, stack peak is going up through 5mm, and the BB drops 7.5mm. The top tube slackens out through a complete level, and the seat mast will get 1° steeper (vs. the Druid V1 29er).

Forbidden’s geometry seeks to discover a stability between balance and agility, for all riders. Company believers in size-specific rear-end lengths, their chainstays develop proportionally for every body length. Riders of any peak can revel in a balanced experience with their frame weight focused between the wheels, optimizing traction and keep watch over.

Forbidden Druid V2 – Pricing, Availability & Choices

There are 3 construct kits coming for the Druid V2, however handiest the range-topping X0 construct is to be had now – the opposite builds can be coming inside of the following few months. Druid V2 frames are to be had in two colours: Spruce Almighty and Celebrity Mud.

Druid X0 (XO AXS T-Kind): $8899 USD

We do have pricing, however no additional data at the following construct choices:

Druid GX FX – $7199

Druid GX RS – $6199

Druid frameset – $3799

Right here’s a have a look at the Celebrity Mud colour possibility; all the motorcycle above displays the Spruce Almighty paint process.

Forbidden has additionally up to date their lifetime restricted body guaranty, so any motorcycles offered from October 2022 onward can be lined in opposition to defects in workmanship or fabrics for existence (to the unique proprietor handiest). Forbidden additionally provides a crash substitute program when you inflict severe harm for your body.


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