Jenson Exclusive: KNOLLY WARDEN GX EAGLE Spec-A BIKE
There are many fun and exciting mountain bikes in the world that are highly versatile, and then there is the Knolly Warden. With its high versatility and adjustable geometry, it is ready to tackle any type of riding you can throw in its path. It features Knolly's Fourby4 suspension design that puts out 150mm of travel and helps improve traction whether you're going uphill or downhill so the bike stays firmly planted to the ground no matter what the situation is making this the perfect bike for enduro or all-mountain riding. The Warden has a threaded bottom bracket shell which is much better than press-fit, titanium pivots which are of the highest quality, internal cable routing, forward and backwards compatibility which means you can run a front derailleur if you wanted, or an upper chain guide, or a lower back guard, and an uninterrupted seat tube which allows for longer dropper posts. A RockShox Pike RCSA fork with 160mm of travel and a Cane Creek DB Air CS rear shock keep the bike feeling lively whether you're going uphill or downhill.
Our Jenson USA Exclusive Build starts with a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain which provides an unsurpassed 10-50 tooth, 12-speed cassette. This is paired with a 32 tooth GX Eagle crankset. This combination will provide ample climbing gears for just about any terrain you come across. Shimano XT M8000 hydraulic disc brakes provide the braking power for when you're coming down the mountain. With a 203mm rotor in the front and a 180mm rotor in the back, you'll have ample stopping power for those long descents. Spank Oozy Trail 345 27.5" wheels are paired with Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35" tires for perfect traction and tubeless ready action. If you're looking for a do-all type of bike that will handle whatever terrain you're on, then look no further.
SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain provides a 10-50 tooth, 12-speed cassette
Shimano XT M8000 brakes with a 203mm rotor on the front and 180mm rotor on the back
RockShox Reverb Stealth with 150mm of travel for optimum climbing or descending
Fourby4 suspension design with 150mm of travel helps improve traction whether you're going uphill or downhill
Threaded bottom bracket shell because who really likes press-fit?
Carbon Monocoque frameset, 150mm travel
RockShox Pike RCSA, 160mm travel, Boost
Cane Creek DB Air CS, 200x57
Cane Creek 10 ZS44m/ZS56
SRAM GX Eagle Shifter, 12-speed
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM GX Eagle 24mm, 175mm length, 32 tooth
SRAM GXP Team 68/73mm
SRAM PC-GX Eagle 12-speed
SRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 10-50 tooth
Shimano XT M8000, 203mm front/180mm rear
Spank Oozy Trail 345 27.5"
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 27.5" x 2.35", Pacestar, Snakeskin, TL-Easy
RaceFace Atlas 35mm clamp, 800mm wide, 20mm rise
RaceFace Aeffect 35mm clamp, 50mm length, 6° rise
Lizard Skins 494
RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm travel, 31.6mm, 440mm long
SDG Falcon Black
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
I have found my perfect bike. Between the way the bike handles, the durability and everything else inbetween I know I'm gonna keep this one for years. So first thing, I'm coming off a 2016 Devinci Spartan carbon and have rode many other comparable bikes in the meantime so I have a good basis for comparison. I'm running my Warden with a Cane Creek Inline Coil and a Fox 36 (160mm) up front. I've been riding it for just under a season and couldn't be happier. The only issue I've found is that the seatpost is a little tall for me (I'm just under 5' 10" and riding a Large frame) but that's it. This issue probably isnt even relavant to other people since I like my seatpost slammed down during the descent. When I have my 150mm dropper at full extension it's the perfect height.
Time for the details. This frame is a work of art. The carbon layers shows through and the gloss coating gives the finish some depth. The logos are clean and precise. The clear coat has proven to be durable as I ride mostly moto trails where large rock always get kicked up. It's taken a bunch of hits with hardly any damage. The soft plastic down tube protector has played a big part in that. Where it did chip I was able to use clear nail polish to touch it up and it's no longer noticable.
Geometry and handling. I run the shock in the slack position and have found this to be the perfect balance of geometry. I can hit corners harder and pick my lines better but still have the ability to monster truck over everything in front of me. Pardon the Strava reference but I've impoved all my PR times since I've been on this bike and went from about top 10% to the top 2% on popular local trails.
The BB is threaded so you're creak free, hub spacing is 142mm so it's easy to find wheels/hubs. 7.875x2.25 shock. The front triangle is big enough to fit a large water bottle. I'm using the Wolftooth B-rad setup and have managed to fit a water bottle, multi tool, 2 co2 cartridges, spare tube and tire levers all inside the frame.
Most surprising to me was how well the 155mm of travel works. I'm use to 165 and 170 travel bikes and this one's rear travel is on par with how the bigger bikes feel. It's also a much better climber. The bike gives me the best uphill traction I've ever experienced.
To sum it up this is an amazing Enduro bike. I can confidently ride bike parks with it and also use it to pedal on epic rides. It's a no b.s. mountain slaying machine that works better than any bike I've ever owned.
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