Date Posted:1 June 2021
The PARTY ANIMAL is Back
The mixed wheel Patrol has a new haircut, but is still down for anything and truly unapologetic when it comes to shredding trail. Being one of the longest standing bikes in our lineup, it was the obvious choice to mix it up. Updated geometry to accommodate the 29” front / 27.5" rear wheels and revised suspension tune might just make you ride all day, and then all night. Jibbing, jumping, pumping and hooting your way down the trail, the updated Patrol loves to party. From bike parks to your local trails, the Patrol isn't concerned with where you ride, but rather how much fun you are having.
Patrol complete bikes come equipped with suspension from Fox, RockShox or Marzocchi to take the biggest of hits. Powerful four piston brakes with big rotors front and rear help keep you in control. Schwalbe Magic Mary and Big Betty Super Trail tires offer you great cornering traction and braking performance in a variety of conditions. All build levels and sizes include 165mm cranks, a OneUp dropper post and a OneUp bash guide to ensure nothing holds you back.
The Patrol features a frame made from tough and dependable 6061 aluminum to strike the right balance of frame strength, durability and ride quality. All frames see protection on the downtube, chainstay, and seatstay, with an optional downtube shuttle guard included in the box. Small and medium sizes share 434mm chainstay lengths while large and x-large share 440mm chainstay lengths. All frames are equipped with a geo adjust chip at the lower shock mount for high and low geometry settings, and 56mm/56mm press in headset cups that are compatible with reach adjust headsets when used with a dual crown fork.
With nearly 24% progression and the most current evolution of our GiddyUp suspension kinematic, the Patrol has an excellent balance of support and small bump sensitivity. Anti-squat is tuned to enhance pedaling performance and provides a platform to push against when pumping, without sacrificing a bottomless feel when needed.
The GiddyUp suspension layout is tuned to work correctly with both air and coil rear shocks. Riders are able to add or remove volume spacers in the rear air shock to suit their individual riding style, and there is plenty of bottom out control with air and coil shocks when things get rowdy. The Patrol has 160mm of rear wheel travel when used with the supplied 205mm x 60mm stroke shock. It is also possible to install a longer, 205mm x 65mm stroke shock to increase the rear wheel travel to 170mm if you are after a longer travel experience.
A suggested sag range of 27 - 33% allows riders to tune the feel of the bike, from a firm and snappy jump and slash mode, to a more supple and active full on party mode. Wherever you end up, you can focus on the trail, without worrying about remotes, levers or knobs. Just grab your bike and GiddyUp.
Our first mixed wheel bike, the Dirtbag. Released in 2002 with a 26 front wheel and 24 rear. Seen here is Lars casually riding Blue Steel in 2021.