Vector – "a quantity having direction as well as magnitude". A single track slayer, the Vector is designed for non-bobbing pedaling efficiency, using all your effort into propelling you and the bike forward. 120mm of front travel is mated perfectly with 105mm of rear travel in a platform that is all about modern mountain bike geometry. The slack 66-degree head tube angle enables the Vector to be more capable than standard XC machines. The 76.3-degree seat tube angle puts the rider in a neutral and balanced position to climb with more authority. The suspension is tuned to smooth out trail chatter, keeping the wheels glued to the ground, while at the same time lending the much needed mid stroke support to navigate anything the trail throws at you. The Vector is all about the combination of capable short travel and progressive geometry.
Construction is at the forefront of the Vector design. Toray High Modulus Carbon Fiber 60T is used throughout the frame. HMC 60T is the strongest and lightest carbon fiber cloth being used in modern bike construction. Defender Bikes incorporates an EPS (Expandable Polystyrene System) production process to increase the rigidity and safety of the frame as well as to decrease the overall weight. The EPS system consists of laminating carbon sheets around Polystyrene forms with a perfectly smooth surface and leaving these forms inside the mold during the pressure phase of production. The Polystyrene form expands due to the increased heat and air pressure, leaving a controlled and optimized thickness of the carbon material throughout the frame. The Polystyrene form is then removed when the production process is complete. After production, all frames are tested to ensure they meet SGS safety requirements. The results are a frame that virtually eliminates structural imperfections adding to the overall quality and stiffness to the frame. The increased stiffness greatly reduces lateral flex therefore improving pedaling performance.
|Frame||MC60T Carbon 105mm Travel|
|Fork||Rockshox Reba RL Boost 120mm|
|Rear Shock||Rockshox Deluxe Ultimate 165x142.5mm|
|Rims/Wheels||Aggressor Components Carbon 24MT Boost|
|Tires||Continental Cross King 2.2|
|Crankset||Shimano SLX 32t 170mm|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano SLX 12-speed SGS|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano SLX 10-51|
|Handlebars||Salsa Flat 750mm|
|Stem||Salsa Guide Trail 50mm|
|Brakes||Magura Sport 2-Piston / Magura Storm HC 180/160mm|
|Saddle||Smanie GP 142mm|
|Seat Post||Salsa Guide 30.9 x 400mm|
|Color(s)||Blue (Custom Color Available)|
* Subject to change without notice.