It takes guts to be Bold. By reimagining a trail bike from the suspension up, Bold is designing some of the most exciting bikes dirt has ever seen.

Born in the mountains of Switzerland, Bold is dedicated to providing riders with the most progressive and capable trail bikes there is. How do they do it? By designing a completely internalized rear suspension design that not only dramatically lowers the center of gravity, but also frees up the rest of the frame for more progressive geometry design.

The result is a ride that gets you to the best part of the trail without beating you up along the way. For the rider that wants the most immersive riding experience, there’s a Bold for you.

The Bold Linkin.

It's always the things that look simple that have the most time and energy spent making them elegant. With its rear suspension completely hidden from view and protected from dirt, debris, and whatever else you can throw at it - The Linkin delivers 135mm or 150mm of trail-tuned buttery-smooth suspension travel paired with a modern geometry that will save your ass when you boastfully yell to your friends, "Watch this!".

Bold Linkin 135

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Bold Linkin 150

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The Linkin.

It's always the things that look simple that have the most time and energy spent making them elegant.

With its rear suspension completely hidden from view and protected from dirt, debris, and whatever else you can throw at it - The Linkin delivers trail-tuned, buttery-smooth suspension paired with a modern geometry that will save your ass when you boastfully yell to your friends, "Watch this!".

  • - 135mm and 150mm travel options.
    - TracLoc bar-mounted lockout.
    - Fully-internal save-the-day kit.

 

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Who dares to ride the Linkin?

It's easy to get caught up in the technology of Bold's clever suspension design and forget to ask, "Who is the person that is going to benefit from it?"

The Bold Linkin 135 and Linkin 150 are modern trail bikes.

They are ideal for riders that want to pedal to the top of the hill and get rowdy on their way back down. Whether you are looking for a stable platform to lap your local flow trail, or you're looking for a bike to make a brake-bump-infested, rock-garden-laden trail feel like a Sunday stroll, The Linkin is perfect for the job.

The mix of lightweight and responsiveness, buttery smooth suspension, and modern slack geometry means you have a bike that is capable of climbing efficiently and saving your ass in big trail features.

INTERNAL SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY

This internal shock thing is more than just a party trick. As a matter of fact, Bold's design was so revolutionary that they were acquired by Scott Bikes to use their technology in their world cup winning Spark XC bike ridden by NorCal's own Kate Courtney (and some guy named Nino).

The concept is simple - keep the bike's center of gravity as low as possible to improve handling. Tune the suspension curve by controlling the leverage ratio applied to the shock for a silky-smooth ride. And, create a wheel path that can cope with any bump on the trail while keeping your tire stuck to the ground like a cockleburr to velcro.

You know what, after saying that, maybe we should look a bit more into how it all works.

View the slides below.

Since you don't have X-Ray vision, let's look inside.

This internal shock thing is more than just a party trick. As a matter of fact, Bold's design was so revolutionary that they were acquired by Scott Bike's to use their technology in their world cup winning Spark XC bike ridden by NorCal's own Kate Courtney (and some guy named Nino).

The concept is simple - keep the bike's center of gravity as low as possible to improve handling. Tune the suspension curve by controlling the leverage ratio applied to the shock for a silky-smooth ride. And, create a wheel path that can cope with any bump on the trail while keeping your tire stuck to the ground like a cockleburr to velcro.

You know what, after saying that, maybe we should look a bit more into how it all works. Read on.

So much tech, one clean design.

Bold's cleverly hidden rear suspension design does more than clean up the bike's aesthetic. By mounting the shock as low as possible inside the frame (No, really. Any lower, and it would be under the bike.) Bold can keep the center of gravity low to help improve handling. On our rides, We've felt like it can change direction as fast as a featherweight XC bike but still soak up big hits with ease.

The Bold Linkin 135 and 150 share the same frame, but their travel is modified with a unique rocker arm and shock tune that adjusts the travel without increasing the shock's stroke length.

 

Know your ass from a hole in the ground.

The rear end of the Bold Linkin is constructed of a one-piece rear triangle that rotates on a super short rocker link. Because of the shock's internal position, the rocker link moves inside the bike's chainstays and is shorter and stiffer than other designs. Partner the one-piece rear end and short rocker link with robust main pivot bearings, and you've got a remarkably responsive bike built to last for years on the trails.

 

All-Access whenever you need it.

Technology for technologies sake often gets cumbersome. Designs that start working well can often fall victim to a lack of contingency for when things go haywire.


Hidden underneath the Bold Linkin's high-impact downtube protector, you'll find easy access to the rear shock and its adjustments. With the removal of 2 sets of bolts easily accessible from outside of the frame, you can easily remove the entire rear shock for maintenance or to prove to your buddies that you can do it.

 

FEATURES

A one-trick pony? Think again.

The Bold Linkin packs in features across the board; from bar-mounted lockout control to internal tool storage and chain integrated chain management, the Linkin delivers on the promise of being the only trail bike you'll need.

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SAVES THE DAY

Look, we're through being cool; this is all about getting you back on the bike so you can get another lap in or make it home in one piece.

The 'Save the day' kit is hidden below the high-impact downtube protector and securely fits inside the bike's downtube.

Once it is removed, you'll have access to a spare tube, mini pump, tire levers, and extra chain link. Also hidden from view (and dirt) you'll find an easy-to-access multitool and in the rear axle additional Torx wrenches.

KEEP THE CHAIN ON

The worst part about a well-performing bike is the lack of excuses. The Bold Linkin 135 and 150 both feature integrated chain management to ensure that even the roughest sections don't throw your chain.

Attached to the swingarm, you'll find a chain guide capable of holding the chain firmly on the front ring, while along the chainstay, you see a high strength set of ridges designed to help quiet the chain down through rough sections and protectg your bike's frame.

 

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