BH Lynx Split Pivot Mountain Bike Coming to North America


The BH Lynx is coming to the states for the first time. It’ll be available in both 29er and 27.5″, with carbon frames for the bigger wheels and carbon and alloy for the middle wheel size.

The 29er gets 4.8″ (116mm) of rear wheel travel with a 120 fork. The 27.5″ has 6″ (160mm) travel front and rear. They use a Split Pivot design with a floating rear shock running through the seat tube, which gives it a very lively, plush ride while still maintaining excellent power transfer.

Check the detail photos and a quick One Ride Review below…


The Lynx has been in Europe for two years, and just now coming to the US since the brand has split its relationship with Pivot. They’ll also be bringing the hardtails in both wheel sizes stateside, but no 26″.

The look is quite different than Trek’s Full Floater since the shock runs through the seat tube and connects to the upward moving section of the chainstay. Trek’s connects to the chainstay in front of the lower main pivot.


The entire frame is swoopy and gorgeous, with a massive headtube section that’s ridged and shaped to improve stiffness. Standover is exceptional with one of the deepest drops we’ve seen.


I rode the Large frame size, which weighed in at a very respectable 26.59lbs (12.06kg). Honestly, it felt lighter on the trail.


With the weight of an XC race bike and the travel of a trail bike (for a 29er), the Lynx has the numbers to be a really fun bike. Fortunately, the suspension design delivers on both, too. The Split Pivot design does a remarkable job of keeping the suspension active under power and braking without being affected by either. Add in the floating shock and you have a bike that’s sooooo cushy that the small stuff virtually disappears. Traction is amazing. This was a really fun bike to ride, and we’re looking forward to a long term test bike arriving later in the fall.


30 thoughts on “BH Lynx Split Pivot Mountain Bike Coming to North America

  1. “The look is quite different than Trek’s Full Floater since the shock runs through the seat tube and connects to the upward moving section of the chainstay. Trek’s connects to the chainstay in front of the lower main pivot.”

    It doesn’t matter how it looks, just how it works.

  2. @Steve M, I’ve been saying the same thing about evils delta system since that came out. But in all honesty there really is nothing wrong with single pivot. done right you can have a bike that works perfectly fine and in most cases with a huge savings. Look at the price of a Heckler or Superlight compared to their VPP equivalents. Cannondale has been selling single pivot’s for ages with tons of happy customers.

  3. @mike

    I agree, these are high single pivot bikes (along with the Turners and Pivots). Single pivot bikes can and do work great.

    The lower link offers no mechanical advantage in terms of pedalling. The high main pivot location keeps the thing from squating.

  4. Steve M: Actually, current Turners and all Pivot suspension bikes are multi-link bikes, not high single pivots. As their suspensions cycle, their pivot points (which are virtual) move in space. Also, the location of the lower pivot on the BH DOES determine the anti-squat characteristics.

  5. Worthless to comment on this. BH won’t bring in numbers. These will be more rare than Unicorns sitting around talking whilst drinking that Hi-C Ectoplasm Ghostbusters drink, but much less exciting.

  6. I’ve always thought that kind of shock placement would be a maintenance nightmare – exposed directly all the water, dirt and mud off the back wheel…

  7. I rode the Lynx for several miles which included several extended climbs. I usually prefer a 29er hard tail but this bike was awesome. I will be adding this bike ASAP. I agree with Tyler, the bike rode lighter than it’s actual weight. I rode the size medium and I suspect it was right at 26 lbs. XX1 group with some nice wheels along with a couple of other changes and you are really close to 24 lbs. This bike would be perfect for endurance events. This bike was the biggest surprise of Dealer Camp for me. I brought it back with a huge smile on my face.

  8. Looks amazing, though the position of the shock would mean having to zip-tie in a bit of plastic as a mud-guard to protect it from crud and mud…

  9. gimme an axle-pivot bike over a horst link any day, especially now 1 or 2 rings are more normal. single-pivot pedal feel with neutral braking of a linkage bike, ideal combo for me.

  10. I don’t like how the rear shock is so exposed to the rear wheel. It seems like it would cake the mud on the shock and kill your seals, surface finish, and thus the shock.

  11. I would like a few of the posters on this thread to teach the fine art of riding a bike on paper. It’s amazing how many suspension engineers Wikipedia has made in the past few years. Everyone can now talk about wheel paths, instant centers, and leverage ratio as if they worked at a bicycle company.

    Better yet, they can troubleshoot and ride a bike based on a few pictures taken of said bike at Sea Otter, and even determine how it will handle the random sequence of rocks a rider encounters on a random handle at any riding location on Earth.

    I also an enamored with the myriad false dilemmas presented, such as, “Oh, it’s a single pivot, which means it sucks,” or “All lower links can’t pedal.”


  12. I rode this bike at Dealer Camp.
    Very fast with responsive and quick handling. It climbed better than a hardtail and descended fast eating all bumps in the way.
    I agree it felt lighter than it was(not that it was heavy).

  13. It takes a mighty dearth of knowledge, a huge absence of experience, and an impressive imagination to make the pinkbike comment threads look like they are populated by a bunch of Nico Vouillozes and Fabien Barels, but somehow, it’s been done. Fine work by all. Remember, how a bike looks = all you need to know. Ever.

    Sweet uber-slack STA. I love when a bike just wheelies up a climb. It’s the best.

  14. patrik- don’t forget “Turner and Pivot are high single pivot”. This is exactly wrong, and the entire point of Dave Weagle’s DW Link design. Not to be confused with Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot, which is what this BH bike uses.

  15. @Gabbia – You are spot on. For the rest of you, maybe you will get a chance to ride one down the road. It seems the ones who have actually ridden it, love it!7

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