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After five years of manufacturing bikes for industry partners and four years for themselves, Pardus is expanding to America. The growth comes with a handful of new offerings including the Cyclone trail bike and the Montebello gravel bike.

First look: Pardus Cyclone

The Cyclone is grabbing attention with its internal rear shock which is designed around Fox Live technology – though it’s currently running RockShox.

To make Fox Live compatible, the frame has a pass through above the shock housing for wires, and the battery system will be housed inside the frame. Still no word on when Fox Live will be available, but when it is, the frame is completely ready to go.

According to Pardus, the bike and suspension system were designed by Steve Domahidy, and it uses a scissor link suspension system which is hidden above and below the bottom bracket.

A removable carbon shell allows access to the shock and protects it from kicked-up debris. The rear shock has 135mm of travel and for the meantime appears to be a RockShox Delux RL Remote.

Pardus Cyclone mountain bike head tube

The front is compatible with 140/150-mm of travel and currently features a RockShox Pike. The Boosted frame offers enough room for a 2.5″ tire on 29″ wheels and 3″ tires on 27.5″ wheels, and offers a Swap Drop chip system to keep the geometry consistent when running each wheel size. Rounding off the build is a 1×12 Sram Eagle drivetrain paired with Guide Ultimate brakes.

Also, the rear triangle has an adjustable brake to accommodate for the change in rotor position with the Swap Drop chip. The price is still being worked out, but we’re told the target MSRP is $5,000.

First look: Pardus Montebello

The Montebello is an adventure gravel bike with front and rear rack mounts and offers clearance for 700×45 tires.

It’s currently built with a 1×11 Sram Force drivetrain with flat mount calipers on 140-mm CenterLine X rotors.

The frame has a fairly narrow head tube which flows into well-shaped top and downtubes. And the fork features a 12mm thru axle – also found on the back. The 27.2mm seatpost is secured by an integrated seatpost clamp (wedge), and the threaded bottom bracket houses the Force crank.

The given price point is around $2,100 – 2,200 with more information expected down the line.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Here at Paradus we want to exhibit our fancy new high end gravel bike on one of the most visited bike blogs in the world with a $15 wall-mart rack. Cooooollll.

    • Live Valve is Fox’s electronically controlled suspension. They have had protos for several years and have already released it for 4 wheel vehicle suspension, but the bike release seems to keep being delayed. There have been a couple of one ride reviews of the prototype system that were pretty glowing, as it can toggle from supple for bumps to firm for pedaling non stop, without rider input.

    • Electronically controlled suspension, sensor on the swing arm and fork, and solenoid valves (rather than electric motors) to flip between compression dampening settings.

  2. These rear suspension triangles have not proved very good and mediocre with wild shock valving. Doesn’t seem that if you made the shock smarter that it would make a difference. Turd polishing at best.

    • Better than your grasp of english. But in all fairness, make me eat those words and share with us your data that proves your conclusion. Because last I checked, Steve Domahidy has an extensive track record in road and mtb design that goes back 10 years. Never heard of you.

      I know he’s done FEA, have you?

  3. Anyone who buys the Cyclone will have a lot of fun shouting to everyone they see on the trail “IT’S NOT AN E-BIKE! IT’S NOT AN E-BIKE! IT’S NOT AN E-BIKE!”

  4. The rear brake mount on the FS bike is absurd. 5 separate bolts to attach the caliper to the frame, of which it looks like you would have to undo 4 to flip the chip?? I understand they are accounting for two distinct rotor positions due to the swap drop chip, but there has to be a more elegant solution. For instance, a brake mount that pivots about the forward mount point, with the axle passing through the rear mount point should be possible, allowing you to re-position the swap drop chip without undoing any of the brake mount bolts. Similar to the old Brake Therapy disc brake conversion kits.

  5. Like it or not, that mtb is how carbon construction can be better utilized to construct a mountain bike frame. Most companies are just making carbon look like alloy and most of the time not enough weight savings to justify the added cost, marketing coup. But this bike and the Bold Linkn are awesome for the single reason in that they are not like a black metal bike, but making better use of the material and it’s possibilities.

What do you think?