Bike of the Week | Tempo RC295 Final GX
Should you’re from the UK, likelihood is you may have an affinity with Tempo Cycles, particularly should you’re wealthy sufficient in years to have seen the small model make its mark on the game of mountain biking from the very begin, within the eighties, proper by way of to the present day.
The brand new RC295, the corporate’s first full-suspension bike in years (many years, the truth is), is eye-catching and inflicting a stir — it’s fairly some bike.
First for a recap on Tempo’s historical past, simply in case you’re unreasonably younger. Again within the early days of the game, Tempo produced the considerably ground-breaking RC100, an unforgettable square-tubed aluminium body, straight out of Yorkshire.
Alongside the timeline of mountain biking, the model has popped up every now and then with an innovation (similar to its carbon fibre downhill forks) or just a fantastic product (its hardtail frames are value testing). To today, the founder and designer, Adrian Carter, remains to be on the helm of the family-run firm.
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What’s the Tempo RC295 Final GX?
It’s a 29in-wheeled, 135/150mm-travel (rear/entrance) carbon fibre bike outfitted with a RockShox Pike Final fork and SRAM GX drivetrain, thus the title.
The RC295 is inflicting a stir for its attractiveness and progressive numbers, and it actually does push the boundaries. The underside bracket top sits at 327mm (46mm drop), which is nearly astonishingly low for a motorbike of this suspension journey, and Tempo has outfitted this Final GX mannequin with quick 165mm SRAM GX cranks to minimise pedal hits.
Likewise, a 64.5-degree head angle is relaxed for a comparatively short-travel bike, nevertheless it makes excellent sense on a motorbike Tempo says is made to be a “enjoyable, participating machine”.
Mix this with a brief chainstay (436mm) and lengthy attain (484mm on a dimension Massive), and you’ve got a motorbike that ought to be snappy and fast-accelerating whereas remaining steady and confidence-inspiring.
The one obtainable color – gloss uncooked – exhibits off the hand-laid Toray Uni Directional carbon fibre that’s moulded utilizing the “newest Latex Inside mould know-how which gives a a lot smoother inner floor and higher layer compaction”, in line with Tempo.
Good move making has gone into the RC295 Final GX full construct, which prices a snip below £4,000.
Its 150mm-travel RockShox Pike Final fork (42mm offset) is simply what you’d hope for up entrance on an aggressive path bike like this, and it’s coupled up with the equally succesful and ever-popular RockShox Deluxe RT3 Debonair rear shock.
Dependable merchandise from fellow British firms embody Hope Know-how (headset, seat clamp), Burgtec (handlebars), DMR (grips) and Hunt (Path wheelset), none of which we are able to fault as elements selections.
The three sizes (Medium, Massive and X-Massive) include a RockShox Reverb dropper submit with 150mm journey (sizes M and L) or 170mm (XL) – maybe one space of oversight as a result of most riders would most likely want extra journey.
You already know an organization has its prospects in thoughts when it provides a motorbike with internal tubes fitted however tubeless kits provided too.
Plus, it comes with a spare derailleur hanger, Rockguardz under-frame safety and a 10-year guarantee on its Enduro Max body bearings. That’s dedication.
Tempo Cycles RC295 Final GX
- Fork: RockShox Pike Final 150mm journey fork with Charger RC2 damper. 42mm offset, black
- Dropper: RockShox C1 Reverb Stealth 150mm drop, plunger lever
- Headset: Hope, Integral, black
- Wheelset: Hunt Path huge 29in, 30mm rim width
- Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHR2 entrance and rear, 29in x 2.4, EXO/TR
- Saddle: Cost Spoon Saddle, black
- Groupset: SRAM GX Eagle 1×12, 165 crank arm, DUB BB
- Stem: Tempo RC46 35mm clamp with 32mm attain, black
- Handlebar: Burgtec Ridewide Alloy Enduro. 800 huge with 30mm rise / Renthal Fatbar, alloy, 35mm, 800 huge with a 30mm rise, black
- Grips: Deathgrips, black
- Brakes: SRAM Information RS
- Rotors: 203 entrance and 180 rear
- Worth: £3,999
- Availability: Bike have to be pre-ordered and can be delivered (£38 for a UK supply) 6 to eight weeks after ordering if they’re in inventory (Tempo says they’re promoting extremely shortly)
A full overview of the Tempo RC295 is within the works, so keep tuned to see how we get on.