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Tested by MOUNTAINBIKE: the SIMPLON Cirex

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With 100 or 116 mm of travel: The testers of MOUNTAINBIKE magazine were impressed by the full-suspension MTB and rated it "very good". Go to the test report! 

Down-country bike test by MOUNTAINBIKE: all eyes on the Cirex

Light, fast, and fun!

SIMPLON was one of the first manufacturers to blaze the trail for short-travel ‘down-country’ bikes, launching an MTB with a 120 mm fork for the first time in 2017. The latest generation of the Cirex boasts a new frame that can be ordered with a travel of either 100 or 116 mm. No matter in which version: The testers of MOUNTAINBIKE magazine were very much impressed by the ‘full-squish’ Cirex and rated it "very good".

Geometry

The Cirex features a modern geometry: a moderately flat front with 67.4°, a steep seat angle of 75.5° and a long top tube as well as a long reach – for a slightly stretched-out sitting position on the bike. Perfectly suited for climbs and demanding terrain.

Trail performance of the Cirex 

According to the experts, “the bike rolls calmly over rocks and roots, the fantastic Fox suspension responds very sensitively and never reaches its limits". However, if you love to dance through tight corners, you need to put a little more effort into your use of the handlebars.

How the DC bike by SIMPLON fared according to the jury: 

  • high-quality components and well-conceived features
  • perfectly functioning 120 mm suspension setup
  • low overall weight
  • highly customisable


Equipment details:

  • frame: carbon
  • suspension travel: fork 120 mm, frame 116 mm
  • weight: 11.3 kg
  • fork: Fox 34 SC Float Factory Remote
  • brakes: Shimano XTR (M9100) 180/160 mm
  • shifting system: Shimano XTR groupset 
  • tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic, Super Ground, Super Ground Speedgrip 29 x 2.4"
  • Vario seatpost: Kind Shock Lev Integra (150 mm)

Verdict: "very good" 

The Cirex by SIMPLON is not only a great companion for short, nippy trails but also a perfect ‘trail tourer’. The only drawback the jury could name: The handling lacks a bit of liveliness. 

Would you like to read the detailed test report by MOUNTAINBIKE? You can find it in the current issue of the magazine! Or how about taking a look at other reviews of the Cirex?

Already sure you want a Cirex? Go ahead and customise your dream bike in the configurator!

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