Bike test: Bombtrack Beyond+

The Bombtrack Beyond+
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Bike test: Bombtrack Beyond+

Another rigid trail bike with bikepacking potential. Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce tests the £1,750 Bombtrack Beyond+

The Beyond+ is a bike in the same mould as the Surly Krampus (reviewed in Cycle 106: 60-64): a rigid steel mountain bike with plus tyres that’s extensively barnacled with mounts for bags, racks, bottles and mudguards. These wheels are the smaller plus size: 27.5×2.8in. It will take 29×3in wheels as well; Bombtrack’s 29×3 Beyond+ ADV uses the same frame. 

With 27.5+ wheels, which have a radius ~25mm smaller than 29+ wheels, the bottom bracket is unusually low. This is a two-edged sword. When you’re standing on the pedals and freewheeling at speed, a lower bottom bracket feels more stable because your centre of gravity is lower.

But when you’re pedalling you hit the pedals on rough ground more often. Too often, in fact. Shorter (165mm) cranks would help if you didn’t fancy bigger wheels.


A close-up shot of a mountain bike, showing the rear cassette
Bottom gear is 17in. In conjunction with the traction benefits of wide, soft tyres, it climbs steep slopes really well

Aside from this quirk it’s a nicely designed, good-looking frame. There are fittings for almost everything, even a dynamo cable through the fork. All that’s missing are downtube guides for a dropper seatpost; you’ll need bolt-in cable guides there if you fit one.

The bend in the top of the down tube is there to clear the crown of a suspension fork; a 100mm travel fork would work best as the steel fork’s axle-to-crown length is 483mm. (Correction from Cycle 106: the Krampus actually has a 498mm rigid fork, not 483mm as stated.)

At 177cm tall, I’m supposedly borderline between sizes M and L. In fact the L fitted me perfectly for reach and its 15mm taller head tube meant less weight on my hands – a good thing with a rigid fork.

It rides well. The head angle is steep by modern standards but still yields enough trail, given the bike’s bump-swallowing tyres.

Those soft, wide tyres have a large contact patch, which means good traction when climbing, especially on looser surfaces where a harder tyre would scrabble and slip. Bottom gear for this 1×12 SRAM SX Eagle set-up is just 17in so you can ride up basically anything. Coming down, the SRAM Level hydraulic brakes are more than sufficient for rigid-bike speeds.

Verdict

As a trail bike, the rigid Beyond+ is comfortable and engaging on anything short of black routes – despite a pedal-clattering bottom bracket drop seemingly designed for 29+ wheels. As a bikepacking bike, it ticks all the boxes save alternate hand positions.

Other options


Sonder Frontier SX Eagle Rigid, a white mountain bike
Sonder Frontier SX Eagle Rigid

Sonder Frontier SX Eagle Rigid, £849 

The rigid-fork version of Sonder’s keenly priced aluminium hardtail is available with 27.5+ wheels.


Surly Krampus, a white mountain bike
Surly Krampus

Surly Krampus, £2,099.99

The original plus bike is still steel but now has contemporary geometry and more frame fittings.

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Tech Spec


Bombtrack Beyond+

Price: £1,750 (not currently available as a frameset only in the UK)

Sizes: S, M, L, XL (L tested)

Weight: 14.17kg (no pedals)

Frame and fork: Double-butted 4130 chrome-moly frame with 73mm BSA BB, 12×148mm rear dropouts, and fittings for internal dropper, rear rack, mudguard, four triple, one double and one single frame mounts. Double-butted 4130 chrome-moly fork with tapered steerer, 15×110mm dropouts, and fittings for internal dynamo cable, rack, mudguard, two triple mounts.

Wheels: 67-584 WTB Ranger TCS tyres, WTB ST i35 double-wall rims, 32×3 spokes, Bombtrack Grad boost hubs.

Transmission: No pedals, 175mm Truvativ Stylo chainset with 30t X-Sync 2 chainring, SRAM DUB BSA 73mm bottom bracket, SRAM Eagle chain, SRAM Eagle 11-50t 12-speed cassette. SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed shifter and derailleur. 12 ratios, 17-77in.

Braking: SRAM Level hydraulic disc with 180mm front and 160mm rear rotors.

Steering and seating: Bombtrack grips, 730×31.8mm Bombtrack flat bar, 50mm×3º Bombtrack stem, semi-integrated/external threadless headset. Bombtrack saddle, 30.9×400mm Bombtrack seatpost, Bombtrack seat clamp.

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