Last claims to set new standards in the world of enduro bikes with the new Tarvo. The 160mm travel 29" wheeled frame is claimed to weigh just over 2kg without compromising strength.
Last has designed the Tarvo with very progressive suspension kinematics, using a suspension system designed with a flex pivot and a rocker arm. The brand has taken advantage of the directional stiffness of carbon to form an elastic joint which is lighter, play, and maintenance free.
The pivot point is adjusted for each size to tailor the anti-squat figures per size to keep the ride consistent throughout the range.
As well as the pivot position, Last adjusts the chainstay length, bottom bracket height and seat angle to suit each size. For example, the smallest size, 165, gets a 430mm chainstay which stretches to 444mm in the largest size, 195.
Based on a 170mm travel fork, the Tarvo gets a 64 degree head angle with a 485mm reach and a 76.2 degree effective seat angle, on a 195 (large) frame.
On the downtube, there's the option to fit an internal storage compartment, enough for a pump, tools, and any other goodies you think you could stash. The door to the compartment also acts as the bottle cage mount.
The frame features full internal cable routing through directly laminated channels in the carbon. That'll prevent rattles and add extra stiffness to the frame.
To give the seat stay unobstructed flex and to keep the design sleek, the rear brake caliper is mounted inside the chainstay. The mount uses barrel nuts which can be easily replaced if the threads are damaged.
Last offers a choice of shock from Fox's DHX2 coil or Float X2 and options from RockShox in the form of the Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT in the coil or air version. The rest of the bike can be kitted out with a plethora of components at the customers' choice.
The Tarvo is available in Raw Carbon with a choice of decal colour or Blue Matt Metallic as pictured. There's also an option for custom colours for a bit of extra cash.
It comes in four sizes, 165, 175, 185 and 195 as well as a 650b/29er mullet build.
A frame only build will set you back 3,600 euro (around £3,160), that's without a shock. For the baseline full build, you'll be looking at spending 5,800 euro (£5,100ish). Colours, internal storage, and fancier components will come at an extra charge.
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