The new Planet X Codeine 27.5 has not just been a case of shrinking everything down by a couple of inches We assessed every aspect of the Codeine design to extract the maximum benefit from the new 27.5 wheel size. Its lighter, faster, stiffer and better-looking than previous generations. Weve also increased suspension travel to make it more of an animal - now its a true Enduro monster!
27.5 inch wheels carry less rotating mass than 29ers. This means they turn faster, giving more nimble handling. The Codeine 27.5 is quicker through technical single-track, with a light feel at the bar. The back end is more compact and supremely flickable; a shorter rear triangle tucks the rear wheel up beneath the rider. With more weight over the tyre contact patch theres more traction to power you up the trail, whilst the rear suspension soaks up the lumps without a hint of pedal-induced bob. But its with the nose of the new Codeine pointed downwards that youll notice the biggest change.
Suspension: We've put it together with a Rockshox suspension package that includes their fully adjustable Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair piggyback rear shock. With incredible frame geometry, mind blowing suspension kinematics and the some of the best shock-damping on the planet we can't think of a better starting point.
Forks: Rockshow Yari RC Solo Air Shares chassis and design features with the Pike and Lyric forks, 35mm chassis, black anodized stanchions and the Solo Air spring system and Motion Control damper. It delivers 95% of the Pikes performance but at a much lower price. It's the first mid-priced fork we've ridden that really feels the business. With 160mm of travel and near infinite air spring adjustability it's a seriously good fork.
Groupset: SRAM NX1 proves that SRAM have totally nailed 1X drivetrains and now we're ready to bring them to everybody, NX removes the price barier to entry- forever.. We've long been fans of the simpler one-up-front set-up, and this groupset manages to eliminate all those sore points that prevented previous perfection. Chain retention is faultless thanks to the X-Sync chainring; no more deflected chains, strong performance in muddy conditions - it's next level. Shifting is on-point and solid thanks to the horizontal parallelogram X-Horizon rear mech design. Doesn't mean much? Well, in performance terms it's faster, reduces shift force and does away with ghost shifting and chain slap, whilst increasing stability and precision across the entire range of the 10-42T cassette. This is pretty much the best VFM groupset available right now.
Wheelset: WTB ST i23 , Rattlesnake hubs Naturally its a 27.5 wheeled bike, because thats the Goldilocks wheel size, not too small, not too big, but just right. We've paired up our stonking Ratchet hubs with WTB's rowdy and wide ST i23 rims, not too thin, not too thick, they're just right. They're fast light and track straight and true, just right for smashing up your local trails and getting lairy at the bike park. Ournew Ratchet hubsspin on a heavy duty 4-pawl freehub body that's been designed for smashing around the toughest tracks.
The new Codeine 27.5 is ready help you realise your potential on your local trails. Its a true all-mountain monster that can tackle anything, from steep drags up winding fire roads, to bombing your local Northshore features. One bike to rule them all - youre going to ride this until it hurts, and then ride some more.