Bitter Homebrew builds bikes in Germany, new Massive Enjoyable enduro


Bitter Bicycles is bringing metal bike manufacturing again residence to Germany, transitioning all of their mountain bike body constructing again from Asia beginning within the new 12 months. And to make the most of the brand new capabilities and suppleness of their in-house manufacturing, Bitter has simply launched an all-new Massive Enjoyable enduro hardtail that you may pre-order now…

Bitter Homebrew brings bike manufacturing again to Germany

In the previous few years, Bitter has developed round ten reasonably priced metal highway, gravel & mountain bikes from their Dresden HQ. Their core enterprise are the all-rounder path MTB & journey dropbar bikes that co-founder & now full-owner Christoph Süße appears to journey most. However Bitter have additionally developed long-tail cargo, dust soar & retro-modern mountain bikes, a extra racy XC mannequin & full-suspension prototype, plus the nice all-road bike we reviewed final 12 months.

Sour Homebrew brings bike production back to Germany, Crumble

all photographs c. Bitter

As a younger bike firm, they labored with skilled bike builders in Taiwan to make sure they may ship the standard, detailing, and efficiency they needed for his or her prospects. But, at Bitter’s small scale of body manufacturing numbers, Taiwanese manufacturing was extra about high quality & consistency, somewhat than value financial savings. Behind their minds although, Bitter was attempting to determine tips on how to increase the aptitude & capability of native body constructing to carry extra management in-house. Bitter already has labored with an area Dresden powdercoater to supply extra customizable paint choices for his or her prospects, in addition to an area firm that may customized wrap their bikes with protecting vinyl movie to maintain your glowing paint wanting contemporary for years to come back.

Sour Homebrew brings bike production back to Germany, frame builder welding

However now Homebrew means all new 2022 Bitter mountain bikes can be constructed by hand in Saxony. And whereas new costs are a bit larger, the rise is just about in keeping with what we’ve seen throughout the trade following huge uncooked materials, vitality & transportation prices within the final 12 months or so.

Sour Homebrew brings bike production back to Germany, frame in jig

All of the up to date 2022 mountain bike hardtails promote for a similar 950€ body value. They’re all accessible for pre-order beginning immediately (by Dec twenty third) with a 40% deposit and deliveries beginning round mid-March 2022. Relating to timing, Bitter admits they’re nonetheless slowly ramping up their new manufacturing line – amongst COVID waves & altering public well being restrictions – so order quickly to safe a spot in line. The brand new made-in-Germany bikes embrace the Bitter Pasta Social gathering cross-country & off-road bikepacking bike, retro Unhealthy Granny XC klunker, Cancan dirtjumper, Crumble path bike, and the brand new Massive Enjoyable enduro hardtail…

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB made-in-Germany, riding

2022 Bitter Massive Enjoyable metal enduro hardtail

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB made-in-Germany, jump

Bitter says they constructed the brand new slacker Massive Enjoyable enduro hardtail as a result of riders stored pushing their already slack Crumble path hardtail down much more technical trails & over larger jumps with ever-longer journey forks (after which pushing them again up steep climbs to do it once more). As a result of when you’ve got a protracted & slack hardtail with 2.5″ tire clearance rated for a 140mm fork, why not push it to 150mm or 160mm and go full enduro?

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB made-in-Germany, frame

In order that’s precisely what Bitter did with the brand new Massive Enjoyable… larger, badder, slacker – however with geometry optimized for 20mm longer fork journey and a few further tire clearance, too.

Enduro Hardtail Geometry

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB made-in-Germany, geometry

Bitter Massive Enjoyable enduro geometry

With a 63.5° headtube angle, the brand new Massive Enjoyable is a full three levels slacker than the Crumble, and now rated for 140-160mm forks, with 29″ wheels throughout all 4 body sizes (vs. the small Crumble which is 27.5 solely.) The Massive Enjoyable Seat tube is one other three levels steeper than the path bike at 76.5° to shift weight additional ahead over the longer forks to rise up steep climbs.

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB made-in-Germany, riding

Body Attain truly decreases on the smallest body whereas growing 4cm on the XL to supply a wider vary of matches to go well with extra riders. With low standover heights & a tighter Stack vary, most mountain bikers can most likely measurement up or all the way down to get the match they need based mostly on Attain, then run a protracted dropper.

Tech particulars – What’s new?

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB made-in-Germany, tech dwg

The brand new Massive Enjoyable is welded in-house in Germany from heat-treated, multi-butted Chromoly metal tubing, and options Bitter’s tidy machined-out Enhance thru-axle dropouts with a replaceable derailleur hanger & IS brake tabs. Common weight for a medium body is 2810g, +/- 50g (2760g in S, 2870g in L, 2970g in XL). That’s roughly 100g greater than the Crumble.

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB made-in-Germany, new headtube

Constructing it to be extra burly than their path hardtail, the Massive Enjoyable is designed round a 150mm fork and will get a brand new stronger tapered headtube with an inside headset and a small downtube gusset. The brand new headtube form additionally helps maintain Stack below management (vs. an exterior decrease cup) whereas growing journey.

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB made-in-Germany, details

The brand new 29er enduro hardtail options an built-in forward-facing seat clamp round a 31.6mm seatpost, an ordinary 73mm threaded backside bracket with a machined chainstay yoke together with ISCG tabs that permits clearance for as much as a 2.6″ rear tire. The body additionally will get bolt-on modular exterior cable routing with stealth inside dropper routing, and two units of water bottle bosses – on high of and below the downtube.

Bitter Massive Enjoyable: made-in-Germany Pricing, Choices & Availability

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB made-in-Germany, riding

The Massive Enjoyable body sells by itself for 950€, accessible in 4 inventory colours – Area Grey, Tremendous Rootbeer brown, darkish Metallic Barbie pink & sparkly pre-order-only Particular Night time Inexperienced – in matte or gloss end, and black or silver graphics.

2022 Sour Big Fun steel enduro hardtail, MTB frameset made-in-Germany

2022 Bitter Massive Enjoyable body package

Or you may add to a body package with a 150mm Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork, Acros headset, BikeYoke Revive dropper publish & distant for 2090€. A 380€ non-refundable deposit now secures your spot within the construct waitlist, and can get deducted from the whole buy value as soon as the bike goes into manufacturing in early spring 2022.

What’s subsequent from Bitter?

Properly, it’s our understanding that Bitter’s prototype short-link four-bar metal Double Choc enduro full-suspension bike remains to be being developed along with the man Dresdeners at ActoFive Cycles, so we’ll be retaining our eyes peeled for that now that we all know Bitter has native metal body manufacturing now too. And assuming the transition to mountain bike manufacturing goes easily subsequent spring, we wouldn’t be shocked to see made-in-Germany dropbar Bitter Bicycles by the top of 2022…

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