The new Torque
An innovative bike has to break the rules. It can’t be bound by convention or exist in your day-to-day “real world.” It should fill your dreams with mountains and make you rethink how and where you ride. Unruly. Unbound. Unreal. Sending huge gaps, bombing double-black trails and even pedalling up to drop in, the only thing holding back the all-new Torque is your imagination.
Doing tuck no handers or throwing massive whips, for Thomas Genon and Tomas Lemoine how a bike acts when it’s in the air, and especially how it acts when it lands, is important. The Torque’s bombproof carbon front triangle and robust aluminium stays guarantee next-level durability, while an agile geometry and enough travel to handle a good huck have it begging to get boosted.
Super enduro, park bike, freeride, call it whatever you like. What matters is that the geometry of the new Torque offers superior control and stability at speed, while remaining agile and playful on track and in the air.
An extended front center pairs with a shorter rear end to offer excellent balance, but still stay fun and easy to ride. 780 mm wide handlebars with a 40 mm stem complete the entire package to provide complete control and pinpoint handling no matter the terrain.
Joe Barnes and Ines Thoma need a bike that can handle gnarly tech, but not have the rider falling to pieces when the time comes for the transfer climb. Put to the test on some big days out in Whistler away from the lifts, the excellent anti-squat of the Torque’s three phase kinematic keeps it climbing like a bike with half its 175 mm of travel.
Our rating system goes above and beyond industry standards to guarantee some of the most durable bikes on the scene. Subjected to ridiculous forces and tested to destruction in our lab, the new Torque has been placed in the same category as the Sender: 5.
The carbon front triangle of the Torque is not just lightweight, but also extremely strong and boasts a layup that has been reinforced in areas subject to the most force.
Long the go-to material for mountain bikes, while it may be heavier, 6066 aluminium is tried and tested and offers superior value.
When creating a bike for Troy Brosnan and Mark Wallace to put through the wringer, the bar is high. Big hits and tight corners all taken at breakneck speeds are the name of the game and the Torque is up to the task. With 175 mm of rear travel on offer using the Sender-inspired three phase kinematic, the new linkage provides next-level traction and comes alive on the toughest of tracks.
Triple phase suspension
The linkage transmits high power at the start of the stroke to effectively engage the air shock over small rocks or roots. The result is excellent responsiveness, small bump sensitivity and traction around the sag point. Through the mid-stroke the suspension provides a stable platform to reduce momentum loss.
This enables the rider to actively pump for more speed and contributes to the lively playful character of the bike. The end of the stroke is less progressive in order to use the optimal amount of the travel and inspire confidence on jumps and down difficult tracks. By installing volume spacers, the rider can further tune the shock’s progression to their needs.
Improved anti-squat means that the bike pedals well, but it also causes increased pedal kickback. We struck a balance between the two that actively increases the rider’s momentum without causing instability or fatigue over fast repetitive hits.
Effective anti-rise means the rear end remains active and in contact with the ground under heavy braking for exceptional traction and control through corners and down steep, gnarly trails.