The newest version of the race-proven and rider-approved Lee Cougan hardtail stands on the shoulders of a longstanding tradition of front suspension cross country solutions. Making a fast frame faster in the case of the Rampage, universally lauded by nearly all those with experience riding or racing atop it, made for a difficult task indeed. In a segment where lightweight construction is often times takes precedence the Lee Cougan engineers strive to make a feather weight frame that is efficient and durable in order to stand out amongst the competition. An extremely race oriented design made for a frame with little room for compromise and only modifications that were capable of bringing forth a significant improvement in the riding experience.
The rear triangle gets a similar treatment to the new 2020 Crossfire, adopting the short 428mm chainstay design in order to keep the bikes handling snappy, reactive and more efficient. Gone is the “elbow” design of the seat stay and in its place the new fixed pivot design. By changing the seat stay angle and lengthenin the tube beyond the wheel axle, effectively locating the wheel inside the chain stay, vertical flex is increased. Add a flatter geometry to the seat tubes and seat stays in addition to tire clearance that allows for up to 2,25” tires and you have a front suspension racehorse that begs for rough conditions. The short rear triangle couples with a steep head tube angle in an effort to create an amazingly reactive and quick cross country racing machine. The 70° head tube allows for quick changes of direction thus rendering the bike more agile and better prepared for technical courses and agressive competition.
The vertically compliant tubes of the upper portion of the frame mate with laterally stiff and efficient down tubes and chain stays in order to ensure inmediate response to pedal input and extremely efficient power transfer. The oversized downtube takes on a meticulously studied shape that, coupled with the oversize bottom bracket area and shorter, stiff chain stays makes for a structure capable of converting even the highest wattage pedal stroke into efficient forward movement. Excruciating attention to detail is evident as every aspect of the entire frame was considered during the comprehensive Rampage redesign. The overall geometry sees an increased sloping design in order to allow for even the largest frame sizes to benefit from a shorter chain stay and its resulting compact geometry. Even the seatpost collar incorporates a great deal of new technology as it uses an advanced three bolt system that renders the seatpost and seat tube a semi complete unit, offering a feel and performance similar to an integrated design.
While the new version of the Rampage is visibily different the elements not visible by the naked eye represent perhaps some of the most significant advancements. While new shapes give a visual impact it is the absence of visibile cables that make this newest model somewhat disruptive. An oversized steer tube in addition to a specifically studied stem allow for the Rampage to route cables not only internally with regards to the frame but to hide them from sight by passing through the stem. Among the first in the MTB world to develop such a system the Rampage is at the forefront not only of performance but also in terms of design with a clean aesthetic with few rivals in the market.
|Frame / Telaio||Carbon T700 1K + 3K + Ud|
|Fork / Forcella||Fox Float 32, Step Cast, 29”, 100mm Travel , Fit 4 Remote, Factory Kashima, Kabolt 110|
|Groupset / Gruppo||Sram XX1 Eagle 12 Speed|
|Crankset / Pedivella||Sram XX1 Eagle Carbon, 34T, Direct Mount Boost|
|Brakeset / Freni||Magura Mt8 Pro Brakes, 160mm Rotors|
|Saddle / Sella||San Marco Shorty Fit Dynamic|
|Wheels / Ruote||Dt Swiss Xr1700 Wheels, Boost Front And Rear Hubs, 25mm Rim, Tubeless Ready|
|Weight / Peso||9.8 Kg|