HEAD MOUNTAIN BIKES – QUICK LOOK AT MTBS FROM HEAD-BIKES

If you’ve ever watched Wimbledon or downhill at the Winter Olympics, you couldn’t miss HEAD’s logo on Andy Murray’s tennis racquet or Lindsey Vonn’s pair of skis. Company founded in 1950 by Howard Head, the inventor of the first metal ski, is well known for its quality sports equipment and clothing. But Head Mountain Bikes ? Yes, it’s not a joke, MTBs from HEAD NV do exist. They are quite popular and apparently well selling in countries like Germany and Czech Republic. Even though you might have never heard about HEAD-BIKES, let’s not cross it just yet. HEAD-BIKES were born in 2013 and still are on the market, which is quite optimistic considering a short history of a few other well known companies trying at bicycle production. Let’s see what HEAD mountain bikes have to offer.



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QUICK LOOK AT MTBS FROM HEAD-BIKES

Although HEAD Mountain Bikes might not have a racing pedigree of some of the well known bike manufacturers, a quick glance at modern frames design, a range of well chosen quality components, and £300-£2500 price range, tell us straight away that HEAD might have something to offer for recreational riders, as well as for more serious trail shredders. Here are our 3 choices of hardtails and full suspension mountain bikes from HEAD-BIKES.



HEAD-BIKES – FULL SUSPENSION MOUNTAIN BIKES



ADAPTEDGE III – ALUMINIUM (APPROX- £2000)

MTB HEAD-BIKES - ADAPTEDGE III
140 mm shock, a mix of Shimano SLX and XT components, average full suss weight of around 30 pounds (13.5-13.7 kg)… Adaptedge III isn’t a bad choice for regular trail mountain biking. Full Spec.



ADAPTEDGE IV – ALUMINIUM (APPROX- £2200)

HEAD MOUNTAIN BIKES - ADAPTEDGE IVAdaptedge IV is another head-bike trail rig with marginal, not really noticeable weight improvement, but one level higher groupset spec. This machine wears components of much better spec than many well known and established mountain bikes of similar price range. Full Spec.

ADAPTEDGE CARBON (APPROX- £2400)

HEAD-BIKES - ADAPTEDGE CARBON - MTBAdaptedge Carbon might not yet mix with the best world class racing rigs, but it’s definitely a good choice for serious cross country riders. XT Shimano, “27” and 29″ wheel choice, 100mm Rock Shox, modern carbon frame design, and respectable weight of 11.9 kg (26lbs). Not bad for a full suss below £2500. Full Spec.



HEAD-BIKES – HARDTAIL MOUNTAIN BIKES



HEAD X-Rubi IV (APPROX- £900)

X RUBI IV - HEAD-BIKES - MOUNTAIN BIKES
Our head mountain bikes hardtail list starts with the cheapest of three hardtails – HEAD X-Rubi IV. The weight of 11.9 kg, aluminium frame, groupset from Shimano Deore plus, and 100mm Rockshocks Reba, make X-Rubi IV a good quality entry level hardtail. Full Spec.



HEAD TRENTON I (APPROX- £1200)

TRENTON I - HEAD MOUNTAIN BIKES - HARDTAILAnother high spec hardtail from HEAD-BIKES. Carbon frame, 1 kg less weight, and groupset components not lower than Shimano XT. It’s a more expensive and theoretically better bike than HEAD X-Rubi IV. Full Spec.



HEAD TRENTON II (APPROX- £1800)

HEAD-BIKES TRENTON 2 - MTB
Apart from Shimano – XT breaks, HEAD TRENTON II changes its groupset components to higher end Sram X0. Even though weight goes up by 0.1 kg, it’s the most expensive hardtail of the bunch. Full Spec.



FIRST IMPRESSION

Good looking, modern frame design, and very good spec for bikes in this price range. HEAD-BIKES might not yet manufacture racing mountain bike machines of the highest quality, but entry level full suss bikes and some better specked hardtails look really good on paper. We expect some of the newer models in our fleet this Spring and can’t wait to put it to the full test to confirm the portofolio. On the bad side, acquiring any solid details about HEAD-BIKES on the internet is next to impossible. We understand that there might be reasons for excluding UK and other countries from marketing HEAD mountain bikes, but even in countries where this bikes are being sold, the details are hard to come by. No reviews, a poor website with little information on prices, and so far we haven’t seen yet any details on bikes’ geometry.



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