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The no-nonsense Megatrail gets some slick updates for 2017, making it more ready to party than ever. There's also a shorter travel version now, too, which looks like a very fun ride. Details below!—bturman
If you’re ready to shred singletrack as hard as Dave Mustaine shreds a fretboard, Guerrilla Gravity’s new Megatrail is the bike for you. The Megatrail is “the big mountain liberator,” a versatile Big Mountain bike designed to conquer everything from getting after it at your local enduro race, shredding bike park laps, or just slaying your after-work rides.
With Trail Mode and Gravity Mode, the Megatrail lets riders choose between a snappy trail bike and a rowdy rock-smashing machine. The swap is achieved via a 30 second bolt swap, easily done trail-side with a 6mm allen key. By putting the bike in Gravity Mode, the head angle is slackened 3/4º, the BB is lowered 10mm, and the travel is increased by 15mm. No shock adjustments are needed between the modes.
Joining its bigger brother in the bike lineup is the Megatrail SS, or simply “the SS.” The shorter travel sibling has 135 and 145mm travel in Trail Mode and Gravity Mode, respectively. It is also 27.5 Plus compatible.
The SS is the bike that turns your local trail into your very own slopestyle track. It provides an exceptionally lively ride for those that value playfulness more than smashing the super-gnar. Plus, with Gravity Mode available, you still have the downhill chops when the going gets rough...er.
While we’d love to tell you that the new Megatrail platform is a groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting leap forward, the reality is the previous version was pretty damn good. So we just made everything a little better, notably:
The Freedom Linkage is a proprietary Horst Link implementation that allows riders to tune the performance characteristics. In any configuration, the platform provides a supple top stroke for small bump compliance, mid-stroke support for popping off bonus lines, and ramp up for bottom out resistance. With engineered versatility, riders can adjust these characteristics based on local terrain and personal preferences via shock tunes; the base tune is designed with advanced riders in mind.
The Freedom Linkage also utilizes our approach to design that focuses on a high level of refinement to eliminate unnecessary complication. This creates a platform that's made for goin' fast, yet is easy to maintain and built to last.
After listening to rider feedback on the previous generation Megatrail, we have shortened the chainstays by 13mm and lowered the standover by 30mm. The result is a playful ride that likes to party.
The new Megatrail also utilizes the same steep actual seat tube angle geometry found on the Pedälhead and Trail Pistol. It’s important to note the actual seat tube angle because effective seat tube angles can be misleading. A steep actual seat tube angle allows for an upright, efficient climbing position and a cockpit feel that is consistent as the saddle is raised and lowered.
Updated Gravity Mode
The updated Gravity Mode gets a 5mm travel bump over the previous version (now 165mm), a slightly taller BB height, and more mid-stroke support. This lends itself well to those that like to “set it and forget it,” and prefer to run it full time in the full-strength mode. Gravity Mode is now even better suited for laps in the bike park, too (you can run up to a 180mm travel fork).
Taking inspiration from the Trail Pistol, the new Megatrail offers our custom tube set that reduces weight and improves aesthetics. It also includes our frame storage system to carry a water bottle and flat-change supplies with the NUTS bracket (Necessities Under The Saddle). We’re big fans of reducing the need for a backpack on the average ride and frame storage goes a long way to making that happen.
Made in America
The Megatrail, like all of our frames, was designed and manufactured in-house at our Denver, Colorado facility. This holistic structure allows us to maintain tight quality controls, have a short and efficient supply chain, and offer riders extensive customization options.
Megatrail Starting Prices
Megatrail SS Starting Prices
Build kits feature components from SRAM, Shimano, Rock Shox, Race Face, e13, DT Swiss, Industry Nine, SR Suntour, MRP, and Maxxis.
Frames and build kits are customizable: riders can choose their fork, shock, control components, brakeset, drivetrain, wheelset, and tires for each model.
Size Guide, Both Models
Megatrail - Metric
Megatrail SS - Metric
* The Megatrail accepts forks between 150-180mm of travel. Changing the travel +/- 10mm creates a head angle (HA) change of +/- .4º and BB height change of .1" (3mm).
** Please note that with a steeper seat tube angle reach numbers may seem longer compared to the "average" reach numbers of other bikes.