It seems that the popularity of cycling is, thankfully, increasing every year. For a new cyclist or one wanting to upgrade, however, that popularity also brings a more varied choice of vehicle. Depending on your discipline or goals, there seems to be a bike for every purpose. Mountain bikers now have an easier choice, as Australia’s Deubel Bikes have successfully produced the ultimate All-Mountain Bike.
The Deubel 2Up is basically a frame that, utilizing interchangeable shock mounts and dropouts, can be ridden in both cross-country and downhill races. Quite successfully too, it should be noted. Sebastien Deubel debuted the 2Up by placing 3rd in the Expert Category at the Thredbo Downhill State Series on March 13th this year and, barely two weeks later, placed 4th in the Mt Annan Elite Mixed Team XC event. By swapping out the dropouts and shock mounts, the geometry changes from an aggressively angled cross-country layout to a more relaxed angle necessary for handling downhill charges. A patent pending swing arm design provides increased torsional resistance, faster acceleration and high precision cornering. Innovations like these place the Deubel 2UP at the front of the market for those riders requiring a versatile investment.
Deubel Bicycles are just about to finalize their website, which will have all the specifics of the available geometries, until then, you can keep updated by Liking their Facebook page. The June issue of Australian Mountain Bike will have a full experts review, and you can thank the editor, Chris Southwood, for the impeccable photography.