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Cycle Monkey

Internal Gearing Specialists, Bicycle Distribution & Service Center

Zerode Taniwha Trail Bike

Nimble. Playful. Totally Taniwha.

If you’re looking for a versatile, nimble trail bike that’s more than happy to pedal all day long but doesn’t shy away from the rough stuff, look no further than the new Taniwha Trail. This carbon fiber, 140mm-travel, 27.5˝ wheel trail bike delivers on the strengths of the proven Taniwha Enduro platform—with unrivaled suspension performance, seamless shifting across a massive 600% gear range (think 10-60t cassette!), and a low-maintenance drivetrain built around the Pinion gearbox—and ups the playfulness in a lively package featuring new geometry that’s optimized for trail riding.

If you’re the type of rider who spends every descent scanning for the next side hit to pop off and every climb racing your friends to the top, you’ll appreciate the snappy, lighter feel of Taniwha Trail. With slightly shortened travel, a lowered bottom bracket, shorter wheelbase, and slightly steeper headtube and seattube angles, this bike is primed for the trails most riders frequent.

But don’t be fooled into thinking this is some sort of calorie-counting, watt-crunching XC rig—Zerode’s DH legacy shines through once it’s time to point things downhill, with the same superior traction and stability that only comes with moving the unsprung weight of a derailleur and cassette from the rear of the bike to the bottom bracket. In the end, Taniwha Trail was built with a simple goal in mind: take the best characteristics of Taniwha, and tweak them ever so slightly for a rig that’s simply more maneuverable (and fun to ride) for most rides and riders.

Taniwha Trail is available as a frame and drivetrain, frame/drivetrain and fork combo (includes Cane Creek 40 headset), or as a custom build with your choice of components.

Suspension options include Cane Creek DB Air IL or Fox DP X2 rear shock ($200 up-charge for Fox rear shock). Frame and fork packages are also available with Cane Creek Helm, Fox Factory Series 34 Float, or Rock Shox Pike. Simply indicate whether you'd like a frameset only or frame/fork combo with your order, and we will contact you for suspension preference. ($400 up-charge for complete Fox suspension package).


“The rear suspension on this bike is insanely good. In terms of the suspension, it’s the best 140 mm bike I’ve ridden, and it easily beats out any number of longer-travel bikes as well.”

“If you’re looking for something that’s not just a minor tweak to Generic Bike X from Huge Company Y, the Taniwha Trail might just be what you’ve been looking for.”
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