This is the big-wheeled sibling to the Spot Rollik we first saw at this time last year. The Rollik is a beautifully crafted 27.5 trail bike with excellent pedaling efficiency, a fun, poppy feel and a complement of features that make it an easy bike to live with.
Those features carry over to this new Mayhem 29er, which gets a threaded bottom bracket, two bottle cage mounts and an externally routed rear brake line. The Mayhem is likewise intended for trail riding, boasting 130 millimeters of travel front and rear and a 66.7 degree head angle. That’s 10 millimeters fewer than the Rollik sports, but the big wheels should make up for it. The frame is made of TeXtreme carbon, which is said to use a variety of manufacturing techniques for a lighter, stronger construction with less epoxy.
The Mayhem of course sports Spot’s unique Living Link suspension, which replaces the lower swingarm-side pivot with a carbon leaf spring that Spot says increases stiffness and is an improvement over bearings in terms of durability. Check out our review of the Rollik for more on our experience with Living Link.
Forgoing any provision for a front derailleur (just fine with us) allowed Spot to build additional bracing around the bottom bracket and widen the leaf spring to increase stiffness. The smaller-wheeled version was no noodle, but big wheels do exert more force on the chassis. Speaking of big wheels, the chainstays fall on the long side at 440 millimeters, allowing the Mayhem to fit up to a 2.8-inch tire.
The Mayhem is slated to be available in the $7000 5-Star build at the end of April, with frames going for $3,200. Additional complete options are coming soon. Spot’s offerings can be purchased through dealers or online, direct from Spot.