Built from the same all-carbon chassis seen throughout the range, but in a more wallet-friendly configuration, the no-compromise Dreadnought SLX packs enough firepower to pummel the opposition into retreat. Upfront, the 170 mm travel, Charger 2.1 equipped RockShox Zeb Select + fork is paired to perfection by a custom-tuned Fox X2 shock.
The suspension is amplified further by the Trifecta system, decimating square edge hits for breakfast, all thanks to its 100% rearward wheel path, while simultaneously eliminating unwanted drivetrain forces with ease.
Delivering a consistent ride experience across the size spectrum and an unrivalled level of balance and composure, our One Ride geometry helps to differentiate the Dreadnought even further from the competition. A bike that likes to play, but not by the rules, the Dreadnought SLX thrives in environments once the reserve of downhill thoroughbreds.
The most obvious feature of the Trifecta suspension system is the high pivot point and the resulting rearward axle path it produces. Unlike some other frame designs that talk of a rearward portion of their axle path, the height of our main pivot within the frame structure means our axle path takes a completely rearward trajectory throughout its travel. This rearward motion allows the rear wheel to move with, not against, any size of impact. This, in turn, allows the bike to remain composed and maintain momentum through rough terrain.
|FRAME||Dreadnought Full Carbon - 154mm TravelHigh-Modulus Carbon Fiber | Trifecta High Single Pivot Suspension | One Ride Geometry | Enduro Max Bearings | 73mm Threaded BSA Bottom Bracket|
|FORK||RockShox ZEB Select+ - 170mm TravelCharger 2.1 Damper | LSC | LSR | DebonAir Air Spring | 44mm Offset | Maxle Stealth Thru-Axle | Gloss Black|
|REAR SHOCK||FOX Performance FLOAT X2LSC | LSR | Evol Air Can | Custom Tune | Trunnion Mount | DU Mount | 205x65mm|
|HEADSET||Acros AZX-203SHIS: ZS44/28.6|ZS56/40 | Premium Stainless Steel Bearings|
|GRIPS||Forbidden TaperedSingle Sided Lock-On | Black|
|HANDLE BARS||e*thirteen Base800mm Width | 20mm Rise | 35mm Bar Bore | Black Anodized with Grey Graphics|
|STEM||e*thirteen Base40mm Length | 35mm Bar Clamp | Black Anodized with Grey Graphics|
|SEAT POST||e*thirteen Vario31.6mm | Adjustable Dropper Travel | Size Specific Travel :S/M=120-150mm - L/XL:150-180mm|
|SEAT POST REMOTE||Shimano SL-MT500I-Spec EV Integrated Dropper Remote|
|SEAT POST CLAMP||Forbidden Custom7075 CNC Aluminum | 34.9mm | Black Anodized|
|SADDLE||SDG Radar ChromoChromoly Rails | Black Synthetic Cover with Black Cordura Reinforcements|
|FRONT BRAKE||Shimano 4-PistonBL-M6100 Lever | BR-M6120 Calipers | Metal Pads|
|REAR BRAKE||Shimano 4-PistonBL-M6100 Lever | BR-M6120 Calipers | Metal Pads|
|FRONT BRAKE ROTOR||Shimano 203mmRT-MT64 | Center-Lock | External Serated Lock-Ring|
|REAR BRAKE ROTOR||Shimano 180mmRT-MT64 | Center-Lock | External Serated Lock-Ring|
|REAR SHIFTER||Shimano SLX 12speedI-Spec EV Integrated Shifter/Brake Lever|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano SLX 12speedShadow+ with Clutch|
|CASSETTE||Shimano SLX 10-51T12speed | MicroSpline | 10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-33-39-45-51T|
|CHAIN||Shimano SLXCN-M7100 | 12speed | Links = S:130 / M:132 / L:134 XL:136|
|CRANKSET||Shimano SLX 32TFC-M7100 | 170mm All Sizes | 52mm Chainline | Black|
|CHAIN TENSIONER||Forbidden Idler Pulley with e.13 Custom ChainguideForbidden Integrated Idler | e.13 TRS Plus | Molded Inner with Compact Outer | Black|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Shimano ThreadedSM-BB52 | 24mm Spindle | HollowTechII | Threaded BSA|
|FRONT HUB||Shimano SLXHB-M7100 | 110x15mm | 32hole | Center-Lock|
|REAR HUB||Shimano SLXHB-M7100 | Quick Engagement | Microspline | 148x12mm | 32hole | Center-Lock|
|SPOKES||Double Butted Black Stainless2.0/1.8/2.0mm Double Butted | Black ED Coated Stainless | Black Brass 14mm Nipples|
|RIMS||e*thirteen LG1 EN Plus30mm Internal Width | Tubeless Ready | 32hole | Black with Grey Graphics|
|FRONT TIRE||Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5"3C MaxxTerra Rubber Compound | 120tpi | Folding | Tubeless Ready | EXO+ Casing|
|REAR TIRE||Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4"3C MaxxTerra Rubber Compound | 2x120tpi | Folding | Tubeless Ready | Double Down Casing|
||e*thirteen Tubeless Valves41mm Presta Valve with Removable Core | Slicy Banana Smoothy Sealant|
One of Forbidden core philosophies is that everyone who rides our bikes should experience a similar ride characteristic, regardless of their size or stature. To this end, we have put extra effort into our geometry and sizing, and one of the major contributing factors behind a bike’s overall ride feel is its weight balance. The term ‘weight balance’ refers to the relationship between the rear centre and the front centre, and the resultant position of the rider’s centre of gravity between the tire contact patches. How each tire is weighted, directly affects the grip characteristics of the bike.
This weight distribution will also have a profound effect on both the [bike’s] agility and its stability. Many brands talk about their bikes having “balanced geometry”, yet they only use a single rear centre (chainstay) measurement across all frame sizes. If the rear-centre remains constant with each size while front-centre change, then it stands to reason that each size [of bike] will see a different weight distribution and therefore a different ride characteristic. At Forbidden, in an effort to ensure a consistent ride experience across all sizes, we employ a scaled rear-centre measurement for each individual frame size.
A BETTER FIT
Their commitment to geometry and the dynamic ride characteristics of our bikes doesn’t end with scaled rear-centre lengths. A challenge for all modern bikes, especially those with 29” wheels, is the relationship between effective and actual seat angle. We are extremely proud of the fact that our actual seat angles change with each size getting progressively steeper as frame size increases, thus, ensuring taller riders have a better-seated position than that of our competitors.
Their commitment to a better fit for all riders also led them to larger than normal increases in head tube lengths that better suit each end of the size range. They feel that these small but extremely important details ensure that you, the rider, will feel instantly at home on their bikes.
|C||Hori. Top Tube Length||593||617||641||665|
|D||Seat Tube Length||400||420||450||490|
|E||Seat Tube Angle (Effective)||76||76||76||76|
|F||Seat Tube Angle (Actual)||73.0||74.7||76.1||77.1|
|G||Head Tube Length||90||100||110||120|
|H||Head Tube Angle||63.5||63.5||63.5||63.5|