Knolly has been trying out some new ideas lately. The engineering focused Vancouver company released it’s first 29″ bike, the Fugitive. At the same time, it launched a titanium gravel bike. New territory for a brand known for burly bikes made to last on rough trails.
Now, Knolly is returning to its roots. Today, Knolly released the long-awaited 2020 Warden, the Warden LT and Delirium. All three are big bikes with long travel designed to take whatever you can throw at them. And, while the 29″ Fugitive stays in the line, all three new bikes stick with the 27.5″ wheel platform. True to Knolly’s engineering philosophy, the Warden, Waden LT and Delirium all arrive in aluminum.
What’s new, and what’s back for 2020?
Knolly built its reputation on aluminum bikes that were built to last for years on B.C. trails. While the brand has expanded to include carbon fibre frame options, the three new bikes all roll out with full metal frames. Knolly believes well made aluminum rivals, or surpasses carbon fibre in quality, and each frame is made of top-end 6066 alloy aluminum.
The Warden’s and Delirium all stick to Knolly’s unique Fourby4 technology suspension linkage. Knolly CEO and lead engineer Noel Buckley continues to refine and develop Fourby4’s kinematics for each different frame, and to suit the model’s updated geometry.
Knolly brings the frame geo into the “longer, lower, slacker” era of mountain bike design, but without joining the competition to see how far those numbers can go. Instead, the brand is relying on Buckley’s engineering background to find the point where those numbers work best for each bikes intended purpose.
All three bikes use the Trail 157 rear axle standard instead of Boost. Frames will fit 200 mm dropper posts across the full size range, use threaded BB’s, internal cable routing and are Di2 compatible. In keeping with Knolly’s focus on quality materials, all frames use CNC machined 6Al-4V titanium fasteners and new Igus pivot bushings.
2020 Knolly Warden and Warden LTKnolly’s Warden fits squarely in the All Mountain category of mountain bike. It will happily pedal whatever big adventure ride you want to take it on, and handle the roughest trails that you could encounter while out there. It’s a bike that will cover alot of ground, especially if that ground is rough, steep or technical. With balance 160 mm front and rear travel, it’s rady for some big trails.
The new model in the line, the Warden LT, suits riders looking to push the platform on bigger, burlier, and gnarlier terrain. If you still like to pedal, but pedal to the top of trails most riders would think twice about riding, the Warden LT will be right there with you. Travel bumps up to 168 mm out back, and pairs with a big 170 mm fork for when enduro pushes into super-enduro.
2020 Knolly Delirium
If you spend more time shuttling, riding the park, and hitting the steepest lines you can find, Knolly’s updated Delirium platform is there for you. A long-standing model in the Knolly line, the Delirium is back in updated form and ready for anything. A full 175 mm rear wheel travel matches with a 180 mm fork for when you want to go full send.
2020 Knolly Warden and Delirium pricing ranged from USD $2197 to $2655 for frames, with complete bikes ranging from USD $5160 to $6216 for Dawn Patrol build kits. As always with Knolly, there’s all sorts of options to customize your build to suit the type of riding you do.
Knolly in Pemberton
To launch the new bikes, Knolly sent Factory riders James Doerfling and Steve Storey to the steep trails of Pemberton, B.C. Watch the two B.C. shredders push the new bikes to their limits in the shadow of Mt. Currie.