Sombrio has roamed the woods of Vancouver’s North Shore for over 20 years on mountain bikes but, until now, the Canadian brand has never made a bike of its own. That changes with the Shovel, a no-nonsense hardtail made to survive and thrive on anything the Shore could throw at it.
The Shovel reflects Sombrio’s approach to its more well-known apparel line. The apparel brand started in 1998 with a free-spirited and relaxed in design paired with functional elements made to survive the hard environment of mountain biking’s most notorious trails.
It’s also an aluminum hardtail that starts at just $730.00. That is a welcome alternative, aimed at new and experienced riders alike, to the waves of high-end carbon wonderbikes with price tags that regularly push five figures, not three.
Here’s what Sombrio says about the inspiration behind these new Shovel bikes:
“The Shovel; commonly known as a hand tool – many of us would have first picked up a shovel as our first foray into trail building. Now the Shovel represents a tool for progression, a cornerstone for the everyday Joe, a foundational element of many great things. The Shovel is purpose-built to be square one. A starting point for entry into the world of mountain biking. Designed to be easy to use, attainable and most of all – fun. Taking heavy influence from The North Shore and the rigors of modern mountain biking – the Shovel is the cumulative result of what you need to get rolling from your first ride.”
Sombrio Shovel 3
Sombrio Shovel 4
Sombrio Shovel 5
What do you need to get rolling? How about 27.5″ tires with clearance for 2.6″ rubber, giving you traction in the wettest weather, progressive trail bike geometry that sits in a comfortable middle ground instead of pushing the extremes of bike design, boost spacing and 140-mm travel forks, and clean internal dropper post routing. In addition to shore-worthy forks, there’s a smart build kit on all Shovel models designed to make it trail-ready right out of the box. And, for a bit of style, a classic-looking big ol’ head tube badge.
Pricing starts from $729.00 for the Shovel 5 and goes up to $1,300.00 for the Shovel 2. All four models are available in Canada only through Sombrio dealers. Hit the brand’s website full details on the Sombrio Shovel.