NS Snabb E1 - Review on Pinkbike

JUL 07 2015
NS Snabb E1 - Review on Pinkbike
Some time ago we sent one of our stock Snabb E1 bikes to the guys from Pinkbike for the long term review. Paul Aston have been riding our bike for quite some time and gave it a solid review.
NS Bikes may be better known for their hardcore hardtails, piloted by the likes of Sam Pilgrim at freeride events around the globe, but over the last couple of years the Polish brand has been expanding their lineup. Entering the downhill market last year with the well received Fuzz, they have now unleashed a couple of smaller brothers sharing a similar design. The Snabb T is a 140mm trail bike and the E version its enduro conquering, 163mm travel sibling. Despite the 'Enduro' tag, NS seem to be marketing towards riders more interested in shredding and having fun, rather than racers looking for refined race machinery. Keeping up with current trends, the Snabb line boasts roomy cockpits and slack angles, with robust and reliable build kits.
NS Snabb E1 Details

• Intended use: all-mountain / enduro 
• Wheel size: 27.5''
• Rear wheel travel: 163mm 
• Four bar suspension design 
• Full AL6061-T6 + AL6066-T6 frame 
• Tapered head tube (44/56mm)
• Internal dropper post routing 
• Smooth ‘double pass’ welding in all critical areas
• ISCG 05 chain guide tabs
• Weight: 30lb 6oz (Large Size tested)
• MSRP: $4,500 USD / £3,199
NS Snabb headtube
 Internal cable routing at the headtube, with rubber grommets to keep things quiet and in place.
NS Snabb E1
Internal routing exits near the bottom bracket.
 Exit ports for the internal routing, no grommets here, though.
NS Snabb E1
 Snabb means 'fast' in Swedish.
The Snabb's full alloy chassis rolls on 27.5" wheels and a simple suspension design with a Horst-style link. There's 163mm of travel at the rear, via a RockShox Monarch DebonAir, matched to a 160mm RockShox Pike RC at the front. Gearing is via SRAM X7 and X9 components, while the rest of the bike is built with NS own-brand and Octane One pieces. Finishing touches include Schwalbe Hans Dampf and Rock Razor rubber, a Mozarrt top chain guide and a stealth routed 150mm drop X-Fusion Hi/Lo seatpost to perch upon. Our E1 test bike retails at $4500 USD, and the cheaper E2 model comes in at $3500. Snabb's are currently available in 41 countries and there are limited edition versions to look out for in the future, so keep your ear to the ground if you want something a little more exclusive.
RIding the NS Snabb E1
 The NS should take you to the top of any climb; the roomy front end meant a relaxed lower back even on super steep inclines.