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Forbidden Druid Review

A mere passing glance at the Druid will certainly almost certainly require a double-take. There’s something seriously various going on here, and we’re below to inform you, it’s not witchcraft … it’s sorcery. What sets this bike apart, and why is the chain transmitted way up by the main pivot via an idler wheel? The Druid utilizes what’s called a high solitary pivot suspension system, which we’ll get into more down below. While high solitary pivot has actually been used for many years on downhill bikes (the Commencal Supreme, Norco Aurum HSP, GT Fury to name a few), the execution of this platform on trail bikes is virtually non-existent … previously. Save for a pick couple of small shop structure firms developing a high solitary pivot trail bike, the Forbidden Druid is among the very first to be readily available to the mass market, and that’s not all – it’s obtained some severe qualifications too. Owen Pemberton, the mastermind behind the Druid, has been in the sector for several years, as well as was the lead engineer for the Aurum HSP when he operated at Norco. A few years back, he branched off to start his very own bike business up in Cumberland, BC. The Druid is the end result of his group’s efforts, a 130mm travel 29′ emergency room that supplies something absolutely distinct in a market that is increasingly monotone, for this reason the expression, “Appears like a Session”.


As with lots of action sports, the level of development with mountain biking has actually increased at an astonishing pace in the last decade. Together with that progression comes raised need on the bikes themselves, as motorcyclists are pressing bikes harder, faster, and also rougher. Bike stability has actually become an attribute that many motorcyclists are searching for, which is why we have actually seen bikes with longer reaches and also leading tubes trending these days. While some manufacturers have gone to extremes in this regard, Forbidden bikes have actually located a good happy medium, with a huge structure showing off a 470mm reach. It’s not insane long, however it’s certainly not a short bike by any means. There is a factor of reducing returns as reach and leading tubes are stretched much longer and much longer. Ultimately, the bike’s handling as well as maneuverability will certainly endure.

Speaking much more on geometry, Forbidden has invested the additional money and time to execute size-specific swingarms. As the structure size increases, a lot of bikes retain the exact same swingarm, while adding size to the front triangular. While this makes sense from a cost-effective viewpoint for the maker, the geometry of the bike can endure. It puts smaller sized motorcyclist’s center of mass disproportionately forwards, and also big motorcyclist’s overmuch rearwards. With each increase in framework dimension on the Druid, not only does the top tube and also reach obtain longer, the chainstay is likewise lengthened, offering a more well-proportioned bike for the target dimension of the motorcyclist.


With a high solitary pivot style, the back wheel travels up as well as backwards as you relocate with the suspension traveling, elongating the rear-center dimension. This is known as a rearward axle course. The most noticeable benefit to this is the bike’s ability hold energy through bumps, specifically those nasty square edged hits. Another benefit to explore that might be overlooked, yet still just as essential, is the bike’s axle course in regard to the wheelbase length. On even more typical suspension styles, the bike’s back wheel actions primarily upwards, with little rearward movement. When you consider fork compression, which successfully relocates the front wheel towards you, the result is a wheelbase that is shortens as you relocate through the suspension travel. On the Druid, the back wheel moves backwards, which assists to counter the reducing of the wheelbase due to fork compression. Consider this hypothetical situation: you’re riding off a decrease on to flat ground, landing with both wheels at the same time. Usually, you would certainly ride out of this scenario with a shortened, unreliable wheelbase. With the Druid, the length of the wheelbase is generally unmodified, also at the end of the bike’s suspension traveling. On the trail, this translates to a remarkably secure flight, whether you’re hitting a huge g-out, or blasting with high speed chatter.

My Impressions

Expanding upon that same topic, it actually hit me when I was riding a local route called Dual Down. It’s a route I’ve ridden dozens of times, so I’m extremely aware of the subtleties, and just how one bike compares to another on various parts of the trail. There is a six foot decrease with a sloped landing that squashes out extremely promptly, becoming a g-out. On a lot of bikes, I obtain a really skittish sensation appearing of this section, where the bike feels like it’s trying to agonize out from under me. Thanks to the consistent wheelbase explained over, the Druid really felt extremely made up in this circumstances. After I noticed it in this overstated instance, I started to discover it anywhere on the trail, as well as quickly concerned value it.

As a result of the Druid’s especially effective suspension, it seems like it has substantially greater than 130mm of back wheel traveling. Extra travel makes bumps seem like they aren’t there, and that’s what these 5 inches of rear wheel traveling do truly well. I felt happy taking this bike on routes that I typically ride my Nomad, and also on those that, in an excellent globe, I ‘d be on my DH bike. That’s just how composed it is. I despise to play into the cliché, however I can happily define the Druid as a do-it-all bike.

Different suspension layouts provide varying ride features; some will satisfy specific bikers, others will not. That’s why there are many various bikes around – there just can never ever be one bike that is best for each individual in every circumstance. Standard single pivot designs often really feel very spirited and also poppy, however maybe a bit much less grown through harsh path. The Druid, with its high solitary pivot and rearward axle path, takes a little bit extra effort to make “pop.” In my opinion, the Druid really feels much more planted to the ground than various other single pivot bikes. It is still absolutely willing to be playful and also poppy, you simply need to ask it to do so.

Due to the fact that my favorite part of any type of path is the downhill, I have a tendency to consider a bike’s coming down capability more than its capacity to pedal effectively – it’s going to take me some time to get to the top whatever type of bike I get on. That claimed, with the shock shut out, the Druid seems like a hardtail. On anything besides fire roadway climbs up, I found myself leaving the shock available to offer my backside a bit much more cush.

With a 150mm fork, the Druid has a 75.6 level seat tube angle, which is quite basic for this design of bike. Although I’m certainly no cross-country nut, I have invested plenty of time pedaling. With my tall frame, I know a seat-tube that is also slack can be detrimental. The Druid’s geometry felt comfortable climbing up, as did my body setting. I would certainly place it right up there with the best pedaling bikes I have actually ridden in this category.

Suffice it to say, those seeking a secure yet vibrant trail bike, together with something that really throws the fad, the Druid must be near the top of your listing. Keep in mind, it’s not a full-scale brawler – it does have restrictions, just like we do. However those limits appear to border past most other bikes of this classification, as we continue marching up that proverbial ladder of development.

The Druid frame comes well-stocked, with a Fox Float DPX2 EVOL Efficiency Elite shock, an E13 upper and also reduced guide, rubber frame protection where required, back incorporated fender, seatpost clamp, as well as rear axle.