Jackal M

the raddest machine

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The raddest machine of the M-series with tons of grip. Have fun, you can do amazing things.

If you like bikeparks, having fun with a nimble bike, then the Jackal M is your friend with its long travel suspension and 27.5" wheels. The Jackal M is build on our Puma suspension platform, feels extremely smooth and comes with a durable gearbox drivetrain.

You can configure the bike with belt drive and our unique trigger shifting.

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Enduro MTB

“The Instinctiv M scores points with its plush suspension and central riding position. The Pinion gearbox ensures a low centre of gravity and is beautifully integrated into the frame.”

BIKE magazine

“Downhill the M turns on and purrs smoothly through the terrain. The rear end works first class, responds well and reliably levels even rough passages. There is enough pop available for jumps and sufficient progression for hard landings. As a result, the potent rear end feels like more than 150 mm of travel.”


“It rides extremely smooth and feels like a downhill bike on the trail. Thanks to the Pinion gearbox and a good chain guide, it doesn’t make any noise and is unusually quiet on the descent.”

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Jackal M


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rocky white matte, espresso dark matte, volcano dark matte, pistachio green glossy, forest grey glossy, sunlight yellow glossy, eastern blue glossy, midnight dark glossy



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The patented puma suspension platform is the core of our bikes. It makes our bikes super smooth, fast and gives you more control than ever.

The system is an ultra compact multilink Horst setup. The suspension remains fully active and sensitive during quick descends, even when pedaling.

Thanks to the multilinks in our Puma suspension, we could tweak the leverage ratio independently of other kinematic factors and settled on a optimal 15% decrease through the travel. Something brands with a conventional single pivot or horst suspension can only dream of.


Small lightweight rockers and upside-down-shock-mount reduce inertia of moving parts to an absolute minimum, on top of the derailleur and cassette being obsolete.

The shock is not linked to the primary rocker, which greatly reduces torsional forces and thus friction being transferred to the shock.

ultra compact

A limited rotation of the shock throughout its travel, highest quality bearings and the use of high load needle bearings in many pivots make for both a very durable and a highly responsive  layout.

The needle bearings make that we can build an ultra compact layout that reacts very active. Our bikes have a small rubber end stop to be able to preload the system. This preload makes that the suspension is always ready and loaded and has even less static friction.


automotive quality

Our gearbox drivetrain offers automotive quality, worry free durability and a super silent ride. It gives you more control as your rear wheel is lighter. That means more grip, more confidence.

The magnesium Pinion gearbox is almost maintenance free and eliminates the risk of bending or breaking your derailleur. You can run the gearbox with chain or carbon belt.

fast shifting

Our gearbox mountain bikes can be run with either Pinion’s DS2 grip shifter, or with our intuitive trigger shifter. In both cases; shifting is fast, instant and precise.

The DS2 shifter is great for shifting a number of gears up or down with a single action. It is light, clean and very fast.

Instinctiv’s unique trigger shifter offers an interaction that is resembling a derailleur shifter with the speed of a gearbox.

The system has two stacked levers for thumb actuation. It allows you to shift one gear heavier, or one or two gears lighter with a single thumb stroke.

how does it ride?

“Shifting a gearbox mountain bike is a different experience. It takes a few rides to get familiar.

Once you are used to the instant response, who wants to go back to grinding gears on a cassette?”

600% range

With the gearbox mtb drivetrain you will have a huge 600% gear range, 20% more than an SRAM Eagle 1×12 10-50t layout.

  • Pinion C.1.12
  • chainring/cog
  • 30T x 26T
  • 30T x 30T
  • lowest
  • 0.63
  • 0.55
  • highest
  • 3.85
  • 3.33
  • SRAM Eagle
  • chainring
  • 32T
  • 34T
  • lowest
  • 0.64
  • 0.68
  • highest
  • 3.20
  • 3.40

equal gear steps

The Pinion C1.12 provides equal gear steps throughout all gears making your selected gear ratios more predictable than ever.

  • Pinion C.1.12
  • 1
  • 2
  • 17.7%
  • 3
  • 17.7%
  • 4
  • 17.7%
  • 5
  • 17.7%
  • 6
  • 17.7%
  • 7
  • 17.7%
  • 8
  • 17.7%
  • 9
  • 17.7%
  • 10
  • 17.7%
  • 11
  • 17.7%
  • 12
  • 17.7%
  • SRAM Eagle
  • 50
  • 42
  • 19,1%
  • 36
  • 16,7%
  • 32
  • 12,5%
  • 28
  • 14,3%
  • 24
  • 16,7%
  • 21
  • 14,3%
  • 18
  • 16,7%
  • 16
  • 12,5%
  • 14
  • 14,3%
  • 12
  • 16,7%
  • 10
  • 20%
  • Pinion C.1.12
  • gear steps
  • 17.7%
  • SRAM Eagle
  • gear steps
  • 12,5 - 20%


What happens to the watts you put out? How does a Pinion gearbox mountain bike compare to a conventional derailleur in terms of efficiency?

The short answer is that out on the trail, in varied terrain and changing conditions, it is practically imossible to notice any difference.

Studies have shown that the efficiency of the Pinion drivetrain ranges from 91% in the heaviest gear to 98% in granny gear.*

For comparison, a derailleur layout, under perfect ‘laboratory’ circumstances, has an efficiency of 93% to 98%**.

However when dirt comes into play and builds up the efficiency tends to drop a good few percent.

A major benefit of the gearbox drivetrain is the straight, constant chainline, ensuring great efficiency between chainring and rear wheel. This in contrast to derailleur layouts where cassettes seriously compromise the chainline at either end of the cassette.

* 2017 ASEE Zone II Conference An Experimental Study on the Efficiency of Bicycle Transmissions R. Bolen and C. M. Archibald Grove City College, Grove City, PA

** Efficiency Measurements of Bicycle Transmissions – a neverending Story? by Bernhard Rohloff and Peter Greb, Wirkungsgrad von Fahrradantrieben von Prof. Dr. Ing Hubert Hinzen, Fachbereich Technik, Hochschule Trier


We believe you can do the math. Yes our gearbox drivetrain weighs around 600 – 800 grams more than a conventional 1×12 derailleur groupset.

However about 600 – 900 grams of weight is moved from the rear wheel to the frame. This makes the rear wheel lighter than ever before, the suspension is more responsive and riding losses while riding over rough terrain are reduced. And during climbing it is difficult to notice the extra weight.


Pinion gearboxes are used all over the world, in all conditions no matter how challenging. They have proven their robustness in numerous round-the-world rides. Ice cold temperatures at the Arctic Circle or sweltering desert heat do not present a problem for these transmissions.



material: high mod carbon fiber

coating: two-component, 3 layer system, by hand in Europe

bearings: sealed double row, max and high-load needle bearings

assembly: full quality control and frame assembly in house by Instinctiv

rear travel: 150 mm

rear brake: 180 mm post mount.


15,1 kg**


Fox Float 36 Factory Series
160 mm travel
GRIP2, 15QRx110, 44 mm rake


Fox Float X Factory EVOL 185×55 trunnion
2 position lever adjustment, 10-clicks tuning range


Pinion C1.12 gearbox
12 gears, 600% range, 166 mm Q factor

– including Instinctiv 30T chainring

– including Pinion chain tensioner

– including Pinion DS2 grip shifter

– including T30 or T26 rear sprocket

– optional Instinctiv trigger shifter

– optional Instinctiv belt drive


standard Magura MT5 1-finger lever with reach adjust
optional Magura MT7 PRO 1-finger lever with reach adjust
203 mm Storm HC front disc
180 mm Storm HC rear disc

front wheel

standard aluminum 27.5″ Crankbrothers Synthesis Enduro alloy rims, Industry Nine 101 hub, 28 spokes. 110×15 BOOST, ISO 6 bolt, black

optional carbon 27.5″ Industry Nine Hydra Enduro Carbon, 110×15 BOOST, ISO 6 bolt, black

rear wheel

standard aluminum 27.5″ Crankbrothers Synthesis Enduro Alloy rim, Industry Nine 1/1 hub, 32 spokes, 148×12 BOOST, ISO 6 bolt, black

optional carbon 27.5″ Industry Nine Hydra Enduro Carbon, 148×12 BOOST, ISO 6 bolt, black

through axle: DT Swiss RWS 148×12 (X12), with detachable lever, HWQASM00S2035S


Maxxis Assegai 27.5 x 2.50 WT

Maxxis Dissector 27.5 x 2.40 WT


standard handlebar: Raceface Turbine R35 alloy / 8° backsweep / 20mm rise

optional handlebar: 77Design carbon 35 / 9° backsweep / 20mm rise

optional handlebar: Beast UD riser / 8° backsweep / 25mm rise

grips: Ergon GE1 MTB Enduro Evo or GA2 black grips

stem: 77Designz One Piece Stem 35 mm or 45 mm


Fox Transfer Factory dropper post with Fox Transfer lever
size M: standard 150 mm, optional 125 mm

size L: standard 150 mm, optional 125 mm

size XL: standard 150 mm, optional 175 mm

The 150 mm dropper post will not fully insert into the frame on a size M.

The 175 mm dropper post will not fully insert into the frame on a size XL.

rider weight

120kg / 264lb
This maximum weight limit includes the rider weight plus gear and luggage (helmet, clothing, backpack, luggage carrier, etc.). Make sure to adhere to your suspension manufacturer’s recommended weight limits, as they may have lower weight limits.

geometry & size




  • stack
  • reach
  • top tube
  • head tube angle
  • head tube
  • seat tube angle
  • seat tube
  • chainstay
  • wheelbase
  • bb drop
  • bb height
  • standover height
  • 615
  • 452
  • 605
  • 64.5 °
  • 110
  • 76.0 °
  • 430
  • 430
  • 1216
  • 16.5
  • 339
  • 688
  • 624
  • 486
  • 642
  • 64.5 °
  • 120
  • 76.0 °
  • 460
  • 430
  • 1254
  • 16.5
  • 339
  • 720
  • 637
  • 518
  • 678
  • 64.5 °
  • 135
  • 75.9 °
  • 460
  • 430
  • 1293
  • 16.5
  • 339
  • 719
  • min. seat height*
  • max. seat height*
  • max. insertion depth
  • 633
  • 733
  • 228
  • 688
  • 818
  • 258
  • 688
  • 818
  • 258

All sizes are given in millimeters, unless stated otherwise.
* with a saddle stack of 40mm, a dropper post of 125 mm for size medium and a dropper post of 150 mm for sizes large and extra large.

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body height

Stand straight with your back against a wall and place a book on your head. Make sure the book is parallel with the floor and at right angles to the wall, touching the wall. Make a mark on the wall with tape and measure the distance between the bottom of the book and the floor.

leg length

Stand straight up with your back against a wall. Take a book and tuck it between your legs. Pull up the book, simulating the pressure of sitting on a bike saddle. Make a mark on the wall with tape and measure the distance between the top of the book and the ground.



The Jackal M has a progressive suspension character. This way the suspension is supple and sensitive around sag, yet big hit capable. Plush with little risk of bottoming out. How progressive a bike is depends primarily on the regression of the leverage ratio.

We tested prototypes with various leverage curves and found the sweet spot: a leverage ratio that decreases by 15% throughout the bikes’ travel.

If you want the suspension to be even more progressive there is the option of adding extra volume spacers in the shock. This is something we tweak when we set up the bike for you, based on your weight and where you plan to ride.


Mountain bikes from major brands tend to be advertised with a single anti-squat percentage. What they don’t tell you is they can suffer from vastly different anti-squat values when shifting down the cassette. We have measured deviations up to 75%.

The Jackal M has a anti-squat value of around 115% at sag across all gears thanks to our chainline not being affected by gear shifts.

So, why 115% anti-squat? In short this compensates for 100% of pedal bob induced by the pedal torque and another 15% to account for your body movement on the bike.

Anti-squat values come down throughout the bikes’ travel: from more than 120% down to less than 90%. This way our team crafted a very efficient yet lively suspension platform.

fully active

The Jackal M benefits from very little pedal kickback. Especially at high speed, in heavier gears kickback is negligible.

This is a major benefit because it means the suspension remains fully active and sensitive during quick descends, even when pedaling.

We achieved this thanks to a combination of our integrated gearbox and compact kinematics with limited chain growth.


Anti-rise levels are optimal at 90 to 100% throughout the bikes’ suspension travel.

This means that brake forces accurately compensate for any mass transfer during deceleration. Not only at sag-point but at any point throughout the bikes’ travel.

In effect this stops you and the bike from tilting excessively forward under hard braking. At the same time levels around 100% still allow the suspension to remain active and sensitive throughout your braking zone.

This way you won’t feel like you’re on a hardtail once you approach some brake bumps.


The Jackal M platform is designed to offer a near vertical initial axle-path. A vertical or rearward axle path improves the suspension’s smoothness.

When the vectors from trail obstacles and the wheel path are more in line this results in the suspension being compressed rather than the bike being ‘held back’.

The favorable axle path is a result of the patented Puma kinematic platform and its very compact rocker layout. 

leverage ratio

anti rise

axle path

anti squat

pedal kickback


Pinion grip shifter

Light, efficient and ergonomically very good. Developed with Ergon. Great for shifting up and down multiple gears at once.

instinctiv trigger shifter

Fast, precise and very close to what you are used to. Allows intuitive single upshift and double downshifts.

raceface turbine alloy / 300 grams

Dialed in to fit your modern riding style and set-up, the Turbine R is a rad all-mountain handlebar with an aggressive riding position and a killer strength to weight ratio.. With 8° backsweep and 20mm rise.

77designz carbon / 257 grams

Carbon handlebar with a 35mm clamping zone offer the perfect balance of stiffness and flex. The aluminum sleeve protects the carbon fibers from constriction and crimping. With 9° backsweep and 20mm rise.

beast ud carbon / 194 grams

Lighter, tougher, better. The excellent balance of flexibility, vibration damping and robustness ensures precise steering response and the ultimate on-trail experience. With 8° backsweep and 25mm rise.

Crankbrothers Synthesis enduro Alloy

Tuned front and rear alloy wheel system for enduro riding and racing, with Industry Nine 101 front and rear hub.

industry nine enduro s carbon

The Hydra S Carbon series pairs the legendary performance of the flagship Hydra hub with the S Series chassis and modern carbon technology.

fizik terra alpaca x5 for men

A new MTB saddle from Fizik that is perfect for full-suspension trail bikes, the 145mm-wide saddle offers great pedaling support but is also easy to move around on.

fizik luna x5 for women

A mountain bike saddle from Fizik, specifically designed for women, with a central cutout, corrosion-resistant S-Alloy rails and a carbon-reinforced nylon shell.

sqlab 611 for men and women

The wave-like shape and raised rear section provide perfect rearward support and an optimal pressure distribution which reaches deep into the body structures resulting in improved power transmission.

ergon smc for men

Comfort and dynamic response as an unbeatable combination. You’re comfortable in every position and ready to put the pedal to the metal. Leave saddle discomfort in the dust and enjoy the trails with the SMC Men Sport Gel.

crankbrothers stamp 7 large

Pro-level concave platform pedal provides optimal shoe/pedal interface.

crankbrothers mallet e

The ultimate pedal for enduro racing, with integrated traction pad technology.


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* delivery times

The mentioned delivery times are based on the idea that your order now, pay by card or in 2 - 3 days and that shipping to you will take about a week. The estimated delivery times are calculated to the best of our knowledge, based on the lead times that are communicated to us by our suppliers. The expected shipping date might change if parts are delivered to us later than expected. Depending on the chosen options, the lead time can become longer.

** weight

Approx weight based on the lightest configuration in size L, with a Pinion C1.12 drive train, carbon wheelset, without pedals.

*** community

Many Instinctiv riders are part of our growing community. They are happy to share real stories about their bikes to potential new Instinctiv riders without any commercial pressure. We hope you want to be part of our community as well. So we can add your phone and email on our website or send your contact details to potential new Instinctiv riders in your area when they ask to see a bike in real.

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