In the end it does not matter much that we think our bikes are good. Therefore it is interesting to read and hear how other riders experience our bikes.

“The Instinctiv 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.”

“This bike is surely the most successful machine that we have been able to test with this type of transmission. It is totally consistent with its program, whether in terms of the suspension quality, the geometry, mass distribution or the finish.”
“Downhill the M97 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.”

“Although the Instinctiv M9 only has 140 millimeters of rear 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.”


The German BIKE magazine wrote a thorough test about the M97.


We have translated the last part of the test in English for you and the original German version is also available. The magazine is a paper issue, but the full article can be bought as a PDF with the link below.


Sebastian / Germany

Today I did the setup and first testride on the M9 and I can’t stop grinning! Besides the great design, color and technology, I am also fascinated of the handling characteristics: The relative high weight of the bike seems to disapear on the trail, the central and low COG generates active handling and huge traction while the frame geometry results increased self confidence due to stability…

Jeppe / Denmark

“The M97 and I are doing very well. I love how it manages to be responsive, stable and playful at the same time. I am loving it and already matching my section times without going to my limits.”

Swen / Switzerland

“You did a great job! The bike looks brilliant! Personally I’ve been an active mountain biker from Switzerland for several years. I compete in various enduro races.”

Peter / United States

We just completed the build! Wow! I’ve never ridden anything like this! You guys did a phenomenal job. The geometry is second to none! Thank you again for all your help and expertise.

Nicola / Italy

“The frame is absolutely insane…I was freaking out when I saw it.”

Dorus / Netherlands

“Thanks for the explanation yesterday when picking up my bike, I learned some new things! Yesterday I immediately went riding and it was great!”

Geraint / Scotland

“The bike is super planted. You guys have done a great job with it. In first week I was hitting PBs already. The trigger shifter is so easy to use and feels so familiar straight off the bat.“

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