Introducing the new Forbidden Dreadnought V2

Introducing the new Forbidden Dreadnought V2

Today Forbidden launch the Dreadnought V2. With the original bike already one the hardest hitting enduro bikes out there, the new V2 takes that capability and adds to it even further with all the design refinements already present in the updated Druid and Supernought DH bikes.

Forbidden Dreadnaught V2 top tube in Bloody Sabbath colour

Tested on the world cup DH circuit, enduro raced and hammered through endless laps in the bike park by their athletes, the Forbidden Dreadnought was already a well proven platform capable of every kind of gravity riding. Switching from a linkage driven single pivot to a horst link design, the new version improves suspension performance under heavy braking, refines the chainline and idler for quieter and more efficient pedalling and is overall more potent than ever before. With rear travel now also increased to 160mm and the bike designed around a minimum 170mm fork, there is almost no upper limit to how hard the Dreadnought can be ridden. Dual crown forks are even an option for bike park builds or riders going even bigger.

Forbidden Dreadnaught V2 linkage detail

Geometry has also been fine tuned with the S3 bike (Large in old money) now checking in at a 475mm reach, 63.1’ head angle and 1288mm wheelbase for absolute confidence at high speed and in steep and rough terrain. Uniquely to Forbidden, truly proportional chainstay sizing grows in line with reach between all bikes to preserve a similar weight balance regardless of frame size and give every rider a bike that fits. There is a ton of rider led adjustment available on every frame too, with an interchangeable dropout allowing wheelbase to be tuned to by +/-10mm and also creating the option for either a 29’ or 27.5’ rear wheel to be run depending on rider preference or terrain.

Dropout on new Dreadnaught V2

There are two colour options in the V2, either the relatively subtle Fatty T paint fade, or the striking blaze of Bloody Sabbath. All frames use the SRAM UDH hanger standard for ease of replacement and transmission compatibility and all pivots now sit on locking collets using oversize bearings to improve durability.

Forbidden Dreadnaught V2, Bloody Sabbath and Fatty T colours

Frame only options will be £3899, and RockShox builds start from £6599 for a Select / SRAM GX package, moving up to £7299 for a Select +  and SRAM GX transmission bike, topping out at £9299 for the carbon wheeled equipped XO Ultimate package. All bikes come with the new SRAM Maven brakes for maximum stopping power.

SRAM Maven brake on the new Dreadnaught

Demo bikes will be available from the summer, and we’ve an S2 bike in Bloody Sabbath in stock now with an S3 due soon, so if you’re looking for one of the most DH capable enduro bikes ever built then come by for a look or get in touch to reserve a bike or demo. 

The Dreadnaught V2 in action

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