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MTB Frames

How To Choose

If you want to take things slow and enjoy a long day of cycling or are new to bike packing, consider checking out the 29er Mountain Bike Frame or the 27.5er Plus Mountain frame. Both of these frames have high-end looks and specifications, but they come with a reasonable price tag that will allow you to have enough money to explore new trails and places.

If you want to take up cross-country mountain bike racing, I would look at the 29er XC Frame S3. This frame is all light, and 29er wheels will be fast by running.


If you typically ride on mostly smooth mountain roads, then a hardtail frame would be a good option for you. For this terrain type, you might want to consider the 29er Carbon Hardtail Boost Frame M27 or the Carbon Hardtail Frame M17. These frames are designed to handle a lot of wear and tear while being much lighter than expected. They're also perfect for having fun at the trail center.


If you're looking to set fast Strava times while also prioritizing safety, I recommend considering either the Carbon Trail Suspension Frame P1 or the Carbon Enduro Frame P9 150mm Travel. These frames are not only capable of beating Strava records but are also excellent for enduro racing.

Full Suspension VS Hardtail

Carbon mountain bike frames are typically classified into carbon hardtail frames and carbon full suspension MTB frames. The primary difference is that full suspension frames have a shock absorber in the rear, while hardtail frames do not. There is an ongoing debate among mountain bikers about whether to opt for a full suspension or hardtail frame.

1. Full Suspension MTB Frames

All types of mountain bikes, including the AM, XC, DH, and Enduro, are assembled using a full-suspension frame. A bike with a full suspension frame is designed to provide good resistance performance, making your ride more comfortable. The shock absorber performance is better, and the frame rigidity is higher. When purchasing a full-suspension mountain bike frame, it's important to pay attention to its travel size.

When your MTB bike is equipped with a full suspension frame, you can easily climb mountain roads comfortably. The biggest advantage of suspension frames is that they have cushioning properties and are softer than hardtail frames. This means you won't feel the bumps when you pass through depressions, mountains and rocks.

The full suspension frame structure is more complex, requiring more manufacturing procedures and more raw materials than hardtail MTB frames. The frame supports front and rear shock absorbers and is usually equipped with suspension forks. However, the full suspension frame is heavier, but its structure is stronger. Overall, I highly recommend using a full suspension frame for a comfortable riding experience.

ICAN currently offers three full-suspension frames with different strokes: 100mm, 130mm, and 150mm, tailored to various mountain types.

Suspension travel

The appropriate stroke size of an MTB frame depends on your riding style. Typically, the following reference stroke dimensions are used:

- Trail riding: 110-140mm travel

- All-mountain: 130-160mm travel

- Enduro: between 150-170mm travel

- XC: 90-110mm travel

Remember that these are just general guidelines, and you should choose the stroke size that best suits your needs and preferences.


2. MTB Hardtail Frame

The MTB hardtail frame is lighter and more suitable for riding on flat mountain roads. It provides faster acceleration and is much cheaper than the full suspension frame. Opting for the MTB hardtail frame is a wise choice if your budget is limited. As for speed, you can choose a hardtail frame if the mountain road isn't particularly steep. However, it's important to prioritize safety.