THE NEW BRAVO WELCOME TO THE FUTURE
We introduce the new Bravo, the evolution and revolution of hardtail bikes.
A new concept of bike that combines the best qualities of a hardtail with the most outstanding qualities of a twin. A revolutionary softail model that is the definitive answer to those looking for the perfect balance between speed and stability, agility and traction.
The Bravo creates a new standard of performance through our innovative micro suspension system involving both the controlled flex of a new state-of-the-art seatpost design and the rear triangle stays via a pivot point integrated into the frame itself.
With these characteristics, the Bravo now evolves into a softail concept, meeting the needs of riders who do not need all the absorption of a conventional full suspension bike, who still value qualities such as lightness, agility, and mechanical simplicity, but who do not want to compromise on riding comfort and optimum stability.
LIGHTNESS, AGILITY, AND ABSORPTION: THE PERFECT COMBINATION
The weight of the Bravo frame and its micro suspension system make it the epitome of a bike with Racing DNA. It is lightning-fast, reactive and much more capable than any other hardtail on the market, offering better performance on uneven terrain, where a certain amount of absorption capacity in the frame is essential.
High modulus carbon
Both versions of the Bravo softail frame feature high modulus carbon. The most advanced, the Bravo BR, weighs in at 999g and is constructed from a combination of Toray T700, T800, and T1000 fibers, better known as HM3X carbon. This arrangement of fibers optimizes the weight-to-stiffness ratio in the critical areas of the frame. The fibers run unidirectionally, thus increasing the lateral stiffness and performance of the bike.
The conventional option is the Bravo, with HM2X carbon, which combines Toray T700 and T800 fibers. Utilizing these fibers in different orientations achieves an optimal balance between stiffness, lightness, and frame absorption.
The Bravo frames have undergone a firing process during which an internal polystyrene expander is inserted. This expander increases the pressure exerted on the fibers, thus allowing optimal layering of the carbon and eliminating excess resin and air bubble formation. This system, called EPS, achieves a high quality frame with a much more compact and fatigue-resistant structure.
The process of building the frame involves the firing of three separate parts. Firstly, the mold of the front triangle, then the mold of the chainstays, and finally, the mold of the seat stays. This technique improves the level of layering and arrangement of the material, enhancing the performance of the frame as a whole.
The Bravo’s frame is made entirely of carbon fiber and has a completely reworked geometry. There are two versions that differ in the type of carbon used in their construction, thus offering two different weights and performance levels. On the one hand, the Bravo BR option with higher modulus carbon built with three types of fibers and a final frame weight of 999g, and, on the other hand, the standard Bravo version, which also has high modulus carbon but two types of fibers, achieving a weight of 1,270g.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE PURSUIT OF SPEED
SOFTEX, CARBON FLEX CONTROL
At the heart of the Bravo frame is the SOFTEX system—rear micro suspension technology that works by flexing the unique TIBIA seatpost and the rear stays, controlled by a FullBall pivot point integrated into the frame. The combination of both elements results in a total travel of 28mm in the rear of the frame.
The behavior of the SOFTEX system is regressive, offering more resistance to flexing as the shock intensity increases. It responds with great speed, making it ideal for riding fast and on moderately technically demanding terrain with small to medium impacts.
The SOFTEX system works by taking advantage of the controlled flex of the TIBIA seatpost, which provides comfort and soft absorption. When impacts increase in intensity, the pivot point of the suspension activates the rear carriage stays which, with their greater degree of resistance to flexion, cushion and provide rapid recovery of the suspension.
The Softex system is regressive and works through a perfect combination of the TIBIA seat post and seat stay.
THE TIBIA SEATPOST
The Tibia Seatpost has been specially designed by Berria so that the carbon fibres absorb the imperfections of the terrain, providing maximum comfort without sacrificing weight or performance.
As a key part of the SOFTEX SUSPENSION SYSTEM, the tibia post works in the first section of the system absorbing low frequency irregularities.
With the new Bravo and the Softex suspension system we are opening a new gap, a new segment focused on riders who need a bike capable of absorbing the imperfections of the terrain and giving back speed and control but who don't want to give up weight or efficiency.
Therefore, the new Bravo is a new evolved platform that is positioned between a classic hardtail bike and a full suspension bike, in the graph we represent in green the hardtail bikes and in yellow our new Bravo. As explained graphically, the new Bravo, by means of SOFTEX that works through the carbon and the pivot point, has the ability to return more quickly to its natural position and work at higher frequencies than a traditional suspension system, so on uneven surfaces and small jumps it is much more efficient than a hardtail and a full suspension bike.
SOFTEX VS HARDTAIL ADVANTAGES:
- ABSORPTION CAPACITY
- GRIP AND TRACTION
- STABILISING EFFECT
- FASTER ON ALL TERRAINS
- SOFTEX SYSTEM FLEX ADAPTED TO EVERY SIZE
ADVANTAGES SOFTEX VS. FULL SUSPENSION:
- LIGHTER SUSPENSION SYSTEM
- MOUNTS FULL BALL BEARINGS WITH NO NEED FOR MAINTENANCE
- HIGHER WORKING AND RECOVERY SPEED
- OF THE SUSPENSION IN SMALL BUMP
- REACTIVITY IN ACCELERATION OF A HARDTAIL
-Double height chain stays for maximum stiffness near the bottom bracket and optimum absorption in the proximity of the rear wheel axle.
-Single diameter steerer tube at both ends, 1-1/2” – 1-1/2” for greater stiffness in the front of the frame.
-Specific geometry and carbon laminate design for each size, achieving the best performance irrespective of the user’s weight or height.
-The controlled flexing of the seatpost and pivot point of the frame allow for rear travel of up to 28mm.
-110mm fork for better control on descents and to adapt to the state-of-the-art geometry.
The new Bravo offers state-of-the-art geometry for sporty or XCO use. For this reason, it has 430mm chainstays, 7mm shorter than the previous version, and a steering angle of 67.5mm, 1.6° greater, and a longer wheelbase.
The new Bravo is designed to be used in all circumstances and for XCO riders of different profiles and riding styles. As a result, it can accommodate tires up to 2.40’’ thanks to a generous tire clearance in the chainstays and seat stays.
Integrated seat clamp
The seat post clamp on the new Bravo frame is located at the junction of the down tube and top tube. Being integrated into the frame itself, it remains protected from elements such as dust and dirt, while offering an internal wedge system that increases friction with the seat post and reduces the chances of over-torquing the clamp itself
INTERNAL ROUTING ICS2
The new Bravo features full cable integration, so that the cables are routed inside from the handlebars themselves to the rear triangle. This ensures better cable protection and, of course, improved bike aesthetics, with cleaner and simpler lines.
The AMS (Anti-Mud System) is a specific design that optimizes the contact points between the frame and tyre in situations of extreme mud, preventing its accumulation and facilitating its release. With the AMS we achieve a smoother and faster bike ride by limiting the resistance generated by extreme mud.