Carbon Performance Straight
From The Source
While many mountain bike companies research, develop and design their own products, most no longer do any manufacturing themselves. The
actual manufacturing process is handled overseas by a third
party, such as Trigon. Trigon Cycles makes carbon bicycles
for many other brands, and now they are offering their own
small line of mountain bikes straight from the source.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The SQC01 is designed for cross-country and marathon
racers seeking a bike to tackle rough or long events, and it is
also designed for those whose daily rides consist of fast, flowing trails.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Trigon sells three 29er models, and the SQC01 is its top-tier 29er offering. It features carbon monocoque construction for the front and rear triangles, a tapered head tube, a
PressFit bottom bracket and integrated carbon dropouts. The
rear end uses a Horst Link suspension design with 4. 5 inches
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
Our Trigon received the complete Shimano XTR treatment, from the brakes to the drivetrain. Handling all of its
own carbon manufacturing, Trigon decked out the SQC01
with its own HM carbon wheels and stem, handlebar, and
seatpost. The RockShox fork and shock are both great additions to the build.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Moving out: Setting up the Trigon was straightforward,
thanks to the RockShox sag gradients on the fork and shock.
We set the sag at a racy 25 percent. The bike puts the rider’s
weight over the rear wheel in a comfortable but forward-lean-
ing position. We found the head tube to be too high to accom-
modate a racer’s aggressive positions.
Cornering: Trigon may or may not have known, but the
Maxxis Crossmark tires that they spec’ed are some of our
favorites for SoCal trail conditions. The SQC01’s
geometry provides a very balanced cornering feel.
Tackling both tight and sweeping corners with
our weight centered on the bike produced
the best results. While the geometry lends
itself to good cornering habits, the bike’s
lack of lateral rigidity becomes appar-
ent under hard cornering. The cause is
most likely the wheelset. Although it
features carbon rims, they are actually
quite flexible, which makes the bike
feel as if it is wandering around,and
keeps it from holding a hard line.
Climbing: At 26 pounds, the SQC01
is a respectable weight, but not quite as
light as we would have hoped for a full-car-
bon offering with an XTR component spec.
Out-of-the-saddle efforts don’t result in snappy
performance, thanks to the flexible wheels, but a
steady, seated effort works well for getting up climbs at a good
clip, especially if you use the RockShox Monarch’s middle or
Descending: The Trigon’s Horst Link suspension design
makes good use of the 4. 5 inches of rear travel, with a plush
beginning stroke for good small-bump compliance that then
ramps up to handle big hits. Add the 29-inch wheels and a
solid-performing RockShox SID RCT3 fork and the Trigon
is capable of handling some rough terrain for a 4-inch-travel
bike. Unfortunately, the sound of the chain slapping and the
internally routed cables hitting the inside of the frame made
the SQC01 a noisy descender. While the wheels rolled nicely
over obstacles, they didn’t have the lateral rigidity to handle
off-camber and side hits without leaving the intended line.
Braking: Shimano’s XTR brakes are leaders in cross-country and trailbike applications, and they perform as they should
on the Trigon. The rear suspension remained active and kept
the bike hooked up under hard braking; however, the front
wheel’s flexibility was an issue. In fact, we could see the front
wheel flexing laterally when the XTR brakes were working
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
The SQC01 frame itself is a good performer, with a seemingly stellar component spec, but it is hindered by the flexible
wheelset and the standard quick-release front axle. We expect
that with a stiffer set of wheels and a 15-millimeter thru-axle-equipped fork, the bike would exhibit better handling traits.
While there isn’t much you can do about the noise from the
rear derailleur cable hitting the inside of the frame, we would
swap the XTR derailleur out for an XTR Shadow Plus model
with a clutch mechanism to cut down on chain slap and quiet
the bike on descents.
The Trigon SQC01 29er