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You asked for it. We have delivered.

Who says trail bikes can’t pack a punch? Who says trails bikes can’t pedal all day but still give you confidence when the trail gets nasty.

This is the all new Katipo Trail and it is ready to redefine your perception on what a Trail bike can do. Does it climb like a trail bike? Hell yes. Does it descend like a trail bike? Hell no. The Katipo Trail will make you feel guilty about how easy riding becomes. It’s a lively Swiss army knife that will keep giving even when you think you are at your boundaries.

We have to give you a word of warning, this bike is going to give you confidence you’ve never had. With a 65° head angle, 140mm front and rear travel and 29” wheels, the Katipo Trail is where your limitations end and the fun starts.

Built around the Pinion Gearbox system, the Katipo Trail has a number of benefits (not just features) that will give you the best possible riding experience.

The Katipo Trail features our Custom / er build, so you choose the components you want to complement our two striking new colorways.

get started FROM $6920 NZD

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Our frames are built using only the best carbon fibre available and utilize the latest construction technology.

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Why we love the katipo Trail


drink bottle COMPATIBLE

Be smart, stay hydrated. The Katipo has your back.

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World RENOWNED Zerode suspension

It’s no lie. We are renowned for the suspension performance of our bikes so don’t think the Katipo is any different.


Wide single speed hub

Wider flange spacing than anything super boost and symmetrical spoke angles means your wheel is ultra stiff. It also means you can build up lighter wheels.


frame protection

A silent bike is a inspiring bike. All Katipos come with noise cancelling frame protection.


Big and massive

We didn’t hold back on the sizes. With a reach of up to 505mm the Katipo will keep even the tallest giraffes happy.

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There’s no dinner plate sized cassettes or fragile derailleurs to snap off. It’s just simple, durable and reliable.

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65° of party

Yup, this thing parties and it parties at high speed. Don’t worry, it will infect you with confidence and you’ll be partying too.

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Gearbox Driven

At the heart of the Katipo is the Pinion Gearbox. Instantaneous shifting, low maintenance and improved traction are just a few of the benefits the gearbox provides.


Katipo Trail Colours

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What is Custom / er? It’s us giving you the freedom to have the bike of your dreams.

When you purchase one of our bikes, you get full ability to customize it. What do we mean? If you want a Fox 36 or a Rockshox Pike, an air shock or a coil, you can have it. Same goes for the other components, because component choice is personal. We create a bike that reflects your budget and riding style every time. Find out more on the buy page.

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Love the Katipo Trail?

Grab a Katipo T shirt and let everyone know that you know what stunning suspension performance is and how durable a mountain bike can be.

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A few words from Rob Metz, Zerode Founder


“Having spent some time on the Taniwha, Taniwha Trail, Mulét and now the Katipo I feel we have a range of bikes that bring the Zerode experience a very wide spectrum of mountain bikers.

We certainly didn’t hold back on the Katipo, long, low, slack with multiple travel and build options. It is quite clear that taller riders feel more at home on the larger wheels and our geometry reflects this.

What ever bike you choose you get the stunning suspension performance and superb shifting that Zerode riders know and love.”

Katipo Trail Geometry

We have matched the Katipo Trail’s big wheels with geometry that loves to pedal and inspires confidence. It’s a lively package that begs you to push your limits while having an ear to ear smile. It’s capable and it loves to go fast, all day long.

Riders looking for a bike that will increase their confidence and ability will find have come to the right place. The Katipo Trail is a modern blend of long and slack that will have you exceeding your previous limits. We believe wheel size and frame size should be considered as a package, so Katipo is available in two larger sizes with 475mm reach and 505mm reach.

Depending on demand, we may offer a slightly smaller frame down the track. However, we believe most smaller riders will naturally feel at home aboard a Taniwha or even Taniwha Mulét.

Click to view Geometry Overview

Frame 475 L 505 XL
Seat tube length 460mm 490mm
Seat tube angle 76° 76°
Head tube length 110mm 120mm
Headtube angle 65° 65°
Chainstay length 444mm 444mm
Wheelbase 1240mm 1274mm
Stack 603mm 612mm
Reach 475mm 505mm
BB Drop 29mm 29mm


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Katipo Trail Tech Specs

TRAVEL: 140mm
FRAME: Carbon Fibre with Internal cable routing for dropper post
SEATPOST: 31.6mm
REAR SHOCK: 230mm eye to eye x 60mm stroke
22.2mm x 8mm reducer
HEADSET: 44mm top/56mm bottom
BRAKE MOUNT:  160mm Post
DRIVETRAIN: Pinion C.Line gearbox
REAR HUB: Wide Flange Single Speed 142mm x 12mm

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