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It’s time to rethink the capabilities of a trail bike. Designed to pedal and then pedal some more while providing more than enough capability when things get rough, the Taniwha Trail is up for some serious fun.

It doesn’t shy away from trail jibs, nose bonks and airtime but if you like to keep your wheels on the ground it’s your friend too. The Taniwha Trail provides an extremely quite ride that will put a smile on your face ride after ride.

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.


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What our customers say

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happy to pedal all day long & more than capable when things get rough



It means we can take rowdier lines, corner faster and overall have a better time. You'll love it too.

By moving the unsprung weight of a derailleur and cassette from the back wheel to the bottom bracket, the rear of the bike becomes lighter and the suspension is free to work like no other bike you've ever ridden - giving it more traction and allowing for a much more compliant confidence-inspiring ride.

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Confidence Inspiring & quiet


"The rear suspension on this bike is insanely good. In terms of the suspension, it’s the best 140 mm bike I’ve ridden, and it easily beats out any number of longer-travel bikes as well." - Noah Bodman, Blister Gear

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Join the shift to a better riding experience


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THe Pinion gearbox has up to 600% gear range, that is completely sealed from the elements

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all of which you can change instantly. 


Pinion Specs

Designed & manufactured by hand in Germany, Pinion transmissions are a compact & innovative package. They keep working reliably & are virtually maintenance-free. 

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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 34 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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Trail Geometry

We wanted the Taniwha Trail to still have characteristics of its big brother but in a more trail orientated platform. The Trail geometry gives the bike a snappy and playful feel, while maintaining balance and stability at speed. 

We have named our sizes based on the reach length as we feel this is the most important factor when deciding on your perfect bike. Use the sizing chart below as a guide to selecting your Taniwha Trail. Some people prefer short & snappy characteristics, where others prefer long & stable. We don't want to pigeonhole you, the choice is yours.

Frame Size 430 455 485
Seat tube length 400mm 430mm 470mm
Seat tube angle 75.5° 75.5° 75.5°
Head tube length 110mm 120mm 130mm
Headtube angle 66° 66° 66°
Chainstay length 431mm 431mm 431mm
Wheel base 1159mm 1191mm 1225mm
Stack 579mm 587mm 594mm
Reach 430mm 455mm 485mm
BB Drop 0 0 0

Sizing Chart

Use this as a guide to selecting your perfect Taniwha. Centimeters at the top represent your height.

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Taniwha TRAIL Tech SPecs

TRAVEL: 140mm
Internal cable routing for dropper post
SEATPOST: 31.6mm
REAR SHOCK: 210mm eye to eye x 55mm stroke 22.2mm x 8mm reducer
HEADSET: 44mm top/56mm bottom
DRIVE TRAIN: Pinion C.Line Gearbox
REAR HUB: 142mm x 12mm [single speed]


Don't forget to have fun!

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