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Outside Magazine (January 2017)
Five Hot Mountain Bikes for 2017
We’ve long appreciated Spot for its put-together single-speeds and belt-drive ethos, but we never expected them to show up with a highly refined, full-squish, all-mountain ripper built around a brand new suspension design. But that’s exactly what they’ve done with the Rollik. The rear end of this bike is a modified four-bar linkage with a carbon leaf spring standing in for the lower rocker. The result: the back end feels firm and efficient and pedals like a race bike, but it also ramps up cleanly and effortlessly into its 150mm of travel. The best way we can describe it is like a long-travel XC race bike—both fast and light (just 27.3 pounds), but also incredibly confident and frisky on even the most rugged terrain we threw at it. Our top-spec build came with the blinged-out SRAM Eagle XX1 drivetrain and matching Kashima-coated Fox 34 Float and Float DPS Evol suspension bits. And once again, Stan’s revised MK3 Arch wheels impressed for their lightweight and stiffness.
Mountain Bike Action (September 2016)
Way to go, Spot.
The Rollik is a trailbike like none other and loves climbing up the trails as much as it loves darting back down... For a trailbike, this thing can seriously climb. The Rollik is a mountain goat... The Rollik was designed with out-of-the-box thinking, and that is what makes it so fun to ride. This bike is an absolute trail killer.
Bicycling Magazine (May 2016)
The Spot Rollik 557 Is a Pretty Damn Impressive Trail Bike
I first learned about Spot’s Living Link suspension from my colleague Matt Phillips’ first look at the brand’s Rollik and Yobbo mountain bikes, but I still questioned its function as I pulled the 27.5-inch wheel, 140mm-travel Rollik 557 trail bike out of the box. At first glance, the suspension design looked a lot like some sort of single pivot, even though I knew it’s not. Still, I was starting to form an opinion on how it would ride based on how it looked. The leaf-spring pivot may give this dual-link bike a unique look, but all it took was one ride to realize that it’s no gimmick—rather, it’s a stunningly good suspension surrounded by a really dialed chassis.
The first thing I noticed was how crisp the Rollik feels at the pedals. It’s quick to accelerate and resists suspension movement well enough that I could leave the shock in the open mode everywhere but on paved climbs. Like my favorite short dual-link suspension systems, this one remains active under pedaling and braking forces, allowing the rear tire to follow the contours of the trail and seek traction at all times. I never felt any feedback or tugging through the pedals when smacking into rock ledges while climbing. The combination of ultra-efficient pedaling suspension and climb-friendly geometry (more on this later) means this bike absolutely flies uphill.
As good as the suspension is, the Rollik’s geometry is just as impressive. A 67-degree head angle paired to a 13.4-inch-high bottom bracket and 17-inch-long chainstays is pretty much in line with the best 27.5-inch trail bikes on the market right now. Where things get interesting and perhaps a little unique is the Rollik’s ultra-steep 76-degree seat angle. Spot feels that this puts the rider in a more powerful, more comfortable position for tackling the mountain bikers often face. I completely agree with Spot’s thinking and found the rider position on this bike to be exceptionally good for such climbs. Another twist comes in the form of 0.4-inch-longer chainstays, and an even steeper seat angle on the XL size for more balanced weight distribution. Although I rode a size large, this theory makes sense to me and I’m a huge fan of the concept.
It’s hard to believe that the small and almost imperceptible amount of movement in the Living Link’s leaf-spring system can add so much to suspension, but it really does. It’s probably no coincidence that also moves very little yet offers huge gains from the handful of millimeters it travels. Not surprisingly, is the bike that the Rollik reminded me of most. They’re both incredibly capable trail bikes that climb as well as they descend. The fact that I’m comparing Spot’s first full-suspension mountain bike to one of the best trail bikes currently being sold, after just a handful of rides on it, is a rather impressive feat and should tell you just how good this bike is.
Read the full review at bicycling.com
MTBR (April 2016)
A nimble and highly innovative trail bike
Right from the first pedal stroke I knew exactly what kind of bike the Rollik is designed to be; a quiver killer. This 140mm travel bike strikes about as good of a balance between an agile climber and capable descender as there can possibly be. While there are other bikes out there that may climb a little faster and descend with more bottomless feel, there are a very short list of bikes that can do both very, very well. Although my time on the Rollik was only two hours, by the end of the ride I could tell this was one of those do-all bikes.”
The Spot Rollik 557 is an innovative, clever, and functional rig that is a serious contender for those riders who can only afford one “kick ass” mountain bike. Its balance of descending ability, cornering agility, climbing prowess, and lively feel thanks to the Living Link composite plate make the Rollik a must-ride. Although the seat tube angle is a little bit steep for my personal taste, the Rollik sacrifices nothing once the trail points downhill.
In addition to being a capable and versatile bike, the Rollik is also a Spot, a brand that has gained a very loyal following because of their employees who are true enthusiasts focused on making the highest quality bikes for the money. If the Rollik is the first product of Spot’s new brand direction, expect to see a lot more good things in the future from this company.
Read the full review at mtbr.com
Mountain Flyer (April 2016)
First Impressions: Spot Brand Rollik 557
Right out of the gate, the Rollik offered a familiar and satisfying ride. The geometry, handling, and suspension performance is right up there with the best bikes we’ve ridden. The 76 degree seat tube angle makes in-the-saddle climbing comfortable and efficient and all the angles add up to a nicely balanced ride for solid cornering and good overall stability. If you’ve ridden other short-dual-link bikes, the suspension performance will seem quite familiar. Without even bothering with the “climb” mode on the shock, the Rollik quickly showed its stellar climbing abilities. Just as intended, it responds to roots and rocks on the trail but not to pedaling forces. The Rollik felt snappy out of the corners and was just plain fun to ride.
Read the full review at mountainflyermagazine.com
Road Bike Action Magazine (April 2016)
Denver Zephyr proved to be an energetic, do-it-all bike
The Denver Zephyr has beautifully shaped stainless tubing throughout the frame with a slightly swooping rear triangle. The front triangle has a fairly traditional shape with small-diameter, round tubing. Owing to their history as a commuter brand, utility is an important them with Spot, and you’ll find rear eyelets for fender and rack mounting.
Stainless steel is known for its smooth-riding attributes, and we were excited to see what the Spot had to offer. Rolling on large 28c tubeless slicks, we figured comfort could be a key attribute. We were not disappointed. Immediately, we noticed the extremely supple feeling while rolling due to the ability to run low tire pressure. Without breaking our smile, the Denver Zephyr proved to be an energetic, do-it-all bike. Sprinting, climbing, descending, long endurance rides and everything in between, the bike tackled it all with our full confidence.
When rides get upwards of three, four or five hours, the Denver Zephyr is most at home. Compliance and comfort become a big factor in long rides to keep the rider happy, and the swooping rear triangle certainly plays a big role in that. The way the chain stays curve up and away from the ground allow the rear end to noticeably flex and dampen the effect of the road beneath you.
Spot boasts the ability to run extra-wide tires (up to 40c in the front and 35c in the rear), so we decided to put that extra space to use. And when a pair of 35c knobby tires was thrown on, we found that a new bike was born. In riding a variety of gravel, traditional-paved and rough roads, our goal was to try and find the limits of the Spot. We weren’t successful.
There are few bikes we ride that could potentially be in everyone’s stable, and we found Spot’s Denver Zephyr gets pretty close. If you aren’t out racing every weekend and just love riding your bike, this stainless steel model could be an awesome option for you.
To read the whole review, pick up the April 2016 issue of Road Bike Action magazine.