NS Bikes has launched itself from the DH tracks and dirt jumps of Poland to create a rock-hard reputation, and the Snabb T1 certainly smacks you between the eyes visually.

Frame and equipment: quality undermined by compromise

But even the neon graffiti paint job can’t blind you to the fact that there are some big changes needed to let the Snabb live up to the obvious potential of the frame.

The chassis is more boutique brand than mass produced big name or direct sell machine such as Canyon, YT, Vitus or Commencal. It’s certainly well engineered, with the option of either neat internal routing for the control lines or running them down the outside of the down tube for easy servicing and swapping.

The bottom bracket is a trustworthy thread-in style, and there’s a neat security grub screw to stop accidental loosening of the 142x12mm through

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