A quick Q&A with the Guerrilla Gravity Pack:
How long has The Smash been in development?
We’ve had the idea for The Smash for about a year, but didn’t actually initiate the launch sequence until about four months ago. We found a lot of our riders were asking for a either 29er version of the Megatrail or a longer travel version of the Trail Pistol. One of the great things about designing and manufacturing in-house is that we control so much of our supply chain and can make things happen quickly.
What separates Guerrilla Gravity from other bike brands? Why are you guys different?
When we started GG we knew the bike game was a tough space–and it’s only gotten tougher. Therefore we try to make each aspect of the GG brand, bike buying experience, and products something a bit different. The mission of the company is to “make mountain biking more awesome.” And this starts with the riders. We support the “local Joes/Janes” who support their scenes (as opposed to high profile athletes), host events like the Camping Weekend and Mega-Cookout, and provide support to individuals and organizations who build, maintain, and advocate for their local trails. When riders purchase a bike from us they’re able to get something that’s made in the US and is exactly what they want out-of-the-box — picking their frame color, decal color, and the build kit spec they want — for the same price point as a big box brand. To boot, the bikes ride awesome. Our engineer and co-founder, Matt, comes from auto racing, so knows how to optimize vehicles for speed and efficiency. His design philosophy is one that focuses on a high level of refinement and eschews complication. That’s why you won’t find any marketing-driven “performance enhancing” gimmicks on our bikes. They’re refined machines, made for goin’ fast – up and down.
Would you say your bike design is dictated more by science, feel or a delicate balance of both?
1, 2, 3… Nerd Time: Science. Suspension kinematics are directly derived from the laws of physics and are what dictate the feel of the platform. Preferences in regards to feel vary from rider to rider and trail to trail. For this reason, all of our bikes have a suspension adjustment (Trail Mode/Gravity Mode or Plush Mode/Crush Mode) that allows riders to tune for a wide range of trails out-of-the-box. Additionally, our base shock tunes are designed to be in the middle of the dampers’ adjustable range. This means we’re able to work with riders one-on-one to guide them in tuning their suspension to what will best suit their riding style and local terrain when it falls outside of the normal distribution.
What inspired you guys to make a long travel 29er? What would you say to customers trying to decide between the Megatrail and the new Smash?
It’s a bike we knew we’ve wanted to make for awhile, but it was the riders asking for it that moved it up in our priority. If a rider is trying to decide between the two models, it really comes down to wheel-size preference. There’s not a “right” answer for which wheel size a rider should get, just guidelines to help them decide. In general, 29ers are fastest in a straight line, while 27.5 wheels are more nimble… I wrote out a lengthy “if this/than this” section, but it was exhaustive, so I’ll just leave it at that. Most riders will already have their preference, but if they are interested in additional advice on which model to get, send us an email! We are always helping riders decide based on their specific riding style and local terrain.
Why does Guerrilla Gravity prefer to work with aluminum instead of carbon?
We view current carbon designs as something that adds significant additional costs, yet yields a very minor weight savings (our frames range from 0-1 pound heavier than carbon counterparts) and creates a product that is actually more fragile. Although, there’s no denying carbon is great for marketing.
Want more info?
Head over to the Guerrilla Gravity website for full geo charts, a factory tour and more.