Having a great experience on the ‘16 Maiden we expected nothing less from the ‘17. The only difference was the beautiful purple paint and the Fox suspension. Surprisingly, the bikes rode significantly different.
With all the structural design features aimed at stiffness and durability, the Maiden is amongst the stiffest bikes we’ve ever ridden. We believe the stiff frame combined with the Fox 40 chassis worked together to make our riders skittish on loose, rough trails in southern California’s dry terrain.
However, the traits that make it hard to handle in the marbly desert are exactly what make it one of the best park bikes on the market. Overall stiffness is unmatched aboard the Fox 40-equipped Maiden. This makes handling big, G-inducing berms and mega-compressions a matter of strength and commitment. No noodling or flex to be found here. Late corners, slapping turns and landing sideways into take offs are all areas the bike excels. It begs to be abused.
Geometry on the Maiden further aids its park-ability. Whether you’re running the 26-in wheel headset cup or the stock 27.5 setting, the head tube angle can be adjusted from 63.2- to 64 degree in 26-inch mode and 63- to 63.8 degrees in 27.5.
The short, 17.1-in (435mm) chainstays also help make the bike handle like a dream on trails that aren’t World Cup track replicas, AKA the majority of trails riders tend to have in their hometown. Have you ever ridden a DH bike that felt like a tank and didn’t quite do what you wanted it on the local track? The limousine length World Cup bikes are intended to be stable and handle the steepest and fastest terrain in the world, which comes at the expense of agility and playfulness on more commonly found terrain.
Scroll right to see the geometry changes in each of the Ride 4 positions.
After our time aboard the Maiden, we believe two types of riders may not be the ideal candidates for this bike. If you live for racing the clock and spend most of your time pinned on the fastest, steepest trails you can find, the Maiden may not be the ideal tool for you. Likewise, if you live in the southwest or an area that is hardpack and rough with lots of loose rocks, the frame’s stiffness may hinder your confidence and lead to struggles in the hunt for traction.
Who is the Maiden built for? In our opinion it’s for riders who live in areas with soft, grippy soil beneath them. Riders who love sending big jumps, pumping rollers and snapping corners. It is also great for riders who don’t have the steepest terrain or have tracks with lots of twisty, tight turns. Compared to flat-out DH race bikes, the Maiden is a bit shorter, both front and rear. The snappier, smaller feel matched with the high-riding suspension makes this bike insanely maneuverable in a way most DH bikes are not.