If this bike was an animal, it would be a Fox. It’s quick, nimble, and when pointed in the right direction, an absolute trail scalpel. However, no bike is perfect, so that comes with some caveats. If you’re used to riding a long and slack enduro beef machine, then you will need some time to adjust to the liveliness of the Rollik. I can confidently say however, during my testing, I took it everywhere from bike parks, to rowdy Santa Cruz pirate trails to city streets and was never, for a second disappointed.
Coming off an Evil Insurgent LB, the Rollik was a breath of fresh air. Where the Insurgent LB was heavy metal, the Rollik was smooth rock. While I didn’t feel as comfortable yanking into the rough stuff as I sometimes do on other bikes, the Rollik was still an absolute missile. The Living Link system performed flawlessly and felt incredibly stiff laterally while giving more than ample mid-stroke support. The bike can be characterized as very playful and is the perfect bike to get out and have fun on.
There were times where I felt like I was pushing the bike a little too hard on the really gnarly stuff, but then again there were times where the bike felt like it was ready to go faster than I could pedal it. All in all, I think the Rollik really shines on the in-betweens. The trails with a good mix of flow, tech, and a long climbs in between are where you’ll be smiling most with the Rollik. You wouldn’t find me picking this as my go to bike for the bike park or for a hefty enduro race, but it’s easily my new top choice for an extremely spirited do mostly everything bike that will leave me smiling during and after every lap. In a time where brands are continually making all mountain bikes less versatile for the sake of all out downhill performance, it’s refreshing to ride a bike that is more fun to ride for more of my ride than just the steepest DH.
The Wolf’s Last Word
While I wouldn’t exactly call it a quiver killer, I feel that the Rollik is certainly a good choice for someone who just wants something fun. It left a little to be desired in the really gnarly technical stuff, however it made up for it by being an absolute blast to ride everywhere else. It’s been a while since I’ve been so stoked to ride a bike. I use it for nearby errands, street sessions, all day epics and shuttling some of our local DH trails.
Put quite simply, it’s a flat out fun bike to ride. It might not be the best bike for your enduro racing dreams in Squamish, but it certainly could shine as the bike that you have a ton of fun on while riding with your friends every weekend on your local trails. It’s one of the few bikes that I’ve ridden that always leaves me smiling and jibbing every single feature on the way up and down the trail. We’re happy to know there are still bikes that aren’t just built for the best 10-minute downhill segment of a ride, but ones that help make the other 60 minutes even more enjoyable.
Price: $4,599 (As Tested)