SPOT Rollik 150 REVIEW
Words by Seve Mustone
The Spot Rollik 150 is a bike we never even thought of, or really even knew existed when it came time to recommending bikes to friends and colleagues. However, after several weeks of testing, we were pretty impressed with how versatile and flat out fun it is to ride. Spot isn’t really a household name for most riders and we’re pretty sure the last time we remember seeing one in person, it was a belt-driven hardtail, which looked really cool, but isn’t exactly our cup of tea. When our tester Seve said he got his hands on a Rollik 150 and he sent us a picture of it, we were intrigued and yes, a bit jealous. Read on to learn more about this incredibly capable all mountain ripper.
The big thing you’ll notice when looking at the Spot Rollik is the Living Link rear suspension system. Rather than using cartridge bearings, Spot opted to use a composite leaf spring that flexes with the suspension. Spot makes their case by stating that this decision leaves you with more mid-range support and better progression as you use your suspension. The composite plate of the leaf spring also provides dynamic flex vertically yet is incredibly stiff laterally. While having a piece of plastic as a part of your bike’s suspension seems odd, they have a great video breakdown of the system, which can be found here.
Spot also went the extra mile in regards to the frame’s layup and features. They used a carbon layup called Oxeon TeXtreme, a special blend of fiber that essentially makes a stronger weave without a thick material layup. Spot features a five-year warranty on all their frames. Additionally, it features stealth routing for everything except the rear brake line, which Spot purposefully did to make things easier when it comes time for service.
Great suspension and spec only get you so far. If the geometry isn’t capable then the bike is going to suffer no matter how good the parts are. Spot did their due diligence with the Rollik as it boasts some pretty solid geometry. A flip chip located underneath the rear shock eyelet, adjusts the head tube angle from 66.4 degrees to 65.8. The seat tube angle goes from 75.5- to 74.9 degrees, and bottom bracket height flips from 13.4 inches to 13.2 inches. All this coupled with a 1,169mm wheelbase results in a snappy and quick bike that’s well poised to handle whatever it needs to. It may be a little steeper and shorter than the pure-bred enduro bikes that have become today’s norm, but the Rollik confidently takes down whatever gets thrown its way without feeling like a tranquilized racehorse on all but the steepest of trails.
We tested the Rollik in the 5-Star build kit, which retails for $5,599.00. It currently is on sale on the Spot website for $4,599.00. There is also a 6-Star kit and a $3,799 4-Star kit. We found that the 5-Star build kit was a great value, offering a great range of components for the price. Featuring a Fox DPX2 shock and a Fox Factory 36 Float for suspension, SRAM XO Eagle drivetrain triggered by a GX Eagle shifter and rolling on Stan’s No Tubes Flow MK3 Team wheels, it has a good build for the price. Most of the spec didn’t give us any grief during the test period and all components held up well, except one. We felt that the SRAM G2RSC brakes, were a little bit under-powered and had too long of a stroke. Especially considering how capable this bike is on the descents.