For the MT it was never a question of if, it was a question of when. Last year Eminent introduced the Onset ST and LT 29er trail offerings. Both bikes demonstrated the AFS 29 platform’s ability to work way outside “trail category scope”. Case in point, the entire crew ran 140mm Onset LTs for park & shuttle laps last year. But on paper the MT had existed all along…
“The LT in particular is incredibly well rounded, quiver killer bike that eats chunky terrain. If we’re honest, that’s where we thrive and that’s why we couldn’t just leave an additional 15mm of travel on the table. One thing quickly led to another and here we are. The result is the fastest, most aggressive, and most capable bike we’ve produced.” – Jeff Soncrant, owner/founder
Though the travel clearances were there, Eminent used the development of the MT as an opportunity to review all aspects of the Onset chassis. Numerous enhancements have been made to the “MT generation frame” and these updates will also be pushed out to the entire Onset family.
INTERNAL DROPPER ROUTING
Eminent has addressed the demand for an internally routed post. New Onset frames will lose their top tube cable porting, in favor of a sleek, invisible, dropper routing.
NEW CHAINSTAY LAYUP
Using FEA analysis and the latest carbon forming techniques, Eminent was able to increase chainstay stiffness by 11%. The original Onset had already received high praise from the media and public for its incredibly stiff rear end. One review went as far as to state it was significantly stiffer than a recognized DH bike it was testing. Eminent continues with a stable 442mm chain stay length for two reasons: a longer chainstay provides more sensitivity over rough terrain and improves the traction balance between the front and rear tire.
MT SPECIFIC SHOCK LINK
The link is shorter to accommodate the longer 230mm eye-to-eye shock. The benefit here is that the new MT can be reconfigured as an LT or ST via shock/shocklink/fork travel swap. The link functions as an extension much like those employed by other brands. While appearing slender when viewed from the side, in person one will notice a broad, I-beam profile. This is our fourth bike to market, proof of concept that this design characteristic is exceptionally strong and effective.
To accommodate the additional rotation at the drop out pivots, Eminent had to open up the clevis cavities slightly. As with the chainstay improvements noted above, Eminent used FEA analysis to ensure the stays remained structurally consistent in both lab and field testing.
DEEPER HEADSET CUPS
Eminent uses press-in versus drop-in-style races. The new cup recess has been increased to 17mm allowing for the use of a 1-degree slacked headset on the MT, bringing the HTA to 64.5 degrees. The decision to go this route allows riders further flexibility should they desire different HTA’s or different fork lengths.