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Zerode Taniwha Factory Edition
Drivetrain: Pinion P1.12

Pinion Gearbox P1.12, 12 gears, 600% range, like having a 10-60 cassette at the back. Bulletproof, 5 years warranty. Serviced once a year or every 10,000 kms by changing 60 ml of oil. Period.

Brakes : SRAM Guide Ultimate

SRAM Guide Ultimate, Silver, 200 mm front / 180 mm back.

Fork: Fox 36 Factory boost

Fox 36 Factory boost, 27.5 inches, 160 mm travel, Kashima coat, HSC/LSC.

Shock: Fox Float X2 Factory

Fox Float X2 Factory, 160 mm travel, Evol, Kashima coat, HSC/LSC, HSR/LSR, 2 positions lever, 8.5 x 2.5 in /215 x 63.5 mm.

Rims : cSixx Carbon END 9series 27.5

cSixx carbon END 9series, 27.5 in, deep Asymmetric profiled, hookless carbon rims

Hubs : Zerode / SRAM

Zerode singlespeed back hub / SRAM front hub

Cockpit: Renthal Fatbar

Renthal Fatbar Carbon 780 mm, 31.8 mm, 20 mm rise.

Stem: Renthal Apex

Renthal Apex, 50 mm, +/- 6°.

Dropper seat: RS Reverb

RockShox Reverb Stealth 150 mm, 31.6 mm diameter.

Saddle: Fabric

Fabric Scoop Flat Cromo saddle.

Grips: ODI

ODI grips Rufian 130 mm.

Price: R129,900

R129,900, VAT incl. Price includes the delivery and the setup of the bike using 2 Shockwiz devices to make sure you get the best of your bike.

Some information about Zerode Taniwha

You want to ride something different? Come and try our beast, Zerode Taniwha.


44mm Top
56mm Bottom

22.2mm – 8mm hole

The rear hub comes with every bike our frame.

142mm OLD x 12mm axle. We suggest a single speed hub so you can build a strong symmetrical and light rear wheel..

Zerode Taniwha rear hub

Scheme of a Zerode Taniwha rear hub.

Medium – 2580 grams
Large – 2680 grams

Some of the questions
Is Grip shift the only option?

Grip shift makes a great match to a gearbox drivetrain as pedalling is not required to change gear and the gears change in an split second. If you get blindsided by a pinch climb in the wrong gear you can back off for a fingers snap and rip through a bunch of gears with a twist while guys who are running a derailleur are trying to pedal to the top in the wrong gear or click and crunch through gears one at a time. There is no comparison between the two when it comes done to rapid gears change. Grip shift lets you grab gears while freewheeling, back pedalling or just standing still and getting ready to bomb down at the start of a special stage at the next enduro race. We have no doubt a trigger should be made available in a close future. Rob has designed one on paper, some of his friends created their own but we’re pretty sure advanced pinion users would have any desire to move back to a trigger.

Why no horst link?

To make a long story short, Rob, who created the bike, just doesn’t like them. The pedalling performance of a Taniwha has almost no match. Combining the « real » pivot design with a constant chain line means it is possible to maintain a very stable pedalling through the entire stroke of suspension travel while totally independently determine the suspension rate through a link. On the opposite, a Horst link or VVP design makes it hard to independently control suspension rate and pedalling stability as the virtual pivot move around a lot. All you achieve is a compromised design but one that apparently marketing people love to brag about…

Brake jack?

There is a enormous amount of misbelieves about brake effect over the Internet. You can read that « single pivot designs suffer from brake Jack or brake lock out ». Truth is, all bikes, whatever the suspension design, have brake effect to some point, even bikes set up with Horst links or VPP. Brake Jack is a suspension compression that is caused by the traction force at the rear tire that tends to rotate the suspension around the pivot whether real or virtual. Note that the traction force around the rear wheel is normally pretty minor as the compressive effect is and that the suspension remains free to react to other inputs. Certain frame designs have more compression than others, in some situations this compression even improvess performances, in other situations it undermines performances.

We could talk about this all day and go into in-depth analysis of brake effect. But, that would be completely unnecessary. Indeed simple swingarms designs have been used on motorcycles for over a century now, motorcycle designers fully understand brake effect and understand that a simple swingarm design is the best solution. Almost every DH world champ since records began had raced a bike with a brake effect basically the same as that of a single pivot bike. Even multi million rands MotoGP prototypes subject to humongous forces compare to a MTB still rely on single pivot swingarms.

Gearbox range?

Knowing that the widest range 1x drivetrain SRAM Eagle available on the market at the moment has a 500% range just imagine a 10-60 cassette (600% range). Well that’s what you get on the Taniwha. In a nutshell, you won’t have to worry about running out of gears on climbs or descends any time soon with the pinion P1.12 gearbox.

Gearbox drag?

With a gearbox in the drive train obviously there has to be some additional drag. Nevertheless, the loss is minimal and is related to load and gear. Compared to a band new clean derailleur and cassette with the chain running right in the middle of the cassette range would probably have the standard mech design performing a tad better. But, if you consider the significant reduction in unsprung weight, instantaneous gear changes ability and the fact that a derailleur and cassette drivetrain’s efficiency drops exponentially  as soon as the chain is at the top or bottom on the cassette or when chainrings are on the smaller side and the Pinion becomes very attractive. Trash a little bit of dirt or mud into the equation and then the traditional mech is no match for the sealed Pinion gearbox. We wouldn’t use a pinion gearbox on a road bike but a 160mm trail/enduro bike for riding and racing proper MTB trails is a no brainer.

Why a gearbox/what about the weight?

Well just think for a moment, and add up the pros and cons. Yes if you take away the cassette (unsprung weight), derailleur( unsprung weight), chain guide and add a Pinion gearbox the weight raises by a mere ~800g. It means that you will have to pedal up a bike that is slightly heavier but you are not racing the Tour de France on this bike. On the opposite, you’ll be flying through forests and charging down mountains with your buddies where the weight distribution and performance trumps the overall weight of the bike every time. In  nutshell, we would happily trade a little harder breathing uphill knowing we’re riding a bike that has significantly improved suspension because of the decrease in unsprung mass, a 600% gear range, a stronger and stiffer rear wheel and a drivetrain that requires almost no maintenance, chains that last years, instantaneous shifting, no chain slap, optimised pedalling efficiency etc. We’d be very surprised if Taniwha owners go back to a derailleur.

What about the warranty?

The Zerode Taniwha frames come with a warranty against manufacturing defects in materials and/or workmanship for a three years period starting from the date of original purchase.

This limited warranty is offered to the original owner of a Zerode Taniwha and is by consequences not transferable to next owners.

This limited warranty is null if the bike is subjected to abuse, neglect, improper repair, improper maintenance, alteration, modification, an accident or other abnormal, excessive, or improper use.

Zerode Taniwha in the air