This Polish frame is the Antidote to boring mountain bikes

Mountain bikes don't come more capable, or better-looking, than this. (Photo: Antidote)
Mountain bikes don't come more capable, or better-looking, than this. (Photo: Antidote)
  • Smaller mountain bike brands often make the most impressive frames.
  • Lower production numbers enable these boutique brands to craft frames by hand, with intricate design details.
  • And this new trail bike from Antidote, shows the benefits of a smaller mountain bike brand – controlling its own destiny.

Polish boutique mountain bike brand, Antidote has added a new frame to its product portfolio.

Joining the Darkmatter downhill and Carbonjack enduro bikes is a third option – Antidote’s first trail bike, the Woodsprite.

In business since 2011, Antidote is known for creating frames that look great – and ride even better. As a small brand, it is entirely customer-focused and uses innovative technologies – such as vectran composites.

Carbon-fibre mountain bikes might be terrifically light and strong, but their one weakness is direct impact fragility. Composite structures can fail and shatter at the point of impact if you crash and your frame hits a rock.

Antidote’s solution is adding vectran to the composite structure when producing frames. The benefit? Vectran, as used by NASA in its spacesuits, helps prevent a composite structure from tearing or delaminating.

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The Woodsprite has curves and styling creases in all the right places. (Photo: Antidote)

A frame with great balance 

Like Antidote’s downhill and enduro bikes, the Woodsprite looks gorgeous with swooping lines shaped and drawn through its carbon structure. Designed to roll 29er wheels, it features 135mm of rear-suspension travel and can be built with a 140- or 150mm fork.

Distinguishing the Woodsprite from most of its trail bike rivals, is the shock position. Antidote has mounted Woodsprite’s shock behind the seat tube, which is unusual. Why? For superior weight distribution and to lower the bike’s centre of gravity.

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This 135mm trail bike, can use coil shocks. And a fender keeps them safe from stones and mud. (Photo: Antidote)

Keeping the shock safe

Doubters might point to the Woodsprite shock location putting it directly in the spray path of the rear wheel.

As a Polish brand, you’d expect Antidote to know all about riding in mud and the risk of debris to a shock. There is a neat frame fender separating the shock and rear tyre to prevent suspension component damage.

With progressive frame geometry, including a 65.5-degree head angle, the Woosprite frame weighs only 2.5kg.

Built in Antidote’s Kraków headquarters, craftsmanship and quality are what you’d expect from a boutique mountain bike manufacturer.

Pricing? The frame and shock option is R60 000, with complete bikes starting at R130 000.

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