The Jury of the Design & Innovation Awards 2017 was delighted by the STEVENS Whaka Carbon Max all mountain fully’s versatility and frame performance: ”The light and completely made from carbon frame weighs just under 2,000 grams and boasts many sophisticated details. Despite the short chain stays you can use this bike with a two-chainring crankset, if you want to.”
The Jury concludes: ”The STEVENS Whaka Carbon Max is an extremely versatile, fun and well-spec’d trail bike.” The top model of the new Carbon All Mountain series with its 160mm and 150mm of travel front and rear plus a Race Face single-chain ring crankset is almost on the verge of enduro use.
Versatility is not only expressed by the possibility to match the drivetrain to one’s personal preferences and riding style. It was also its well-balanced ride characteristics and its low weight which both would make this bike fun to ride uphill as well as downhill. ”With top-of-the-range specs the Whaka Carbon Max weighs 12.25kg (27lbs) only and thanks to the efficient four-link rear triangle it willingly sprints uphill. Going downhill no trail is too tricky for the Whaka’s capable rear triangle.”
The low weight results from the light carbon frame but also from the lightweight yet reliable specs. Like the XTR Di2 drivetrain, high-quality suspension from Fox, DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline One wheels and the Shimano XT disc brakes with 203/180mm rotors which provide great stopping power.
The editors of Enduro Mountainbike Magazine, E-Mountainbike and Gran Fondo Cycling Magazine have been testing the bike for 16 days in the Dolomite Mountains – in bike parks, on rubble, Alpine trails and over several Alpine passes. In short: The terrain the STEVENS Whaka Carbon Max is made for!
Conclusion: All in all it’s a very well-balanced trail bike with top specs for a fair price, which is exactly the kind of offer most bikers wish for!
The STEVENS Whaka Carbon Max is the top model of the new All Mountain Fully series. It’s available in sizes 16, 18 and 20in for 5,999 Euro at your certified STEVENS dealer.