Gaining momentum, entry-level mountain bikes start to surpass their basic off-road destination, being able to tackle slightly more difficult terrain. Corratec’s X-Vert Motion may very well be such a bike, with the benefit of a pocket-friendly price.
Frame/On the trail
Corratec’s frame quality hasn’t changed, remaining at a more than decent level, yet in this case you can notice an oversized head tube of 1.5 inches, with the natural purpose of increasing stiffness. This value reaches in the case of X-Vert Motion 93.3 Nm/degree and a stiffness-to-weight ratio (STW) of 49.6. Given its class, the frame’s stiffness is medium, but compared to its weight, things aren’t too bright. The 6061 aluminium-manufactured frame of 16 inch tips the scale at 1.882 grams, thus it provides some solace in this respect.
When you actually get to ride it, the X-Vert Motion complies with your demands especially when cornering, with the 71 degree head tube angle and 73 degree seat tube one doing their job as expected. Unfortunately, the high placed handlebar doesn’t help in applying pressure on the front wheel, so you must tackle with a medium speed corners or bends, situation when handling is satisfactory. Then again, this bike isn’t made for aggressive riding, but for recreational rides.
Cable routing runs underneath the top tube, with bottle cage and luggage rack mounting points are present. As far as frame quality goes, welds and paint are a whole lot more than you would expect from this entry-level player, and Corratec also placed a very nice emblem containing the year the brand was founded – 1990.
The 3×9 drivetrain’s gear ratios are engaged thanks to two mid-level Shimano Deore derailleurs, the rear one using the Shadow technology and having a compact body that stays in line with the frame’s outer limit, thus preventing taking serious hits. Concerning performance, both components shift fast and accurate, though this is not something spectacular coming from Deore, yet it does offer you a sens of joy, particulary when you think this bike belongs to the entry-level segment. And things would have been even more delightful if the shifters themselves would have been Deore and not Alivio.
The manufacturer specified the X-Vert Motion with an RST Gila ML 100mm travel fork. Neither confort, nor damping are at their best, rough terrain taking the word performance out of the question, but then again expectations shouldn’t be too high. The headset of this 2.18 kilogram fork manages to keep it locked in place, yet this gain is overshadowed by their weight of 80 grams.
Coming back to handling issues, the 660mm wide handlebar plays an important role in the control matter. The same thing couldn’t be said about the Tektro HDC-300 brakes, nonetheless. Their task is to stop the bike, not only to slow it down, therefore I strongly recommend you not to push them to the limit on long and steep descents. It is also true they didn’t have the time to do their running in, and it may be a factor that diminished their performance.
On the other hand, you will not have to worry too much about the wheelset. Strong, double-wall rims provided by Corratec’s own brand, ZZYZX, paired with Continental X-King tires make possible a carefree ride, at least in terms of durability.
Corratec X-Vert Motion is a mountain bike that keeps you pumping on forrest trails or on fields, and maybe even on low hills. Taking into consideration its price, it is a valuable option. Nevertheless, if you plan on actual mountainbiking, you should think twice before going for this bicycle. The height of the handlebar, and the lack of performance from two main components – brakes and fork – doesn’t recommend the X-Vert Motion for serious mountain trails. Even more, with a weight of 14.04 kilograms, climbing on it will not be exactly blissful. Still, the frame’s quality puts it in front of other entry-level range opponents that are more expensive.
Corratec X-Vert Motion data
Total weight: 14.04 kg (including 450 gram pedals)
Frame weight: 1.882 grams
Wheelset weight: 5.022 grams (tires, sprockets and quick release included)
Fork weight: 2.186 grams
Crankset weight: 1.263 grams (BB included)
Handlebar width: 660 mm
Headtube stiffness: 93.3 Nm/grad
Stiffness to weight ratio: 49.6