Synonym RC2

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The RC line is designed for all-out XC racing and marathons. It comes with a flat bar, lightweight cross-country tires and 100mm of travel front and rear. Even though this may not look like a lot on paper, we persuade you to check out yourself how far you can actually push this bike on downhill trails. The radical geometry, never seen in this bike genre before, makes up for any “shortness” of travel. In fact, many guys in our team use the RC for everyday trail-blasting. Of course, the core purpose of this bikes is to destroy modern XC courses!



Lightweight carbon frame
Unique geometry, unprecedented in this category
100mm front / 100mm rear wheel travel
Fox 32 Step Cast Performance 3fork
Fox DPS Performance Elite shock
Dual remote for fork & shock
12-speed SRAM GX Eagle REAR derailleur
Straight pull WHEELS, WTB RIMS

Before you say: “WTF?! is NS making an XC bike??” - stop. This is something completely different! The geometry of the Synonym is miles away from any short travel bike that you can find on the market. Thanks to the slack head angle, massive reach and very steep seat tube this bike descends like it was on rails, climbs like a goat and charges like a bull on the flats. We deeply believe that short travel hardcore, lightweight XC / trail bikes are the most fun you can have on two wheels when you don't have a chairlift. The Synonym really is a totally new concept designed from the ground up. Everyone we know who has tried this bike has been simply blown away. This really is a game changer!



Bike Specs

Main features

Frame Specs


frame: NS Synonym, carbon fibre w/ 100mm travel

sizes: S,M,L,XL

rear shock: Fox Performance Elite Float DPS 2pos remote lockout, push-to-unlock, Evol LV Trunnion 165x37.5

fork: Fox Performance 32 Step Cast Float Grip, 100mm travel, 2pos remote lockout w/ Open Mode Adj, push-to-unlock, 15x110mm Boost, 1.5 tapered steerer tube, 44 offset

headset: FSA NO.42/47/ACB

stem: Synonym Race 31.8 (S:60, M:70, L & XL:80mm), angle - 8°

handlebar: NS Licence Flat Lite 31.8, 750mm

grips: NS Silicone Lite

seatpost: X-Fusion Manic internal S, M, L: 100mm, XL: 125mm

saddle: Octane One Crit, Ti-Alloy rails

front brake: Sram Level TL, 180mm

rear brake: Sram Level TLM, 160mm

levers: Sram Level TL

rims: WTB ST Light i25 TCS 2.0 29”, 28h, tubeless compatible

spokes: Straight Pull Spokes

front hub: NS Rotary Straight Pull 15 Boost 15x110 disc (sealed bearings)

rear hub: NS Rotary Straight Pull Cassette 148x12mm Boost (sealed bearings)

tires front / rear: Maxxis Ikon 2.2 TR / Recon Race 2.25 EXO/TR

crankset: Truvativ STYLO 7K DUB 170mm 34t (XL size 175mm)

bottom bracket: Sram DUB Press Fit BB92

pedals: /

chain: Sram, 12 spd

chainguide: /

derailleurs: Sram GX Eagle type 3 12spd

shifters: Sram NX Eagle, 12spd

cassette: Sram XG-1210, 10-50t 12 speed

weight (kg): 11.4 (M size, tubeless setup)

Specifications subject to change without notice. Actual colours and design may vary slightly from the images on the website.


The longest, slackest XC bike on the market! No other bike comes even close!!!


Flex stays eliminate the need for a pivot in the rear triangle. less weight, more lateral stffness..


Beautiful lines by George Dabrowski. Designer of award winning Rondo bikes.


Synonym RC 2   S M L XL
Wheel size 29"
Fork travel 100 100 100 100
Reach mm 445 475 500 520
in 17.5  18.7 19.7 20.5
FC mm 725 759 789 817
in 28.5 29.9 31.1 32.2
Standover mm 742 741 742 743
in 29.2 29.2 29.2 29.3
Stack mm 583 592 606 624
in 23.0 23.3 23.9 24.6
Effective TT mm 579 612 640 664
in 22.8 24.1 25.2 26.1
Actual TT mm 548 580 611 640
in 21.6 22.8 24.1 25.2
Seat tube mm 410 440 490 540
in 16.1 17.3 19.3 21.3
Chain stays mm 438 438 438 438
in 17.2 17.2 17.2 17.2
BB rise mm -45 -45 -45 -45
in -1.8 -1.8 -1.8 -1.8
BB height mm 319 319 319 319
Headtube angle 67.0 67.0 67.0 67.0
ST angle effective 77.0 77.0 77.0 77.0
Wheelbase mm 1159 1193 1223 1251
in 45.6 47.0 48.1 49.3