Synonym TR1

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The Synonym TR is a game changer in the lightweight trail category. Radical geometry and a beefy 120mm fork presented in an ultra light weight package gives the rider a unique experience. It burns trails unlike anything else on the market. All available alternatives either have old-school geometry, or are heavy and slow to pedal. Most riders who have tried this bike swear that they can go just as fast on downhill trails as on their standard, “big” trail / all mountain bikes. This is because the limiting factor is not the suspension travel, but the position that the rider has on the bike and the way it handles. This amazing ride impression that riders have reported is backed up by lap times and measured segments. It simply blows everything else out of the water.



Lightweight Carbon frame
Unique Geometry, unprecedented in this category
120mm front / 120mm rear wheel travel
Fox 34 Step Cast Factory fork
FOX DPS factory shock
Dual remote for fork & shock
FOX TRANSFER dropper post
LIGHT STRAiGHT PULL wheels: 1600 g

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!



"This is truly a trail rider’s XC bike. No longer do you have to tippy-toe down trails; instead, the geometry and suspension let you give it the beans as hard as you can on the descents and keep the lead you gained on the climb to get there. More than anything, it’s a bike that just lets you rip and have fun, at speed, just about everywhere."



Bike Specs

Main features

Frame Specs


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frame: NS Synonym, superlite carbon fibre w/ 120mm travel

sizes: S,M,L,XL

rear shock: Fox Factory Float DPS 2pos remote lockout, push-to-unlock, Evol LV Trunnion 165x42.5

fork: Fox Factory 34 Step Cast Float FIT4, 120mm 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 Trail 31.8 (S: 50, M, L & XL: 60mm), angle +5°

handlebar: NS Licence Carbon Mini Rise Lite 31.8, 760mm, 15mm rise

grips: NS Hold Fast supersoft

seatpost: Fox Transfer Performance Elite S: 120mm, M, L, XL: 150mm

saddle: Octane One Crit, Ti-Alloy rails

front brake: Sram Level TL, 180mm

rear brake: Sram Level TL, 160mm

levers: Sram Level TL

rims: NS Enigma Lite 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 Recon 2.4WT EXO/TR / Maxxis Ikon 2.35 EXO/TR

crankset: Truvativ X1 Carbon DUB 170mm 34t (XL size 175mm)

bottom bracket: Sram DUB Press Fit BB92

pedals: /

chain: Sram, 12 spd

chainguide: /

derailleurs: Sram X01 Eagle type 3 12spd

shifters: Sram GX Eagle, 12spd

cassette: Sram XG-1275, 10-50t 12 speed

weight (kg): 11.8 (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.

Pinkbike: Synonym TR 1
Singletrack: Synonym TR 1


Synonym TR 1   S M L XL
Wheel size 29"
Fork travel 120 120 120 120
Reach mm 436 466 491 511
in 17.2 18.3 19.3 20.1
FC mm 732 766 796 824
in 28.8 30.2 31.3 32.4
Standover mm 754 753 753 754
in 29.7 29.6 29.6 29.7
Stack mm 590 599 614 632
in 23.2 23.6 24.2 24.9
Effective TT mm 582 615 644 667
in 22.9 24.2 25.4 26.3
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 -38 -38 -38 -38
in -1.5 -1.5 -1.5 -1.5
BB height mm 326 326 326 326
Headtube angle 66.0 66.0 66.0 66.0
ST angle effective 76.0 76.0 76.0 76.0
Wheelbase mm 1167 1201 1232 1260
in 45.9 47.3 48.5 49.6