Eminent Onset

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Eminent Onset. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • Eminent offer the Onset with short, mid and long travel options, meeting the varying needs of trail riders.
  • The bike’s ‘Active Float Suspension’ (AFS) setup cushions impacts and helps riders find control on the trail.
  • Riders are placed in a planted, stable and central riding position on the Onset, via a long wheelbase, wide handlebars and steep seat-tube angle.
  • Maxxis Minion DHR and DHF tires supplied test riders with grip on wet and dry trails.
  • Tubed, internal cable routing offers riders a tidy looking bike without cable rattle.
  • The bottom bracket is positioned low in the bike’s frame. This allows riders to rail through corners.
  • Shimano XT brakes are extremely efficient and allow riders to push the limits, according to testers.
  • The bike’s floating brake design reduces brake jack and increases the Onset’s enduro capabilities.
  • Shimano shifters allow riders to smoothly transition between gears.
  • The Onset’s suspension setup provides riders with small bump compliance.
  • Testers were pleased that there is room for a water bottle in the frame of the bike.
  • The Onset’s stiff and responsive frame allows riders to hold lines well, through rocky and technical terrain.
  • WTB’s Volt saddle is specced on the bike. Most experts agree that this saddle is comfortable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Frequent pedal strikes occurred with the bike’s low bottom bracket.
  • The Eminent Onset is heavy, compared to other bikes in its category.
  • Some testers were displeased that the bike's dropper post used external cable routing.

Bottom line

The Eminent Onset is a boutique brand mountain bike. It is extremely high quality; featuring a unique carbon frame, AFS suspension setup and Shimano components. The bike has 29” wheels shod with reliable Maxxis Minion DHR/DHF tires. The Onset’s low bottom bracket encourages the bike to corner smoothly, but can also lead to frequent pedal strikes. With the Onset, Eminent presents trail riders with three quality build options for singletrack adventures.

Expert Reviews

90/100 based on 1 rated expert review

The New Eminent Onset 29er – Does the Bite Match the Bark?

The new Onset is one of the most different-looking suspension frames that we’ve seen in a while.

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Eminent Onset: The New 29er From Eminent

While we normally test bikes with slightly longer travel, the ONSET has impressed us with its all-around ability, performance and value. Plus it looks pretty bad ass too!

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TheCrazy MTBiker

New Bike Day / First Ride!

I can’t wait to take this bike to even more trails. I’m already stunned by the performance.

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Mountain Bike Action

Bike Test: Eminent Onset

The Onset is ideally suited for a rider looking to enjoy the entirety of his or her ride.

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This Bike Life

Eminent Onset Review | California Edition

The rear end feels so good, you almost feel like there is a coil on there already.

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