NS Bikes Metropolis

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on NS Bikes Metropolis. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

15 reasons to buy

  • Expert riders said the Metropolis excelled on pump tracks and steep dirt jumps.
  • Test-riders described the Metropolis’s geometry as excellent.
  • A compact frame made the Metropolis easily throwable on pump tracks.
  • Manitou’s ‘Circus Expert’ fork was stiff, tough and performed well.
  • The SRAM ‘Level’ rear hydraulic disc offered up ample stopping power.
  • Short chainstays and a steep head-angle added to this bike’s compact flickability.
  • Assembly was quick and minimal, with rear wheels already coming installed.
  • Test riders were impressed by this rig’s weight, for a steel bike.
  • NS’s ‘Lick’ handlebar offered a favorable 77mm of rise.
  • Owners and reviewers admired this rig’s good looks and skinny tubing.
  • Sealed-bearing hubs laced to NS Fundamental rims made for strong, true wheels.
  • Octane One hubs engaged quickly on take-off.
  • Rear brake hose was plenty long for barspins and tailwhips.
  • The Metropolis 2’s 25 x 10t ratio served all dirt-jump needs.
  • A Tektro mechanical front disc brake is supplied, if you find yourself on the street.

5 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer would have liked a steerer tube that fit a tapered fork.
  • A 28 x 10t ratio made it a little difficult to ride the Metropolis 1 uphill to jumps.
  • This rig is too jump-oriented to serve as a daily rider or do-it-all bike.
  • A reviewer felt that chain-tugs would have been a welcome inclusion.
  • A 2017 Metropolis 3 owner experienced squeaky cranks after a month’s use.

Bottom line

Test-riders and reviewers were impressed by the performance of this dirt-jumper. NS Bikes have stuck with the dependable geometry that has given them a reputation for being experts in the dirt-jump arena. They’ve cut costs by limiting the Metropolis’s frame to a straight-steerer fork. By all reports, Manitou’s ‘Circus Expert’ fork was comfortable and responsive. Experts described the Metropolis as a professional bike that has strong potential for furthering riders’ dirt-jump skills progression. It comes in three spec levels at three prices and three weights.

Expert Reviews

70/100 based on 1 expert reviews
70
BikeRadar

NS Metropolis 1 First Ride Review

Level 5 expert

An absolute classic… an instant favourite… As an off-the-peg build, the Metropolis 1 is hard to beat… one of the best frames on the market… You’ll want to hit things faster and aim to go higher or more sideways…

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Godziek Brothers

Which Bike To Choose? Aluminium or steel? Metropolis or Movement? [English Subtitles – Polish Language]

Level 1 expert

Stoked! …there’s nothing to change on it… geometry is really good… flips, tailwhips, flairs, barspins really good. This fork stood up well… weight is decent… this is a pro bike which can boost up your progress… steel is really cool, flexing well on take-offs…

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User Ratings

87/100 based on 6 ratings
  • 5 star
    67%
  • 4 star
    17%
  • 3 star
    0%
  • 2 star
    17%
  • 1 star
    0%

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76
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79