NS Bikes Synonym

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23.15, 25.13, 26, 27.34 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

13 reasons to buy

  • The NS Synonym is available in two styles. The TR (trail) version has 120mm of travel in the rear. The RC (race) version has 100mm of rear travel.
  • The bike has a high-quality, lightweight carbon frame.
  • The shock's remote lockout for the shock greatly impressed many test riders.
  • SRAM Level brakes provide Synonym riders with ample stopping power.
  • The bike is available in sizes S through XL, fitting a wide range of riders.
  • Experts were pleased to find that there is room for a water bottle on the NS Synonym.
  • Internally routed cables give this mountain bike a smooth and polished appearance.
  • On the Synonym, the Maxxis Rekon and Ikon tire pairing is fast-rolling.
  • The steep seat tube angle and slack head tube angle place riders in a stable position for descending at speed.
  • The Synonym is a capable climber and experts found that they could easily achieve personal records on ascents.
  • The 12-speed SRAM drivetrain shifts smoothly on the NS Synonym.
  • Testers agree that the price of the bike is fair for the components included in each build.
  • Users found that the bike’s long wheelbase added stability on descents.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The NS Synonym has a press fit bottom bracket. Experts would have preferred a threaded bottom bracket on the bike.
  • Some testers found the Ikon tire in the rear provided insufficient traction.
  • The bike is specced with 180mm brake rotors to keep the bike’s weight low. Larger rotors would benefit the stopping power of the NS Synonym.

Bottom line

The NS Synonym is designed for riders tackling cross-country and enduro terrain. It is available with 100mm or 120mm of travel. The fast-rolling Maxxis tires combine with the Synonym's long wheelbase, slack head tube angle and steep seat tube angle to make it a confident and quick descender on most terrain. The bike climbs extremely well, too. The brake rotors and Ikon rear tire are not adequate for all. Overall, most will find the price and quality is right for all four builds of the NS Synonym.

Expert Reviews

72/100 based on 3 expert reviews
Bike Perfect

NS Synonym TR 1 Review

NS has literally stretched the envelope of XC bike handling right to the edge of where you can expect a long, lightweight frame, fat low-tread tires on skinny rims and a cutaway fork to hold it together.

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Mountain Bike Rider

NS Synonym TR 2 Review

There’s a lot to like about the NS Synonym TR2. It’s light, has generous sizing and at times it exhibits the raw speed of an XC bike without any of the associated nerve racking twitchiness.

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NS Synonym RC 1 Review

Boasting a reach longer than many enduro bikes, combined with a lengthy stem and steep seat angle, the stretched-out Synonym feels like no other bike, and it took me a few rides to really work out how to get the best out of the bike.

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Guy Kesteven

NS Synonym TR1: Radical XC/DC MTB Live Ride Review

This will be a proper party bike if that’s the mood you’re in.

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David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

The Most Radical XC Bike I’ve Ever Ridden. NS Bikes Synonym TR1 Ride Review and Bike Check

It’s the most radical and interesting bike in the XC race bike category at the moment.

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Compared to other bikes
#61 Best Mountain
Bottom 30%
#33 Best Trail
Bottom 20%
#248 Best of All Bikes
Bottom 30%


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