As a relatively new bike company based in Salt Lake City and Seattle, Corsair Bikes is delivering targeted bike frames to gravity-lovers everywhere. With a small lineup of bike frames that includes the Crown (DH), Malestrom (FR), Konig (SS), Marque (AM) and Ducat (DJ), these guys are dedicated to putting smiles on the faces of riders across many disciplines.

Utilizing proprietary suspension designs on each frame, Corsair is not sticking to a single suspension platform. This is a fairly refreshing concept, but doesn’t come without its engineering, tooling and manufacturing challenges. Quite honestly, I’ve enjoyed riding a myriad of suspension designs and have found some designs to lend themselves better to certain riding conditions. It’s great that Corsair can admit that and seems up to the challenges of manufacturing so many different suspension designs.

Their bikes are built burly (weight weenies need not apply), but look to serve those who can dish it out with a quality product that will last. With Corsair being local, I hope to at least get on the Marque during the upcoming riding season. Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, here are some highlights:

Corsair Marque – All-mountain

An all-mountain frame that’s built burly enough to handle anything you can dish out, the Marque looks like an “all-mountain” player to be reckoned with. Sporting 130mm of rear travel, a built-in chainguide and a low center of gravity, it will definitely handle the extra abuse, but can it really climb like an XC machine? We’ll just have to see, but it sure looks like a lot more fun than any XC machine I’ve ridden. MSRP is $1799 and frame weight is in the 8.5 lb range.

2009 Corsair Marque - All-mountain Mountain Bike Frame

Corsair Maelstrom – Freeride

For the Whistler Bike Park crowd, the Maelstrom features 180mm travel and an available front derailleur mount so you could potentially pedal this bike if you so choose. It’s the “one bike” if you are into uphill punishment, but know that the best part comes when the trail points downhill. Other features include a rear thru-axle and built-in chainguide. This bike looks bury and versatile and comes in at $1799 MSRP.

2009 Corsair Maelstrom - Freeride Mountain Bike Frameset

Corsair Crown – Downhill

A single-pivot design that utilizes a long shock stroke and adjustable head angle for tune-ability for any DH course. It also includes a built-in chainguide and an optional piggyback shock tucked just in front of the bottom bracket with an MSRP of $2599. Expect the weight to be in the 10.5 lb. range.

2009 Corsair Crown - Downhill Mountain Bike Frameset

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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