Bird is a small UK brand whose direct-sales model affords great value, as well as customisation of parts to order. The Zero AM is Bird’s long-travel hardtail – and the bike that really helped the firm take off.
Transferable lifetime warranty
The 6061-T6 aluminium frame comes with a lifetime warranty that’s transferable to a new owner should you decide to sell it on. It features routing for the latest side-swing front derailleurs and stealth droppers, as well as ISCG-05 tabs for a chain guide.
Even with a 2.4in rear tyre there’s ample mud clearance
Clearance is huge – Bird claims it’ll take 2.8in plus-size rubber should you wish, but we didn’t try this out. Our pre-production sample’s seat tube had been reamed too tight, scratching the seatpost, but Bird assures us that the final frames won’t have this issue.
While we were more than happy with the standard Shimano SLX/Race Face build kit, Bird’s clever sales model lets you swap or upgrade components. We chose a fast but forgiving 2.4in Maxxis Ardent rear tyre and a corner-hugging 3C Minion DHF up front, for a £5 surcharge on top of the £1,125 base price. You could also opt for a dropper or 1×11 gearing, depending on how far you’re willing to dip into your nest egg.
Long, low and comfortable ride
Confident swagger in the rough stuff
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