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The flip chip – Maestro 3 allows riders to quickly adjust the geometry of select Maestro-equipped mountain bikes to better suit riding conditions and rear-wheel size choice (29-inch or 27.5-inch). Located on the upper rocker arm of the Maestro suspension system, the flip chip offers bottom bracket drop adjustments in 5mm increments and also lets you change the head tube angle and seat tube angle by 0.3 to 0.4 degree increments.

How Does it Work?

This new technology provides three positions (high, mid and low) using two different flip chips—a combination high/low chip or a dedicated mid-position chip.

  1. HIGH POSITION When this dual-position flip chip is installed in the high position, the frame’s head tube and seat tube angles become steeper and the bottom bracket height is elevated. This flip chip position allows the rider to run either a 27.5-inch or 29-inch rear wheel.
  2. MID POSITION When this single-position flip chip is installed, the frame’s head tube and seat tube angles are positioned in a neutral stance, and the bottom bracket height is at its mid-height point. This flip chip allows the rider to run either a 27.5-inch or 29-inch rear wheel.
  3. LOW POSITION When this dual-position flip chip is installed in the low position, the frame’s head tube and seat tube angles become slacker, and the bottom bracket height is lowered. It is recommended that the rider use the factory-equipped rear wheel in this position.

How Does it Change My Ride Experience?

HIGH POSITION: A steeper head tube angle makes the bike handle quicker and a steeper seat tube angle places the rider in a more aggressive climbing position. Also, a higher bottom bracket improves pedal clearance, allowing riders to pedal through rocky and rooty terrain with fewer pedal strikes. The high position is recommended for tighter, more technical terrain. Choose a 29-inch rear wheel for improved roll-over capabilities, or a 27.5-inch wheel for optimal rear-end agility.

MID POSITION: A more neutral head tube angle makes the bike handle more predictably and a “mid” seat tube angle places the rider in a neutral climbing position. Also, a mid-height bottom bracket balances pedal clearance with a slightly lower center of gravity. The mid position is recommended for a general mix of both faster/smoother and slower/more technical terrain. Choose a 29-inch rear wheel for improved roll-over capabilities, or a 27.5-inch wheel for optimal rear-end agility.

LOW POSITION: A slacker head tube angle gives the bike more stability at speed and increased confidence on steeper terrain by placing the front wheel a bit farther out in front of the rider. Additionally, a lower bottom bracket height lowers the center of gravity of the bike and rider, making it more stable at high speeds. The low position is ideal for faster, more open terrain. A 29-inch wheel improves roll-over capabilities at higher speeds, and a 27.5-inch wheel optimizes rear-end agility.

Flip Chip - Maestro 3 Combination Overview

The tables below show our recommended wheel configurations for each of the three flip chip positions.

Intrigue LT & Intrigue X (XS, SM)29 Front, 29 Rear29 Front, 27.5 Rear
HighNoYes
MidNoYes
LowNoYes
Intrigue LT & Intrigue X (MD, LG)29 Front, 29 Rear29 Front, 27.5 Rear
HighYesYes
MidYesYes
LowYesNo

Geometry

The flip chip - Maestro 3 allows you to adjust the geometry and choose a rear wheel size (29-inch or 27.5-inch) for your riding style and terrain. The adjustment affects head tube and seat tube angles, bottom bracket height, and rear-wheel size using eccentric flip chip hardware located on the upper rocker arm of the rear suspension.

Intrigue XXS-lowXS-midXS-highS-lowS-midS-highM-lowM-midM-highL-lowL-midL-high
Seat tube angle (degrees)76.276.676.976.276.676.976.8 (75.9)77.2 (76.3)77.5 (76.7)76.8 (76.0)77.2 (76.3)77.5 (76.7)
Head tube angle (degrees)64.464.865.164.464.865.164.4 (63.5)64.8 (63.9)65.1 (64.3)64.4 (63.6)64.8 (63.9)65.1 (64.3)
Bottom bracket drop (mm)25201525201540 (33)35 (28)30 (24)40 (33)35 (29)30 (24)
Rear wheel size (inch)27.527.527.527.527.527.529 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)
Intrigue LTXS-lowXS-midXS-highS-lowS-midS-highM-lowM-midM-highL-lowL-midL-high
Seat tube angle (degrees)76.276.677.076.276.677.077.3 (76.5)77.6 (76.8)78.0 (77.2)77.3 (76.5)77.6 (76.9)78.0 (77.2)
Head tube angle (degrees)64.765.165.564.665.165.564.8 (64.0)65.1 (64.3)65.5 (64.7)64.8 (64.0)65.1 (64.4)65.5 (64.7)
Bottom bracket drop (mm)25201524201535 (29)30 (24)25 (19)35 (29)30 (24)25 (19)
Rear wheel size (inch)27.527.527.527.527.527.529 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)29 (27.5 compatible)

*Numbers in the parentheses in the tables above represent the dimensions for a mullet set up on size M and L.

Flip Chip - Maestro 3 Bikes