The new Lightrider R3 Worldcup

Thömus first launched a full-suspension carbon mountain bike 20 years ago with the Lightrider CT. Today we are setting new standards with the Lightrider R3 Worldcup.

The new Lightrider R3 World Cup was launched immediately after Mathias Flückiger’s silver medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ralph Näf, the team manager of Thömus maxon Swiss Mountain Bike Racing – currently the most successful team in the World Cup – asked the decisive and groundbreaking questions: How will competitive cross-country biking change in the coming years? What requirements will a bike have to meet in three years’ time, at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris? As a former world-class athlete, Näf was the brains and the driving force behind the new Lightrider World Cup. With his vast know-how as a rider and team manager, he and Mathias Flückiger contributed a great deal to the project.

Thömus CEO Thomas Binggeli comments: “The story of our first cross-country bike continues – and how. Twenty years after the launch of the first Lightrider, the new Lightrider R3 Worldcup is ready for the toughest XCO trails in the world. “Swiss Made” is not only written on it, it’s also inside. Because the proximity and close cooperation with the Thömus maxon team and other partners from Switzerland make the bike unbeatable in many respects.”

XC, Marathon, Light Trail

120/120mm or 130/120mm

1876g Frame incl. Damper

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No compromises. When developing the new wonder weapon for the race track, the requirements were clear: to build the fastest bike in order to win the biggest and most important races. The answer: a high-performance mountain bike with state-of-the-art technology.

Simply the best:
Developed hand in hand with the number 1 World Cup team

Extra low center of gravity for improved handling characteristics.

The race DNA of the Thömus maxon team characterizes the Lightrider R3 World Cup. With a sophisticated XC chassis with 120 millimeters of suspension travel, it masters the most demanding race tracks and challenging trails. The bike’s adaptive geometry enables racers and trail bikers to achieve their best possible riding performance.

Developed in close cooperation with the Thömus maxon Swiss Mountain Bike Racing Team, the Lightrider R3 Worldcup sets new standards in the cross-country sector. With a frame made of 60T Ultra High Modulus carbon fibers, it offers an optimal stiffness-to-weight ratio and presents itself as the lightest XC frame in the history of Thömus.

The development journey of the Lightrider R3 World Cup began with the impetus following Mathias Flückiger’s silver medal in Tokyo. Ralph Näf, as an experienced team manager, drove the project forward in order to meet the changing requirements in the cross-country sector. But Flückiger himself has also made a big contribution: “The Lightrider R3 World Cup sets new standards in our sport. It will give me and the whole team a remarkable advantage in the new season. It means a lot to me that I was able to make an important contribution to its development with my expertise, knowledge and experience.”

The aerodynamically shaped down tube prevents dirt and mud from sticking to it

Individually adjustable headset angle +/- 0.6° for even more flexibility

“We strive for perfection as a team, with our athletes and our partners. Our goal was to develop an XC bike that can do everything. Whether uphill, downhill or technical passages, every second counts. It makes us proud that we will be at the start with the Lightrider R3 World Cup, the most versatile bike ever in terms of performance and speed.”

Ralph näf, team manager thömus maxon swiss mountain bike racing

Deflection lever and bearing made in Switzerland

The frame offers more clearance for tires – even in conditions with lots of mud and dirt.

The Lightrider R3 Worldcup is ready to break records. Are you too?
Configure yours now!

GEOMETRY WITHOUT COMPROMISE

Cross-country races have never been as demanding as they are today. That’s why we make no compromises with the Lightrider R3 Worldcup: Maximum control and maximum riding pleasure on the increasingly technical XC race tracks are our benchmark. The geometry of this high-performance bike, developed based on feedback and tests, is correspondingly uncompromising.

  • Seat tube length
    400 mm
  • Top tube length
    570 mm
  • Steering tube length
    90 mm
  • Seat angle effective
    75.5 °
  • Steering angle
    67.1 °
  • Chain stay length
    435 mm
  • Fork mounting length
    530 mm
  • BB Drop
    40 mm
  • Stack
    594 mm
  • Reach
    420 mm
  • Body height
    155 – 168 cm
  • Seat tube length
    460 mm
  • Top tube length
    604 mm
  • Steering tube length
    90 mm
  • Seat angle effective
    75.5 °
  • Steering angle
    67.1 °
  • Chain stay length
    435 mm
  • Fork mounting length
    530 mm
  • BB Drop
    40 mm
  • Stack
    594 mm
  • Reach
    450 mm
  • Body height
    165 – 180 cm
  • Seat tube length
    475 mm
  • Top tube length
    638 mm
  • Steering tube length
    105 mm
  • Seat angle effective
    75.5 °
  • Steering angle
    67.1 °
  • Chain stay length
    435 mm
  • Fork mounting length
    530 mm
  • BB Drop
    40 mm
  • Stack
    608 mm
  • Reach
    475 mm
  • Body height
    178 – 190 cm
  • Seat tube length
    400 mm
  • Top tube length
    572 mm
  • Steering tube length
    95 mm
  • Seat angle effective
    74.7 °
  • Steering angle
    66.3 °
  • Chain stay length
    435 mm
  • Fork mounting length
    547 mm
  • BB Drop
    34 mm
  • Stack
    599 mm
  • Reach
    411 mm
  • Body height
    155 – 168 cm
  • Seat tube length
    460 mm
  • Top tube length
    605 mm
  • Steering tube length
    90 mm
  • Seat angle effective
    74.7 °
  • Steering angle
    66.3 °
  • Chain stay length
    435 mm
  • Fork mounting length
    547 mm
  • BB Drop
    34.2 mm
  • Stack
    600 mm
  • Reach
    442 mm
  • Body height
    165 – 180 cm
  • Seat tube length
    475 mm
  • Top tube length
    640 mm
  • Steering tube length
    105 mm
  • Seat angle effective
    74.3 °
  • Steering angle
    66.3 °
  • Chain stay length
    435 mm
  • Fork mounting length
    547 mm
  • BB Drop
    34.4 mm
  • Stack
    614 mm
  • Reach
    467 mm
  • Body height
    178 – 190 cm

Contact for more information
Thömus AG – Cornelia Noti | [email protected] | +41 31 84 82 214

About Thömus

For over 30 years, Thömus has been an independent producer of technically high-quality bikes – and thus trumps even in the midst of the bicycle boom with fast delivery times. “Swiss made to fascinate” is the motto of the company with 120 employees.Thömus produces in its own factory in Thörishaus near Bern with creativity, innovation and passion. Whether mountain bike, road bike or city bike – the high-quality Thömus bikes are available with electric assistance and without motor. Because everyone’s anatomy is different, as are their needs, there is no “one bike” at Thömus. Each bike is built individually according to the customer’s wishes. Thömus cares about the community and its feedback. Velo fans of all ages and strengths meet at many events for joint activities and exchange. The experience gained from customers and athletes flows directly back into the further development of the models.