The new Last Cinto
Today Last bikes have announced a new bike called the Cinto. The Cinto is designed as an all-mountain bike that is precise and playful. Read on to learn more.
Passionately developed with details in mind and precisely hand manufactured, every CINTO becomes outstanding. Limited to 100 pieces per year.
- Frame weight from 2,1 kg
- 145 mm suspension travel
- Size-specific kinematics and geometry
- Bike park approved and modular frame platform
”The CINTO provides precise feedback and has lots of pop for playful and active riding. The suspension is nicely progressive, the bike pedals very well and is neutral under braking. It’s versatility and nimbleness is inspiring every time.Jörg HeydtLast
Cinto – The Concept
The CINTO is designed to be an All Mountain Bike – the category of bike for every day and all opportunities. The requirements for such a bike are manifold and it is difficult to avoid compromises. With the CINTO we have developed a bike that offers solutions: Perfect function and performance, low weight and the toughness to back you up. Designed by our team with a passion for good geometries and precise handling. With the TARVO – the lightest enduro frame – the potential of the frame concept has been proven and showed that our production technology and the materials blend into an exceptionally capable bike. This concept is the base for the CINTO. We put quality first and limit the CINTO to 100 pieces annually – hand made in Germany.
The weight is the simplest obtainable comparative value of a bike. And it isn’t the worst, since everyone realizes the dynamic and liveliness of a light bike. To have fun in the long term and to be capable in rough terrain, the CINTO isn’t reduced to lightweight but reflects all aspects that make it a LAST. The suspension is highly efficient and comes along with a geometry that suits our riding style: fast, agile and airborne. That’s why we build a reliable bike that takes you to the trail and not to the workshop. But first to the lightweight nature of the CINTO and how we realise it.
The CINTO takes advantage of an optimized layup using the directional strength of the carbon fibres to their full extent, combining strength and stiffness. Furthermore, the material properties make a flex pivot possible. The true potential of the material is maximized by the careful draping of the plies on the surface of the mould. The front and rear triangle are laminated in a seamless piece. The so-called monocoque is cured in an autoclave process, where the high-pressure guarantees for the best compaction of the plies. The used carbon fibres are strong and have a high elongation capability to deal well with extreme loads. The CINTO uses the same modular platform as our enduro bike TARVO. The frame was tested by EFBE Prüftechnik. We approve the CINTO for use according to ASTM F2043-13 category 5, bike park and racing.
Geometry – A great allrounder with size-specific optimisation
A good time on the trail, independent of the gradient, and efficient climbing were the focus during the geometry development. The 65-degree head angle and the balanced ratio of reach to chainstay length result in confident cornering. The modern-steep seat angle of 77 degrees provides a comfortable and efficient climbing position.
The short seat tube length and the straight seat tube allow riders to size up or down, depending on their preference. To provide a start point for sizing we named the sizes according to the typical rider height: 165, 175, 185 and 195. The matching stem lengths range from 35 mm up to 60 mm.
For the CINTO we provide growing chainstay lengths that start at short 431 mm for 165 and increase up to 443 mm for size 195.
Progressive Suspension System
The CINTO provides a sporty-progressive suspension system with a minimum of rockers and bearings. Our philosophy is to generate mid-travel resistance with a progression in the leverage ratio and without too many volume spacers or excessive damping. From SAG point to bottom out the CINTO provides 29% of smooth progression which makes it suitable for air and coil shocks alike.
Size Specific Antisquat
Pedalling efficiency is generated to a large extent by a well-fitting anti-squat value. The value depends on the kinematics of the bike and the height of the rider’s centre of gravity. To always achieve the optimum anti-squat, we adjust the position of the pivot points for each frame size and the expected height of the centre of gravity. The blue graphs show the anti-squat values for the four frame sizes depending on the rear cog (x-axis). For comparison, the grey curves show the values for a non-optimized system. It is easily recognizable that the blue lines are closer to each other, especially for low gears.
The anti rise value determines how the suspension behaves under braking. A value around 100 % is considered to be the optimum, since the zsuspension behaves neutrally at this figure. This means that the application of the brake has no disturbing influence on the suspension system. The size specific optimization results in four almost identical blue curves, that appear as one thick blue curve in the diagram.
Local Production – Know-How and Quality.
The CINTO is made in Germany. This allows us to use the most advanced technologies at our partners. Their Know-How is essential for the manufacturing of the CINTO.
The front and rear part of the frame are each produced as a whole in one mould. Due to the monocoque design, it features a consistent laminate structure without any weak points. Heavy joints where the material is doubled up are completely eliminated. In addition to the quality of fibre and matrix, the manufacturing quality is decisive for the lightweight construction potential. Only if the prepreg layers are optimally pressed together, a load-bearing structure can be created. This requires craftsmanship and care as well as the masterful control of the manufacturing process itself.
In the autoclave process, the material undergoes strong compression due to the applied pressure. At the same time, a vacuum is created in the laminate to remove residual air. Careful process control using measurement data allows the quality of each individual component to be verified. The high processing quality makes it possible to reduce the amount of material to the required minimum. Prepregs are used for the CINTO.
Prepregs are carbon fibre mats pre-impregnated with resin. The fibres are produced in Japan and the pre-impregnation and weaving are done in Italy.
CNC Machining to Perfection.
The seat stays of the CINTO don‘t feature a yoke. The gained space makes the short chainstays (of the smaller frame sizes) and the steep seat angles possible. To stiffen up the rear the rocker arm is machined from a single billet of aluminium. All six bearing seats are machined in one clamping process to guarantee precision and parallel axes.
1st Image: machining of the contours and bearing seats in the frist clamping position.
2nd Image: Final machining of the inside surfaces in the second clamping position on the 5-axis Hermle at Debus Frästechnik.
3rdImage: Raw material and status after the first machining is finished.
4th Image: The rocker arm undergoes CNC machining, grinding, polishing, anodizing and laser etching.
Custom Paint Job or Raw Finish
The lightest version of the frame does not feature any paint. The frame parts are deburred and minimal finish operations are executed. Finally, the frame is rubbed with a wax-like finisher. The resin of the frame is UV-stabilized to protect it against sunlight.
With about 70 grams the paint jobs Lars Diedenhofen creates are very light and allow the customization of the frame. After a gentle grind of the surface, the filler is applied. Next up is the paint. In a separate procedure, the graphics are painted. Finally, one or more layers of clear coat are applied. In between the frame is ground several times to make the decals stealth, not in a visual way, but so that you almost can’t feel them.
The CINTO is available in dusky pink matte metallic and in blue matte metallic. On request other colours and complex designs are possible.
MX Wheel Size Option
The CINTO can be set up with the MX rocker arm that allows it to use a 27,5 inch rear wheel. The big 29-inch front wheel provides low roll-over resistance and the smaller rear wheel gives more room to move around on the bike and more stiffness. The MX rocker arm is designed to maintain the bottom bracket height as well as the seat and head angle.
Inside Diskbrake Mount
To allow unhindered flex at the seat stays, the brake mount is on the inside. This appealing solution provides post mount 180. discs up to 203 mm diameter are possible.
Universal Derailleur Hanger
The TARVO uses the Universal Derailleur Hanger by Sram which allows the installation of a normal rear derailleur – no matter which manufacturer. This is a great advantage since not only we use it – many bicycle shops will also stock this derailleur hanger, so it is always readily available – no matter where you are. From a technical point of view, it is convincing that the thread for the axle is placed inside the derailleur hanger and in case of wear or defect it can be replaced by a new derailleur hanger easily.
ISCG Mount and BSA Bottom Bracket
If required, an ISCG mount can be rigged on the bottom bracket to attach chain guides or bash guards. The adapter is clamped to the bottom bracket as soon as it is screwed into the BSA thread.
Carbon Downtube Protection
The downtube is protected by a generously sized carbon protector. This part is also laminated in Germany. It features a thick adhesive film on the backside for additional damping.
The bottle cage mount is integrated with the storage cover. Sizes 175 to 195 can accept a big bottle in combination with most piggyback shocks. Size 165 fits a small bottle (approx. 500 ml) with most piggyback shocks. With some shocks, a 600 ml bottle fits.
Bilder: Frame size 175 and 185 with big bottles
Spare Parts Availability
All spare parts such as the chainstay protector and all bearings are available at short notice and will be available in the long term. So the frame can be used for years. Due to local production and keeping the moulds on hand, we can also make whole frame parts available for a long period of time – should our crash replacement ever be needed.
Additional Frame Features
- Rattle free laminated cable routing
- Titanium mounting hardware
- Tested by EFBE Prüftechnik
- 5 years warranty, 3 years crash replacement
- Recycling guarantee
Framesets, Complete Bikes and Availability
All complete bikes will be configured in dialogue with the customer and fitted to his needs in the best possible way. This includes components and colour choice. The configurator provides all custom options for complete bikes and framesets. We have built-in availability information for every single component. Based on our choice and our capacity the delivery date is calculated. Complete builds start at 6.139 € and can get as light as 11 kg. The CINTO can be ordered right now and the first deliveries will be in August.
Each CINTO frame is assembled in our Dortmund based manufacture according to the choice of our customers. We offer international shipping options, but we encourage customers to pick up their bike in Dortmund. The bike will be set up and we offer a guided first ride that allows us to fine-tune your settings. Details of our test sessions and rides can be found at www.last-bikes.com.
Frame kits always include storage and two bags. Besides shocks of our long term suppliers Fox and RockShox we can offer suspension products from the Freiburg-based company Intend.
Every frame comes with a through-axle and titanium bolts for the bottle cage. Also included is the carbon downtube protector.
CINTO frame set raw no shock
CINTO frame set raw incl. Fox Float DPX2 – Factory Series
CINTO frame set raw incl. Fox Float X2 – Factory Series
CINTO frame set raw incl. Fox DHX2 Factory Series
CINTO frame set raw incl. Rock Shox Superdeluxe Select+ RT
CINTO frame set raw incl. Rock Shox Superdeluxe Ultimate RCT
CINTO frame set raw incl. Rock Shox Superdeluxe Coil Ultimate RCT Coil Ultimate RCT
CINTO frame set raw incl. Intend Hover *Special Edition*
The paint job in dusky pink matte metallic or blue metallic
from 599 €
ISCG 05 adapter
Last Cinto Specs
165 | 175 | 185 | 195
Max. fork travel
170 mm (recommended up to 160 mm)
raw carbon finish, dusky pink matte metallic, blue matte metallic
73 mm BSA
Seat Post min. Insert
130 mm (sizes 165, 175), 150 mm (sizes 185, 195)
Seat Post max. Extension
370 mm (measured to the saddle rails)
Chain guide tabs
ISCG 05 via opt. adapter
Max. chainring size
34T (52mm chain line)
205 x 65 mm Trunnion
Rock Shox, Fox, Intend, EXT
22.2 x 8.0 mm
Enduro Bearings Max type full complement sealed deep groove ball bearings, 28x15x7 mm in stainless steel and 22x10x6 mm in black oxide
1 x on storage cover
Through-Axle 12 mm, M12x1, X12 compatible
UDH (Universal Derailleur Hanger)
Postmount 180, max. 203 mm rotors, Front Derailleur not possible, only one by drive trains
29“ up to 2,5“ width (depending on combination of rim and tire)
from 2,1 kg
Weight complete bike
from 11 kg
LAST is a rider-owned bike company from Germany based in the Ruhr area. Led by Jörg Heydt and Jochen Forstmann – both active mountain bikers with long-standing race experience – production and distribution of high-grade frames for mountain bikes started in 2000. The line-up ranges from hardtail and full-suspension frames to complete bikes of different equipment options that can be individually customized. LAST is a house-to-house distributor and offers their customers direct contact with the manufacturer so that there are outstanding possibilities for advice and prompt and competent direct service if need be.
For years now, LAST has been present at all major biking events in Germany and successfully participates in national and international competitions with a racing team. In 2015 LAST team rider Aiko Göhler won the 4X-World Championships riding the TREMONIA frame. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, LAST realized the FASTFORWARD enduro hardtail in 2016. In the same year the next generation enduro full suspension – the COAL – was introduced and got fantastic reviews. The CLAY followed in 2017 and immediately won the trail bike comparison test in the german Freeride Magazine. The 29-inch full-suspension bike GLEN was presented in 2019 and received several „very good“ test results throughout 2019 and 2020. With the introduction of the TARVO began a whole new era in the history of LAST bikes: It weights 2,1 kg – at present the lightest Enduro-frame of the world and made from Carbon fibre, Made in Germany. The TARVO immediately received numerous reviews with top scores.
Riders: Bernd Schachermeier, Jörg Heydt
Photography: Paul Masukowitz
Photo Credit: LAST | Paul Masukowitz