French brand, Marshal Racing, recently released the evolution of their aluminium race frame, the 2023 Punisher V2! The 6061 T6 alloy frame, designed in their Las Vegas offices, is visually unique in the alloy frame world in that it they have invested the time and effort to ‘polish’ all the welds until smooth. The result is an alloy frame that visually resembles a carbon design, at least at first glance.
Coming in at €960.00, not including forks, the Punisher V2 is approaching carbon frame territory, although it does come equipped with a press fit Legion bottom bracket with high-end ceramic bearings.
The frame features the enclosed dropouts that we have become accustomed to in the age of disc brakes. The ‘DRS’ rail system in the drop-outs allow different modules to attach to the dropout, such as a GoPro mount or the new Marshal chain tensioner. The tensioner, not unlike the versions we see on a few other brands, allows you to place the rear wheel exactly were you want it in the approximately 40mm travel available without having to worry about chain links. The chain tensioner, not included with the frame will cost you €135.00.
Marshall tout the Punisher V2 as one of the stiffest on the market today, mainly due to the rear ‘reinforcement plate’ on the upper rear stays behind the seat tube, and the new ‘big base’ seat tube design. Marshall are also proud of the frames unique geometry, which they say is the ‘flattest geometry on the market, lowering its gravity center and providing greater rigidity and responsiveness’.
Overall, we think Marshal Racing have an interesting proposition here … we’d love to see a polished version of the design to really appreciated those weld finishes …
The frame due to be available at the end of July 2023.
Marshal Racing Punisher V2 Pro XL frame – Pumpkin
Marshal Racing Black Diamond Carbon Forks
Legion Oversized Stem 57mm
Marshal Racing Supercross Carbon Wheelset
(Black Stretched Sapim Spokes with Polyax Nipples)
Marshal Racing 2023 Chain Tensioner
Beringer Crankset 177.5mm
Total Weight 8.6 kg