Berria streamlines their Mako cross-country bike with a fully integrated rear shock

Berria Mako cross-country bike wirth a brick wall background
Berria Mako cross-country bike (Image credit: Berria)

Berria has launched the fourth generation of its Mako cross-country mountain bike. The brand's most popular bike has undergone a major overhaul which now sees the shock fully integrated into the frame, optimized kinematics, and new geometry. There's a burlier downcountry spec too.

Inverting the shock and using a trunnion mount within the seat tube is a complete redesign for Berria's Mako lightweight full-suspension mountain bike. Integrated rear shocks aren't anything new and although the Mako will draw quick comparisons to Scott's Spark XC bike, there are other bikes on the market like the Bold Linkin which also house the shock within the frame.

There are plenty of good reasons to integrate the shock within the frame, enclosing the shock within the frame helps keep the shock shielded from mud, dust, and debris and potentially prolong service intervals. Positioning the shock right above the bottom bracket helps center the mass of the bike which is said to improve stability and also frees up front triangle frame space so that you can fit two bottles on all frame sizes.

A man riding the Berria Mako cross-country bike through a forest

Internally mounting the shock will help shield it from dirt and debris (Image credit: Berria)

To help with shock setup and servicing, Berria has marked a shock sag indicator on the linkage and there is a removable cover under the seat tube bottle cage giving access to the shock itself.

The new suspension platform comes with more travel and new kinematics too. The rear end now sports 113mm of travel which Berria says has been optimized for a "better ratio of progressively and regression".

There are two versions now, with the Mako getting an XCO and downcountry options, both bikes use the same monocoque carbon HM2X fiber frame (2,175g, claimed). Berria also has a premium-level Mako BR frame which uses a more sophisticated UHM3X carbon fiber and weighs only 1,875g (claimed).

Berria Mako leaning against a stone wall

The cross-country bike has a 110mm fork, while the DC version gets 130mm up front. (Image credit: Berria)

The XCO and downcountry but are separated by the component build, with the XCO version being specced with a 110mm fork, 760mm wide handlebars, Berria's Tibia seatpost, rims with a 25mm or 28mm internal width, and 2.25in tires. The downcountry-oriented versions feature a 125mm dropper seatpost, 120 or 130mm front suspension travel, four-piston brakes, 780mm handlebars, wider 30mm rims, and 2.35in tires.

Berria has equipped some of the bikes with its own carbon finishing kit, most notably the Tibia seatpost on the cross-country bikes. This is the same seatpost that we rode on the Berria Bravo 7 which is designed to offer up to 14mm of compliance.

As the two bikes use the same frame, it's the added fork travel that influences the differences in geometry. They come in three sizes and have different head angles and seat angles depending on the size you choose. Depending on the frame size the head angle is 76.2 to 65.8 degrees (XCO) or 75.2 to 74.8 degrees (downcountry) and the seat angle is 7 degrees (XCO) or 75 degrees. Reach for a medium XCO is 458mm while the downcountry bike is 10mm shorter. The bottom bracket drop and chainstay length are the same across all sizes, with a 47mm bottom bracket drop and 430mm chainstay on the XCO bike and a 40mm bottom bracket drop and 431mm chainstay on the downcountry bike.

Berria Mako pricing and spec

The Mako range starts at €4,399 and tops out at €7,499 for the LTD version. If you want the BR carbon frame, builds start at €6,899 and it will max out at €8,499. These are prices for the base specs, Berria gives customers the option to upgrade the wheelsets at an additional cost with options from Fulcrum, Mavic, and Bike Ahead.

There are four levels for the Mako DC, with the DC 6 retailing at €4,399 and the DC LTD €7,999 before any wheel upgrades.

Berria Mako 6

Berria Mako 6 cross-country bike

Berria Mako 6 (Image credit: Berria)
  • Frame: Carbon fiber HM2X
  • Fork: RockShox SID Base
  • Shock: RockShox SIDLuxe
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX/XT
  • Brakes: Shimano XT
  • Seatpost: Berria Tibia Flex
  • Wheels 1: Mavic Crossride ID25 25mm
  • Wheels 2: Mavic Crossmax SL S 25mm
  • Wheels 3: Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon 26mm
  • Tires: Vittoria Barzo 2.25in
  • Price: $tbc / £tbc / €4,399

Berria Mako 7

Berria Mako 7 cross-country bike

Berria Mako 7 (Image credit: Berria)
  • Frame: Carbon fiber HM2X
  • Fork: Fox 34 SC Factory
  • Shock: Fox Factory Float DPS 3P
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle, 12sp
  • Brakes: SRAM Level Bronze Stealth
  • Seatpost: Berria Tibia Flex
  • Wheels 1: Mavic Crossride ID25 25mm
  • Wheels 2: Mavic Crossmax SL S 25mm
  • Wheels 3: Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon 26mm
  • Tires: Vittoria Barzo 2.25in
  • Price: $tbc / £tbc / €4,999

Berria Mako 8

Berria Mako 8 cross-country bike

Berria Mako 8 (Image credit: Berria)
  • Frame: Carbon fiber HM2X
  • Fork: RockShox SID Base
  • Shock: RockShox SIDLuxe Ultimate
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX AXS T-Type
  • Brakes: SRAM Level Bronze Stealth
  • Seatpost: Berria Tibia Flex
  • Wheels 1: Mavic Crossride ID25 25mm
  • Wheels 2: Mavic Crossmax SL S 25mm
  • Wheels 3: Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon 26mm
  • Wheels 4: Bike Ahead Bitturbo 28mm
  • Tires: Vittoria Barzo 2.25in
  • Price: $tbc / £tbc / €5,199

Berria Mako 9

Berria Mako 9 cross-country bike

Berria Mako 9 (Image credit: Berria)
  • Frame: Carbon fiber HM2X
  • Fork: Fox 34SC Factory
  • Shock: Fox Factory Float DPS 3P 
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X0 AXS Eagle T-Type
  • Brakes: SRAM Level Bronze Stealth
  • Seatpost: Berria Tibia Flex
  • Wheels 1: Mavic Crossride ID25 25mm
  • Wheels 2: Mavic Crossmax SL S 25mm
  • Wheels 3: Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon 26mm
  • Wheels 4: Bike Ahead Bitturbo 28mm
  • Tires: Vittoria Barzo 2.35in
  • Price: $tbc / £tbc / €5,999

Berria Mako LTD

Berria Mako LTD cross-country bike

Berria Mako LTD (Image credit: Berria)
  • Frame: Carbon fiber HM2X
  • Fork: Fox 34SC Factory
  • Shock: Fox Factory Float DPS 3P
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X0 AXS Eagle T-Type
  • Brakes: SRAM Level Bronze Stealth
  • Seatpost: Berria Tibia Flex
  • Wheels 1: Mavic Crossride ID25 25mm
  • Wheels 2: Mavic Crossmax SL S 25mm
  • Wheels 3: Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon 26mm
  • Wheels 4: Bike Ahead Bitturbo 28mm
  • Tires: Vittoria Barzo 2.35in
  • Price: $tbc / £tbc / €7,499

Berria Mako DC 6

Berria Mako DC 6 cross-country bike

Berria Mako DC 6 (Image credit: Berria)
  • Frame: Carbon fiber HM2X
  • Fork: RockShox SID Base
  • Shock: RockShox SIDLuxe Ultimate
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX/XT 
  • Brakes: SRAM Level G2 RSC
  • Seatpost: TranzX, 125mm
  • Wheels 1: Mavic Crossride 30, 30mm
  • Wheels 2: Mavic Crossmax XL R, 30mm
  • Tires: Vittoria Barzo 2.35in
  • Price: $tbc / £tbc / €4,399

Berria Mako DC 8

Berria Mako DC 8 cross-country bike

Berria Mako DC 8 (Image credit: Berria)
  • Frame: Carbon fiber HM2X
  • Fork: RockShox SID Base
  • Shock: RockShox SIDLuxe Ultimate
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX AXS Eagle T-Type
  • Brakes: SRAM Level G2 RSC
  • Seatpost: Crankbrothers Highline, 125mm
  • Wheels 1: Mavic Crossride 30, 30mm
  • Wheels 2: Mavic Crossmax XL R, 30mm
  • Tires: Vittoria Barzo 2.35in
  • Price: $tbc / £tbc / €5,399

Berria Mako DC 9

Berria Mako DC 9 cross-country bike

Berria Mako DC 9 (Image credit: Berria)
  • Frame: Carbon fiber HM2X
  • Fork: Fox 34 SC Factory
  • Shock: Fox Factory Float DPS 3P
  • Drivetrain: SRAM XO AXS Eagle T-Type
  • Brakes: SRAM Level G2 RSC
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer SL, 125mm
  • Wheels 1: Mavic Crossride 30, 30mm
  • Wheels 2: Mavic Crossmax XL R, 30mm
  • Tires: Vittoria Barzo 2.35in
  • Price: $tbc / £tbc / €6,499

Berria Mako DC LTD

Berria Mako DC LTD cross-country bike

Berria Mako DC LTD (Image credit: Berria)
  • Frame: Carbon fiber HM2X
  • Fork: Fox 34 SC Factory
  • Shock: Fox Factory Float DPS 3P
  • Drivetrain: SRAM XX AXS Eagle T-Type
  • Brakes: SRAM Level G2 Ultimate
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer SL, 125mm 
  • Wheels 1: Fulcrum Red Metal 500 Alloy
  • Wheels 2: Mavic Crossmax XL R, 30mm
  • Tires: Vittoria Barzo 2.35in
  • Price: $tbc / £tbc / €7,999
Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.


Rides: Cotic SolarisMax, Stooge MK4, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg