The Mega 290 Factory is a half-half affair, with the main frame being made from carbon fiber composite and the chain stay, seat stay and link being made from aluminium.
Those chain stays and seat stays are skinny in their width, which does go towards keeping the rear of the bike more out of the way of your feet and legs. There’s a double shear connection at the Horst pivot, with the chain stay wrapping round both sides of the drop out part.
It is possible to run a water bottle on the Mega, but it’s under the down tube and right in the firing line of rocks and all manner of things you don’t want covering your bottle.
The frame is heavily covered in protection. There’s thick rubber chain stay and seat stay protectors silencing chain slap, and a large down tube protector right on the belly of the tube. The rest of the frame has clear protection over the vital wear points which should help the paint underneath looking good for years to come. Not something than all manufacturers do.
There’s internal cable routing on the main frame, with a mix of push in rubber grommets and bolt in parts. Up near the head tube, where the cables enter the frame, they’re cable tied to the plastic bolt in part to help secure them and, along with the foam tubes over all the internal cables, reduce rattling.
It’s all external routing on the rear of the bike, with the cables running smoothly down the seat stays. It does put the gear cable in the firing line of the chain though. It’s also possible to run a remote lockout for the shock through the main frame. When not desired, the hole is plugged up with a small rubber piece.
The Mega frame uses a 160mm post mount rear brake and uses a standard adapter to increase the size up to its specced 183mm. There’s a threaded bottom bracket and standard size zero-stack headset allowing you to fit your own choice or even play with the angles or reach if you desire. Boost hub spacing and a 31.6mm diameter seat post round out the bike that just uses all the most common standards to make it easy to work on and find parts for.
Overall, the Mega now looks a lot more angled and edgy than its predecessors, and in my eyes is a good-looking bike, although that’s all subjective. But the bike design definitely seems to keep function in mind and doesn’t employ crazy sharp design lines or kinks right where you’re likely to bump into it with your legs or body.