Wednesday, June 03, 2015

When the weird turn pro...

With apologies to Hunter S.  Sam is pretty small in stature. 4'10", to be exact. She wanted a bike that could, as much as possible, do it all (ie XC, trail/enduro, maybe even huck?)

If you go more compact, the seatstays hit the collar!

Even with 26" wheels, 100mm travel was pushing standover too high for comfort... until we went old school (props to Cannondale) and threw the usual front triangle configuration out the window. We also got one of the excellent new Syntace Flatforce stems (*excellent* for folks struggling with handlebar height) Result? Plenty of standover, 100+mm travel, and an appropriate geometry for someone on the short side.

415mm chainstays. Eat your hearts out, tall people.
Here's the print:

Flatforce stem gets the bars level, not shown here.


Anonymous said...

For some reason, the appearance of the top and (beefy!) down tubes crossing each other is bad ass! The references to "old school" and Cannondale make me think Headshok. Is that right?

Walt said...

I was just referring to the old C'dale super-V bikes that used a single massive downtube and no toptube at all. No headshok here, they actually cause a lot of trouble for small riders because of the long shock/steerer (and consequent long head tube). So not quite as weird as you were hoping, maybe - just a boring Fox fork on this bike!

Anonymous said...

Does this mean a 41cm stay 650b 100 or 120mm double squish with 2.35s is not possible?

Walt said...

Not at all, that's totally doable - but I would need to bend the seat tube and move the main pivot a bit. In this case we were limited by seatpost insertion/saddle height issues so the seat tube had to be straight.

Adam M. said...

S&M Sabbath! Brought back memories of my good ol BMX days in the late 90's early 2000's. Looks rad!