June 3, 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.