November 28, 2015

Giff’s Switch-hitter

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Ready for powdercoat

I’m a big fan of bikes that can do multiple things – and this one is a doozy. In no particular order:

-27.5+ x 5″ travel.

-29″ x 5″ travel

-29+ x 4″ travel

-27.5 x 6″ travel

-Wacky combos of wheel sizes front/rear (ok, we’re pushing it here…)


Long story short, thanks to the adjustable/rocker dropouts and the ability to swap rockers and forks around (cost is about $120 for new rockers) this is about 4 bikes in one.

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Where it all comes together.

The adjustable dropouts on a full suspension bike thing might seem a little silly, but it’s actually pretty great for folks who want to keep lots of options open like this (as well as experiment with chainstay length).

Geometry here is pretty much XC (but rocker/fork changes can make it do a lot of different things, as mentioned earlier). 69 HTA, 42.5cm chainstays, 63cm ETT – and built with all Supertherm, because Giff is a big guy and being a weight weenie is dumb if you are into big fat plus tires and riding hard. Every aspect of this frame is beefy/heavy, and the DBinline shock and rocker dropouts add on too – it’s an 8# frame when all is said and done. But it’ll shred like crazy and not fall apart!

It’s worth noting that you could *really* go nuts and do a rear end that would fit a true fatbike tire, and then you could do like 10 combinations on one frame…

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11 Comments on “Giff’s Switch-hitter

November 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Seriously cannot wait to build this up and hit the trails here in CO!!

Eric Wever
November 29, 2015 at 5:46 pm
November 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm

That looks like a fun ride! Where can I purchase the suspension rocker arms? Thanks

November 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm

You can get them from Ventana for about $120.

December 1, 2015 at 6:44 am

really interested in that yolk . where do you get those ?

December 1, 2015 at 7:33 am

I make them. BTW, “yoke”. Yolk is what’s in an egg!

December 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm

any chance you have a yoke for sale ?

December 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Shoot me an email. I can at least get you squared away on what you need.

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February 3, 2016 at 10:58 am

Are those numbers w/ sag or unsprung?

February 3, 2016 at 11:05 am

Those are unsprung numbers.

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