Steve's Signature Hard Tail MTB

This is the first of the the signature hard tail models to roll out of the workshop.  As with the signature road model these are all made to measure and the geometry gets tweaked for each individual rider but the overall ride experience remains constant: In this case an aggressive 650b hard tail with a skack head angle, long front centre, short travel (yes I did mean that, read on!), low BB and a short rear centre. Built to shred.

I'm no racer when I leave the tarmac and I like to leave the poker face on the road; for me a mountain bike is all about having a massive grin on my face, the whole time! This frame is designed with exactly that in mind: It always wants more speed, more fun. Like all good riding buddies it might laugh at you when you get things wrong but it will push you to try new things and really reward you when you get it right!

We all know that a slack head angle is great when you point the nose downhill but I've often been frustrated with how some aggressive hard tails seem to let you down right at the critical moment. The key here is in the relitavely short 120mm travel which ensures that the steering geometry remains pretty much constant thought the travel range rather than steepening the head angle towards the limit of the range. As long as the fork is set up appropriately to provide a more progressive response than is common to many longer travel forks the reduced travel is not an issue when riding because of the consistent, predictable handling.

The long front centre not only helps with keeping your weight in the right place when going down hill but also helps keep you on track when on the up. In combination with the short chainstays it also helps give you plenty of scope to shift your weight around across a large portion of the wheelbase. 

The short chainstays and low bottom bracket make cornering sharp, snappy and exciting. Just as it should be.

The frame is constructed using steel tubing from Reynolds, Columbus and Deda. It features full internal cable routing for rear brake, rear derailleur and stealth dropper post. The bracing tube at the front end of the bike replaces the traditional gusset that would be placed below the down tube: This is a concept borrowed from motorbikes and a really nice way to reenforce the structure whilst keeping the tube spacing on the head tube as wide as possible.

This one is another relitavely local build so I am really looking forward to catching a glimpse of it out on the mountains this summer.