This is the new stuff

Oh man, it’s that time of year….

Bike companies are rolling out that new stuff. Shedding the skin* of the previous year’s lineup and getting hyped for the new model year.

Stolen’s updated their popular Spade complete with an appropriately trail-sy colorway.

Subrosa’s upsized their 22″ Malum complete bike from 21.5 top tube to one that is 22″. The raw with a hint of orange anno is super nice too.

 

DK’s back with the iconic 22″ General Lee in two colorways: the iconic orange Duke Boys orange and the Maximum Steel colorway,which sounds a bit like an 80s metal band, but is actually has nice blue/grey finish. The Maximum Steel is a limited run situation so don’t sleep on it if strikes your fancy.

 

Speaking of limited runs, FBM is also doing a run of their beauty 22″ Steadfast frames.…this time in two sizes: 22 3/4″ and 22″ top tube lengths. You can get these in one of three colorways: Sunburst, Tundra Green, Trans Brown.

 

Finally, Big Dave over at PDC collaborated with rider Matt Stahl to develop the 22″ Operator frame. Featuring a steeper head tube and more responsive geometry (than most trailsy 22″ frames). Matt, along with a bunch of other volunteer testers, are currently riding the prototypes and making final recommendations before it goes on the market. It looks real good though.

More on that in a followup post.

 

 

*I guess I got an a bit of a Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” kick there…

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FBM updates the 22″ Steadfast

FBM‘s scaled up 22″ Steadfast frame is getting some updates to make it even more dialed in for the trails.

New for this run, an increased headtube height (from 120mm to 127mm), a limited edition FBM 25th Anniversary head tube badge, and some snazzy new colors.

Here’s a how the specs/geo breaks down:

  • Top Tube Length: 21-3/4″
  • Heat Tube Angle: 74.25 degrees
  • Head Tube Height: 127mm ( Taller for 2018 )
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12-1/8″
  • Seat Tube Angle: 71 degrees
  • Rear End Length: 14-1/8″ (slammed)
  • Stand Over Height: 9-3/8″

 

In terms of colors, you have the choice of:

  • Ocean
  • Dark Butterscotch

  • Trans Brown

Hard to go wrong with one of these frames.

Check out the FBM pre-order link before they’re gone.

 

Pictures: FBM