22″ stalwart, Matt Stahl, has partnered up with Pedal Driven Cycles (PDC) for something special.
The genesis of this collaboration was Matt’s feeling that while many 22″ frame offerings were good, they just didn’t offer exactly what he wanted/needed for his riding style.
So, he approached Big Dave at PDC about designing a park/street oriented 22″ frame…one with a steeper head angle and other geo changes that would be a bit more agile than the dirt-oriented 22s that currently dominate the 22″ market.
A prototype was designed and Stahl and Big Dave rounded up a test crew to test the new frame. That crew consisted of Mad Mike, Ureal Stalling, Tim Timpe, John Wold and Nathan Steere.
The PDC Operator was born.
Two versions were designed: one with a 21.75″ top tube and another, a 22.75″ top tube. (Nathan Steere opted for the shorter one I believe, Matt Stahl the larger option…the other test riders are unknown as of press time)
Two colorways are also available: Claret (burgundy) and a seafoam Green (my personal fav).
The Seaform Green is the “Mad Mike color” and with every purchase of a PDC Operator frame in that color you’ll also receive some custom Steev Inge-designed Mad Mike stickers…nice little incentive there! (Editors note: Satin Black is also an option.)
Testing seemed to go well evidenced by some of the clips coming from the crew:
If this frame piques your interest don’t sleep on it though….the pre-order period for the first batch (which has already been extended once) ends this Friday…hit up PDC now!
We’re all about big setups here, so when we came across this custom build by Pedal Driven Cycles we were stoked!
You’re looking at an American-made 23.5″ top tube, 22″ wheel frame…yowza!
Peep these specs:
- 74.5° head tube
- 71° seat tube
- 23.5 top tube
- 14-14.7″ chain stay
- 12.25 bottom bracket
- 10″ stand over
Definitely a big bike for a big dude.
Built up for Matt Stahl (who has since dubbed it “The Hightower”) this frame probably has got a lot of bigger guys scratching their chins and contemplating going the custom route.
I know it has for me!
Have a peek at it all put together.
Looks so dialed!
*This post is best read with this turned up loud.