I'm now a hardtail rider. "Aggressive Trail Riding" would be best to describe what I ride. Been on steel frames from smaller co.'s for years.
Getting a little older and looking to maybe go full sus. in the future.
You might have seen my post. (Any small builders using single pivot designs?)
I know that there's PLENTY of good frames/companies out there. But, I was looking someone working with steel. (Hey, I've just always been a steel frame kind of guy.) I don't need "bling" and I usually look toward durability over weight. (Think: Rhino Lite's over "race rims", etc.) That, and I just like the look of steel frames. Hmmm, shortest chainstays possible....my current frame an Eastern Woods Research Woods Bike frame has 15.9" in the chainstays. I know that I won't find anything that short per most full sus. design limitations. But, I thought that I could get someone to do, say, a Cannondale Rush rear swingarm (16.6" CS) on a steel front triangle.
Just like riding something unique. Plus, I just don't need 6+" of travel for my trailriding like most "All mountain" stuff out there.
SO...Came across the SWD blip in the "Handmade" section of Bike. He works in steel, has a single pivot design philosophy, will do his one design in anything from 4-6" of travel, and he's a short guy. (I'm 5' 6" but I've always been a TERRIBLE fit on most bikes as I have a LONG torso and SHORT legs....my inseam is like a 28"...cursed with that, "stocky" build.)
So...enough babble from me.
Appreciate any comments....
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