It’s been a little while since I took a look at Stanton bikes which is surprising as they’re well known for their progressive UK designed hardtails. A picture of the latest Titanium Switchback MK II in a recent magazine was enough for me to want to take a closer look though – nu skool hardtail?
Slack-curious? You may well have spotted that mountain bike head angles are getting slacker. Modern ‘enduro’ bikes are headed towards 65 degrees which used to be reserved for full on downhill bikes until just recently. Should you go slack in your new frame or play it safe with some less aggressive angles? Can you even tell the difference
Hans is a fan of titanium frames and has previously gone via Habanero for his fix. This time he wanted to deal direct and approached the big three with his own plans for a disk braked road frame. He dropped me a line early on in the design process to see if I had any
Now, you remember I was promising you a part two of the ‘new skool’ hardtail item? It was all down to Olivier… Olivier, from Switzerland, is a friend of the blog from way back, his Alpine ‘Raw Label’ hardtail was one of the first bikes I featured. He got in touch recently to let me know
The ‘hardcore hardtail’ is making a comeback and this time it’s armed with downhill geometry and the latest full suspension frame features. Hardtail bikes have always proved popular in the UK; they are all you’ll ever need for much of the riding that we do. The relative lack of maintenance compared to a full suspension