Stanton Switchback Ti
Now it might be good fun to bounce around the woods on air or coils but there is something about riding a decent hardtail that is unbeatable. It might be the sliding around or the positive connection between the cranks and back wheel but we love a good hardtail and over the last few years Stanton have produced some belters. We took at look at the new Switchback earlier this year and we are due some wise words from The Butcher soon about that very bike but now there’s a Ti version out and it looks pretty damn good. Here’s the info from Dan the Stanton man…
The Switchback Ti is our ultimate weapon!
The Switchback Ti has been in development for the last 3 years and has been designed for those of us who like to ride trail centres with friends and get wild on the the Black Runs, then go race Gravity Enduro’s and Mini DH on the weekends. The Switchback Ti uses a totally new Tube set, designed to be seriously strong in the right places while keeping the frame weight down to 3.8lbs. We selected a Triple butted 3AL2.5V Ti Top tube and Down tube and our custom drawn triple butted seat tube to minimise lateral flex and keep the bike super snappy. There has been no compromise in producing what we consider the pinnacle of modern hardtail design and in our opinion we think it’s safe to say nothing on the market at the moment feels, looks or rides this good!
The Switchback Ti has our own custom designed CNC swop-outs, select from 12×142, 10×135 and horizontal dropouts to build the frame to your preferred style. The Switchback Ti has a strong geometric influence from its award winning 26″ wheeled brother, the Slackline. The cockpit, bottom bracket height and chainstay length are all from the Slackline and adapted to suit the 27.5 wheel, retaining the snap, acceleration and berm hugging cornering people have come to know and love from Stanton bikes frames.
The Switchback gains it’s independence not only in the tube set and wheel size but its super slack head angle, at 64˚ static (65.75˚ in the sag) with a 140mm fork this frame will have you ripping through the toughest and steepest technical terrain with ease!
We are currently taking preorders/deposits of 50% to secure your frame, the other 50% will be requested before delivery. RRP is £1599 and ETA for the frames is the end of February!
So there you have it, if you are after some a swish looking Ti hardtail then this could be right up your strasse! If you want to get your money down then head over to Stanton Bikes and sign your name.
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