It's been a difficult conception for the Identiti Mettle but at Core Bike this week it's finally been released.

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identiti-mettle-grey-4

Around this time last year the only prototype in the UK was stolen. This pushed back testing and development however, always looking on the bright side, designer Pat Campbell-Jenner was actually quite glad of the media train that developed on the back of it.

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identiti-mettle-grey-3

12 months later and the final bike is here. With Michael Bonney of Orange fame helping out on the design you can be sure it will be a classic British full suss. Pat and Michael have clearly kept UK slop in mind with lots of clearance and sealed bearings throughout.

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identiti-mettle-2

Michael's inside nous on the industry allowed the pair to get ahead of the curve on metric shocks, which Identiti claims will give competent pedalling characteristics to go with its hopefully ferocious descending.

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identiti-mettle-grey-2

At the moment you're looking at a frame only package combined with a RockShox Deluxe RT3. It's worth saying the version pictured here won't quite be the final version, but there will only be minor details, like the colour of some bolts, that will be different.

Here's the key info from Identiti

Identiti Mettle key points

27.5" Wheels - Plenty of mud clearance - We live in the UK...

160mm Travel - 4 bar linkage with 8 large sealed bearings.

Metric Shock - The new frontier in shock technology.

Boost wheel spacing - 148mm rear axle spacing taking advantage of optimised main pivot bearing width. Supplied with Syntace rear axle.

Progressive suspension - 15% ending stroke progression for extra support.

Modern sizing - Our sizing is bigger than you'd expect.

Tapered headtube - Zero stack headset, 44mm upper, 56mm lower.

Low Standover - Lower top tubes, more room for your valuables.

Threaded Bottom Bracket - Simple, easy to maintain. Here for good.

150mm+ Dropper Compatible - Room for longer dropper posts.

ISCG 05 Chain Guide tabs

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