Tell us about the suspension design, your brand philosophy and who the bike is designed for? Where does it excel?
The suspension design (to the un-trained eye) simply looks like a linkage-driven high single pivot. And that is technically correct, but it achieves WAY MORE than what is believed to be possible with that design. First and foremost, it achieves 100% anti-squat at sag in every single gear. To the best of my knowledge, no other rear derailleur driven high pivot bike has achieved this yet. And it does this with very high levels of stability of the anti-squat meaning regardless of your sag setting and where you are at in the travel it will still pedal like a rocket ship! It also achieves 100% anti-rise at sag which means the bike’s geometry doesn’t get upset under braking. It is just planted and doesn’t require the rider to shift their weight far back or forwards in order to achieve balance while braking. The other big thing is drivetrain efficiency. The forwards orientation of the idler and larger 22-tooth size really helps make the drivetrain much smoother, quieter, more durable, and efficient than all other rear derailleur driven high-pivot bikes with an idler. The leverage ratio and axle path also makes this bike incredibly smooth in the rough and it carries speed extremely well. Better than any other bike I’ve ever ridden and who doesn’t want free speed?
As for brand philosophy…I’m not yet a brand, but my goal is to make the fastest bikes possible for their intended use. They won’t appeal to everybody, but people who want the most performance from their bikes and love to ride hard on proper trails will love what I make. For me fast is fun, so it will also be a very fun bike to ride. They will be very durable, good looking, well thought out and engineered, and incredibly easy to work on. Overall I want to make bikes that are designed to last and are well worth the money spent. Not some seemingly disposable over-priced thing made overseas.
When do you foresee these being available for purchase?
Right now I am riding the first steel prototype to test out the suspension design, learn from it, and see what specific changes I want to make for the next one. The second prototype of the bike will be made out of aluminum and be a lot closer to what the production bike might be. I am aiming to have the second prototype ready to ride sometime in the fall of this year. If it rides like the dream bike I believe it to be, then it will be time to discuss lab testing, field testing, and future small batch production. I don’t want to put a date on when these would be available just yet, but I can say that when they are, they will be very high-quality and made in the U.S. It will be well worth the wait!
We’d like to thank Evan for reaching out and sharing his unique bike and story with us. As his project develops we’ll continue to follow along and update you all.