Stooge framesets are designed with one thing in mind, FUN, in big letters. The sweetest handling, comfort, and an insane ability to ride fast and furious over the roughest terrain without the aid of suspension are all key to the Stooge mission. I want my frames to be affordable and inspirational, I want them to change the way you ride for the better. Above all though, I want you to be blown away by how well a rigid mountain bike can ride.
Steel MK3 B+/29er
Now in its third generation, the eponomously titled 'Stooge' is where it all begins. Available in 2 sizes (18 and 20), the Stooge runs with slack and low geometry and is designed around a large offset rigid fork. Equally at home running B+ wheels and tyres or a 29+/29x2.4 combo, the handling is sweet and intuitive – singlespeed hack, all mountain trail bike, bikepacking rig – it does it all. Manufactured from aircraft grade 4130 chromoly by Taiwan’s most respected frame builder, the frame features an EBB for foolproof chain tensioning and geometry adjustment.
Stooge Speedball 29+
The Speedball is my idea of the perfect '1 bike to rule them all'. Featuring 29+ tyres its a fast rolling phantasm of holy goodness. You can bag it up and ride off into the sunset. You can strip it down and hit the MX track and mix it with the big boys. There's Klunker DNA in here and Stooge DNA too, it handles beautifully, goes like stink and makes you reasses how agile a big wheeled bike can be. Available in steel and titanium.
The titanium 650B+ frameset is designed to be used with 27.5x3.00 tyres or regular 29er wheelsets. The chainstay is the shortest at 17” and the ride and handling are sublime. This bike loves the tight, twisty stuff but is incredibly comfortable and stable when the road opens out. Like all our framesets it features a slack 69 degree head-angle and 55mm offset forks for unparalleled agility.
Both the upcoming MK4 and the steel Speedball are only available in 1 size, however, they have been designed in such a way that a much wider spectrum of riders can be accommodated on each platform. The headtubes are much taller than the norm, the idea being that on a rigid bike such a setup provides less punishment and more control, the rider’s weight being much further back in the mix. A welcome side-effect of this is that size range increases greatly, for example, if you are 6’2 you could easily fit the 18" with a Thomson layback post, 30 mm of headset spacers and an 80mm stem. At the other end of the scale, run a 50mm stem with minimal spacers and a straight post and the cockpit is vastly decreased, and should be suitable for someone 5’6. If you have any queries regarding sizing, please contact me. I’m happy to try you on a bike and get the fit dialled before you make a purchase.
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|Top tube (effective)||MK4 625mm||Speedball 597mm (24.8)|
|Seat tube length c-c||457.2mm||457.2mm|
|Seat post angle||72°||72|
|Bottom bracket shell||73mm||73mm|