Imagine a world where trail centres were laughed at, technology never happened, and Charlie Kelly was president of the USA. Well that parallel universe has a bike and its called the Speedball. It’s built for long days in the mountain, dusty skids at 40mph and kicking the arse of many a wimpy suspension bike. Yep, the Speedball is my new 29er monster-rig designed for pretty much anything. Its a dreambike formed from my memories of a time gone by – the first picture i ever saw of a Breezer in the Californian hills with dudes in plaid and denim, SE Racing back in the early 80s, the DP factory a whole load closer to home. Its DNA certainly has a bit of Klunker to it, but to pigeonhole it doesn’t really do it justice, this bike is designed to excel at long days out but is also totally handy on the ragged edge. You can run anything from 29×2.4 through to 29×3.00 with ample clearance for all eventualities, and in all truth you won’t believe how agile a 29+ bike can be, it rails the corners like a trail bike, and that’s because it kinda is one. Triple top tubes, triple cage mount on the downtube, truss fork, fabulous handling, and it looks cool as a cucumber depending on where you sit.
Here’s a few details: One size only – 597mm ETT 18″ seat tube, but builds big, it’ll be good for anyone between 5’8 and 6’1. 27.2 post. 142×12 and 100×15 with optional single speed or hub gear dropouts for 135QR. Eccentric bottom bracket included, 2 x thru axles included. Clearance for 3″ rubber on a 45mm rim on the rear, 3.25″ on the front. Much like the Colonel’s chicken, the geometry is a very closely guarded secret, but if you ask i’ll tell you.