February 14, 2017

The ST-R 29 – our versatile, durable, rugged, steel is real frameset!

Yes, it’s coming back – and soon.

After a 3 year hiatus we decided to re-look at the 29er Steel Hardtail segment – with fond memories of the original Reynolds 530 tubed and Tange sliding dropout model, it was inevitable that we would need to update the design to suit the modern riding styles and trends if we wanted to re-create this modern. Changes in geometry and components meant we had to start afresh!

Whilst the original frame was done at a time when an 80mm travel suspension fork was still an option and tyres were in the 1.95 to 2.1 size for 29ers we needed to literally go back to a clean sheet of paper for V2.0.


The original ST-R 29 Frame

The new ST-R 29 V2.0 ( just for reference purposes ) will see some serious updates that include:

  • Taiwan Double Butted Chromoly Tubing
  • 31.6mm Seatpost Diameter – so you can fit a Dropper Seatpost
  • Slacker geometry across all sizes
  • Longer toptube lengths across all sizes
  • Increased tyre clearance to allow for more popular 2.25 to 2.35 size 29er tyres – more traction and comfort!
  • Proper Taper Headtube with 44mm / 56mm semi-integrated headset ( note: you can still fit a straight steerer fork via a reducer at the bottom cup/race )
  • Update to a 142 x 12 rear thru-axle dropout ( note: Sram Maxle / 1.75 thread ) – this would allow guys building up bikes from ” spare wheels” to re-use or convert what they have instead of investing in a brand new 148 Boost Wheelset ( we want to keep these bikes as affordable as possible! )

Some of the ideas behind the new design is that the frame is suitable for both long distance touring/marathon as a 29er single speed/rigid fork but then also ideal for slacker/trail-ly builds with a 120mm suspension fork and wider rims/tyres for aggressive trail riding. It would work for just about everything in-between too! you get the idea?

Whilst the new frame no longer makes use of Reynolds 530 tubing ( produced in Taiwan ) the new tubeset features a Taiwan Double Butted Chromoly tubeset that is not only lighter but also features more extensive butting than the original Reynolds option. One of the big changes was the introduction of a 34.9mm seat tube ( allowing a 31.6mm seatpost ) which visually makes the frame look alot more ” durable” whilst also making the addition of a Dropper Seatpost ( with internal cable routing as standard option ) a reality – something we believe will become more and more prevalent on all Mountain Bikes!!!

We’re finalising a few things on the final frame drawings as well as wrapping up the designs for artwork/paint – if all goes well we hope to have stock of the new ST-R frames around July 2017. Details and final pricing will be released nearer the time.