Spectre MTB Prototype

I met the owner of the Danish Spectre bike company whilst working in Lanzarote. We got talking and it
conspired that we were both thinking about designing the same type of mountain bike frame - that is, one
designed around a rigid fork, since almost all current frames are designed for 100mm travel suspension forks,
which is no good for the few of us who prefer a rigid setup. So I went away and drew up the geometry I was
thinking of, and a couple of months later we had prototype frames back from Taiwan! The frame is aluminium,
with a carbon seatstay and fork. It has an oxidised finish which is pretty much scratch proof. It now needs
some serious testing to check the geometry and handling, but it looks pretty good at least!

Update: I've now been riding the bike all season, and it is simply supberb. The handling is fantastic - there is
nothing faster on technical singletrack, and it is incredibly well planted and balanced. My first competitive outing
on it was the Bristol 12hr, in which I won the solo category by a large margin. Hopefully the production version
will be teste by Singletrack magazine soon!

Racing cross country.


Frame: Spectre aluminium/carbon
Fork: Spectre carbon
Headset: Cane Creek hidden
Seatpost: American Classic
Saddle: Spectre titanium
Stem: Spectre aluminium, 120mm
Handlebars: Pazzaz carbon
Brake/Shift Levers: SRAM 7.0/X.7 gripshift
Front Brake: Shimano XTR V-brake
Rear Brake: Shimano XTR V-brake
Bottom Bracket: Token Scandium ISIS
Chainset: Middleburn RS7 Duo 29/44, 170mm
Pedals: Shimano M540
Chain: SRAM PC69
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur: SRAM 7.0
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11-32 9spd
Front Wheel: American Classic custom
Rear Wheel: American Classic custom
Tyres: Continental Explore/Twister Supersonic, with Stan's NoTubes
Wheel skewers: American Classic
Bottle cages: Spectre carbon fibre
Accessories: n/a
Computer: n/a

Weight: 19.0lbs