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.