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The NE29R is designed to be a highly maneuverable bike with all of the benefits of a 29 inch wheel and none of the drawbacks.

Your ride is about to become awesome.

A bike is just nine pieces of tubing until they are skillfully cut and precisely welded by someone with years of fabrication experience and a passion for bicycling. In the woods, your bike doesn't care if you are riding at your best or if you are having a bad day. Your bike doesn't care if you just nailed that technical descent or went over the bars trying. No bike will magically take you from a beginner to a professional mountain biker, but it should be there for your journey, no matter where it leads. Every time you hit the trails your bike will be sure to dive into the turns, climb like a mountain goat, and absolutely tear up the single track. Your NEXT bike is the NE29R.

NE29R Prototype
NE29R Prototype

What makes the NE29R unique?

Inspired by the extremely technical trails of New England, the NE29R is designed to remedy the lack of maneuverability and sluggish feel associated with most 29 inch mountain bikes. The NE29R frame is a versatile and efficient platform featuring shorter chain stays, a higher bottom bracket and tighter handling geometry than other 29ers.

Engineered with a 44mm head tube, the NE29R can be built with a variety of forks, including tapered steerer suspension and rigid forks.

NE29R Prototype
NE29R Prototype
NE29R Prototype
NE29R Prototype

What's changing?

From prototype to production:

The NE29R has been through three revisions and nearly a year of testing since the first concept. The most important part of the prototyping was to perfect the geometry.

The changes from prototype to production will include a rolled seat tube which will replace the forward offset set tube found on the current version prototype, and a 44mm head tube (which was omitted from the prototype frame to keep costs down). The benefits to a rolled seat tube include:

  • No changes in seat tube geometry.
  • Removing an unnecessary gusset, and reducing frame weight.
  • Allowing the use of a lighter down tube because it is no longer supporting the seat tube. This also reduces frame weight.
  • A cleaner look.
The first batch of rolled seat tubes for the production NE29R's.
The first batch of rolled seat tubes for the production NE29R's.

NE29R Geometry

NE29R Regular Geometry
NE29R Regular Geometry
NE29R Long Geometry
NE29R Long Geometry

NE29R Sizing

Riders ranging in height from 5' 5" to 6' 0" can comfortably ride a "Regular" sized NE29R. To accommodate this range of riders stem lengths from 70-110mm have been offered. This allows the rider to find the perfect combination of seated and standing riding without the long sluggish feeling of other 29ers.

For taller riders, or if you prefer the feel of a longer bike, the NE29R is available in a "Long" which lengthens the frame’s cockpit by 2".

NE29R Frame and Complete Bicycle Specs

NE29R Frame:

The NE29R frame is just one in a handful of production 29 inch mountain bike frames that are built in the United States. All tubing and materials that make up a NE29R frame are made in the United States.

Features:

  • 44mm head tube for fork versatility
  • 410mm chain stays for increased maneuverability
  • Higher bottom bracket for more ground clearance and more lively feel

NE29R X7:

  • Fork: Surly Karate Monkey or RockShox Recon Gold
  • Crankset: FSA V-Drive Hollow SS
  • Derailleur: SRAM X.7 Short Cage
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-1030 11-36
  • Chain: SRAM PC-1031
  • Brakes: Avid Elixir 1 160mm
  • Shifter: SRAM X.7
  • Hubs: SRAM 406
  • Rims: WTB FX28
  • Headset: FSA Orbit Z
  • Seat post: FSA SL280 420mm
  • Handlebar: FSA Comet 740mm x 18mm
  • Stem: FSA OS-190
  • Saddle: WTB Rocket V Comp
  • Tires: Schwalbe Rapid Rob 2.25

NE29R X9:

  • Fork: Whisky 7 Carbon or RockShox Reba RLT 15mm
  • Crankset: FSA V-Drive Hollow SS
  • Derailleur: SRAM X.9 Type 2 Short Cage
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-1050 11-36
  • Chain: SRAM PC-1051
  • Brakes: Avid Elixir 5 180mm
  • Shifter: SRAM X.9
  • Hubs: SRAM X.9
  • Rims: WTB LaserDisc Trail
  • Headset: FSA Orbit Z
  • Seat post: Thomson Elite 410mm
  • Handlebar: Thomson 780mm x 12mm
  • Stem: Thomson X4
  • Saddle: WTB Rocket V Comp
  • Tires: Schwalbe Rapid Rob 2.25
NE29R Prototype
NE29R Prototype

About RCP Fabrication:

RCP Fabrication is located in Southington, CT and manufacturers handmade custom and production bicycles using 4130 chromoly. RCP Fabrication is owned and backed by Ryan Pelletier who has over 10 years of welding and fabrication experience, and 3 years of custom bicycle frame building experience.

Every frame is precisely jigged to assure perfect geometry.
Every frame is precisely jigged to assure perfect geometry.
Every tube miter is machine cut assuring gap free fit-up.
Every tube miter is machine cut assuring gap free fit-up.
State of the art fixturing equipment allows for the use of the most recent ISO and post style brake mounts in any rotor size.
State of the art fixturing equipment allows for the use of the most recent ISO and post style brake mounts in any rotor size.
Perfect miter fit-up and years of TIG welding experience comes together for exceptional weld appearance, quality, and strength.
Perfect miter fit-up and years of TIG welding experience comes together for exceptional weld appearance, quality, and strength.
Even the smallest details on every frame receive the same quality of fabrication ensuring perfection and uniformity.
Even the smallest details on every frame receive the same quality of fabrication ensuring perfection and uniformity.

Over the years, RCP Fabrication has fabricated numerous custom mountain, road, and trials frames. RCP Fabrication frames can be found all across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

A single speed trail shredding machine, built from Reynolds 853 tubing.
A single speed trail shredding machine, built from Reynolds 853 tubing.
A 29er built for Flordia's trails.
A 29er built for Flordia's trails.
An all mountain 26" hardtail.
An all mountain 26" hardtail.
A new spin on an old suspension road bike design.
A new spin on an old suspension road bike design.
A classic Fixed Gear.
A classic Fixed Gear.
This road bike was built and raffled for breast cancer research.
This road bike was built and raffled for breast cancer research.
A Mod Trials bike.
A Mod Trials bike.
A 26" Stock Trials bike.
A 26" Stock Trials bike.

Why a Kickstarter?

The NE29R project has been in the works for some time, and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Kickstarter is the perfect platform to get the NE29R into production as quickly as possible. If you choose to donate, you will have the opportunity to purchase a NE29R frame or complete bike at a special Kickstarter price, and be one of the first to own and ride one of these awesome bikes before they hit showroom floors.

Rewards:

1. Please be sure to include your email address. You will be contacted at the end of the project to confirm any clothing sizes or other options.

2. For any questions please email me at rcpfab@gmail.com

Update:

10/24/2012

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Like all handmade products, one of the biggest challenges is meeting demand. RCP Fabrication produces only the highest quality bicycles and bicycle frames, and settles for nothing less than perfection. RCP Fabrication relies on multiple vendors to supply us with production materials, and to paint the frames. Occasionally, hiccups happen and build time is delayed. If funded, RCP Fabrication will focus all of its attention on fulfilling all rewards as quickly as possible. We will keep you up to date on the status of the rewards and will notify you as soon as possible if any delays occur. RCP Fabrication can be reached at rcpfab@gmail.com. Please fee free to contact us with any concerns.

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  • Yes! The NE29R will be available in at least 3 sizes to dealers during to 2013 year. The first production run will only be available in "Regular" and "Long".

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