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Hardcore Handmade Hardtail Mountain Bike Frame.

Slack, stable, handmade, steel, super-steed. Goes up as well as it goes down. 27.5+ and 29 compatible. Straight up GNAR.

Hardcore Handmade Hardtail Mountain Bike Frame.

Slack, stable, handmade, steel, super-steed. Goes up as well as it goes down. 27.5+ and 29 compatible. Straight up GNAR.

pledged of £16,000pledged of £16,000 goal
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 29 2017 4:05 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 2, 2017

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Jordan and Tim have been riding for a long time. We have ridden loads of bikes, from BMX to DH, road to beach cruiser, Chopper to a Penny Farthing. 

But one thing always stood out. They didn't always feel exactly right.

There was always something from another bike we preferred.

We decided to throw away the rule book and start thinking a little outside the box - what would happen if you designed a bike, not entirely following conventional logic?

The result is THE GNARCISSIST.

The Gnarcissist
The Gnarcissist

Super slack, super long, but with an amazing stand-over and a good reach. Still playful, whippable, railable; still able to smash single track, enduro races or bike parks. But is insanely stable, pedals incredibly well and once you've had 10 minutes with it; feels like a second home.

Why The Geometry?

Long, slack and insanely fun
Long, slack and insanely fun

Through trail and error (geddit!? ok, poor joke), we have finally found a bike that is better than what we could buy off the shelf. 

Looking at the geo on paper, logically speaking, it shouldn't climb well; but it's a hardtail with a steep seat tube angle, the bike is long and planted so actually it does. The steering is slower on the uphills due to the slack head angle than you typically may ride, but really when was the last time you had to react fast on an uphill? "Watch out for that tree, bro!"

Its not made for Olympic XC races, it's really not, but to shuttle runs at a bike park or enduro events? Its got you. Ripping single track? It's got you. Boosting A-Line whips? It's got you. Coming off line in a rock garden, in the wet, in Wales on a Sunday? You guessed it, it's got you.

Why Steel?

Built to last, not just for one season
Built to last, not just for one season

From Tim's colourful BMX background, to Jordans deep love of classic steel DH bikes; it had to be steel. 

Reynolds 853 DZB (that's double-zone butted) is ludicrously strong, allowing for a smaller wall thickness on the tubing. This leads to a surprisingly light and nimble hardtail chassis. 

Not as light as Aluminum or Carbon, sure, but a big breakfasts worth of grams more, for a bike that will outlast you. How heavy exactly? Our fully built prototype weighs in at 29lbs (that's 13kilos in non-bike language) and we haven't been weight conscious with the parts we specced on the build.

We were a bit tired of the now disposable nature of every one of the lighter carbon and some aluminum bikes. 

Replace every season? An £8000 bike? Nah.

853 gets stronger at the welds. You don't need gussets, so the look is clean and elegant despite being a real monster. Ok, we admit we stuck a little gusset on the TT, but hey, you can't every have something too strong now, can you?

Why 29?

BMW 3 Series for scale
BMW 3 Series for scale

 

We hated 29" wheels, we really really did. My first encounter with them was a disaster, getting my toe caught on a massive front wheel on a Kona Unit 29" test ride (clipped in). 

Tim was just about ready to scream at the unholy wagon wheels. 

Then I rode a 29" Norco Sight. The first couple of minutes were nothing to write home about, all in all it felt a bit stiff and a bit boring. But I was a lot faster than my mates suddenly. 

When I got back on my 26", I suddenly felt a bit slow and clunky.

We had a feeling with the right geometry and a long wheelbase, we could help the 29er hardtail come of age and shed it's growing pains. 

When we built up Tim's prototype we had a set of 650b+ and 29 wheels. At his protest I still put them on. I think he rode it for about 20 minutes till he realized he'd been had. Would he let anyone put 650b back on it now? He'd rather cut his hair off (he has a very special relationship with his hair. Don't ask).

Of course, you have to ride it to tell but they are brilliant. Super-fast rolling and stable in the air. When you land from jumps you actually gain speed.

The fun part. What do you get? 

So, firstly the frame:

The steel wonder-machine
The steel wonder-machine

The first 20 will get one Sick Bicycle Co Gnarcissist frame, in Reynolds 853 DZB steel, hand-made in the UK for a massive discount. The production bike will be the same as what you see in the photo above, except the bike will be TIG welded. This is purely to keep the costs down for you guys and girls. Brazing is a very long process and offers no gains other than being gold. These are £750 for the first 10, and £850 for the second 10. 

They will come with a super tough black powder coat (stay tuned for some rad colour-related stretch goals!)

There are an additional, unlimited number of frames being offered for £900 - this is still a discount over the production bike. So grab a bargain.

Next are the wearables.

We don't expect everyone to be able to afford a new frame, heck, we can't afford to eat and buy bike parts sometimes (I don't need to tell you what we choose, do I?).

We have two designs of exclusive Sick merchandise designed by the awesome Joe Zammit. These will be hand printed in the UK on either a high quality T-shirt, or hoodie. We have these in a wide range of colours provided you like black.

Burn That Bridge Hoodie
Burn That Bridge Hoodie

 

Burn That Bridge Tee
Burn That Bridge Tee

 

SICK! - also available as a hoodie
SICK! - also available as a hoodie

THE REWARDS KEEP GETTING BETTER! 

If you buy our a Gnarcissist frame - to add on the new award-winning DVO Diamond fork, simply raise your pledge by +£599 (Or +£699 for boost). That's over 30% off RRP!

NEW T-SHIRT DESIGN BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU

 Add £10 to your pledge for this awesome Zammit special!

Add some wheels?

How about a pair of Lightcycle 29" wheels? 50mm wide, handlaid carbon rims, Hope Pro 4 hubs and Sapim CX RAY bladed spokes. 

Just add £950 to your pledge

Want a full build? 

Stealth Blackout build in association with D&D Cycles.

 

This comes in at £2990 for the next five bikes, Ready to Race. Full of light, strong, high performance parts. 

Not only that; it's assembled by D&D's race tech, to your spec.

A discount so big, we can't even calculate it

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Rockshox Lyrik 170mm Solo Air forks

KS Suspension Lev dropper post

Hope Headset with Head Doctor

SLX brakes

Hope Pro 4 wheelset with Maxis Minion and High Roller tyres

SRAM NX 11 Speed mech

DMR Deathgrips

Joystick Finishing kit

Rather a bespoke build?

We can do that too - send us a message for prices!

Risks and challenges

Risks.

Our risks are relatively low; we have a finished & tested product, and a fully contracted delivery supply chain.
Fabrication is overseen by a master frame builder.
We use real world testing as well as FMEA to model potential weaknesses.
As each product is handmade, we could feasibly be delayed by late delivery of tubing, but since we use Reynolds, this is unlikely.
We have back up options for all suppliers should anything unforeseen happen.

Development.

Our product is finished and tested, however we continuously improve our builds; should we identify something during manufacture we feel will improve the build, we will consult with backers to ask whether they would like us to implement the change.

Mistakes.

As with all manufacturing, human error exists.
We use lean manufacturing principals to identify and eradicate problems during production, using corrective and preventative measures.

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