What will be arriving for spring 2018 will hopefully be the final version of the Luck No5 Titanium MTB frame. The third version, each being slightly changed to improve feel and handling.
The first version was about the ride quality of titanium, and experimenting with a few geometry extremes, steep seat angle, longer chainstay, and how will tube selections effect the ride quality. The first version made a few things very apparent,,,,
Firstly, the seat angle was too steep for the longer chainstay, 30.9 seatpost made the bike very stiff and the headtube was too tall.
Enter in MK2. The 27.2 seat post greatly enhanced the rideability of the frame, highlighting more of what makes titanium so beautiful to ride. Chainstay length became adjustable, from 425 to 441, this also allows a 2.4 29r tire to fit in. Next was the front end.
The MK1 had a normal length headtube, 100mm. Designed around a 68.5 headangle and the toptube was within the "normal" range for hardtails. With the MK2 version I wanted to take the ChargeHard geometry idea I had and play it out.
The Custom titanium road bike dubbed "Bombshell" is on the road. Coming in at 17lbs with a Campagnolo Chorus build and components designed for reliability vs. light weight, she has a very respectable weight.
The frame follows the same theme as well. Reliability and ride-ability vs light weight. This 53.5 toptube frame comes in at 1500grams. No thinned out super light titanium, no internal routing to save extra weight, just a classic frame conceived to give you the beautiful ride quality titanium is known for.
This is NOT intended as a race frame, it is NOT intended to be a KOM hunter (the rider makes a bike fast the bike does not!), however with those preconceived design notions gone we are left with a frame and bicycle that offers something else.... enjoyment.
- We ditched the oversized seat tube in favour of a 27.2 post. this aids in the comfort but also gives the frame that nice and classic kinetic flex so many people love (and those without it love to hate on).
- The geometry has been altered just enough to give a more stable and comfortable wheelbase without completely sacrificing the quick road feel.
- Kept the classic lines purely for aesthetics (compact frames and slopping top tubes just look ugly... don't they?)
- All external routing to make cable changes a breeze and to ensure the frame rides nice and quiet over event the roughest roads.... no one likes housing rattle noises.
- Frame will fit a 28c tire if by chance you enjoy those gravel roads. Side note... those gravel roads won't ding or damage this titanium frame or her finish. She is sexy, but also tough as nails. So ride hard and ride away from your buddies when the roads get less then ideal for others....
More ride reports as the kilometers pile up on the Bombshell, in the meantime she is available to view (touch, lick and smell too.... she has already been licked and stamped and "own it" by the shop) at Inception Cyclery.
Other frames in to view......
Lucky No.5 - a ChargeHard MTB frame with a blend of race pedigree and trail aggressive behaviours.
Coffee Grinder - Our take on the gravel bike, designed to run a Lauf (or suspension fork).
See you out there, likely at Balzacs for coffee!
If you haven't noticed yet, Number Four Cycles is now "Number Four Bikes". Not a big change, but a change none the less. Look a little closer and you will see the addition of the word "FIVE." Ready to learn why.....
Number Four Cycles was named so 2 years ago when the brand was concieved and my family grew to our fourth boy. Now however there are 5 kids, and the fifth was a little girl. A lucky to be a live little girl hence the Titanium bike bearing the moniker "Lucky No5" So, it had to be done.... officialy it is Number Four Bikes, but I feel it will quickly morph in to "Four-Five Bikes". Time will tell
What else is going on deep in the trenches? Lucky No5 is still in prototype phase, a revision of the geometry has been proposed and will be built after some more product testing. Most of the Titanium bikes will be custom ordered, so nailing down the "ChargeHard" geometry will be more useful to source out the next round of Carbon Trail bikes, and Aluminum Hardtails. You heard me, I said Carbon!
But don't expect light weight, racer focused carbon bikes, expect a little heavier, made to take a beating big travel carbon machines. Bikes for hard charging days in the saddle, climbing (or Shuttling) to the top and smashing your way back down. Bikes that know a little extra girth means it can take a lot more punishment. As always though.... serious testing is in order before the "Bull" head will grace the headtube of any carbon frame.
If you paid attention you may of seen the word Aluminum in there too. It is a long way off, but we are cultivating relationships so when the "ChargeHard" geometry is dialed in we can work on bringing a more affordable and unique aluminum Hardtail and FS model to the table.
In the meantime.... get out there, #Chargehard, and enjoy your two wheels!
Some ride time has been had on the first Lucky No.5 Titanium prototype, now is the time to make revisions and hit the trails again. This process is very exciting as i can test out theories as I work towards a geometry set-up perfect for those who like to ride hard....
Sorted... next step, prototype testing!
Titanium frame, stable trail geometry yet ready to race and be nimble on the trails. Those are the goals, lets see how it playout in reality.
12x142 rear, Threaded Bottom Bracket, tapered headtube, a little slacker up front and designed for 650b Wheels. This Loic prototype hopefully will deliver on the #ChargeHard philosophy of Number Four Cycles.
The first prototype will be in the LOIC line-up. A 650b Hardtail designed to be race ready, but also set to #ChargeHard under an aggressive rider. What this means is a stable and planted bike at speed, but nimble enough to handle tight trails and tight switchbacks.
Geometry is being finalized and the prototype will be produced over the winter in preparation for riding and racing in the summer of 2016.
The first Number Four Cycles 2015 Kaden FSRT29 has landed and is off have some product photos (and possibly a video) done to showcase the frame. Here is a teaser sent from the Photo studio (Mike Black Photoworks)
It is out there... riding the roads of Niagara and beyond, have you seen it yet?
Watch for some upcoming news and reviews regarding the build, frame and the ride!