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.
A bike that could be raced, and a bike that feels stable and nimble on the trails.
Now, she RIPS!
The low front end allows you to stand and pull hard on climbs without feeling like it is going to wander (even with a 120mm fork), the 67.5 to 67 degree headangle creates a very stable bike and the 46mm offset fork keeps it nimble in the tights at slower speeds. The 46mm also put a little more weight over the front wheel to help with traction in flat sweeping corners. The short chainstay makes the back end feel alive, coupled with the seatube sized for a 27.2 post and the bike feels nimble and almost dances with you in the corners.
Now enters the MK3... the ChargeHard geometry is set, love it, but there are a few things to sort out, and one last change to entice more of those titanium ride characteristics.
With the short 90mm headtube and a pre-disposition to ride the stem slammed on the headtube, the top tube needed to be further sloped to allow more clearance for cockpit controls in the event of a wipe out. Done. At the same time to coax out a little more of the awesome titanium ride quality and to put more of that kinetic energy to use the seat stays were also dropped further down the seat tube, 60mm below the toptube in fact, to generate this. Perhaps this will create a great marathon bike at the same time.....
Another change for the MK3 model to coincide with the charge hard theme, in addition to the ISCG05 mount, there is now the ability to run an internally routed dropper making this Titanium hardtail truly capable of being a trail ripper and weekend XC racer.
Finally, a titanium bike is nothing if it doesn't have a nice look to it... and I like curves. the downtube now has a "S" bend... purely for aesthetics.
So bring it on, 2018 is here, lets #chargehard and have some fun out there.