Pipedream Skookum – new steel or titanium 29er
By Oli Woodman, BikeRadar UK | Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12.23pm
Pipedream Cycles have just announced another new addition to their ever-growing collection of hardtails. The Skookum is a steel 29er that's been created as the big-wheeled version of the company's popular Sirius frame.
The UK-designed Skookum uses Reynolds 853 DZB tubing and is manufactured in Taiwan. Pipedream think most riders will opt for a 80-100mm fork setup on the bike, but the frame can support up to 120mm if you prefer. Like the Sirius frame, the Skookum uses a tapered head tube, so an adaptor will be necessary if you don't spec a tapered fork.
Another shared feature are the adjustable sliding dropouts, which will accomodate a singlespeed or geared setup without the use of a chain tensioner. Riders can also fine-tune their overall wheelbase length using this system.
Further versatility is added by Pipedream's inclusion of a coupling on the driveside dropout. This means the frame can also support a belt drive transmission.
A convenient 30.9mm seatpost diameter has been used, due to the ever-increasing popularity of droppers. Meanwhile, looks are kept clean and minimal, with cables routed under the bottom bracket shell.
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The Skookrum is available in 16in, 18in and 20in sizes, and many might be relieved to learn that the frame is available in blue or grey colour schemes as well as the 'Granny Smith acid green' colour pictured.
Pre-ordered frames are currently being offered at a 10 percent discount, turning the £395 retail price into a refreshing £355. A titanium version of the bike is also now available, with identical geometry, starting at £989.
Geometry is as follows:
| ||Small ||Medium ||Large |
| || || |
|Head angle ||71° ||71° ||71° |
|Seat angle ||73° ||73° ||73° |
|Seat tube C-T ||406mm ||457mm ||508mm |
|Top tube length (effective) ||580mm ||600mm ||619mm |
|Head tube length ||95mm ||100mm ||110mm |
|BB drop ||60mm ||60mm ||60mm |
|Chainstays (effective) ||450+mm ||450+mm ||450+mm |
|Wheelbase ||1080mm ||1090mm ||1110mm
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