Brant Richards unveils pictures of new titanium frame

No name yet, but it’s quirky

Former On-One designer Brant Richards has unveiled pictures of the first frame to be made under the banner of his new company, Shedfire.

The Ragley hardtail is made from US certified 3/2.5 grade titanium by Lynskey. It features a love-it-or-hate-it asymmetric chainstay assembly which has been created partly to keep the rear disc brake in-board of the frame.

What Mountain Bike magazine’s product editor Justin Loretz said: “Brant has used similar quirky-but-functional design features on his On-One bikes. I didn’t like the long dropouts at first, but they’re starting to grow on me.”

The frame uses ‘bolt on, bolt off’ cable guides fixed with replaceable alloy rivnuts. Brant describes the geometry as "CalderdaleNewSchool", with a 67.5-degree head angle and 73.5-degree seat angle when the bike is set up with 140mm travel forks.

There’s no word on price yet, though there will be a cheaper chromoly steel and aluminium version with the same geometry. Weight is expected to be around 3.5lb.

So, what do you think? Leave your comments below.

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