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Jeff Jones steel Spaceframe and Truss fork Jeff Jones
American bike builder Jeff Jones, famous for his rigid titanium Spaceframe 29er with Truss fork, has made a more affordable steel version of this iconic bike.
The chromoly frame shares exactly the same geometry, clearances and gearing options as the Ti original but with a slight weight penalty and – more importantly for many – a massive price drop.
Coming in at US$1,500 (frame plus fork) compared to $3,800 for the Ti version, it's built from TIG welded 4130 chromoly, with a butted down tube, braze-on cable guides and bottle bosses, and a matching 4130 fork.
Jones has also created a new, more traditional looking Diamond steel frame and fork. It's easier to fabricate than the Spaceframe so it'll cost less – $750. It’s made from 4130 chromoly steel with a butted down tube, and the fork has clearance for 29x2.55 and 26x3.7in tyres.
“Instead of designing the bike for cross-country racing like so many unsuspended bikes, I wanted this bike to be better for technical and distance riding,” says Jones.
Here's the Diamond equipped for touring
Sky riders will use Kickrs at races and at home
Sharper handling and lower front end with IsoSpeed suspension