First look: Sabbath Fifth Element

UK-designed titanium hardtail frame

The Sabbath mountain bike brand hails from the same people who produce Sunday Bicycle road bikes, and the Fifth Element is their first foray into the mountain bike world.


Dubbed as a ‘mountain biker’s mountain bike’, this titanium frame was created in response to requests from Sunday Bicycle’s current road bike retailers who were keen for the company to produce a titanium mountain bike. The Fifth Element has been through the prototyping, testing and tweaking stage, and is ready for launch for 2009.

The titanium is twice heat treated, once after tube production and once after the frame has been assembled.

Final versions are expected to be available in the UK in three sizes (16, 18 and 20inch) by the autumn.


The geektails:

  • Top tube: Squared from round section design. This process stiffens the material slightly. It is also double butted and has an extended top tube.
  • Seat tube.  31.6 seat pin.  Double butted.
  • Chain stays: size specific tube wall thickness, asymmetric.  
  • Seat stays: Oversized
  • Dropout: 6al 4v, with integrated int std disc mount. Capacity for up to 160mm rotor.
  • Head tube: 3al, 2.5V oversized.
  • Downtube: oversized and gusseted double butted bi-axial ovalised.
  • Geometry on pre-production 18’’ version:
  • Head angle: 69.5 (with 510 axle to crown fork)
  • Seat angle 72.5 (with 510 axle to crown fork)
  • Head tube length: 120mm
  • Top tube length: 594mm (23.4″)
  • Chainstay length: 425.5mm (16.7″)
  • Seat tube (C-T): 457mm (18″)