New Bike: meet Slaypnir

In the last few years, we’ve seen a new type of steed surface in the mountain bike world. There are a few names for these new machines, but the simplest one seems to be the Hardcore Hardtail. These bikes are changing a lot of what we originally thought of when we think; hardtail mountain bike. They’re categorized by several things: Long travel forks, long front centers, usage of long dropper posts, and most recently; steep seat tubes.

I’ve done several builds for folks recently that reflect many of these features. I love building these kinds of bikes, partially because they appeal to a completely different client than my other bikes. There are no features intended to work for bikepacking, These are bikes for riding steep singletrack, and rip while doing it. I’ve wanted to introduce a semi-custom model like this for a long time, and finally, here it is.

Slaypnir 29er hardtail

In Norse mythology, Sleipnir was Odin’s eight-legged steed. We’ve changed up the spelling a little to make it (hopefully) easier to pronounce. This bike is progressive, modern, and LONG. It’s not the most progressive frame out there, and it isn’t trying to be. This is what I think is a nice balance, and where I think many of these types of frames will settle when the pendulum stops swinging.

A couple new things:
-Slaypnir is available down to a size Medium, but I have added a size M/L that is smack dab between a medium and a large. I think this will help dial in the fit for many of my riders, especially since you don’t have a lot of stem length options with this bike. 30 – 35 is about where you want to be.
-Stealth dropper routing is standard. This is the style that is zip tied along the down tube, and enters the seat tube on the non-drive side. This bike is designed for really long droppers, and many of the options for those are stealth routed, so this makes the most sense.

Geometry

You can visit the Slaypnir page for more info on the features of this bike, but I’ll discuss the geometry a little more in depth here.

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The main thing that excites me about this bike is it’s ability to run a 160mm 29er fork. I think running a long travel fork is loads of fun, and if your technique is good, you can stay light enough on the rear wheel to really take advantage of it. The geometry still works well for 140mm travel forks as well, if you’re looking for a lighter/less crazy option.

_MG_3931The front center is long, but not crazy long. It’s long enough that “normal” mountain bike downtubes aren’t long enough, and I have to order special XL DZB 853 tubes from Reynolds to make it happen. Where I draw the line with modern geometry is if you’re trying to make the front center so long that your cockpit is too big to ride it well. The Slaypnir’s size run is made to still fit riders like I think they should, while still having your front wheel quite a bit further out in front of you.

The high bottom bracket is something I always prefer in my bikes, and it seems like people have come to expect that of Myth. I think it’s advantages are self-evident, and the disadvantages are largely handled by dropper posts and long front centers.

Steep seat tubes are also something I’ve always liked on my bikes. It’s great to see much of the industry going that way, because I think it makes so much sense. Here in Colorado, we have long, steep climbs, often at altitude, and the difference you feel when pedaling OVER the bottom bracket instead of behind it is huge. One place where I think this is less ideal is if you’re doing many miles on flat to moderate ground. However, this bike is designed to go up, and go down, and if you’re riding less steep terrain, the Wyvern is an excellent choice.

Slaypnir is available to order right now! Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, or are interested in placing an order.

Chimera, L, Desert Sand

We are having an epic winter here in Durango, so I was excited to build this Chimera fat bike for my friend Brendan.

The build went great. Any details about geometry can be found at the Chimera page, but the build kit on this bike turned out really awesome. He spent money where it counted, and saved money where he could. The wheels are the awesome DT Swiss Big Rides, saving a ton of weight where you notice it most. Mated up with the Surly Bud and Lou combo, which is incredible in the snow. We went with Race Face Turbine cranks which allowed us to flip the Cinch chainring and run a narrower q-factor crank on a 197mm rear end fat bike; the best of both worlds. Then keeping it simple with Shimano Deore brakes and an 11-speed SRAM GX drivetrain really pulled it all together. Not pictured here are the ENVE carbon bars he got to help keep his hands warmer, but they didn’t come in in time for these pictures.

I was able to get this built up in time for the annual fat bike race in Silverton, the Silverton Whiteout. It’s a great route, and with on-course coffee bar, bee-bee gun range, and bacon station, it’s my favorite race of the year. The unbelievable amount of snow we’re getting this year doesn’t hurt either.

One slight difference with this Chimera over past builds is that it features Fender mounts. I believe I’ll be including this with all future Chimera builds, as it’s an incredibly useful thing to have if there is any amount of water, sand or other fluids getting on your tires.

Custom Rear Rack

Recently a client reached out to me and asked if I build custom racks. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a VERY long time, longer than custom bikes, actually. I built my first rack in Ron Andrews’ shop almost 7 years ago, and built a few more over the years just for fun. Needless to say, I was definitely keen on this project.

This client wanted a rack that was for bikepacking, with some specific design criteria. He wanted the crosspieces of the top platform to be curved down so that a stuff sack would sit in the top and move around less. He also wanted it to fit his bike specifically, and also to have triple bottle boss mounts on the vertical members. I took all his design considerations and this is what I made.

Full Custom Titanium Hardtail

It was bound to happen eventually; I built a titanium frame.

I came into framebuilding with about 6 years of professional welding experience behind me, and this is a fact I’ve always been proud of. Back when I went to trade school, I learned TIG welding with the intention to build bike frames. After getting a job, I sort of forgot about my ambitions to be a framebuilder and began learning the art of metalcraft. During this time, I welded quite a bit of titanium, and so learned the ins and outs of titanium as a material to work with. This gave me a really good basis of knowledge for delving into titanium framebuilding. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a very new project, but I felt prepared for taking on this build.

This frame is a full custom build for my friend Sam. Sam bought a Wyvern from me last year and has been riding the piss out of it, and even won a race on it! This bike is made to measure for his sizing, and we changed up to geometry to handle exactly like he wanted it. It’s got a 67 head angle, 73.5 seat angle, 416 chainstays (effective) and a bit longer reach than his Wyvern. All geo while sagged with his 120 travel Fox 34 Step Cast fork. It’s got Paragon Sliding dropouts, S-bent stays, and a plated chainstay yoke with tire clearance for 2.6, and chainring clearance for a whopping 38t chainring.

Sam is the first Myth Cycles sponsored rider, and I’m really excited to have him ripping around on the first Myth Ti bike. I’m stoked to see what trouble he gets himself into with this thing, and also excited for the possibility of more ti bikes in the future.

 

New Powder Coat colors for 2019

I’m excited to announce three new powder coat color options are being added to the Myth lineup. These colors fill some gaps in our color offerings, and are all really gorgeous colors we’re excited to see on some bikes. They are all medium gloss colors with about a 60% gloss level, so they’re a slight departure from many of our high-gloss offerings. They are also a bit closer to earth tones, which many of our customers have showed interest in.

I have swatch images of the three new colors. We’re calling them Desert Sand, Earthy Red, and Sea Water Teal. These colors are available to spec on your Myth Frame immediately!

I also have pictures of the latest bike we did in Desert Sand. Image Credit goes to Michael Melo for the awesome photo:

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Desert Sand