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.

A New Partnership: Bedrock Bags

bedrock hexagon logoI’m very excited to announce that Myth has officially partnered up with Bedrock Bags! I’ve actually known Andrew and Joey for years, and watched their company grow from a tiny startup to an industry-leading manufacturer of sewn bikepacking bags. The best part is that they’re another Durango company, based just across town from us. It just made a lot of sense to offer their excellent products with our bikes.

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There’s complete info about our partnership at the new Bedrock Bags page. Please feel free to send me any and all questions, and start thinking about adding a frame bag to your Myth!

A few important updates

You may notice that a few things have changed on the website. Here’s a summary. If you have any questions about any of this, please let me know.


Price changes

*Gasp!* Price changes! Don’t worry, they’re not bad:

Stealth dropper routing: Across the board, none of the frames include stealth dropper routing in the base frame price anymore. For some to include it and some not was confusing people, including myself.

Wyvern: Base price is now 1299.00, instead of 1199.00, BUT the slider/rocker dropout upgrade is now only 100.00. So the base price has gone up, but if you wanted sliding dropouts, it’s the same.

Chimera: Base price is now 1299.00, down from 1399.00. The base price no longer includes stealth dropper routing, which makes more sense anyway. But it’s still an option for 100.00

Ok, that’s it for pricing, whew.


Wyvern & Chimera Geometry

I’ve updated the geometry on the XL Wyvern and Chimera to have a 145mm head tube. Every single person who’s on a bike that size needs a longer head tube, so we’re making it longer. Everything else is the same.


Talos Chainstays

We are doing away with the elevated chainstay originally specced on the Talos frame. This decision was made for a few reasons, but the top one was: It restricted what dropouts we could build the Talos with, and no one wants that. Everyone (including myself) wanted sliding dropouts, so another way needed to be found. So, the Talos now comes standard with our new Loopstay chainstay yoke. _MG_3167 It’s beautiful, strong, and solves all kinds of problems. The ONE downside is a few mm’s less of tire clearance. It is literally impossible to fit any more than we have with this yoke. It does still fit a 29×3.0 tire AND a 32t chainring. The 3 inch tire has about 5mm of room on each side, so if you’re a huge guy who flexes wheels a lot, you may want to run a 2.8 which is an awesome size tire anyway, or keep your wheels tensioned really well. Also, I finally put up a Talos Geometry chart, go check it out.


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Turnaround time on Black powder coated King Cages is now just a day or two. I am keeping them in stock pretty much all the time, so order away! I usually ship them pretty fast. Turnaround time on Custom colors is 1 to 2 weeks however. I am only powdercoating about once every 2 to 3 weeks these days. As usual, these are maximum times, it’s usually shorter.


Ok, that’s it. Nothing too huge, but all good stuff to know, now go ride your bike.

 

 

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New Tool Friday: Post mount jig

I’ve been wanting to do post mount brakes on my frames and forks since day one, but I haven’t taken the plunge on a post mount jig. I just didn’t love the options available for purchase, and they’re a couple hundred dollars each. So I looked up the standard dimensions of post mount brakes, and rummaged around in my stock of metal and found some suitable material. A few hours on the machines, and it was done!

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I included all the features I wanted, and it was pretty simple. It does 160 and 180 brake mounts, and it’s pretty burly. I didn’t want it flexing at all while I weld. The spacer is for either frame or fork use, but you unbolt the arm and flip it around for use on a fork. This brings the mounts 3mm further out, which is how they work. I thought drawing it up would be confusing, but once I just sat down and did it, it was one of the more simple jigs I’ve built.

I’ve also come up with a system for post mounts that I’m very, very excited about. You’ll start seeing it on my custom frames now, but until then, here’s a sneak preview.

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I love building tools. Have a great weekend!

New Tool Friday: Powder coat oven

20171222_122315It’s been a little while since I’ve done a NTF post, but here it is. A powder coating oven! This beast was a little over 2 months in the making, and it was actually a really interesting build. I’ve known I wanted to bring powdercoating in-house since the beginning, but I also knew it’s it’s own huge project. In addition to this oven, I had to make a sandblasting cabinet as well, and make sure my air compressor was up to the task. But all is functional now, and I’ve been powdercoating everything I can get my hands on.

Some nerdy numbers:
The oven is built from galvanized sheet metal and metal studs. Insulated with yellow fiberglass insulation, and it has two 2.5 kilowatt oven elements for a total of 5 kilowatts. I used a PID temperature controller with a K thermocouple from Auber instruments. The inside dimensions are about 28 x 32 x 82 inches, and it’ll fit 2 bike frames or one tandem. It warms up from cold in about 20 minutes, and in about another 20 minutes the oven walls are fully warmed up. If I open the door to stick a bike frame in, it takes about 5 minutes to warm back up to 400 F. I’ve calculated the energy it uses, and it’s astonishingly small. Once it’s up to temp, the elements run at about 50% power to keep the whole thing at 400F. So if I’m just powdercoating one or two bike frames it’s on for about 2 hours, which uses around 6.25 Kilowatt hours, or $0.75.

Why powder coating?
One of the reasons I chose powdercoating, aside from being such a durable and long-lasting coating, is that I believe it to be more environmentally friendly. Wet paints have large amounts of VOCs which are released into the atmosphere during use. Powdercoat releases no VOCs during curing. However, the ovens used in powdercoating must be powered, so using electricity is the main environmental impact. Durango’s power comes from the Four Corners Generating Station which is a coal power plant. Pretty much a worst-case scenario for emissions. However, coal generates just over two lbs of CO2 per Kilowatt-hour produced, so during a 2-hour powdercoating session, I’m producing about 12.5 lbs of CO2. Roughly the amount your car produces driving 16 miles. In the grand scheme of things, that’s pretty damn good.

_MG_0062In the next few months I’ll be experimenting with quite a few color and fading options. These will gradually become available as color options on the Colors page. I’m looking forward to some absolutely rad looking bikes coming out of the Myth shop this year. Keep an eye out on Instagram, and this blog.

 

Also, we’re collaborating with King Cage and offering powder coated King Cages. These are now available in the Online Shop.

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