The Only Way is Essex – Travers Bikes offer up the Rudy Fat

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News just in from Essex based Travers Bikes…
Travers Bikes Titanium 29+ frame the “Rudy Fat” is now on sale. The new 29+ standard gives you all the benefits of the Fat 3″ tyres on 50mm rims but with the added bonus of being able to run standard components.
Rudy? Can't fail.
Rudy? Can’t fail.
The “Rudy Fat” has been designed with endurance racing and all day cross country fun in mind, with its light weight and agile handling the tyres will insulate you from the trail buzz. The extra wide tyres make this bike a blast on the down hills and fire roads, really spinning up to speed fast. It also has the edge on the up hills with its extra traction, light frame and components. The “Rudy Fat” has the added appeal of being low maintenance giving you more time on the trail and peace of mind.
The thing we are most proud of is the chainstay bridge. With a clever use of a horse shoe design we have been able to maximise the mud clearance and add strength and stiffness whilst at the same time allowing you to run standard cranks.
Horseshoe bridge
The frame comes as standard with a split seat stay allowing you to run a belt drive and, in combination with the PF30 bottom bracket, you will be able to run a number of Eccentric Bottom Brackets or a standard 1×10 or 2×10 setup.
Travers Bikes is a small UK company based in Essex, which is where we do all of the design and prototype testing. Each frame is hand built and there is an option to custom build any of our models into your bespoke, dream titanium frame. The “Rudy Fat” has been in development for 9 months.
Mr T
Each frame is adorned with a UK designed and handmade custom head badge.
Travers Bikes supports racing at the grass roots level and has a presence at local races in the South East, both in mountain biking and on the road, as well as at many of the national endurance series events. The frames have been used for over 3 years in competition, in different forms from early prototype to finished production models including the “Fat Race” and “Rudy Fat” in the recent Dusk til Dawn 12 hour endurance race at Thetford.
Lead times for custom builds are 6-12 weeks.
Essex? It’s the only way
Our other bikes in the range include the “Fat Race” (Fat Bike), the “Rudy” (race orientated 29er) the “tRudy” (female geometry race orientated 29er) and a road frame called the “Road Elite”. Each bike is designed to meet a specific need but share frame design elements across the range.
The specification for the “Rudy Fat” is as follows:
• Titanium frame
• PF30 BB
• Tapered headtube
• Horseshoe chainstay bridge
• Geometry designed for Travers carbon 29er forks
• Custom 29+ geometry
• Standard MTB hubs
• Standard MTB cranks 1x or 2x
• Off the peg or custom options
• Replaceable rear mech hanger
• Brushed finish with polished logo
• Handmade custom head badge
More details can be found at

Comments (16)

    Very nice- is it me or does that chain look a bit fat too? For a 10 speeder that is.

    Like the horseshoe chainstay. Not sure about the need for a bent down tube.
    But not ‘Made in Essex’ – designed and assembled maybe!

    Very sweet and so many options covered for the transmission. They deserve to sell a few.

    Nice looking bike, but if that’s the best result from “maximising mud clearance” I’d hate to see minimal mud clearance. They’ll be a lot more mud clearance on the side of the chainstays after a gritty, muddy winter 😉

    How much for the build pictured, or if you have to ask the price… etc etc?

    I am the owner of Travers, I thought I would answer a few questions:
    These frames are handbuilt but not in the UK, the design and testing is done here, I am looking at getting them produced in the UK but this is still at an early stage. The headbadge is handmade in the UK.

    stilltortoise The 3″ tyre on 50mm rims is actually about half again bigger than most 2.5″ 29er tyres and getting it to fit between a standard 2x 10 double chainring setup with a standard 73mm bb is no easy task! There is actually more clearance than it looks in the photo.

    @boco There is the rolling chassis option as @thelostboy kindly posted or a complete build with shimano XT groupset will come in around £2599-2999 depending on the spec of the finishing components.

    Lovely looking bike that – I could see myself riding a bike like that a lot if I got one…

    Very nice ! With the split seat stay too, there’s a hell of a lot of thought gone into this frame. :0)

    Are you importing those Northpaw rims? Interesting as an alternative to the Surly Rabbit Holes.

    Yes I am, importing the Northpaw rims.

    Any idea on price – more or less than the Rabbit Holes?

    The Northpaw rims cost less than the rabbit hole @ £124.99 each. I will be putting in an order in the next couple of days.

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