by Marc Basiliere
March 6, 2014
Melanie’s 29er: not flashy, not fancy, just nice…
Given the ongoing flood of fatbikes, e-bikes, and other freakbikes in the cycling press, one of our number recently made us promise to find some “nice, normal hardtails to write about.” While the comment may have been made – at least partially – in jest, it seemed like a good idea.
From Hunter Cycles’ photostream, then, we have what is labeled as “Melanie’s 29er.” As easy as it would have been to go with a flashy, high-dollar frame and build, something about this Hunter’s understated paint job and sensible parts pick seemed more in keeping with our remit.
Based in Davenport, California, Rick Hunter “offers TIG-welded and fillet brazed steel frames for everything from racing to hauling cargo, in addition to handmade forks and stems-” and has done so since 1993. A flip through Hunter Cycles’ photostream yields a lot of nice – but not flashy – details and simple colour schemes. As attractive as they are, these are clearly bikes meant to be ridden.
Melanie’s 29er was posted back in 2012- it’s hard not to think that the bike has seen a fair amount of use since then. But it stands (leans?) here as a pristine example of the enduring appeal of a straightforward steel hardtail. More (including options and pricing) at huntercycles.com.