A nice, normal hardtail from Hunter

Melanie’s 29er: not flashy, not fancy, just nice…

Nice bike, nicely photographed

Nice bike, nicely photographed

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.

Classic profile- despite the big wheels

Classic profile- even with big wheels

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.

Beautiful chainstay yoke-  regardless of hypothetical mud performance

Beautiful chainstay yoke-
regardless of hypothetical mud performance

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.

Tall dropout allows for tucked-in brake mount

Tall dropout allows for tucked-in brake mount

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.

One more before we go

44mm head tube and King headset:
hard to argue with

Categorised as:

News