by Marc Basiliere
March 13, 2014
Stock Bestia frames just the beginning…
We first heard from Wittson Cycles last autumn, when we featured the company’s first non-custom product: a lovely rigid Ti fork. Now, in time for the Bespoked show running from April 11th through to the 13th, the company has been in touch with a couple of off-the-shelf mountain frames. The cross-country oriented Bestia is available in both 27.5in and 29er models and can either be delivered as-is… or serve as a jumping-off point for something more unique.
The Bestia models’ most striking feature is the integrated seatmast, with a sleeved top tube junction that recalls the company’s fork. The dramatically bent down tube is hydroformed to shape, as are the seat- and chainstays. Shift and brake routing is internal, ending near the downright sexy Paragon Machine Works dropouts.
In a nice touch, bottle bolts are anodised to match the seatmast topper. The head badge is titanium, gracing a 44mm head tube, and the bottom bracket is a large PF30 model. “Of course, as always you can modify these beauties by changing the geometry, removing the integrated seatpost, choosing a different type of headset or bottom bracket, building it with belt drive, the list goes on.” Off the peg or bespoke, it’s nice to see another European-made option.
More at wittson.com.