Ti, big tyres, and big clearance – but no mechs allowed
What time of year is it? The dark and wet one! As the sun has taken to lurking just above the horizon (when not hiding out of sight), our thoughts turn to simple, indestructible bikes for grit and grime. Travers Bikes has obviously been thinking along the same lines, and their response is the Angus 29+.
The Angus 29+ is pitched as the perfect winter mountain bike. Its Ti tubes will never rust and summer clearance for 29+ tyres means gobs of cold-weather clearance around non-plus 29er rubber. The modified horseshoe chainstay yoke looks to carefully walk the line between chainring and tyre. Up top, the chainstays look to have arrived after a very long trip on horseback.
The eccentric bottom bracket makes for easy singlespeed or hub gear setup. Travers’ own eccentric accepts press-fit bearings directly, making for one less potentially-creaky interface.
A bolted split in the driveside seatstay will make room for a belt drive if so desired and the extended non-driveside dropout is hub gear friendly. Anyone considering a dangly mech is out of luck, though- Angus will have none of it.
The pleasantly curvy head tube accepts a semi-integrated tapered headset. The seat tube is a dropper-friendly 31.6, too.
The Angus 29+ sells for £1,300 including eccentric bottom bracket. Four stock sizes are available and custom tweaks can be had for a price. Travers will also arrange for paint, if so desired.