London Bike Show – the On One years

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On One was terribly upset that it didn’t make it into Chipps’ show roundup from yesterday, so today they gave Matt a run through the range and highlighted a couple of new bikes: a prototype fat bike and a new 29in version of the El Guapo…

On One Fat Bike
Available: June
Complete bikes from: £999.99
If ever there was a bike that divides opinion, delights owners and confuses the rest, it has to be the fat bike. Originally developed for snow racing in Alaska, Minnesota and other chilly places, the fat bike is now trying to muscle in to the ‘ride anywhere’ world and to give something else to aim for when you’ve finished buying a singlespeed, fixie, ‘cross bike, tourer and tandem.

On one reckons its Fat Bike is “…a mega-tyred unsuspended uber-fun bike for big-grin rock-bashing; riding sand; snow; and flattening small Welsh villages. Small Welsh village not included.”

Developed originally ‘just because’, the proto proved popular with test riders, so On One looked to make a complete bike. And then to make a complete bike for under a grand. The Fat Bike will come complete with monster 4in tyres, wide rims, wide a rigid fork and everything you need to adventure on sand or snow – or alternatively, to annoy, delight and puzzle onlookers. It’ll be out for midsummer…

El Guapo 29:
Available: Mid/Late February
Frame price: £899.99
Complete bikes from: £2199.99

We reviewed the 26in version of the El Guapo back in 2008 and said of it at the time: “Flat out downhill and in the tight and twisty it’s responsive and stable with superb tracking, the suspension coping well with square edged hits. Also impressively good at the slow, steep and nasty. I was happy to take El Guapo anywhere. And it felt lighter to ride than it did to pick up. The rear is laterally stiff for instant acceleration and climbing traction is good standing or seated.” and this is a newly designed 29in version. Featuring 120mm rear travel and capacity for a 140mm fork, that puts it into the realm of the long-travel, all-mountain 29ers. The nouse of new Titus owners Planet-X has helped bring this 29in frame in at half the price of that old one.
We’re not entirely sure about that sort of rasta ano-job, but Planet X has never been one for subtlety. Mind you, neither has the El Guapo. We’ll be interested to see how this one rides, given the rave reviews of the 26in version.





Chipps Chippendale

Singletrackworld's Editor At Large

With 23 years as Editor of Singletrack World Magazine, Chipps is the longest-running mountain bike magazine editor in the world. He started in the bike trade in 1990 and became a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the last 30 years as a bike writer and photographer, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish, strengthen and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

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Comments (22)

    Would on-one get a front page webpage photostat if the owner wasn’t best mates with singletrack..,,,

    Just saying.

    “Would on-one get a front page webpage photostat if the owner wasn’t best mates with singletrack..,,,”

    Bike magazine website reports on bike manufacturer’s new products. Shocker! 😉

    Doesn’t guapo mean “handsome” in Spanish? Ahem…

    Rik – Come on, you know On One launching a fat bike is probably the story of the year for many ST readers!

    like the pics with the ‘no photos’ prototype stickers. They really should sell those.

    Rik, you sound a bit sour.

    Love the completely unfinished finish on the Fat Bike.

    Not sour, as i own a On one Ti and its the best bike I’ve ever ridden.

    But a full web link/article about a niche bike and a brand (Titus) which is desperately trying to become a bigger/popular brand.

    Rik, I wouldn’t say that On One was particularly best mates with Singletrack. Despite them being designed in the next town, I can’t remember the last time Brant was in our office – maybe three years ago? We’ve not tested one of On One’s bikes for about that long either (nor had any advertising from it, not that you need to advertise in order to get a review either). As chapaking says, a £1000 fat bike is news, so we report on it. Simples.

    The proportions on the El Guapo just look kind of…right!

    And it might be the only bike to ever really suit those lovely old Kooka cranks 🙂

    If yr so anti-STW/conspiracy theorist why use their website? Surely there is somewhere else to vent your spleen? Why not join the MPs on Twitter?

    I’m not saying everything the STW guys is correct or that one should not critique. It’s just that some of you on here seem to do nothing else.

    Chain suck!

    Don’t whatever you do mention…CHAINSUCK…

    anywhere near the On One stand

    because that was designed out on the……….


    The user didn’t change gear properly…it wasn’t chainsuck…just misuse by the rider…chainsuck didn’t happen…….. OOOOOOO KKKK

    Chainsuck was just a figment of your 456’s chainstay’s imagination


    Sorry, did I inadvertantly mention chainsuck in the same post as On One.

    I shall ban myself to the outer reaches of the known world

    Can someone please explain to me how a piece of metal (chainstay) that holds a chainset & a cassette apart can cause chain suck?

    It appears that Billyboy has chainsuck issues.

    And maybe On One issues, poor boy!

    “Can someone please explain to me how a piece of metal (chainstay) that holds a chainset & a cassette apart can cause chain suck?”

    Magnet in the chainstay innit, it’s a big conspiracy so OO can sell more frames when you break your current 456 frame, limited life built in at the design stage.

    Is it just me, or isn’t chainsuck normally caused by a poorly maintained drivetrain? I’ve not noticed any chainsuck on my Ti456 or the missus’ 456…

    But then, I clean, lube and look after my drivetrain whenever I rememeber.

    Chainslap, yes, chainsuck no.


    E-13 SRS on my 456 no chain suck 🙂

    I had two 18″ 456’s and no problem.

    Built a 14″ brand new 456 up for my girlfriend with brand new XT kit, and variously Middleburn and then Blackspire Chainrings and the bike chainsucked after the first 400 yards. I tried loads of things but it just kept on doing it. And if you look at old threads on here you will find that mine was not a unique one-off experience with these frames.

    Proving it had anything to do with the frame might be difficult, but I have known other models (one early Trek Full Sus for example) that similarly just chainsuck from the get go like this 456 did.

    Brant told me that my girlfriend was changing gear wrong…. she never had a problem in twenty years of cycling before that!!!

    It was such a shame because it was a real nice bike and suited her needs exactly.

    “Magnet in the chainstay innit, it’s a big conspiracy so OO can sell more frames when you break your current 456 frame, limited life built in at the design stage.”

    Ahh that must be it then, so if you were to use a Ti chain you could beat the magnets 😉

    “Proving it had anything to do with the frame might be difficult,” or impossible even, those magnets self destruct when you hacksaw the stays open to look for them.

    The On One chainsuck thing has gone around quite a few times now. My conclusion is that a certain era of on one frames were designed for as fat a rear tyre as possible – in fact the frames were advertised for it. This pushed the chainstay out so there was not much clearance between stay and chainrings. Now every bike suffers from chainsuck – its just on that era of on one frames it was more noticable because the consequence was the sucked chain ground away the chain stay. The worst ones were the 853’s I think were Brant made various suggestions from pushing out the chainline to wacking the stay with a hammer to dent it out of the way. My guess is thats why the finger thing for the ragleys was ntroduced…

    That Guapo looks lovely credit to the Titus name – hope its been been properly tested out :o)

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