A bit of bounce, straight outta Myślenice…
At Sea Otter last month, Zumbi was on hand showing off the company’s new 140-165mm enduro/trail platform. Built around their own dual short link “FPS” system, the real story at the booth was that all bicycles are handmade to order- at a surprisingly reasonable price. Welded from 7020 aluminium alloy, the F-11’s links and pivots are CNC-machined in house and even the cartridge bearings are made in Poland.
Head tube, top tube, and seat tube dimensions can all be tweaked to suit the customer, and head tubes and rear axles can also be chosen from several current standards. Frame weight is claimed to be 3.2Kg (7lb) with a BOS VipR rear shock- though the US distributors spoke highly of Cane Creek’s DBair option.
UK distributors Stepup Cycles appear to have gone missing, but US pricing (through Prestige MTB) is very attractive for a custom frame: starting at $1,900 (£1,135) without rear shock. Lead time is currently six weeks. More (including longer-travel models) at zumbicycles.com.