£4500 for a hardtail and rigid fork? Jeff Jones reckons the Spaceframe Plus LWB is worth it. Do you?

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There are bosses. Boy, are there bosses…

It’s been a while coming, but there’s a new Ti Spaceframe bike from Jones – the new Jones Titanium Spaceframe Plus LWB. While there was already a titanium Jones Plus frame, the development of the spaceframe – the Jones particular look (and performance) – took longer due to the complexity.

These new Ti frames are made in Taiwan, from a specialist builder that Jones says “has far surpassed anything we’ve gotten elsewhere.”

The Spaceframe design allows the frame to flex vertically for comfort, while remaining torsionally stiff, with the precise handling and light weight of the signature Truss Fork to make the most of titanium’s inherent flex, durability, and light weight. This all comes together to create a very special bicycle.

The frameset combines Jeff’s Spaceframe design—which allows the frame to flex vertically for comfort, while remaining torsionally stiff—with the precise handling and light weight of his Truss Fork to make the most of titanium’s inherent flex, durability, and light weight.

Jones Bikes says “While every new frameset Jeff has designed over the years has been a step forward, this is one that he’s been wanting to make for a long time, and it really represents the pinnacle of his thinking and work on how to make a high-performance, non-suspension bicycle.”

EBB allows for easy singlespeeding if the mood takes you.
The weld quality looks spot-on too.

We know that Jones bikes are very much a Marmite thing among riders, but the ones we’ve tested have surprised us with their capability. Existing Jones riders are fanatical in their support of this unconventional looking design. There’s noticeable vertical ‘give’ in the suspension and when ridden as a unit with the matching fork and Jones’ distinctive H-bars, the resultant ride is impressively capable.

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You’ll either love this, or you’ll be very puzzled.
Boost spacing has really helped Jones’ pursuit of the fatness

Jeff Jones was one of the first bike companies to really try to push the whole tyre volume thing, even before ‘Plus’ was a thing and the first test bike we had in, a decade ago, featured wide 2.4 Ardents on a similarly wide, tubeless rim for some impressive traction.

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The Truss fork is a trademark addition to any Jones bike. And it’s super nice in titanium

Now the hard part – a complete frame and fork will cost you around US$4,550. And by the time the bike is imported into the UK, the distributor, Biff, reckons that it’ll be a pound for dollar conversion – so don’t expect much change from £4.5 grand. Blame the weak pound.

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Any ideas what those bosses by the dropouts are?

If you want to find out more behind Jeff’s thoughts on the whole bike development, check out the Jones Bikes Blog


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Even more bosses! This shows how the top tube(s) morph seamlessly into seatstays.

And here are a couple of bikes built-up so you can see how that fork fits in with the frame and headset.

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In rad mode with dropper post and chunky tyres
No dropper, but none less rad.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (19)

    I’m showing my stupidity here but…will you need to put spacers above and below the hard tube to fit the fork????

    Gawd, i really really need one of those. No, I do. Really.

    Anyone want to buy a kidney? Only slightly abused.

    So wrong it must be right.


    Wookster said on January 9, 2018

    I’m showing my stupidity here but…will you need to put spacers above and below the hard tube to fit the fork????

    Finished bikes appear to employ 2 headsets.
    And my two penneth? Its fow

    I’ve added a couple of shots for you Wookster. Hope that helps explain things.

    It’s one of those bikes, the Nicolli geometron been another, that you just want a go on. Because it’s different .

    Nice one thanks Chipps!

    Does one need to have a beard to be permitted to purchase it?

    The four bolts by the rear dropouts are to fit rack, mudguard and waterbottle cages. You still have to dangle your muģ from the seatpack though for proper Instabike effect

    It’s a bit bossy for my taste. I know it adds versatility and I’m probably not the target market but I’d want to run it as a really ‘clean’ SS if I bought one.

    have got the previous ti spaceframe (7 years this may) and have never had a beard.

    I could kind of understand that amount for a custom Merlin built frame back in the day, but not for Taiwan bulk build.

    It’s not “Taiwan bulk build” – they’re made by hand by craftsmen. These craftsmen are Taiwanese humans, rather than American humans.

    @Seadog101 A beard is only required for Males, Females will need hairy legs ; -)

    i have visited Taiwan twice and rode my Mones there. All I can tell you is that the people are very friendly, the country is beautiful and the craftsmen I met in the bike shops and in a small factory worked with passion and precision like Merlin for example.
    Taiwan is worth a visit really!

    We really need to get over this ‘US made is the best mentality.. Having seen the quality of their household goods and cars, for example, I’d buy anything but US.

    You can get over that very quickly because US made quite simply is not the best. That’s not to say that US MADE is not good. To buy an American bike made by US craftsmen is a great thing. My Colnago is made in Italy in a factory in Italy and equally that is great.

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