Niche Alert! Nordest Lacrau: Titanium hardtail with Pinion gearbox and belt drive

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Nordest first came to our attention due to the comic lost in translation press release it sent us for its first Kickstarter campaign, for the Bardino – a steel hardtail. The small Tenerife based company has since upped its language skills, and their latest press release contains none of the flowery romance that we’ve come to enjoy. However, there’s perhaps no need for frilly writing when you’re releasing a titanium hardtail with Pinion gearbox, as that’s going to arouse plenty of interest in certain quarters without any advertising waffle.

Nordest Lacrau Pinion
Pleasingly neat and tidy.

This titanium frame is based on the Bardino geometry – which is available in titanium or steel – but comes with either a 9 or 12 speed Pinion gearbox – you can decide whether you go for a belt drive or chain. It’s pitched as an enduro bike, ready to withstand whatever you can throw at it – or throw yourself down.

Nordest Lacrau Pinion
Geometry is based on the Bardino
Nordest Lacrau Pinion
Brush up your Spanish!
Nordest Lacrau Pinion
160mm fork

Designed for a 160mm fork, you can have your choice of wheel sizes. Thanks to the adjustable chainstays, you can choose between 27.5, 27.5×3.00, 29, or even 29×2.60 tyre sizes.

Nordest Lacrau Pinion
Sliding drop outs.

The bike will be available as either a frame and gearbox – prices start at €2,659 – or as a kit, which gets you the frame, fork, headset and optional dropper – from €3,599.

Nordest Lacrau Pinion
Is that El Diablo?

Gearbox bikes are definitely something we’re seeing more of – especially from smaller companies like Nordest. Only a few weeks ago we had another titanium gearbox bike on test from Pilot Cycles – an entirely different beast though, with much more XC orientated geometry.

Nordest Lacrau Pinion

What do you reckon? A lovely looking thing that will go on your ‘one day when the Premium Bonds come in’ list? A monstrosity that will never cross the threshold of your garage? Or has your finger already clicked the ‘order now’ button and you’re now moving on to ordering four different sets of tyres and appropriate wheelsets to go with them?

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