Majin Cycles from Chile isn’t likely a name that you’ve come across before, but fans of steel suspension bikes should give them look.
It was a few years ago when I wrote about Marino Bikes from Peru and their bargain-priced custom steel frames. It was a popular story and the small frame maker has since seen a huge growth in demand, even with a mid-2019 Sick hiccough.
However, if you want your steel frame to be even more exclusive you might want to take a look at Chile’s Majin Cycles, a workshop that specialises in steel full-suspension frames at very reasonable prices.
Like Marino, Majin has been quietly flying under most peoples radar for the past few years. This steel specialist has been producing steel frames for 20 years, so they know a thing or two about the material.
Scrolling through the Majin Facebook reveals that both steel hardtail and full-suspension frames are manufactured, though it’s clear that suspension takes up most of the focus with a burly free ride and downhill bike dating back to 2008.
Their latest frame, the Majin Cero 07, is a single pivot steel full-suspension bike aimed at downhill and enduro racing. The frame comes with as much as 175mm of rear travel, depending on shock stroke, and can be built up with a suspension fork with 150-180mm of rock gobbling movement.
Although we’re just reporting on the Majin Cero 07, it has been available to order since 2018 which might explain the slightly shorter than average reach lengths of 425mm and 440mm for the size Medium and Large frames. It might also explain why the 07 will only accept 26in and 27.5in wheels and also why the frame price has increased from $250 to $350.
Each Majin frame is made from Tig welded 4130 steel tubing, feature laser-etched details and get either a 12 x 142 or 10 x 135 bolt-thru rear axle. And each non-drive-side dropout has a built-in bottle opener.
Fan’s of modern 29ers will like the look of the latest addition to the Majin range, a 165mm travel enduro bike. We’re waiting to hear more about this bike and the geometry.