The new DMR Rhythm is a 26” wheel aluminium jump/pumptrack/4X/play frame, built for big airs, endless laps, and elbow to elbow antics.
When a bike model gets bigger wheels for an update, these days that usually means it becomes a 29er. Not so the DMR Rhythm though. Instead, this dirt jump bike of yore gets a new incarnation as 26in wheeled hardtail – though still with an emphasis on airtime. Made with 6061 T6 aluminium alloy, DMR takes a step away from their usual steel hardtail habits, stating that the ‘lightness and stiffness of this alloy tubing make it ideal for a frame that holds its own equally at the trails and the 4X track.’
We’re looking at it and thinking it might make a great hardtail for the teenager in your household – or the teenager at heart. Not the stay in bed all day type of teenager though – the fun loving thrill seeking type of teenager who eyes up a jump spot and thinks ‘yes!’, not ‘where’s the nearest A&E?’.
Frame details include a tapered headtube, machined chainstay yoke and interchangeable dropouts – you choose whether to go geared or single speed. The dropouts sit on sliding system for easy chain tension, with the added benefit of adjustable chainstay length.
- Price: £375 (frame only)
- From: DMR or through your local DMR dealer.
- Available: mid-September (pre-ordering recommended)
DMR Rhythm Specification
- 6061 T6 Aluminium Alloy frameset
- Colour: Forest green or Nardo grey
- Use: Dirt Jump/4X Race/Pump track/Street/Park/Play
- For 26” wheels
- Two lengths available (“Regular” 401mm reach/ or “Long” 420mm reach)
- Interchangeable dropouts: 142x12mm geared or 135x10mm single speed
- Sliding dropout system for chain tensioning and adjusting chainstay length
- Fork compatibility: 100-140mm
- Tyre size compatibility: Up to 2.5”
- Headset required: Zero Stack Tapered. 44mm upper / 56mm lower
- BB Shell: BSA Threaded
- Brake attachment: Post Mount Disc 160mm
- Seat Post required: 31.6mm
- Seat Clamp: 34.9mm
- Front Derailleur: Not compatible
- Frame includes: One Dropout Set (Single Speed or Geared), Seat Clamp and additional stickers. Geared Dropout set includes 142mm Thru Axle.
Available in two colours, two lengths, and two dropout options, it will take a fork of between 100mm and 140mm travel, and tyres up to 2.5in. That’s a fair amount of flexibility of set up, which should translate to flexibility of use too. Hmm… could you buy one and pretend it’s for that teenager that’s lying in bed still, and then stick a 140mm fork and 2.5in tyres on it and head off to the woods on it yourself? ‘Oh, you didn’t seem to be using it so I thought I’d just set it up as my winter hardtail…er…yes, it is spring but I thought I might have a midlife crisis and learn to dirt jump…oh, damn, sorry, you’re off to uni? I guess you’d better just leave it safe here with me, you can use it when you’re home for the summer…’.
Do you need any more excuses to justify a purchase? How about shits and giggles? Here’s a video to show you the fun you could be having. Go on, you know you want to…