It’s taken three years of design and tweaking, but the steel tubed, Stif Squatch is finally here. It features 29in wheels, a 78° seat tube and 64° head angle and its designed for a 130mm, short offset fork. Just don’t call it ‘a 29er Morf’ as it’s more than that, apparently. Oh, and it comes with a pretty bonkers video…
The original 4130 cromo steel Stif Morf was launched four long years ago and has been one of the go-to 27.5in hardtails for more aggressive riders. (Works well on all-round trails too, only it particularly thrives on the steep and chunky). A lot of riders, including us, have been wondering when a 29er version might be coming out. Turns out that Stif has been playing with prototypes for the last few seasons – and now it’s ready to launch the Stif Squatch to the world.
First, here’s the aforementioned, slightly bonkers, video. And we’ll admit to having to turn on the (comically incorrect) captions a few times to understand the gist of what they were saying.
The Stif Squatch in numbers
OK, we’ve heard a few numbers, but everyone’s going to be asking about numbers, so here are a few for the Stif Squatch: 64°/78° angles, optimised for a short offset, 130mm fork. There’ll be three sizes: Medium (460mm reach), Large (480mm reach) and Extra Large (500mm reach).
The bikes will have short seat tube lengths – 420, 450 and 480mm respectively. This should allow droppers of up to 200mm. There’s plenty of room for 29 x 2.6in Maxxis tyres.
There will be two complete builds available, as well as a frame-only option – in three colours: Silver, Bone and Teal.
Stif Squatch Frame only – £599
Stif Squatch AM Build – £1899 – featuring RockShox Pike Select 130mm, Burgtec cockpit, saddle and pedals. SRAM NX Eagle 12 speed groupset. SRAM Guide T 200/180mm brakes, KS 175mm dropper, DT Swiss 370/WTB KOM Trail i30 wheels with 29×2.6in Maxxis DHF EXO and Reckon EXO+ tyres.
Stif Squatch PRO Build – £2499 – featuring RockShox Pike Ultimate 130mm, Burgtec cockpit, saddle and pedals, SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed groupset, SRAM G2 RSC 200/180mm brakes, Rider’s choice of 175mm or 200mm KS Lev Integra dropper, Hope Pro4 hubs w/WTB KOM Trail i30 rims with 29×2.6in Maxxis DHF EXO and Reckon EXO+ tyres.
For more details on the new Stif Squatch, head over to Stif MTB – stifmtb.com