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For this edition we have Jon’s Smokestone Bow-Ti.
Why this bike?
I’ve been riding a fat bike as my main MTB for around six years and when I had the funds to finance a custom titanium frame I knew that it’d have to be a Smokestone. I’ve known Graham who owns, designs and operates Smokestone bikes for a few years through the bike shop Slam69, I had always lusted after one of his Ti variations after using the alloy Henderson for a few years, so it was a bit of no brainer.
The frame is a custom sized mix of med/large, with the perfect seat tube length for a 175mm dropper for me. I also knew I’d be using AXS components, so the frame has the bare minimum of guides.
As for ride – well it’s been great, it’s the perfect bike for my local trails and bridleways in my local area of the Cotswolds. I’ve also taken it to Bike Park Wales, Windhill, FOD, Cwmcarn and other trail centres, where it’s performed brilliantly. It’s my first custom geometry frame and you can instantly tell when riding that it’s been fitted for you, all my previous bikes have either been too small and short (medium) or without standover height (large), so a compromise in one way or the other.
Jon’s Smokestone Bow-Ti Specification
- Frame: Smokestone bow-ti custom
- Fork: Bluto and Carver Popeye
- Suspension Set Up: Bluto is set up with a charger damper and MRP ramp control.
- Wheels: Lightbicycle 65mm carbon rims, tune rear hub and DT swiss front
- Tyres: 3.8 Surly Nate front 45nrth 4.0 Dillenger rear (no studs)
- Chainset: Cane Creek EE-WINGS
- Rear Mech: SRAM AXS X0
- Shifters: SRAM AXS
- Cassette: Garbaruk 10-50
- Brakes: Hope XCR
- Bars & Stem: 77desgins
- Grips: ODI dread lock
- Seatpost: SRAM Reverb AXS
- Saddle: Brooks C13
- Accessories: Fidlock bottle cages
- Size and Weight: Med/large 27lbs (approx)
I’ve recently found that It was such a confidence inspiring frame I had a string of components fail under hard riding, a stem, 29r carbon rim and carbon saddle all brake within a few weeks of each other. The frame is standing up to lots of abuse though.
At first glance, there’s not a lot going on, and then you realise this bike is pretty bling. Is that they way a bike should be? Have you got a better looking fat bike? We suspect this is going to be a big tub of marmite, with a whole pile of fat bike agnostics moving swiftly on, while the believers head to the comments to profess their love.
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