Dave Yates & 29er's
the funk ,, the first bike i "designed" was a copy of the funk while i was working at Harris performance they made a number for the customer they were great at the time,,
if it wasnt for the fashion pandas i think e stays have some good points short chainstay lengths ( if thats what you want)
lots of mud clearence
must be carefull the cad package is open ,,,, no no no no no noPosted 8 years agoStirlingCrispinSubscriber
In response to the OP: there have been plenty of reviews of Dave Yates' work over the years in the audax forums and magazines. Two of my road bikes do have his custom-built forks on them (arranged by local bike shops while he worked at M Steele Cycles ).
And one day I will do a Dave Yates frame-building class to build my next MTB.Posted 8 years agomick_rSubscriber
Go find your own niches 🙂
Plenty of full suss bikes with bb dangling on a couple of tubes and an "e stay" sort of position swingarm – nobody worries about the bb dropping off those. Anyway, I'm only 65kg so don't think I'm in major danger of rapid failure or excessive flex.
2010 – 20th anniversary e-stay revival!Posted 8 years ago
Have you thought about Justin Burls (http://www.burls.co.uk/index.php)? I have a custom titanium 29er from him which I am very pleased with. I wanted a 29er(my first one) for xc/long rides/light touring and firstly looked at Dave Yates and did some basic enquiries and got as far as being told they would be willing to make one. By chance one of the mtb mags did an article on custom titanium frames and one of his frames was featured and rated well. He makes the steel frames himself but designs then subs the titanium build out to someone in Russia, which I was initially nervous about. I went with him because the yates and burls came in around the same price but the burls was titanium.
I don't know a lot about angles etc but I have owned a few different bikes and I am more than impressed with the bike. It does everything I wanted very well and exceeded my expectations. There were a few minor niggles such as I asked for full cable routing and I got standard plus I had to do a bit more polishing to the frame. This didn't bother me at all but I thought i'd mention it because from what you read on forums to some people it would be the end of the world At the end of the day it's a custom titanium frame for £1000!
I know my experience is with titanium and your after a longer travel steel but it would be designed by the same man and if he is building it you wouldn't get the minor niggles I had which probably arouse from a translation issue. There is a picture of my bike in the review section (Dave Ti 29er MTB). This is my first post and if I manage to work out how to post pictures and your interested i'll post dims of the frame.Posted 8 years ago
From the centre of bb to top of seatube is 24". I don't know much about correct angles etc just told him the height of the seat and distance to bars with 90mm stem etc and left the rest to his judgement. First bike I have had which acually fits me rather than me trying to fit it.Posted 8 years ago
Here's my back boiler Burl's… which has just had the heat turned back up on.
Thanks for your feedback Burls 72. Haven't heard from anyone who has actually had one of these frames from Justin. I had decided on steel, but in 6 months of trying I cannot find anyone to make a super short CS, slack 29er trail bike, so this fall back option is ripe
I'll watch out for any anomalies before final approval, when I go ahead
He doesn't build steel anymore. Says for the price it's so worth spending a little extra and going ti, so that's his focus now.
Make of that what you will
I was in contact with him for a time last summer both on the phone and email and he seemed a top gent.
he's about to get my orderPosted 8 years ago
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