We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’re here to help.
A: Mike V. was working on geometry since 2013. He had a sudden epiphany after the introduction of the 27.5’’ MTB wheel.
A: Having a smaller diameter wheel in the back and a larger in the front.
A: Business in the front and party in the back.
A safety bicycle (or simply safety), is a type of bicycle that became very popular beginning in the late 1880’s as an alternative to the penny-farthing (“ordinary”). The Safety uses two same size wheels and is still the most common type of bicycle- A Century later.
They were “safer” then their predecessor, the Penny-Farthington bike. Along with being lower to the ground, they were mechanically simpler and cheaper to make.
A: Because the UCI changed the rules allowing Pro riders to run different wheels sizes in legislated competitions. Competition is the number leader to innovation.
A: We’ve been working on our geometry for years and are all built from the ground up. The current bikes you’re seeing were designed around 2 same size wheels. The geometry of what they’re doing is completely different then ours. They’re simply wearing a “Hair Piece” so it looks like a Mullet.
The wigs are being spec’d to match the data points of their Safety Bike- We’ve been there, done that, 6 years ago. Cart before the Horse.
A: E-Bikes use a Plus Tire in the rear to make up for the lost diameter. Leaving you with 2 wheels of the same overall diameter. The frames also are not optimized around a Mullet platform. –They’re on a Safety Bike platform.
A: All of these bikes were based on a Safety Bike platform. They weren’t true Mullets. They were Safety Bikes that were capable of running a smaller rear wheels. This instantly compromised the geometry and benefits of mixing wheels. Which is why the Mullet platform never gained traction. It’s also why those bikes stopped being produced. Cart before the Horse.
A: Why doesn’t McDonalds release their Sweet & Sour sauce formulation? So everyone can’t copy it.
A: Our frames are hand welded by our manufacture in Asia. Once your frame arrives stateside, they’re rigorously inspected, decaled, clear-coated then hand assembled/tuned. Then they’re unassembled, packed, boxed and shipped.
A: We don’t write Grants asking the Government for money. We also don’t have a trust fund like most bike companies.
We live and die by the sword. There are only 2 manufactures left in the US who is production capable. If we’d manufacture them in the US, you’d likely purchase a Sprinter Van instead.
A: We don’t trust anything we can’t kill or rumored to not have a soul.
You can kill an Aluminum frame and melt it into a new bike. Your broken carbon bike is probably on a pacific island and will be for an eternity. NOT COOL.
A: Carbon Fiber is the strongest mass produced plastic we know of. The Resin used to hold Carbon Fiber together isn’t. In our experience, Carbon MTB’s have a 3 year life span before they start losing the stiffness they once had. They also make “creaking” noises around this time as well. Carbon works great for Road Bikes.
Carbon frames would cost us a ¼ the cost to manufacture a frame compared to Aluminum. We’d then sell them for twice as much as our Aluminum frame because “Carbon” can be marketed as such. We’re not greedy, we care about the environment and you the customer.
A: We’re human, things happen. We offer a 10 year lifetime warranty on our Titanium frames and a 5 year warranty on Aluminum. If there’s a defective weld or tube we’ll replace your frame minus the shipping cost. We will NOT replace frames that were purposely broke.
A: We like to allow time for our OE suppliers to have stock in case they don’t. It also gives us adequate time to fully inspect the frame before we decal, head-badge and apply a clear coat.
A: We’ll contact you or your LBS and offer your full refunded deposit. We’ll also let you know what exactly is holding the shipment and offer you a new ship date if you’d rather wait.
A: Manitou Springs, Colorado.
A: We’re currently renovating what will be our retail space and hope to open by the end of 2019.
A: We like going fast. So we designed it to fit a 38T so you can pedal downhill.
A: We designed our bike to fit true 3.0 wide tires front/rear. It’s nice to have a real tire under you when riding above 25mph.
A: We designed our bikes around a 200mm Dropper post. By taking away more seat tube and adding more dropper travel, we can drop the seat completely out of the way. This opens up our CORE and allows use to move not only side to side, but Front<->Back. This induces better body control and bike handling.
Oversized frames have become more common because suspension, brakes and tires can now handle higher speeds. Oversized Safety Bikes handle better at higher speeds (worse @ slower). It lengthens the wheelbase and puts the rider further behind the bars. This theoretically makes it more difficult to go Over-The-Bars. Mullets aren’t Safety Bikes, therefore, our bikes perform phenomenally at all speeds.
Find out for yourself.