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Friday, January 17, 2014

Jeff Jones Bicycles



Titanium Spaceframe and Truss fork
This is, currently, as good as it gets. The titanium Spaceframe and Truss fork deliver the rigid bicycle that is anything but. Laterally stiff to deliver the power with a vertical compliance that softens the ride? Yes, but this is only the icing on the cake. The Jones geometry ensures the best handling bike there is. It really does need to be ridden to appreciate it. Titanium, used here, provides strength, stiffness and compliance in a light, durable bike. The Jones geometry makes it all worthwhile. Note: headset shown is available, but not included in the frameset price.

Why this bike?
It's a high performance non-suspension bicycle... instead of designing the bike for XC-racing like so many unsuspended bikes I wanted this bike to be better for technical and distance riding... Since this bike is not designed around a suspension fork I'm able to do much more to improve the handling. By designing the frame and fork together and considering the larger wheels I'm able to make a bike that rides very differently to a 'normal' rigid bike (be it 26 or 29er) with a short rake fork. 

My bike has a slacker seat-tube and a shorter top-tube than 'normal' bikes... the head angle and rake with this wheel size (more rake, slacker head-tube-angle and bigger wheel) determines the trail which helps determine the handling. Slacker angles keep the rider's weight off the hands and makes the front end easy to lift; the center of gravity is moved back and down for more control, with less shock to the upper body, more traction under braking, and a bike that is much harder to endo. This bike feels quick but also has a laid back feel. It's the best handling bike I've designed.

Read More: http://www.jonesbikes.com/production_framesets.html#ixzz2qfSo5bZp

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