While I wouldn’t claim to have invented the combination of big wheels and drop bars, Singular was very much at the vanguard of the current era of creating these fun and versatile bikes. Combining big, wide flared drop bars with big, wide tyres makes for a supple and synchronous ride over varied terrain.
When I first designed the Swift it was to work with both drops and flats – though my personal preference was for the former. This was always a slight compromise and the perfect drop bar bike necessitated a taller headtube and shorter reach. As I can’t abide suspension and drop bars (some things are just wrong…) it had to be rigid specific.
Enter the Gryphon.
The mythical mash-up of lion and eagle representing the ostensible clash between drop bars and big knobbly tyres – perfectly harmonious in reality. Released in 2008 it became a cult favourite. More and more people came to appreciate the comfort and versatility of drop bars with the alchemistic pairing of big fat 29″ rubber. Drawing upon and further evolving the traditions of the legendary bikes of Charlie Cunningham and more contemporaneously Matt Chester, the Gryphon foreshadowed bikes such as the Salsa Fargo and subsequently the advent of ‘gravel’ bikes. The Gryphon was the first production 29″ wheeled, steel mountain bike frameset designed for use with a drop handlebar.
The Gryphon Ti takes that proven heritage and elevates it.
Standard geometry in M, L & XL size – see below for full geometry details. Custom geometry is also possible in smaller or larger sizes or if you would like to make some small tweaks.
Standard tubing – a size specific selection of 3Al/2.4V Titanium to give that fabled lively titanium ride.
Standard frame – £1550 (including UK VAT)
- 34mm ID head-tube – for a traditional 1 1/8″ steerer fork
- Single chainring
- 73mm BSA threaded bottom bracket shell
- 142×12 thru axle
- Internal dropper-post cable routing
- Bolt-on cable guides on underside of down tube
- Three bottle cage mounts – seat tube, down tube, underside of down tube
- Post mount rear brake on the chainstay
- Clearance for 29×2.4″ or 27.5×3.0″ tyres
- Standard Gryphon Ti fork
- Eccentric bottom bracket shell and insert – genuine Bushnell lightweight insert (+£150)
- T47 bottom bracket shell (+£50)
- Rear rack-mounts (+£25)
- 135mm QR dropout spacing (no charge)
- 148x12mm ‘Boost’ thru axles (no charge)
- 1 1/8″ external cup (34mm ID) head tube (+£50)
- No gear cable routing – singlespeed specific (no charge)
- Spare aluminium rear derailleur hanger (£15)
- Omit any of the standard options – bottle cages, dropper post routing etc. (no charge)
Any other ideas not listed here just let me know. The basic geometry and tubing can’t change, most other things should be do-able.
With the exception of…
- Sliding dropouts
- Press-fit BB shell
Sorry, not going to get into any of those things.
To pay your deposit just click the below button and make the payment. Email me to confirm the details of your final specification and I will send you an invoice confirming the full spec and final price including shipping, applicable taxes (or not), and any selected extras.