The Buzzard is at the forefront of a new breed of 29" hardtails which enable, indeed encourage, more aggressive riding than is possible on more cross country oriented bikes like the Swift. A slacker head angle, stouter tubing and shorter chainstays make for a bike which is at it's best when the going gets steep and the speed goes up.
After some time riding a Buzzard prototype, Singletrack Magazine said - "If you’re after a great, fun, rocks and roots, big-wheel bike and you want something your mates don’t have, check out the Buzzard". Chipps, the editor of Singletrack, subsequently nominated the Buzzard as his bike of the year for 2012.
- Custom drawn double butted 4130 steel frame
- No fork supplied (for use with a 120-140mm travel suspension fork)
- Clearance for up to 60mm wide tyres
- 44mm ID headtube for compatibility with tapered (1 1/8" - 1 1/2") steerers or straight 1 1/8"
- Geometry figures are given assuming a 20% sagged 120mm travel Fox fork
- Disc brake only - IS mount
- Cable guides for front and rear derailleurs
- 135mm rear spacing
- 73mm British threaded bottom bracket shell
- ISCG 05 Chain-guide mounts
- 2.9kg frame weight in medium size (expected)
- 31.6mm seat post, 34.9mm seat clamp
- 34.9mm bottom pull front derailleur
M, L, XL
There was an issue with production which has put the front derailleur cable stop on the down tube was brazed on the wrong side. Therefore the frame is supplied with a high direct mount front derailleur adapter. This then allows a full run of outer from shifter to derailleur. It's best to route it along the top tube paired with the rear brake cable, then down to the derailleur. I realise this is less than ideal, particularly if using a dropper post with remote as well, but this is the best solution I could find. Simplest option is to forgo a front derailleur and use a 1x9/10/11 drivetrain!