Swifts and Gryphons get a re-vamp!

Sadly two of my most popular models are currently out of stock. The process of re-stocking has been a little slower than I might have liked as both the Swift and Gryphon are undergoing their first significant makeover. Now before you get too nervous, the tubing, geometry and general ride and intent will stay the same! The changes are;

  • Modular bolt on cable guides to run singlespeed or geared with no extraneous braze-ons.
  • Direct mount front derailleur adapter
  • Replaceable derailleur hanger
  • 73mm wide eccentric bottom bracket
  • Clearance for 2.4″ tyres on 35mm rims at rear
  • Clearance for a 29×3.0″ (29+) tyre on 50mm rim in the fork
  • New colours:
    – Gryphon in British racing green with black panel and cream logo
    – Swift in cream (as per old Gryphon) with Swift blue panel and red logo

Sadly as a result of these changes and also because the base price has not gone up in about 4 years, the price will be rising to £495 for a frameset (including UK VAT).  However – as a special offer if you are so excited about these changes as to want to lay your money on the table right now you can get a (very nearly) 20% discount off that price and pay just £400 – you can do this on the respective Swift and Gryphon product pages. The new frames are currently expected to be on these shores in late October.


It’s not a Swift but it’s the same colour as the new ones will be


It’s not a Gryphon but it’s (nearly, they will be a little darker) the same colour as the new ones will be


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14 Responses to “Swifts and Gryphons get a re-vamp!”

  1. Clink (@muddytrail) Says:

    August 19th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I know your thoughts on headtubes for tapered forks but you can’t buy decent non-tapered forks now (ie with 15mm axle). Surely the new Swifts should have a new headtube?

  2. Sam Says:

    August 19th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Rock Shox Reba, Fox Float 32, Manitou Tower, White Brothers Loop, X-Fusion Slide, DT XMM 100, Magura TS6 & TS8 – in fact I’m struggling to think of any fork I would want to ride and is appropriate for use with a Swift that doesn’t come in a straight 1 1/8″. What did you have in mind?

  3. Clink (@muddytrail) Says:

    August 19th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Must be me then – all the 2014 stuff with through axles I thought was tapered – I need to hone my searching skills 🙂

  4. Mirco Says:

    August 19th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I love the Swift, I would be interested to buy one, but I find that the top tube is too short. You might not increase by 10/15 mm?

  5. Sam Says:

    August 19th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Which size are you looking at? You could always use a 10mm longer stem or seatpost with a little more setback?

  6. Mirco Says:

    August 20th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Hello Sam, thank you for your willingness to listen to my idea.Io use a size M, only 180 cm tall and I use a 110mm stem and seatpost back, but I still feel short. I think on the head tube size L both too long and too much for my height.

  7. Sam Says:

    August 20th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    How many spacers and what rise stem do you use on a medium? What is your saddle height. At your height I’d be very surprised if you can’t get comfortable on a large.

  8. Mirco Says:

    August 20th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Eheheheh … I use a flat handlebar without spacers. The saddle is 740 mm from the centre of the bottom bracket. I’m Italian, I use a xc race posture! 😀
    But I’m the only one with this problem?

  9. Sam Says:

    August 20th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    That sounds like a pretty low saddle for someone of your height, so I guess that’s the cause of your issue. I’m afraid I’m not in the custom frame business and can’t justify making such a change on the basis of one person’s request. Most people like the ability to run the bars at a reasonable height without needing to resort to a large stack of spacers.

  10. Daan Says:

    August 19th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Do you also sell spare forks for the 1st gen. Gryphons?

  11. Sam Says:

    August 19th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    They are not currently in stock but there will be some of the new ones available when the frames get here.

  12. Andrew Says:

    August 19th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I just picked up a Sid XX solo air in a 1 1/8″ steerer and it was available with a through axle. Tapered headtubes add some weight!

  13. MiLo Says:

    August 20th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Does this mean no more cream panel on Blue for the swift? I know it’s a small thing, but that scheme was so sharp looking. It was also very slimming for the frame. 😉

  14. Sam Says:

    August 20th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    It is basically the reverse of the old colour scheme. Cream frame, blue panel. Same as the Gryphon pic you can see in the post.