Duke’s New Hardtail:

Duke is official leading the “Alliance Bicycle’s fan boi club”.  This is his third bike from me.  It’s a steel hardtail with aggressive geometry and some big pipes.   Duke gives me a lot of freedom on his bikes in design, material selection, and paint.  I set out to build him a fun hardtail that was nice and stiff as Duke likes to stand while climbing.  The bike is also designed to rip downhill because the trails in Bozeman are flowy and fast.  I used a 120mm fork and clearance for 2.4″ tires as most of them are fairly rocky too.  The headtube is slack, the chainstays are short, and the seattube angle and toptube length put proper weight on the front wheel for climbing (no excuses for not cleaning the headwalls climbing up the singletrack of Garnet Duke!).  When I first started riding with Duke, he always wore the same red Pearl Izumi jersey.  Luckly Duke now owns more than one jersey.  I painted his bike as a tribute to that old jersey.  I like to do matte clearcoats on mountain bikes because they are more durable. I also added some thin bands to the seattube to add a bit of color to the area.


3 responses to “Duke’s New Hardtail”

  1. Dylan says:

    seriously stunning frame.. and sick wheels! pretty jealous of this one.

  2. Duke says:

    That thing is looking sweet! This will have to be dream machine number 2 behind 007 of course. Can’t wait to ride it. Although I think the jersey story could have been spared. Thanks again Erik.