Interbike 2010: One Ghost’s Carbon 29er Mountain Bike, Plus a Bit of DJ/4X
We first met One Ghost Industries‘ founder David Meredith at the Ashland, OR, Super-D where he was showing off some early versions of his Candy Components line, but there was no hint that this full carbon 29er was in the works. We met up in the halls of Interbike and grabbed a few shots and details on it, the complete Candy line (which we’ll cover on a separate post) and their split-top tube DJ bike.
Here’s what David said about the OG Carbon 29er:
“Full monocoque construction with a controlled layering to get the ride quality and weight we want. BB30 so we can put an eccentric adapter on it for single speed use or 1×10 (working with E-Thirteen on a set up for that for our complete bike). The frame is designed with ‘long and low geometry’ with long top tubes and low standover and short chainstays/rear center. It has a tapered internal head tube and our own full monocoque construction carbon fork (steerer to dropout) with tapered steer tube.”
Jump past the break for lots more photos, pricing and more…
Two versions will be available come late January, orders and deposits being taken now if you’re interested. Version 1 is a frame/fork kit for $1799. This will be the frame/fork you see here with the orange/white graphics.
Version 2 will be a complete bike with XT/SLX and a 1×10 set up 37T front by E-thirteen (crank/guide), Fox F29 QR 15 taper steerer fork and 11-36 rear cassette. Graphics are white and blue with blue Candy Components bar/stem, Sun-Ringle wheels (or possibly Candy Components carbon wheels…wait, what?!?) MSRP is $4299 but they’ll have an introductory price of $3899 (with Sun wheels) for early adopters.
The frame is gorgeous in person. The arcing, sloping top tube has a center buttress that rises up along the spine to reinforce the seat tube. The stays are pretty thick, which looks like it’ll make for a pretty stiff rear end.
The rather large downtube reinforces the idea that this bike will be plenty stiff. We totally dig the samurai logo and stars/stripes graphics…somehow it just works together.
The frame with everything except cranks, chain, brake calipers and hoses/cables weighs in at 16lbs 2oz (shifter/levers and rear derailleur are installed the bike shown here). Pick your setup and figure out the weight from there, but seems like it could be built up pretty light. Frame weight is a claimed 2.88lbs (1,306g) for a Medium. Fork weight is 300g and they’ll be available in a limited supply on it’s own, too, for about $325. The frames and forks are made in a high end factory alongside some other pretty big name brands that we’re not supposed to mention, and they’ll be available in S (17″), M (19″) and L (21″).
OG’s Tanto 4X isn’t brand new, but it’s got some interesting features not seen too often. First, the top tube uses boxed “tubes” that run separately and directly from the headtube to the rear dropouts. There are braces at the head- and seat tubes and one in the middle. It stiffens the frame up some, but it’s mainly a design thing inspired by the old Torker bikes.
The Tantos comes with OG’s custom machined sliding dropouts with integrated disc brake mounts. This solves the problem of keeping the brakes inline with the rear hub, and it looks freakin’ sweet. They’re available in any color you want, as long as you want ano’d orange. They have 1.3″ of adjustability, letting you customize the chainstay length to suit your style. The frames are available in regular or long and retail for $580 in raw or add $95 and three weeks for a single color powdercoat.