Lightweight Fatty – Travers Bikes Titanium 29+ frame, the Rudy Fat
For those unfamiliar with the name, Travers Bikes is a custom shop based in Essex in the UK. They design, prototype, and hand-build titanium frames, and even offer the option for full custom work. They have been cranking out their 29er XC race frame, the Rudy, for a while now. Over the past nine months, Travers has morphed the 29er into a 29+, allowing for plush 3” tires, but retaining the ability to build the bike with a normal parts kit.
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Travers Bikes Titanium 29+ frame the “Rudy Fat” is now on sale. The new 29+ standard gives you all the benefits of the Fat 3″ tyres on 50mm rims but with the added bonus of being able to run standard components.
The “Rudy Fat” has been designed with endurance racing and all day cross country fun in mind, with its light weight and agile handling the tyres will insulate you from the trail buzz. The extra wide tyres make this bike a blast on the down hills and fire roads, really spinning up to speed fast. It also has the edge on the up hills with its extra traction, light frame and components. The “Rudy Fat” has the added appeal of being low maintenance giving you more time on the trail and peace of mind.
The thing we are most proud of is the chainstay bridge. With a clever use of a horse shoe design we have been able to maximise the mud clearance and add strength and stiffness whilst at the same time allowing you to run standard cranks.
The frame comes as standard with a split seat stay allowing you to run a belt drive and, in combination with the PF30 bottom bracket, you will be able to run a number of Eccentric Bottom Brackets or a standard 1×10 or 2×10 setup.
Travers Bikes is a small UK company based in Essex, which is where we do all of the design and prototype testing. Each frame is hand built and there is an option to custom build any of our models into your bespoke, dream titanium frame. The “Rudy Fat” has been in development for 9 months.
Each frame is adorned with a UK designed and handmade custom head badge.
Travers Bikes supports racing at the grass roots level and has a presence at local races in the South East, both in mountain biking and on the road, as well as at many of the national endurance series events. The frames have been used for over 3 years in competition, in different forms from early prototype to finished production models including the “Fat Race” and “Rudy Fat” in the recent Dusk til Dawn 12 hour endurance race at Thetford.
Lead times for custom builds are 6-12 weeks.
The specification for the “Rudy Fat” is as follows:
• Titanium frame
• PF30 BB
• Tapered headtube
• Horseshoe chainstay bridge
• Geometry designed for Travers carbon 29er forks
• Custom 29+ geometry
• Standard MTB hubs
• Standard MTB cranks 1x or 2x
• Off the peg or custom options
• Replaceable rear mech hanger
• Brushed finish with polished logo
• Handmade custom head badge
More details can be found here.