Steve Domahidy, who was the co-founder of Niner Bikes and designer of the recently introduced Factor Vis Vires road bike, has launched his own brand to get things back on the dirt.
Domahidy Designs is launching via Kickstarter with two hardtail 29er frames, one in Reynolds 853 steel and the other in 3/2.5 titanium. Both share the same geometry, which is somewhere near racy with a 71-72 degree head angle. That said, Domahidy says the bikes are meant to be “incredibly fun to ride.”
Roll past the break for pics, specs and the crowdfunding deal…
Both bikes use sliding dropouts and removable cable guides, letting you run them geared or single speed (and swap between the two with minimal effort). The titanium model uses triple butted 3/2.5 tubing with a tapered head tube and biovalized down tube to maximize stiffness at the steering and power transfer points. The stays are “S” curves to keep the spring in its step.
Bikes and frames will ship with two right side dropouts, one with a derailleur hanger, one without. They’re set up for 12×142 thru axles.
The steel frames use oversized Reynolds 853 DZB tubing and share the tapered head tube design. Both bikes build in a lot of tire clearance at the stays, too. Both are 29ers, but there are others in the works that may use different wheel sizes and designs.
To launch, Domahidy’s offering deals on frames and complete bikes, plus the usual assortment of schwag. Steel ones at $899 for the blue one, or $999 for this green one for KS backers only. Pony up $1,500 and you’ll get a steel frame custom painted in the color of your choice by Spectrum Powderworks.
The ti frames are up for grabs for $1,799 as shown or $2,400 for a Spectrum Powderworks custom paint job. Frames start delivering in August 2014.
Complete bikes start at $4,999 and deliver a month later. Want the ultimate experience with your new bike? For $10,000 you get this:
“A Domahidy Designs 29er XX1 equipped Reynolds 853 bike, a Sci-Con travel bag, and be flown to pick up your bike in person with Steve Domahidy and his wife in conjunction with a Project C.U.R.E. clinic. Project C.U.R.E. is the largest non-profit in the world delivering donated medical supplies, working in over 130 different countries. Spend a week with a Project C.U.R.E. clinic team in either Kenya or Ecuador, your choice, helping the local communities in that country, and then head out on the ultimate cycling adventure. Choose Kenya? We’ll help local communities in rural Kenya get the much needed medical attention they need and deserve, and then we’ll take you and your new Domahidy Designs bike to Mt. Kenya and ride the amazing trails surrounding this 17,000 ft. peak. How about Ecuador? Ride some of the most epic terrain in our world through the Andes of Ecuador while servicing the needs of the local populations in this impoverished country. All in country expenses are covered in this amazing package, including in-country airfare and transportation, lodging, meals, excursions, and other in-country expenses. INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED. See www.projectcure.org for more information about possible locations for this trip.>
Geometry and more info at DomahidyDesigns.com.