Monday, September 29, 2014

An idea whose time has come.

Devin Lenz is no stranger to innovation.  He's been pushing the limits of what's doable and desirable with 29" wheels for over a decade.  Even though every one of the big players and most of the smaller ones are finally hawking their version of big wheeled bliss, Devin's bikes remain atop the heap when it comes to uncompromised on-trail performance.  It doesn't hurt his credibility that each of his designs are dreamed up, prototyped, fabricated, and ultimately produced right here in Colorado.

And while he wasn't the first to experiment with the full-suspension single speed, he was the first to do it with 29" wheels, and has been consistently doing it for longer than anyone else regardless of wheel size. 

Devin shipped the first short-rear Milk Money my way many years ago, and while I loved the idea and execution, that chassis was always a little anemic for my tastes.  I'm no Graham Agassiz on the bike--I just lean more toward the chunkier end of the spectrum than what the Milk Money was designed to do.

And while I've flirted with the k.i.s.s. principle on my singlespeeds for 20+ years now, the reality is that my backyard trails, and the way I like to ride them, demand a proper FS bike.

With that preamble out of the way, I'd like to introduce the first protoype of the LenzSport LunchMoney.

Astute observers will immediately 'get' the name--a combination of Devin's most capable trailbike and the aforementioned concentric-pivot xc whip.

Whole lot happening right there: Concentric pivot spinning on massive cartridge bearings and a PMW titanium bb shell.  Plus stealth dropper routing and clearance for 2.5" meat.

Devin's proprietary sliders, with an older-than-old-school Boone ti cog.

A buttery 150mm of travel up front and an impossibly silky ~140mm out back.  Since this is the first proto the rear travel and suspension characteristics are far from 'set'--we'll experiment with a multitude of options including different shock tunes, leverage ratios and spring curves.

Go on--show me a cleaner cockpit on a 5+" travel bike.  Unseen but at least as important--try to find a quieter 5" machine than this one.  Utterly silent.

And on that note?  Belt drive compatible.  Still unsure if I'm willing to go down that rabbit hole...

This chassis will aim to blur the lines between climbing phenom and ripping descender.  In short, I need it to be a capable climber, but more than that I want it to be fun.

Over the next few months I'll post updates as the process of getting it from here to there proceeds.

Thanks for checkin' in.