I’ve always had a soft spot for, er, Spot Brand. They always seem to have produced interesting machines and their latest offering is no exception.
Just weeks after uncovering the Marin Pine Mountain 1, my tip for next seasons sleeper hit, the Rocker 27.5+ bike is similarly a 650b + with 3.0 tyres on 45mm WTB Scraper rims. Sounds great. I reckon semi-fat is the perfect best-of-both-worlds option for fun hardtails at the moment.
The hub spacing is the latest Boost spec, which is 110 x 15mm at the front and 148 x 12mm at the rear, meaning it benefits from a stiffer wheel build. The best part though is that the frame is Reynolds 853 steel and in that blue colour, I really would like one!
The Rocker frame can be built in a geared 1x configuration, or singlespeed (it even accepts a belt), or can run 29er wheels and regular tyres if you fancy. With a 67.7° head angle and long top tube this is a very tempting proposition.
It’s a shame I can’t afford it, although my US importer might need to check his luggage allowance! If you want to avoid the hassle, Sideways Cycles is the UK importer.