Well Bastard Fast
Since it’s release our Morf hardtail has rapidly won people’s hearts, generated a core cult following, and what we had initially aimed to be an ideal stable mate to a modern day full suspension bike ended up being a lot of peoples one-bike-to-rule-it-all weapon of choice. It wasn’t long before riders were requesting the same premium ride quality and progressive handling characteristics on a 29er platform. We began to see the benefits of 29er’s with proper geometry, so it got us thinking...
We hit the drawing board, began prototyping, and quickly realised how a 29er chassis would enable us to express our ultimate geometry figures whilst reaping the benefits of bigger, faster wheels. After several prototypes, 1000’s of kilometres of hyper sensitive testing and endless amounts of tweaking we have found the optimum formula, and off the back of this extensive in-house research & development, striving for progressive, safe and fun performance we are proud to finally be able to announce the new Stif Squatch!
Retaining our signature frame feel, which some industry leading product testers quoted as being ‘the best steel frame feel on the market’ was vital for us when designing the Squatch, so taking what we honed with the Morf, refining it further and tuning it for the 29er platform was a key part of our development process. Bespoke 4130 chromoly steel tubing is used throughout with custom tube shaping providing our desired ride feel attributes.
Ovalizing the top tube and chainstays has allowed us to create the a super compliant ride without compromising on stiffness in all-important areas – this means things stay comfortable during high frequency chatter but stomp on the pedals or enthusiastically load a corner and you’re greeted with predictable positivity. Looking down to where the drive-side chainstay meets the BB shell is our signature 12 Bore chainstay bridge that gives a dialled chainline with upto a 34T chainring and clearance for chunky mud-shed 2.6’’ tyres. It gives a proper weld surface without sacrificing tube stiffness. It’s a key ingredient in allowing for our super short 430mm chainstays.
Bottle cage bosses on the downtube and an ISCG05 chainguide mount mean it’s ready for long days on big terrain. Before painting, the entire frame sees Ed black anti-rust treatment inside and out to keep any rusting away – we saw this to be an essential for a frame that was designed and tested in the wet and dank regions of Yorkshire, England. With this in mind, to keep things as simple and reliable as possible there’s no weird standards – there’s a threaded BB, a standard 44mm headtube and everyday seat tube and clamp diameters.
As with any hardtail, good geometry is the key ingredient to behaviour on the trail and we wanted to push the boundaries.
We get pretty tired of the whole ‘revolutionary low, long and slack’ spiel that’s get regurgitated during new bike launches, especially with hardtails that get reviled with bold claims about being radically different from the rest, when in fact they’re not really dissimilar to boxy shaped bikes we were riding 10 years ago.
The Squatch is different – it is properly low, it is suitably slack, the seat angle revolutionises climbing and long reach measurements that provide a proper rider space. Our triangle of reach, BB drop/height and headangle make the Squatch safer, faster, and ultimately way more fun to ride than any other hardtail on the market.
130mm, Short offset & Short Stem
Designing the frame around a 130mm travel fork means the frames geometry is preserved as best as possible, regardless to where it is in the forks stroke. Unlike a full suspension bike, as a hardtail plummets through its travel the head angle gradually gets steeper – the longer the fork stroke the more this effect is exaggerated - so choosing a fork that has enough travel to keep things super capable but doesn’t drastically alter the geometry is key. A stout 130mm travel fork nails this sweet spot and provides enough buffer to keep you out of trouble whilst always keeping the bikes geometry highly consistent
The Squatch is designed around and shipped with a short 42mm offset fork which brings us closer to the steering axis therefore generating a greater ‘trail’ measurement, which when complimented with a 35mm or shorter stem makes for steering that’s more sensitive to micro adjustments as well as being more stable at higher speeds. Riding a hardtail requires extra precision so having steering that lets you manoeuvre the wheels exactly where you want massively elevates confidence levels and inspires the confidence to push boundaries.
80mm BB Drop
BB height/drop was an area we wanted to focus on with the aim of mirroring the dynamic ride height of a modern full suspension bike.
With the cranks sitting 80mm below the wheel axles it translates to a BB height of 293mm which keeps the rider’s mass as low as possible creating maximum stability when cornering. Dropping into the corners pocket feels natural with a total in the bike feeling, encouraging a more aggressive lean angle which allows for the corners apex to be pushed into with reassurance in order to generate grin forming levels of forward motion.
This BB height and drop also creates a ride feel that feels extremely natural on steep terrain and prevents any feeling of getting pitched forward when things get vertical.
64° Head Angle
Settling at 64° has resulted in stable and confidence inspiring feel without any vagueness or steering flop. Pairing this with the 130mm fork also means there is no drastic head angle change regardless of fork position.
78° Seat Tube Angle
Why should a bike that’s been designed to rip on the descents be compromised on the climbs? Yeah, it shouldn’t!
We approached designing this bike in two halves, one for climbing, one for descending – two fairly out there numbers that create strong descending prowess and a mind-blowingly efficient climbing manner and it’s the 78° seatangle that making climbing a total cinch. It’s truly incredible how efficient, balanced and damn right easy this seating position makes things.
Short and tall riders rejoice - Our seat-tube features a curve to help with tyre clearance and allows for our super short 430mm chainstays. Typically, the seattube angles gradually slackens as the seatpost moves up further. However, we’ve built the frame measuring 78 degrees from the BB centre to the saddle rail at max seat post extension. Therefore, 78 degrees is the slackest the seat-tube angle will ever be, meaning it effectively steepens as the saddle is dropped. This means tall riders with long legs take advantage of our steep seatangle and shorter riders actually get a steeper angle still, something that better suits the proportions of shorter riders too.
|Size Range||5'5" - 5'11"||5'8" - 6'2"||6'1" - 6'6"|
|Sizing Sweet Spot||5'6" - 5'9"||5'10" - 6'1"||6'2" - 6'5"|
|Head Tube Angle||64°||64°||64°|
|Seat Tube Length||420mm||450mm||480mm|
|Head Tube Length||100mm||100mm||110mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||78°||78°||78°|
Stif Squatch Frame Features
- Recommended Fork Travel: 130mm
- Max Fork Travel: 140mm
- Brake Mounts: 160mm Post Mount
- Headset Size: Top: ZS44/28.6 - Bottom: EC44/40
- ICSG-05 Tabs: Yes
- Seatpost Diameter: 30.9mm
- Seat Clamp Diameter: 34.9mm
- Bottom Bracket Size: 73mm Threaded BSA
- Max Tyre Size: 2.6"
- Recommended Crank Length: 170mm
- Max Chainring Size: 34t
- Water Bottle Mounts: 1 Set, inside front triangle
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Delivery & Returns
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