Not long ago, Knolly announced it was switching to 157-millimeter rear spacing across its entire line. In that post, Knolly teased its upcoming 29er. That 29er is now here, and in true Knolly fashion, it’s an engineering wonder that looks like it’s ready to rip.
Riders wanted a bike that could take them into the backcountry, handle the biggest descent, efficiently climb steep technical trails and essentially take on anything thrown at it. A tall order, but Knolly listened. The Fugitive 29er is the company’s answer. Knolly is known for doing things its own way and not cutting corners. In order to make sure the Fugitive lived up to the company’s reputation, Knolly committed an extra 18 months of research and development to the bike.
While developing the bike, Knolly partnered with Igus, a polymer bushing company, to develop new pivot bushings combined with roller bearings for minimal friction and maximum durability. Similarly, Knolly invested in new tooling to produce stronger and lighter aluminum frames. Holding it all together are custom CNC machined titanium fasteners for a lighter and stiffer linkage. Oh, and the new frames can fit 200-millimeter dropper posts on all sizes.
As mentioned previously, Knolly is moving all of its bikes to 157-millimeter spacing, which is being branded as 157TRAIL. The wider axle allowed Knolly to focus solely on tire diameter without worrying about width. So if 29ers aren’t your thing, but the Fugitive looks like a bike you would like, a 3-inch, 27.5 tire will work just fine.
The suspension will be handled by Knolly’s patented Fourby4 system for a total of 120 millimeters of travel. If you want more, there is also a long-travel version with an extra 15 millimeters. Suggested fork travel is 130 millimeters to 150 millimeters depending on travel options. The bike has two geometry settings, room for a water bottle in the front triangle, internal cable routing and a threaded bottom bracket. Here are all the details.
Rear Travel: 120 millimeters/135 millimeters
Fork: 140 to 150 millimeters
Wheel Size and Max Width: 29"x2.6" and 27.5"x3.25"
Rear Axle: 157TRAIL x 12 millimeters
Up to 200-millimeter droppers compatible on all frame sizes
73-millimeter-threaded BB with removable ISCG05 chain guide tabs
Maximum 38-tooth single ring / dual-ring compatible
Trailside adjustable geometry
Clearance for water bottles of all sizes
Removable downtube protector that doubles as Shimano Di2 battery holder
Full internal routing
Shares its suspension and frame parts with next generation Knolly bikes to ensure ease of bike maintenance/service and inventory management between models
The Fugitive frames will range in price from $1,980 to $2,175, and complete bikes will be available starting at $4,300 and going all the way up to $6,900. They will be available for sale July 2018.