Alan Finlay and Stuart Davies – collectively known as Pipedream Cycles – have just announced their latest ferrous creation, the Moxie.
An unabashedly slack-angled hardcore hardtail in Reynolds 631 steel, the Moxie started as a ‘garage project’ according to Stuart Davies. It was “experimental, a Sirius on steroids, a bike we could grab when we wanted to flirt with insanity yet live to tell the tale,” he writes on Pipedream’s blog.
Alan and Stuart didn’t plan to make it into a production frame, but took it to the Cycle Show back in February anyway and got lots of interest. However, it was essential to the concept that the frame take a dropper seatpost and at the time Reynolds didn’t make a 30.9 seat tube – till now.
“We knew it was coming down the pipe from Reynolds, and we talk a lot with Keith [Naronha, Reynolds CEO], so he let us know when it was available,” Stuart says.
So what we have is a hardtail, designed for a 160mm travel fork, with ISCG mounts and relaxed angles.
“I do a lot of downhilling and I wanted a bike that I could ride back uphill when the uplifts aren’t running,” says Stuart. “You can ride this bike uphill without bursting a blood vessel.” But there’s more to the Moxie than that.
“You can build it up hardcore or you can set it up to be more for trail riding,” he says. “Sliding dropouts make our bikes very versatile. You can set it up singlespeed, or you can use an Alfine and there’s room for 650B wheel.
“We’re designing for British conditions so there’s stacks of mud room too,” he says.
The Pipedream Moxie 631 will cost £349 and will be available between late autumn and the end of the year.
For those who are hooked on numbers, the Moxie looks like this:
Head Tube Angle: 65.75 deg
Seat Tube Angle: 67.75deg
Fork Axle-Crown: 545 mm (static/unsagged)
Top Tube Length (effective): 595 mm
Chainstay Length: 413 (+16mm, slider)
Seat Tube Collar: 34.9mm
Check out Pipedream Cycles for the full info.