The first frame from ex-On-One bloke Brant Richard’s new Shedfire incarnation has been revealed. The Shedfire Ragley is a titanium hardtail made by Lynskey Performance in Chatanooga, USA from what’s described as a “variable wall thickness tubeset”. What exactly that means is anyone’s guess.
More obvious is the asymmetric chainstay assembly, which uses a plate on the drive side to help it get through the rather small gap between a big tyre and a big chainring. Perhaps surprisingly, the feature doesn’t have a comedy name although we’re told that that’s only because no-one’s thought of one yet. “Saying ‘it’s a bit of plate, with two cuts and two bends’ doesn’t sound very good, but we’re pleased with the results,” says Richards.
All the cable and hose guides are bolted on for maximum flexibility, and the alloy rivnuts into which they thread are all replaceable should your biological torque wrench turn out to be miscalibrated. Geometry is of the “relaxed at the front/steep at the back” school, with 67.5° head/73.5° seat angles with a 140mm fork. Historically we’ve liked bikes that kind of shape (although this is quite an extreme variant) – they manage to behave entirely differently (but still appropriately) sat down on climbs and stood up on descents.
Exactly what brand name the Ragley will appear under is yet to be announced, but you’re safe to bet on “a new one”. Pricing is similarly indeterminate, but the word “competitive” has been used. Steel and aluminium frames with the same geometry will also be available.
You may be able to find out more at www.shedfire.com but you’d be well advised not to count on it.