LVN160 Steel MTB Frame | 160MM Rear Travel | Chromoly Steel Full Suspension MTB Frame


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LVN160 Chromoly Steel Mountain Bike Frame | USA Built Steel Full Suspension MTB Frame


Linkage Driven

Single pivot is fun but when you add a link, it, it gets even better. Single pivot steel frames are said to pop, send, fly and jib better than the rest. They maintain composure and handle the rough stuff like the best but float over top of the rocks, roots and bumps. When a link is added to that equation, you have a platform that better resists bottoming out and allows for easier shock tuning, without all the multi link maintenance headaches.

Crushes Climbs

The LVN160 will take on any techy hill you want to throw at it while still having enough travel to soak up the drops, roots and boulders. The Pivot Point on our LVN160 was optimized and obsessed over to bring to you a bike that delivers over 100% Anti-squat through it’s travel. When you pedal, you want your bike to put all the power into the ground and not into the suspension to go to waste. Every pedal stroke can force the system to soak up some of that energy causing you to wear yourself out faster. The biggest factor that determines pedal efficiency is the Pivot Point. Looking at our Anti-squat curve, you’ll see that the LVN160 delivers over 100% Anti-squat throughout it’s travel.

Mid Pivot

We discovered a balance that others are just now starting to find. Our Pivot Point works magic on the trails. The first part of the axle path is regressive, meaning it grows to counteract a shrinking wheelbase. When descending the chunk, having a bike shrink on you can alter your handling and negatively effect your ride. The opposite of that is having too regressive of an axle path can cause your wheelbase to grow too much in corners throwing your corner speed off and causing an unpredictable handling characteristic in the twisties. Our mid-high pivot is the balance that others are just now realizing is working for them better as opposed to going with either ends of the spectrum.


CNC Machining

We opted for CNC machined shock mount/pivot arms to help give our frame it’s high end feel. Nothing says “high-end” more than CNC machined parts, especially our 4140 chromoly arms which are not kind to tooling and extremely expensive to machine. We spared no expense to offer a frame that despite it’s simplicity, it’s overachieving compared to bikes that cost a lot more.


Single Pivot Steeze and Durability

Stainless steel pivot axle and quad 6001-2rs bearings double stacked for longevity and rigidity where it matters most. Thanks to modern suspension technology, single pivot is back. Why single pivot? Easy maintenance and easy on your wallet. The ride is predictable and it doesn’t get hung up as easily on impacts which allows you to carry more speed on those steep descents. It offers a brilliant balance of amazing ride characteristics, simplicity and durability.



Slider Dropouts enable fine tuning of rear wheel adjustment due to wildly variable tire manufacturer sizing measurements. We think outside the box, so we offer a solution to fitment of your favorite size wheels and tires without sacrificing anything you’d love in a chromoly steel frame.


Modern Specs

Made for 73mm BSA bottom bracket, 148mm boost, internal cable routing for dropper seat posts, tapered forks. All your modern mountain bike specs in a more exciting steel frame packge.


Size Chart and Geometry

Geometry & Sizing

Sizing Tip:

The LVN160 was developed with progressive forward thinking geometry in mind. Utilizing slack geometry with 37-46mm Offset forks provides a stable, fast yet well handling steed.

(5’4″-5’9″ / 162.56cm-175.26cm)
(5’9″-6’2″ / 175.26cm-187.96cm)
Head Tube Angle 64° (160mm Forks)
64.5° (150mm Forks)
64° (160mm Forks)
64.5° (150mm Forks)
Seat Tube Angle 76° (160mm Forks)
76.5° (150mm Forks)
76° (160mm Forks)
76.5° (150mm Forks)
Bottom Bracket Drop 23mm 23mm
Reach 465mm 485mm
Virtual/Effective Top Tube Length
613mm 648mm
Wheel Base 1225mm 1260mm
Front Center 785mm 820mm
Seat Tube Length 450mm 450mm
Chainstay Length 440mm (adjustable +15mm) 440mm (adjustable +15mm)
Headtube Length 110mm 110mm



LVN Frame Specs

Frame Weight 11lbs/4.08kg To 12lbs/4.5kg (Medium-XL – raw, no shock)
Headset Included
Spec: ZS44-28.6/EC44-40 (Ferrum Branded)
Rear Axle Included
Spec: 180mm Length – 12×1.5 Thread Pitch
Rear Wheel Travel 160mm
Rear Wheel Tire Clearance Up To ~27.5×2.5″ to 29×2.5″ (Adjustable for smaller are larger wheels/tires)
Rear Shock 200x57mm (7.875×2.25)
Shock Hardware 22x8mm Front and 40x8mm Rear
Hub Spacing Rear BOOST 148mmx12mm (Axle Included)
Bottom Bracket Standard 73mm BSA Threaded
Forks Steerer Spec Tapered Forks 1.5″ > 1-1/8″
Max Fork Travel 180mm
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Dropper Seatpost Cable Routing Internal
Seat Post Clamp 34.9mm (Included)
Hydraulic Disc Brake Mount Rear IS
Hydraulic Brake Disc Diameter Max (Rear) 203mm
ISCG-05 Recommended ISCG-05 BB Adapter as shown HERE

Why Chromoly?

Why Chromoly?

Chromoly is much stronger than traditional steel and aluminum alloys. Chromoly is the most earth friendly material that we’ve seen besides bamboo that’s being made into bicycles. Studies show that chromoly requires 6-11 times less energy and emissions than competing materials to mine, manufacture and process.

Most people looking to buy our frame will have their minds made up on chromoly steel frames and prefer this material for their next frame but if you’re new to or curious about this amazing material, here are some of the advantages you’ll hear from experienced riders:


Chromoly steel bike frames possess a natural flex that absorbs sounds. While not completely silent when contact is made with rocks or roost, the ride is very stately feeling. Focus on the path ahead, not nuisances.


You’re buying a bike that will stand the test of time with proper care and maintenance. Imagine owning a bike that can be welded and repaired rather than degrade and be thrown away. Most people consider the user-friendly nature of chromoly to be a very wise investment.


Our steel full suspension mountain bike frames are engineered with controlled flex, working with the natural characteristics of heat treated chromoly and stiffening it up where it’s necessary for maximum efficiency. Chromoly tubing for a mountain bike is very thin yet incredibly strong, it has an inherent flex that people strive for in order to reduce vibrations translated to their hands and feet which works to reduce rider fatigue and increase rider comfort. Ride longer, more comfortably and much harder. Slight flex in the rear keeps the wheel planted in sharp hard turns keeping you on two wheels.


Chromoly’s strength to weight ratio rivals that of titanium yet it’s more affordable. Rest easy knowing what you’ve accepted as norm, steel is strong. Imagine a high-tech, lighter weight yet stronger alloy of steel being made into a frame for your next mountain bike. There are pluses and minuses for every known material being made into a mountain bike frame but welded seems, not glued, is something we personal feel is more solid and secure. Metal melted to metal, not piece, glued to piece. Fancy marketing words will lead you to believe other materials are “one solid piece” (“Monocoque”) but research shows that’s misleading, it’s actually multiple segments glued together into one piece which is strong too for only a comparably very short lifespan. Ride safe though, we can’t be held responsible for your new found feel of steel, ride at your own risk, ride responsible.

Color Examples

Color Examples

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Original Owner:

2 Years Warranty / Lifetime Repair
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Second Hand Owner:

2 Years Warranty / 4 Years Repair
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