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LVN160 V2 MTB Frame | 160MM Rear Travel | Chromoly Steel Full Suspension MTB Frame




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NEW! V2 LVN160 Chromoly Steel Mountain Bike Frame | USA Built Steel Full Suspension MTB Frame


V2 vs V1

What’s the difference between V1 and V2? The V2 is designed for shocks that are 210mm eye to eye.

Linkage Driven

Integrating a linkage into the design enhances both the enjoyment and competitiveness of our chromoly steel mountain bike frames. While single pivot steel frames offer exhilarating performance, incorporating a linkage elevates this experience even further. These frames exhibit exceptional composure, effortlessly navigating rough terrain while providing a smooth ride over rocks, roots, and bumps. The addition of a linkage enhances shock absorption, facilitating easier tuning without the complexities associated with multi-link systems.

Crushes Climbs

The LVN160 excels on technical ascents, effortlessly conquering challenging terrain while maintaining ample travel to absorb drops, roots, and boulders on the descent. Our meticulous optimization of the main pivot point ensures that the LVN160 delivers over 100% Anti-squat throughout its travel, maximizing power transfer to the ground with each pedal stroke. This design minimizes energy loss to the suspension system, optimizing efficiency and enhancing overall performance.

Durable and Balanced

Representing the pinnacle of our steel full suspension frame expertise, the LVN160 embodies strength, longevity, and balance. Through meticulous attention to detail, we have optimized the tubing wall thickness to ensure durability without compromising on weight. The centralized placement of weight in the frame enhances stability and confidence, providing riders with an exceptional riding experience characterized by precise handling and performance.

Mid Pivot

Our innovative mid-high pivot design strikes a perfect balance, delivering unparalleled performance on the trails. By optimizing the axle path to counteract wheelbase changes, we ensure consistent handling characteristics, particularly during challenging descents. This balanced approach minimizes handling disruptions, maintaining control and stability in diverse riding conditions.

CNC Machining

To achieve a refined and purposeful feel, we utilize CNC machined shock mount/pivot arms in our frame construction. These precision-engineered components not only enhance aesthetics but also contribute to the overall quality and performance of the frame. Despite its simplicity, our frame stands out for its thoughtful design and meticulous craftsmanship, offering exceptional value compared to higher-priced alternatives.

Single Pivot Steeze and Durability

Featuring a stainless steel pivot axle and quad 6001-2rs bearings, our single pivot design prioritizes durability and reliability. Thanks to advancements in suspension technology, single pivot configurations offer easy maintenance and affordability without compromising on performance. Riders can expect a predictable ride with excellent impact absorption, allowing for increased speed and confidence on challenging descents.


Equipped with Slider Dropouts, our frames enable precise rear wheel adjustment to accommodate a wide range of tire sizes. This innovative solution ensures compatibility with various wheel and tire combinations without compromising the integrity of the chromoly steel frame. We prioritize versatility, providing riders with the flexibility to customize their ride experience according to their preferences.

Modern Specs

Designed to meet contemporary mountain biking standards, our frames feature compatibility with 73mm BSA bottom brackets, 148mm boost spacing, internal cable routing for dropper seat posts, and tapered forks. By incorporating these modern specifications into our steel frame package, we offer riders a compelling blend of tradition and innovation for an enhanced riding experience.

Additional information


Custom (We'll Contact You), Size 1

Size Chart and Geometry

Geometry & Sizing

Sizing Tip:

We recommend short stems 32mm-40mm in length for proper sizing and handling characteristics. Pay attention to the Top Tube and Reach measurements, they may be different from what you’re used to do to our seat tube offset to clear the rear tire at full travel.

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

Please feel free to Contact Us for sizing help.

(5’6″-5’11” / 167.64cm-180.33cm)
Reach 460mm
Virtual/Effective Top Tube Length
Head Tube Angle
*Don’t love the HTA? Check out the Geoshift Headsets from Wolf Tooth Components. They can adjust your HTA by 1 or 2 degrees, your choice.
64° (160mm Forks)
Seat Tube Angle 76° (160mm Forks)
Bottom Bracket Drop 23mm
Wheel Base 1225mm
Front Center 785mm
Seat Tube Length 450mm
Chainstay Length 440mm (adjustable +15mm)
Headtube Length 110mm



LVN Frame Specs

Frame Weight 12lbs/4.08kg To 13lbs/4.5kg (Size 1-3 – raw, no shock)
Headset Optional
Spec: ZS44-28.6/EC44-40 (Ferrum Branded)
Rear Axle Included
Spec: 180mm Length – 12×1.5 Thread Pitch
Derailleur Hanger Spec: Allotec C52
UDH Compatible via Paragon Machine Works UDH Sliding Dropout Available for Purchase Here (Not Included) new axle required which paragon sells also.
Rear Wheel Travel 160mm
Rear Wheel Tire Clearance Up To ~27.5×2.5″ to 29×2.5″ with 35mm width rims. Tires vary in size by manufacturer. (Adjustable for smaller are larger wheels/tires)
Rear Shock 210×55
Shock Hardware 22x8mm Front and 15×8 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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1 review for LVN160 V2 MTB Frame | 160MM Rear Travel | Chromoly Steel Full Suspension MTB Frame

  1. Kevin schmenk

    This is my first chromoly full suspension and definitely won’t be my last. After discussing size and getting a recommendation I pulled the trigger. The craftsmanship is top notch and the frame is a work of art. I built mine to be a park bike at 170/160 and full 27.5. I dialed in the suspension and took it to the local park to see what it was made of. The first thing I noticed was how much quieter and smoother the bike was. It is a little heavier than my other bike but felt just as nimble and never even noticed it. If anything I feel it was more planted because of it. The bike is super poppy on jumps and still maintains full composure even on the gnarliest of terrain. It didn’t matter if I was on a flow trail or DH run, I was able to point the bike where I wanted and it went without hesitation. I’m still getting use to the geometry but I was able to push into Bern’s and really lay the bike over and the traction was there. The bike is fast but feels like I’m barely moving which took me by surprise. Going down trails I ride often and clearing everything with ease was a nice surprise. Steel really does absorb a lot of the nasty trail chatter and I was able to ride all day without any hand cramps. As an old bmxer I’ve always wondered why more bikes were made of chromoly and now that I’ve built a full squish I really wonder why. Built to last by a company that stands behind the products, biking community and are riders themselves is a winning combination. My only issue is not buying a second one to replace my other bike.

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