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NV170 Chromoly Steel Mountain Bike Frame | USA Built Chromoly Steel Full Suspension
Bikes should be fun and not be taken so seriously. Single pivot steel frames are said to be more lively in the corners, off the jumps, in the jibs and when it’s rough. They maintain composure and handle the rough stuff by tracking over the top of the rocks, roots and bumps instead of getting hung up.
Sweet spot geo and pivot placement when combined with the single pivot action allows the bike to float over the nasty stuff. This combination provides you with a really fast rolling bike. With 170mm of travel and a steel chassis, feeling good over those big hits is inevitable. Combine that with a frame that’s low maintenance which keeps you riding more so you can get more time on bike.
Steel has a feel that has to be felt to be properly understood. It’s forgiving, easy on your joints and feels amazing. That rough chop and harsh vibration is either removed or significantly diminished. Less fatigue can result in more stamina so you will not feel as tired after those long days on the trails.
We would rather ride our bikes than wrench on them. 4 pivot bearings for longer service intervals is the hallmark of our design.
Is this really all that important? Some people really don’t like distractions when they ride. Creaks and cracks, settling and friction sounds are all common on other non steel bike frames. Typical noises are not typical on steel Ferrum Bikes frames. There are sounds that can’t be avoided like contact with objects and non-frame related parts but the frame itself and its assemblies are nice and quiet.
Have you shopped around for a steel full suspension mountain bike frame? One with this much design prowess and quality thought into it is impossible to find for anywhere near this price. Competitive frames are being sold for $2400-$3500 and while we believe ours is worth that also, our goal was to offer an extreme value to the mountain biking community to get our name out there and help fellow riders out.
Powder Coated vs Painted
We opt for powder coating on the NV170 for extreme durability compared to paint. If you’re unfamiliar with powder coating, it’s fine polyurethane (or similar) particles electrically deposited to the surface of the frame and cured in an oven at ~450 degrees farenheit melting it into a hard shell. It’s not impervious to damage but won’t chip as easy and it adds another level of durability.
Just now stumbling into the awesome world of Chromoly Steel? Or maybe you’ve ridden this amazing material and you’re not going to settle for anything less? Chromoly provides a feel that adds more excitement and satisfaction to your ride. Less noise, chatter and nuisance while minimizing harshness and providing a supportive feel are some of the benefits to chromoly steel mountain bike frames. If you’re new to the sport or a long time veteran, the benefits of chromoly steel are noticeable regardless and we are confident that you’ll find new confidence in your riding once you throw a leg over the NV170 and take it for a rip down your favorite trail.
Pedals like a Dream
It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it! With our design, you have to forget the idea that higher travel means less efficiency. This is a powerful combination that will take on hill that you want to throw at it while still having the travel to soak up the roots and boulders. The Pivot Point on our NV170 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 NV170 delivers over 100% Anti-squat throughout it’s travel.
Your Wheelbase is More Consistent
We discovered a balance that others are just now starting to find with our Pivot Point working it’s magic. 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.
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.
Made for threaded BSA bottom bracket, 148mm boost, internal cable routing for dropper seat posts, tapered forks. All your modern mountain bike specs in a more progressive and exciting package.
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