Knolly Announces 2019 Line-up & Titanium Gravel Bike

Feb 8, 2019
by Knolly Bikes  
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PRESS RELEASE: Knolly Bikes

It’s 2019, you’ve got dream trips brewing on the horizon, fresh lines on your bucket list and you’re fired up to purchase a new ride to do it all. We get it, there’s plenty of options out there… it’s almost overwhelming. This year at Knolly, we wanted to deliver an offering that stood above the crowd. New riders ask us, what makes your bikes different and better? The answer starts with our CEO/Head Engineer, Noel Buckley (who is equally at home crushing janky tech trails as he is crunching numbers and geo). Noel scrutinizes what currently exists and then approaches product development from the ground up. There’s no compromises and he obsesses over the details. This means new materials, molds, tooling and standards in the quest to make the best product available. How does this translate onto the trail? Here’s rider feedback about our legendary, patented Fourby4 Suspension system:

“There are lots of hyped suspension concepts on the market these days, and they often change from year to year as designers and engineers re-brand, re-design, and launch bold new ideas… The Knolly 4byFour suspension just works, and damn well. Up, it's efficient and tracks the ground; across it eliminates harshness and adds confidence; down, it just plain rips.” - Dale Mikkelsen, President WORCA

This year we’re offering new category bikes that are game-changers and embracing proven models with fresh, fun colour choices.

The Fugitive, Knolly’s first 29’er


Knolly Fugitive with 157 trail and 29/27.5" compatiblility

Our recently launched Fugitive comes in two options, both designed around the same frame. There’s the 120mm travel version for trail riding and a 135mm travel option for all mountain/enduro terrain. Both models feature our legendary Fourby4 suspension design and are packed with new features such as an integrated frame guard, Di2 battery storage, titanium pivots and 157TRAIL rear hub spacing. This wider spacing creates more lateral stiff wheels and offers the ability to run larger tires. For more details, reviews, or to get your Fugitive now: Click Here

Knolly Fugitive Black Cherry
Knolly Fugitive

Build your own custom dream bike or chose from our build kits and customize your suspension package.

Daniel Shaw gaps the Knolly Fugitive
Knolly rider Daniel Shaw, the Canadian Enduro Champion, showing what the Fugitive is capable of when he is not racing it.

We have a very flexible relationship with our factory, so we chose to have some fun with our best selling models. We’re offering something for everyone. Want to stand out? Check out our limited edition Pink sparkle Warden or Dune Buggy blue Endorphin. Want to rip in style? Look at our edgy army green Warden or metallic black gold Endorphin (think back to the John Players Special formula one cars or to a galaxy far, far away - whichever you like). Check out the full line and get ‘em while they last. The pink sparkle and Dune Buggy blue versions (colors chosen by our GM's daughter) are a very limited run of only 5 frames each.


Act now if you want to own one of only five pink Knolly Warden frames Click Here

Knolly Warden Army Green and orange

Our Warden Carbon in two new colors.
Warden Carbon Snow Cat
Knolly Warden Carbon

Knolly Warden Carbon red grey
Snow Camo and SRAM red Warden Carbon

Knolly Warden Carbon snow cat


We also have our legendary Endorphin back in stock.
Knolly Endorphin in Dune Buggy Blue
Knolly Endorphin Black Gold
Act now if you want to own one of only five Dune Buggy blue Endorphin frames
Click Here

Knolly Endorphin Purple Raw



CACHE our new Titanium Gravel Grinder
Knolly Cache gravel grinder

We are launching a new type of Knolly, a gravel bike that delivers a ride experience similar to our mountain bikes. To differentiate our CACHE from the cattle, Noel custom designed a titanium bike with a longer front center (like our off-road products), which when combined with a shorter stem gives the bike amazing handling characteristics and total compliance. Every tube on this bike has been manipulated to our standards which means our Cache will go harder and farther. Check out the full specs and don’t miss out on our first shipment: Click Here

Knolly Cache gravel grinder

Knolly Cache gravel grinder
Knolly Cache Gravel Grinder

Knolly Cache gravel grinder

For more information about our brand, our story, pricing and geometry: https://www.knollybikes.com/


MENTIONS: @KNOLLYBIKES




248 Comments

  • + 87
 That milled headtube on the Cache is killer!
  • - 26
flag greenbelt69 (Feb 9, 2019 at 6:01) (Below Threshold)
 I think its the HT.
  • - 19
flag greenbelt69 (Feb 9, 2019 at 8:09) (Below Threshold)
 @JVance: head tube
  • + 13
 @greenbelt69: Isn't that what I said?
  • - 12
flag greenbelt69 (Feb 9, 2019 at 8:10) (Below Threshold)
 Oops, I misread. Thought you said seat tube.
  • + 4
 @greenbelt69: It sould make a cool seat tube, too Smile (with its odd shape and phantom seat stays...)
  • + 1
 Dave your cache, it'll be expensive!!!
  • + 2
 ayyyy sick af headtube fo sho! Props to Knollsy for gettin in the gravel game
  • + 41
 Don't judge me but I immediately scrolled down to see the gravel bike.
  • + 2
 Same here!
  • + 2
 +1
  • - 1
 Isn't a gravel bike just a hardtail with drop bars on it? It really dont get the whole approach, personally. Want to play in the dirt? Cool, bro. Check out these built for purpose hard tails over here...
  • + 9
 @Poulsbojohnny:
If you want to go touring or exploring an area, they make a lot of sense.

Road bikes are boring and annoying with all the cars, mtb's are slow and boring when on tarmac. Gravel bikes will make all types of routes fun, no matter if it's a dirt road, tarmac or an xc trail.

Plus you will see much more on a gravel bike as you'll cover much larger areas with higher average speeds on dirt roads than you will on an average XC lap.
  • + 3
 @Poulsbojohnny: I do my allround xc longer runs with my cyclocross... It has a geometry of a roadbike, and durability of xc bike, so its fast and makes those old easier trails funn again, plus u gain some skill on those clumsy dropper bars, and also always looking for perfect line to avoid puncture... I do sometimes wish for wider tires, i run 35c atm, and it's as wide as it can get hehheh
  • + 1
 @capla: On One Pickenflick for you, then.
  • + 2
 judged
  • + 2
 @ridestuff: also judged
  • + 1
 @DarrellW: yeah... a titanium frameset with carbon fork for a realy funny price, definitely an option to consider
  • + 35
 Come on! Show us the Podium and Chilcotin 29r!
  • + 7
 I threw a 27.5 fork and wheel on the front of my Podium ands its great!
  • + 2
 The Knolly LT 29er Convict. Let's drop it. In carbon. Smile
  • + 12
 Exactly what I came to the comments to say. They definitely expand their market base with the Ti gravel bike, but a new Podium is what I'm looking for.
  • + 1
 @vikb: wishful thinking
  • + 2
 @nug12182: same here
  • + 8
 @vikb: We can 100% guarantee that there will not be a Knolly named the Convict in our lineup.
  • + 3
 @KNOLLYBIKES: What about "The Snitch" for a name
  • + 1
 @schlockinz: snitches get stitches
  • + 2
 Hells yeah podium podium podium.

The industry has become lame and likes to sell trail bixe. it is not shocking that the gravel grinder is the new big anouncement.

how long till pink bike is just about cycling (road bixe too) and not about going big

Knolly podium has been my dream bike for a long time. I saved my duckets up to by a new podium frame and by the time i was ready to purchase it didnt exist... so I copped a carbo aurum.
  • + 23
 Does the mint and orange fugitive come with gulf racing stickers and a flat 12 engine?
  • - 1
 I'd rather have the V8 package, preferrably the 4.9 with the lightweight finishing kit.
  • - 1
 It’s powder blue.
  • - 1
 Next they'll be doing JPS colours........
  • + 16
 I'm just super stoked on how helpful @KNOLLYBIKES is being in these comments. We need more manufactures like you guys
  • + 14
 The Monarch is just one of seven shocks we offer with our Warden. Hopefully that is enough choice to make every rider happy.
  • + 3
 Hi Knollybikes, are any of these still made in north america?
  • + 3
 They look sick, and I'm hoping to keep my next bike domestic.
  • + 7
 Our frame production moved to Taiwan many years ago. The two factories we work with are among very few who can produce a frame to the level of quality that we want. @mgrantorser:
  • + 3
 @KNOLLYBIKES: for what it is worth, that’s a shame. One that companies like you and Intense only use the country flag as marketing at this point, and two, that there’s no domestic factory that can live up to bike industry standards. Once upon a time things were produced in house. I know I’m probably going to get down voted as a old timey curmudgeon... but i legit with interest clicked through after reading, to the website to get the details, because I’m looking for a new bike (always). Maybe nobody else cares about this, but so you know, I do. Bring back domestic production.
  • + 16
 @bubbrubb: Bring back domestic production...... And prices that then go even higher for the same quality. People need to remember that the big companies in the east have pretty much the best workers and equipment available to produce quality as good as anywhere. The illusion that something made in someones domestic country is better than one made elsewhere for less money, is maddening.
  • + 38
 @bubbrubb: we use a Canadian flag and BC branding because that is where we are from. We live, work, and ride here and think that the resulting product is better because of our roots. At one point, we made most of our bikes in house and 100% of our bikes in North America but our goal is to seek out the best possible method when producing a bike which necessitated a move to Taiwan. It could be great to see production in our back yard but it has to make sense and there isn’t a viable option right now.
  • + 4
 @mgolder: said a guy from a country that closed all factories, killed industry in the name of ... selling stocks. Come on.
  • - 18
flag goroncy (Feb 9, 2019 at 12:39) (Below Threshold)
 @KNOLLYBIKES: sorry but I call it BS. Invest into robots. Bring back production. What you are saying is just convenient. Find investors. Make a big risky step. Build advanced factory. With other companies from the area if necessary. Stop telling people that something is not possible! Jesus Christ.
  • + 12
 @goroncy: You're asking a small bike company to bring the manufacturing industry back to North America? That seems a little unrealistic, no?

To build a factory that can do all the metal work required for bikes is a massive investment, and something that's beyond the scope of significantly larger brands. We all like products made domestically, but moving production to Asia is something we've seen almost every company in every industry do for 35 years. So singling out one company seems unfair.
  • - 6
flag goroncy (Feb 9, 2019 at 13:53) (Below Threshold)
 @aaronfpeet: you are right. Opportunism is a human condition. Mine is that I am trying to be too idealistic. I just want that the big picture will end up to be good for everybody.
  • + 9
 @goroncy: Except the skilled workers in Taiwan.....
  • + 2
 @mgolder: wait, you’re putting words in my mouth I didn’t say. I made no comments as to quality. I said it’s a shame that there isn’t a domestic option for them. I’m fully aware that prices will go up, I wouldn’t complain. I WANT a domestic frame, I’m not shopping with blinders on searching for what’s cheap.
@KNOLLYBIKES I’m not calling you out for doing what everyone else in the industry did... I’ve been around for a while in this bike world, I understand. But, I think it’s sad, and it isn’t what I’m looking for in a bike. Once upon a time companies made what they sold, not so much anymore, it’s pick a vendor and have them make it for me.
  • + 1
 @bubbrubb: not everyone can afford an in house handmade frame so thank you bike companies for outsourcing to keep some affordable bikes in your lineup, plenty of handmade builds out there if you really care that much
  • + 8
 @bubbrubb: No worries. We get it. While our manufacturing is offshore we are dedicated to making sure the factory we work with is aligned with our philosophy, goals and expectations for quality. We are very proud of the product we design and that our factory produces.
Would we love to see the same product built here in our back yard? - absolutely but until that is a possibility we will continue to work with these amazing companies to produce world class products.
  • + 4
 @mgolder: maybe prices should go up maybe you aren’t paying fair market value for your expensive toys. Maybe your taking advantage of other small countries and your country was built on the backs of others. Or maybe we are all taking this to seriously and we should put tire to dirt.
  • + 2
 @bubbrubb: as a red seal journeyman welder that lost my dream job@ RockyMtn to China I couldn't agree more with your post. Bring production back to NA asap
  • + 3
 @bubbrubb: watch devinci bro, the bikes are manufactured in quebec canada with a life warranty!
  • + 6
 @Tomlavallee: Respectfully to Devinci. A small portion of their bikes are made in Quebec and they are able to do this partially thanks to large government subsidies that make it a viable option. There are many more bike factories in Quebec that are now empty, it is great that they have been able to keep something on home turf and loved reading the Pinkbike article a while back about the company.
  • - 1
 @Fultron: so I’ve been watching and living in the bike world since the 90’s, seen it all come and go. At some point I became responsible with how I spent $ (probably when i got rid of TV) in the vein of “where my $ goes”. It matters, I have children, I teach them it matters. So when it comes time to spend my bike $ I keep it real and focus most of my purchases domestically. Source things locally. Less driving, less deliveries, less moving brown boxes around with diesel fuel for the sake of convenience.
People keep bemoaning the costs of domestic... FWIW I picked up a custom steel frame from Tonic Fabrications for less than $2k last spring, and the dude makes IT ALL in house. He even makes his own dropouts, derailleur hangers, etc. Just one example. Hey look, that machine work on the Knolly headtube is cool, but I’m certain there are TIG welders in CA/USA whom could build those frames to your standard. Not my brand to steer, but at the end of the day if a machined logo is what it takes to differentiate from the rest of the market, I think you’re chasing the wrong mojo. Bikes are really friggin’ good these days, it seems all the brands are chasing the same thing, lowering costs.
  • + 11
 In my opinion Knolly is the most stick to their guns, tried and true, core ethical BC company who has done things their way from a super strong innovative engineering standpoint and focused on products that work. Here's to many more years of this Knolly!
  • - 5
flag bubbrubb (Feb 11, 2019 at 9:13) (Below Threshold)
 *that outsources 100% of frame production to a company over 3k miles away
  • + 2
 @bubbrubb: What kind of car do you drive? How about your smart phone? Too bad we barely make anything anymore but I find equating ethics to manufacturing overseas as a false either or choice.
  • - 2
 @ischiller: nice try I drive a Nissan Titan XD designed USA built in USA and has a Cummins USA motor. Next?
  • + 2
 @bubbrubb: You must be typing your opinions out on a domestically made smart phone or computer. You're a great patriot. We should all strive for your moral high ground.
  • - 1
 @ischiller: you’re just splitting hairs now to be a dick. Show me a domestic smartphone and I’ll buy it. Don’t think I haven’t tried.
  • + 10
 157 trail spacing for wider tires?
i'm running 2.8" tires on a 135mm QR frame,how big of tires do you need?
  • + 5
 Not the only reason they went to 157 - www.knollybikes.com/engineering
  • + 1
 Msd has a 148mm boost hub on their 29+ hardtail that can fit a 27.5x4 fat bike tire. Hell, 157mm boost is getting closer to the fat bike rear hub witdth
  • + 5
 @pikebait2013: It's just the ol standard DH hub width and allows 2.6" 29r tires with lots of room, among other advantages.
  • - 7
flag JohanG (Feb 8, 2019 at 19:42) (Below Threshold)
 @islandforlife: I just spent the last twenty minutes carefully reading that web page and I'm more confused than ever. They seem to leave many unanswered questions with their partial explanations.
  • + 16
 @JohanG: still have questions, call us on Monday. We’re more than happy to chat.
  • - 7
flag Unrealityshow (Feb 9, 2019 at 10:18) (Below Threshold)
 @KNOLLYBIKES: I really think the 157 hub spacing is bullshit, especially since every one else sans Pivot has gone 148.
  • + 29
 @Unrealityshow: that is fine. What we feel is BS is a new standard (148 boost) forced onto the consumers by a select few companies who then market the marginal gains as amazing steps forward in design and then force the entire industry to adopt the standard if they want to remain "current".
So we used an existing standard, applied it properly to trail bikes with engineering and design then found the gains were far more than those touted by 148. We don't think 157TRAIL is BS at all - in fact we believe it is the farthest thing from it and you will start to see more companies adopt it in the near future.
  • - 4
flag JohanG (Feb 10, 2019 at 12:19) (Below Threshold)
 @KNOLLYBIKES: With wide, stiff rims rising in popularity, 142 spacing is still perfectly sufficient and Boost at 12% stiffer is just fine. 157Trail would have been good too if it had won the popularity contest, BUT IT DIDN'T. And it never will. Far from being a selling point, I am avoiding bikes with 157 hub spacing. At least you aren't spec'ing 28 hole rear wheels like Pivot.

edit - oh I see the I9 option is 28 hole. What was that about wheel stiffness again? lol
  • + 12
 @JohanG: I think one of the major things you are missing here is that 157 was about OPTIONS for our customers. It was not about forcing a stiffer wheel onto everybody because we recognized that not everybody needed it. It was about giving them the choice. We agree with you that 142 is still a great option, and the marginal improvements of a 148 wasn't worth it. 157 allowed for our customers to CHOOSE to build a significantly stiffer wheel if they wanted to and while some might feel that a increase in stiffness from 142 to 148 is enough for their 27.5 wheel, moving to a 29" wheel is a big jump that requires more attention than when wheel size jumped from 26 to 27.5.

One of the reasons why you haven't seen an update of the 157 rear end is that man companies can't without a dramatic re-design of their bike which takes time.

Remember what I said about options? Yes, we spec the I9 Enduro-S with a 28h set up. If you haven't had the chance to try the wheel, I'd recommend it. It works for my 230LBS frame. You will find that it is a better wheel than many other 28h options but if you aren't a fan of that, we offer Industry Nine wheel upgrades to anything made by I9 including the Enduro 305 and Carbon wheels which offer a much stiffer ride. Or perhaps you'd rather our less expensive Spank Oozy 345's that we are now offering as a 32h J-bend option. It is about providing them and recognizing that our customers are as varied as the locations they are from. The best option of all though is for you to purchase (or not) our bike and vote with your wallet. You are free to choose an inferior product but we'd really love to help you elevate your riding game by getting on a Knolly.
  • - 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Ok, so how big or aggressive does a rider need to be to take advantage of the stiffness options that 157offers?

If you are going to convince the thinking consumers like me to buy into 157 then it will take more than simply demonstrating that 157 is stiffer than 148. I need to know if that stiffness is necessary. When I present an idea to my boss, I have to demonstrate a problem or need then quantify my solution as expecting to meet or exceed the design requirements in a measurable way. You guys put more effort into this than other companies, I will give you that, but it's still only half way there. In fact the complaints I read here and there are about wheels being too stiff.

I9 makes an excellent product and I don't doubt it works for you just fine. But I also have no reason to believe a boost spacing wheel wouldn't also.

I'm still not clear on information about flipping the chainrings on some cranks. It seems to be glossed over on the website.
  • - 3
 The reality is that Knolly could not continue with 142, because it is considered extinct. No one would buy such a bike, at least not for money Knolly sells bikes for. So they could take 148 or try to make some "progress" on their own. Let's face it, going to 157 by a company which has only one mid-travel 29er bike does not make a lot of sense from engineering standpoint. Especially that Knolly bikes have rather flexy rear ends (and they still use 6mm shock bolts on many bikes). But it might work for them, since they are a butique brand and probably their customers will not mind more effort connected with building a 157 wheel. But for "poor" customers this makes 0 sens - they want to have a much interchangeable parts between bikes as they can. Obviously a 157 27.5/29 wheel is not common, you will not mount it to any other bike.
  • + 11
 @JohanG: You are focusing on only one aspect of 157TRAIL. Stiffness was not the ONLY reason we did this. It was ONE of the reasons we did it. So if you look at the bigger picture and try to understand the motivating factors behind the design it is much greater than "our bike is blah, blah percentage stiffer" and as you state how much is right, how much better is a stiffer bike? That is why the other factors were as important. Wheel size, Tire clearance, chainstay length, and not a new standard.

If there is something in this section (pulled directly from our Fugitive page on our website) that glosses over the flipped ring aspect please let us know and we will update it. With SRAM and Shimano both offering a 157 compatible drivetrain now you can be sure that you will see more companies adopt it.

Cranks and BB for the Fugitive

With our new 157TRAIL rear end the chainline on the Fugitive and Fugitive LT is in the 55-57mm range with 56.5mm being optimal. There are a number of ways to get cranks to fit our frames so here are some helpful facts:

The new SRAM DUB system has a bottom bracket, cranks and chainring combination that works perfectly. All the DUB BB's are the same but SRAM has an X01, GX, and Descendant 7k crank with a longer axle and a spacer (it is called SB+) that works with 157TRAIL.

A standard SRAM crank with a zero offset chainring - One-Up and Chromag both have a great option - will work but it does limit the largest ring size on the front to 32t.

Any direct mount Raceface crank with a flipped Direct Mount ring will work. Raceface rings come with a 3mm offset so when the ring is removed and flipped (the teeth profile works like this as well) it becomes a -3mm offset and the chainline works on the Fugitive. For a 1x system you can run a flipped ring on the Next SL, Next R, and Turbine cranks with a 134mm axle, or the Atlas and SIXC with the 136mm axle, or the Aeffect and Ride Cinch cranks with 137mm axle. For a 2x system you can run the Next SL, Next R or Turbine with a 143mm axle and a Boost spider.

Shimano offers their cranks with a +3 option (the part number should have a "B" on the end like this: FC-M8000-B). The axle length and BB are the same as their standard cranks so the offset is worked into the chainring mount. This system will work as both a 1x and a 2x option on the Fugitive. NOTE: this set up requires one spacer between the BB and the frame on the drive side. Maximum size chainring is a 32t ring with this setup. The XTR, XT and SLX cranks in this configuration work on the Fugitive.

FSA has 5 different MTN cranks that work with our 157TRAIL rear. Their system is very simple - you simply move one spacer from between the crank and the spider to between the spider and the BB to provide the right chainline.
  • + 7
 I'd have a Fugative today if somebody offered a hardtail with a 157mm spaced read hub. Hint, Hint, Knolly.
  • + 22
 We’re listening...
  • + 5
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Podium replacment please.

Also the snow camo on the Warden is pretty cool and the Fugitive I bought is beautiful.
  • + 6
 @Ride406orDie: We can’t tell you how much time and effort we’ve put into it. The bike has some big shoes to fill.
  • + 2
 @KNOLLYBIKES: I dont doubt that. Standards have changed a lot since the work started. Any chance we will see one in 2019?
  • + 3
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Good to hear. I’m indifferent in regard to hub spacing, I’d just like to keep cross compatibility across bikes.
  • + 7
 @Ride406orDie: we’d respectfully disagree that standards have changed. Shock size, bb, rear axle, and seat tube needs remain the same. Wheelsize demands have changed from the 26” Podium and we’ve reflected on what type of bike the podium needs to be and what we want to make. This remains the most important passion project Knolly could embark upon. We will share when we think we are ready with the answers we think are the most important.
  • + 4
 @Ride406orDie: My 2014 Podium has 157mm rear......2014
  • + 3
 I'm building up my Fugitive today and looking to buy a 157mm hardtail, I like to be able to have spare parts that can be swapped between bikes.
  • + 2
 Agreed! A cross-compatible hartail frame would allow current Knolly owners the option to build up a spare with trickle-down parts or swap wheels easily.
  • + 3
 @KNOLLYBIKES: I totally agree with trailtaco. Cross-compatibility is a big deal and a hardtail makes the most sense as a second bike for most people.
  • + 7
 Yo! Check out there deals on 2018 bikes! $1300 frame/shock combos and completes from $2500. Pretty swanky.
  • + 2
 Makes me sad because that $2,615 USD Delirium turns into $4,000 CAD after exchange rate, taxes and shipping Frown
  • + 6
 @Ryan2949: contact us directly through our info box and we might be able to get that down depending on where you live.
  • + 1
 Where?
  • + 2
 @Ryan2949: Yeah found it. Too bad not many small frames - need one for my daughter. And the requirement to pay local shop to build for complete kits is a turn off. I build better myself.
  • + 3
 Contact us directly and we will work something out. We think it is rad that you want one for your daughter. @Axxe:
  • + 2
 yeah. Contemplating blue endorphine frame in my cart. Guess I can pilfer enough parts to build it up.
  • + 2
 Just claimed a medium dune buggy blue Endo, so if medium is your size I wouldn’t wait too long @Axxe:
  • + 6
 I like the purple and raw aluminum Endorphin. It'd be great for a retro throwback build with some anodized parts.
  • + 6
 That black, red and white Warden carbon Drool
  • + 2
 Was hoping that this announcement would be for the warden getting a full geometry update not a new paint scheme. I have been riding a Warden since 2015 and it’s been a great bike but is showing its age now in the geometry charts! Compare a large Warden to a fugitive LT and it’s obvious in reach, wheelbase etc that the warden has been left behind. If 157 spacing is Knollys new standard then why aren’t all the bikes running it? At this point in time when I’m looking to upgrade from the 4 year old Warden and want to stick with a company that has been great to deal with the last few years the only option that feels current with the rest of the industry is the fugitive LT.
  • + 2
 Spring is coming
  • + 3
 I don't own a Knolly but have always been a fan. However, I wonder why a Canadian company feels the need to post prices in US dollars on their website and their online store states that all orders are processed in USD?
  • + 27
 We are a Canadian company that sells world wide so USD makes sense. We have CAD prices posted on the website (in the build kit sections) and we will have multiple currencies in our shop soon. And we are a bunch of super nice guys and gals that answer the phone so if you are Canadian just give us a shout - we will be happy to quote you prices in CAD.
  • + 11
 @KNOLLYBIKES: you are canadian and nice? I dont believe you Smile
  • + 11
 @LuvAZ: I’m sorry you don’t believe us. We’ll be down in Sedona at the end of March for Knolly Fest. If you have a Knolly come ride bikes and drink our beer.
  • + 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Any chance of coming east? Maybe Dirtfest WV?
  • + 6
 @KNOLLYBIKES: 100% the guys at Knolly are amazing to deal with! I’ve owned quite a few Knolly bikes and delt with them about small issues, general suggestions, etc. Went to their office to pick some stuff up and a quick trip turned into long visit meeting their team and looking around the workshop. Keep up the awesome work Knolly!
  • + 4
 @krisenglish: well thanks. It is always great to meet our customers.
  • + 2
 Hi @KNOLLYBIKES, any chance of a replacement rear triangle option for people who purchased a Knolly with a 142mm rear hub spacing who would like to make the switch to 157mm without having to buy a completely new frame? Also, I second the request for a 157mm hardtail.
  • + 6
 Great question. Honestly - the cost of tooling to make the entirely new rear end and all the linkages, plus the restrictions of MOQ's (minimum ordering qty) for frame parts (there would be very few customers interested in this type of upgrade) would mean the cost would be so close to a full frame it would not be the best option. In the end it would cost you 2/3rds of the price of a new frame to update your old one. Additionally, all our frames are designed as a complete, complex system of tubes that are all engineered to work together to deliver the ride we want so two versions of frames bolted together might not get the ride results we expect.
  • + 4
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Fair enough, thanks for the response
  • + 5
 Pimp lookin' bikes! Well done guys...
  • + 1
 Is the Monarch with the on-sale carbon Warden frame a turd? Price is great, colors not obnoxious, the 157 rear and need for different crank or bb aside, but will an aggressive 75kg rider find the Monarch in need of a replacement sooner rather than later?
shop.knollybikes.com/collections/frames/products/warden-carbon-frame-grey-grey?variant=19522777841762
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 Just want to clarify - the Warden Carbon does not have a 157 rear end so there is no need for a different chainring (the same cranks and BB can be used on a 157 bike). The Monarch has been a simple, reliable shock but if you are aggressive you might want to upgrade to a reservoir shock or to the Cane Creek Coil IL.
  • + 2
 Interesting Gravel bike. The Cache looks versatile and similar to what I've done with my 29er HT. Nice to see it's compatible with a double up front too. The drive side chainstay looks like Lynskey's handiwork?
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 Thanks.
While they might look similar to a Lynskey - when you really look close there are some significant differences in the tubing, the shaping of the yoke (their's is a straight plate - ours is 3d shaped) the weld at the join between the chainstay and the yoke, their cable are external - ours are internal, they use stock dropouts - ours are custom designed. And you can't see it in the picture but there is a lot going on underneath the yoke.
  • + 5
 I think dune buggy blue is my new favourite colour
  • + 2
 I agree - its gorgeous. I was going to comment but figured someone beat me to it so scrolled down
  • + 1
 Hey @KNOLLYBIKES where's my photo cred! Wink [jokes]

I love my Fugitive and need a new DH bike soon too, so my fingers are crossed for the resurrection of the PODIUM. How long do I hold by breath??
  • + 2
 GREAT to see a bike brand who answers questions that fast! Mega props to you Guys at Knolly! Passion is alive no doubt on that!
  • + 4
 I love my Dr Kimble! #knollyforlife
  • + 3
 I didn’t kill my wife!
  • + 3
 Mannnn that Blue Endorphin looks good!
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 Finally, justification to rock a "mandex" kit with smooth gravel steed...???? #KNation
  • + 3
 Ever going to make another podium?
  • - 1
 How often do Knolly riders hit the extended down tube? This is one aspect of current bike design that really makes me cringe. I'd rather smash my chainring 1000 times out of 1000 then ding the downtube on a rock or log. If I had a frame that was at risk to hit the downtube I would probably stop trying to clean big logs and rocks for fear of frame damage. Is my fear unfounded?
  • + 2
 I haven’t had an issue with downtube strikes on my Warden, when I botch rollovers or whatever it hits the chainring not the frame.
  • + 3
 I’m on my 3rd Knolly and have yet to dent a downtube.
  • + 3
 Never, not an issue, riding and racing the new Fugitive LT.
  • + 3
 Riding and racing the Delirium in full DH mode and the new Knolly Fugitive LT. I get more heel rub on the 142 Delirium, even when running flats and the same 5-10 shoes. So not a problem on the 157 rear.
  • + 2
 @jjalessi: Same here, never had it happen. On a Delirium now but had a Warden and a Podium.
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 @mdg3d: yup. Had an endorphin and currently have a podium and warden. I ride like an idiot too. Great bikes.
  • + 2
 I've ridden Knolly's exclusively since 2006, and I've never hit the downtube, aside from a 50/50 landing by casing a double. Even that was probably all bashguard. Never dented any frame. The point of contact is going to be the bottom bracket, as that's is the central point of your foot's position. If someone is hitting the downtube on any bike, they're doing something wrong.
  • + 2
 @rpl3000 : 99.99% of the time, yes it is unfounded. Weird falls and accidents can happen when riding but I wouldn't worry. The addition of a downtube protector on our alloy bike was as much about integrating a port cover for the entry into the belly of the frame for cable access as it was to increase protection from impacts.
  • - 1
 So when is Knolly getting onboard with the steep seat tube angles that are being touted as the next big thing lately? We have bikes that have effective and actual seat tube angles well over 75° lately while the 2019 Knolly models are still at what... 65° actual seat tube angle? Even less maybe?
  • + 8
 Most of our bikes are 75 and the Fugitive is 75/76 and despite what other companies are going to for an extreme there is a point where it negatively effects the handling of the bike. Everything you do to the geometry of a frame has an affect on something else. Our bikes are well known for feeling natural immediately and we don’t breed weird handling charcteristics in to our frame just so we can say we have the longest top tube. We have a great explanation of our seat tube angles here:https://www.knollybikes.com/size-guide
You can’t look at the angle of our seat tube (which is designed to accomodate up to 200mm dropper posts. 150-175 on our small frames) to determine our seat tube angle (just like a bunch of other bikes on the market). You have to look at the numbers.
  • + 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: The explanation gives some hope, but is nevertheless very unclear.

To make it simple, if i'm a tall rider needing an XL frame and set the seat at 800 mm from the BB (or maybe even more), where will the 76° line from the BB pierce the seat/seattube/seatpost? If at the stack height (at the effective top tube line, like all other manufacturers measure their effective seat tube angles), this is wrong. If it will go through the centre of the seat, this is okay then. But given at how the industry measures this (so at the stack height), i'm not very optimistic.

The catch is that the 76° effective angle becomes much closer to 70° for very tall riders with such a slack actual seat tube. And the seat gets very far behind. THIS is what negatively affects the handling since the rear end then squats even more and slackens the bike even more again, making it worse at climbing. And it is also the reason why I, as a tall rider, can't look at the effective seat tube angle, that all the manufacturers provide (and very rare manufacturers provide an actual angle). Because it's useless.

Please prove me wrong, but i have been proven right far too many times in regards to this topic.

EDIT: to nitpick, a 200 mm dropper at a slack angle has less effective drop than a 200 mm dropper in a much steeper seat tube. And, since the seat doesn't move away as much, a steeper seat tube actualy also needs more drop as well.
  • + 2
 @knollybikes I just bought my 2 year old daughter a strider, where can I get Knolly die cuts so her bike can look like dads?
  • + 9
 Send us an email through the contact on our website. We will hook you up.
  • + 2
 If not there, ebay. I did the same thing to my Strider. Also if you order a Knolly frame you get a big sticker pack
  • + 5
 @KNOLLYBIKES: small gestures like this go a long way, props Knolly.
  • + 3
 The new Fugitives are looking sweet. Digg'in the buggy blue paint.
  • + 2
 Nice job Knolly, just bad it is not in my price range ;( so love that mint warden.
  • + 2
 Check out last year’s models on their website, they have a lot of good deals
  • + 2
 The mint Warden and blue Endorphin- holy.
Why is the Delirium discontinued?
  • + 4
 @NotNamed: We didn’t intro new colours for 2019 so changed the pricing to reflect it.
  • + 4
 So legendary
  • + 1
 As close as I was to buying a carbon warden, I couldn't justify having to buy a new rear hub. Shame...
  • + 1
 I bought a Warden relatively recently, I would love to see them offer a replacement rear triangle for people in the same boat as me. Still sucks for cross-compatibility though. Who makes a hardtail with 157mm rear spacing? Fat bikes?
  • + 1
 Maybe I'm not understanding you, but the Warden has a 142 rear end.
  • + 1
 Nevermind, previous comment was a brain fart... thinking 142 was 148...
  • + 2
 Why are 2019 bikes getting speced with monarchs?
  • + 0
 Nm, Warden didnt get a redesign, just new colors.
  • + 0
 kind of a head scratcher...
  • + 14
 @freestyIAM: Adding the Monarch to the lineup of shock options helped to decrease the entry cost of a Warden or Endorphin frame while still putting a reputable shock from a great company on our bike. There are a half dozen other shock options from Cane Creek and Fox and Rock Shox if you don’t want the Monarch. Knolly has also made the price on the Endorphin and Warden better for 2019 bikes so if you want a frame with Fox x2, it’s less than what it cost last year.
  • + 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: I ride a monarch so no complaints here, but come on. The reason it's still being speced on the warden and endorphins is because both are still using the same links from back before metric sizing was introduced. Y'all focused on the fugitive and put out a banger there but the warden and endorphins are both long in the tooth now. I get that small companies cant redesign their bikes every year but it's disingenuous to present this as a choose to spec the monarch instead of the deluxe when really you can't spec the deluxe bc the links are designed for an imperial size that the deluxe isnt offered in.
  • + 6
 @freestyIAM: You are correct that the Deluxe is not an available option for us on the Warden or Endorphin because of mounting requirements. The comment was intended to answer why we added an inline Rock Shox shock when we didn’t previously have it as an option. I don’t think we’d receive many complaints if we continued to offer 6 shock options for the warden rather the additional 7th but we recognized the age of the bike and the type of people more likely to buy it these days. We’ve also decreased our price on these frames to recognize the length of time they have been on the market.
  • + 1
 What a dumb decision , Warden had a 142 axles and Fugitive had 157 axles. Pls. explain about this, Knolly.
  • + 1
 Right now, The Fugitive is their only full new fame design (small company that takes time and great care in designing their bikes).

Their website does a great job explaining why all their new frame designs will be going to 157 - www.knollybikes.com/engineering
  • + 1
 These Wardens and Endorphins are just filled until the new models drop.
  • + 1
 They look like sweet bikes. Do any of you guys riding these have any problems with heal rub on the chainstay or seatstay?
  • + 2
 Two of our employees have size 12 feet and neither of them experience heel rub. There are some great graphics on this page that explain why: www.knollybikes.com/engineering

Our 157TRAIL rear end is only 2mm wider than our 142 and is narrower than most 148 bikes on the market.
  • - 4
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 @KNOLLYBIKES: well, two people is a terrible sample size Noel. 142 was just ok if the design was kept narrow enough. Even so, I have to run XC racing shoes so that the shoes have a narrow heel. With wider AM style shoes I make constant contact when tweaking the bike around on techies trails (no contact during normal pedaling).

On the two new Knollys that I’ve demo’d, I’d rub a hole in the frame with all of the heel contact. My size 48 shoes just don’t work with 157!
  • + 3
 @bogey: their 157 bike is only 1.5mm wider on each side. Take a look at the overlay pics of their 142 vs 157. It’s just not noticeable. www.knollybikes.com/engineering
  • - 2
 @islandforlife: the drawing doesn’t stop my heels from clanking the chainstays. Knolly’s 142 design was already wide because the pivot is right where my heel is. Making it wider with 157 makes it worse. There’s no arguing that.
  • + 2
 Now replying to the the correct comment. Riding and racing the Delirium in full DH mode and the new Knolly Fugitive LT. I get more heel rub on the 142 Delirium, even when running flats and the same 5-10 shoes. So not a problem on the 157 rear.
  • + 1
 @bogey: Ah ok, I see what you're saying. Ya, maybe I was already used to it as I've only ridden bikes with the pivots in or around the same location and/or maybe my feet are small enough (9.5)?. Not sure, but it must suck to have to deal with that as that's s super common pivot location... Norco, Specialized, Scott, Transition, Kona, YT, Cannondale, off the top of my head anyway.. oh and then Yeti's have that weird cable exit right there which I always thought was a bad idea. Anyway, good luck to ya!
  • + 2
 @bogey: I run 170 crank arms, flat pedals, and 5 tens, and haven't noticed rub. I wear size 12 US which is 46 EU. I know some people just have slightly different foot positioning, where the toe angles out slightly, which probably factors in.
  • + 5
 @bogey: Ha, of course you are correct that a sample size of two isn't large enough. We mentioned earlier that the widest spot on the 157Trail rear end is 1.5mm wider on either side and NARROWER than a sample size of march larger than two of comparable intended use bicycles from other manufactures. If your shoes don't work with our bike, they won't work with most of the marketplace.
  • + 2
 Maybe they could build bikes for turner? New sultan maybe?
  • + 1
 "SRAM Red"

>Proceeds to show Fox fork and shock ahaha.

Looks amazing though! Red Lyrik would have been wicked.
  • + 6
 @Ryan2949: Red Lyrics didn’t show up in time. We have ordered some so when people order a bike, we can make sure there is a matching fork.
  • + 1
 We will update the color to be Sram Red/Fox Grey!
  • + 2
 Actually in order to be really accurate it should be Sram, I9, Chromag RED and Fox, Chromag, I9, SDG GREY. Think we nailed it this time.
  • + 1
 I came here all jacked up expecting to read about the new Podium. Guess I’m just chasing shadows. Boo hoo.
  • + 2
 @KNOLLYBIKES is the Endorphin going to be offered as a complete bike?
  • + 4
 Yes! Kits haven't shown up yet but we'll launch them when close to being in stock.
  • + 2
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Beauty! Looking forward to it!
  • + 2
 @KNOLLYBIKES you should have a both at Sea Otter. Spread the stoke !
  • + 1
 ...or booth
  • + 2
 Pink sparkle! Damn it....its allready sold out
  • + 2
 Wardirium
  • + 1
 I see you.
  • + 1
 The big question is.... Where were the Titanium bikes welded up?
  • + 5
 In the premier factory in Taiwan that has the most advanced production in the industry. They were the only company capable of shaping the tubes and building the frame to our spec. And they are super great to deal with.
  • + 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: thanks for the reply!

Was Lynskey Performance Designs ever brought up as an option to be who built your Titanium frames?
  • + 6
 @TheBearDen: it is super rad that they are a family run company but our search led us to a comapny that was willing to do what very few manufacturers were interested in doing - which was making the tubes we wanted and not trying to sell us “off the shelf” options.
  • + 2
 @KNOLLYBIKES: gotcha. Makes sense.

Cheers.
  • + 2
 Great looking line-up.
  • + 1
 Did I miss the freeride DH bike?
  • + 1
 Am I daft ? I couldn't find any frame specs on the website.
  • + 0
 No, i ran into the same problem. you have to go to www.knollybikes.com and click 'bikes.' If you click 'shop' (or do a search for the model) it takes you to a stupid worthless page. Poor web design. :-(
  • + 1
 @scottzg: Thanks - I was finally able to figure out which model is which.
  • + 1
 We fixed the stupid worthless page (which is our online store) and added a link to take you back to the main page for all the model information - so now it is no longer stupid and worth something at least @scottzg:
  • + 1
 cant say enuf about how much fun my delirium is to rail !
  • + 1
 What diameter is the seat post on the gravel bike?
  • + 11
 31.6 - dropper friendly. Cool fact: the flare on the bottom of the seat tube allows the dropper post cable to be run completely internally.
  • + 1
 They discontinued the delirium?
  • + 16
 The Delirium is not discontinued.
  • + 1
 Carbon version?
  • + 1
 BRING BACK SNOW CAMO.
  • + 9
 @schofell84: WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME?
  • + 2
 @KNOLLYBIKES: I get a little excited about snow camo single tracks and freeride. My B.
  • + 1
 So, wheres my podium?
  • - 1
 Provably good design, and nice suspension, clever move with 157, however appearens kinda not my cup of tea
  • + 1
 Love the brand!
  • + 0
 Limited run of Fugitive frames with a Ti front end?
  • + 1
 No more delirium???
  • + 1
 This.
All these bikes look great but where is the new 180/180mm aluminum Delirium 29?
  • + 1
 @shredb4dead: Delirium is still for sale. I'm pretty happy with 27.5 on my Delirium. Not sure I'd want 29" wheels on my fun bike.
  • + 2
 @FreerideFanatyk: 29er is faster through the rocks than 27.5 and still plenty fun. Try a modern geo 29er with 2.5 WT tires and you will be surprised. I need a Pole Stamina without the crazy frame cost. Would love to see Knolly make one.
  • + 1
 @shredb4dead: I guess my point is, I wouldn't put off purchasing a Delirium, waiting for a 29'er version. The 27.5 kicks @ss, but I get your point. I've ridden a couple 29'ers (Evil Wreckoning and Fugitive), and they were great. I'd love my next ride to be Fugitive LT which is 29. I will probably never sell my Delirium bike though. My all-time fav freeride slayer.
  • + 1
 @FreerideFanatyk: I’m on a 27.5 Rocky Mountain Slayer for riding park right now. Moving from that to a 27.5 Delirum wouldn’t make much sense. Same sort of bike. I’m waiting for a company to go 180/180m 29er. However it seems like they all chicken out and stick to 170mm for 29. Except for the Pole Stamina but the cost of that frame is just to high no matter how special it is.
  • + 1
 @shredb4dead: Sounds like you want a 29" V-Tach! I think that's the closest thing to a 180/180 that Knolly has built.
  • - 1
 157 mm axle is the same size as my wanker!
  • - 1
 Made in Asia?

I would rather get Nicolai.
  • + 0
 That’s just the truth. Nicolai and Ventana can weld frames in house. We all know Asian factories are great, but that just ain’t the same.
  • + 3
 A welders experience comes from time with a torch in their hand - not where they live. We would put any welder from our factory up against any “pro” welder in the industry and their quality would be on par or better. And while those companies can manufacture a great frame they have nowhere near the sophisticated tube manipulation at their disposal as our factory. Are you seriously comparing Ventanas round tubes and welded on gussets to the radically shaped and formed tubes on our bikes? @Axxe:
  • + 3
 Just thought we would mention - those two companies have a 2 year and a 5 year warranty on their frames. We have a lifetime warranty on our frames. That tells you a lot about the confidence they have in their product and we have in ours.
  • + 0
 Actually it does not. It tells you that you have fatter margins from outsourcing to cover up warranty issues. Seriously, with all due respect you want to tell me Nicolai is welded less sturdy? Just stop.
  • + 0
 ... and I do not mean disrespect. You design super nice bikes. Maybe I buy one right now. It is just that little extra from more personal construction.
  • - 2
 I'm sure they're fun to ride, but god they are all so ugly.
  • + 11
 cookie cutter they ain't.
  • + 14
 @sammccooey i heard the same thing said about your mother
  • + 5
 They are damn fun to ride. And it is the way they look that makes them that fun to ride! They are also ours - so of course we think they are beautiful.
  • + 4
 Different strokes for different folks. I love the mechanical beauty of the Knollys. They are an aesthetically elegant solution to creating a built-for-purpose, super rigid, full suspension bike. But at this level of bike, it's like saying you prefer Mercedes to Range Rover. Ok ... you can't debate favorite colors.
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