Bike Check - Conor Macfarlane's Secret Weapon

Feb 5, 2018
by Jay French  
Custom homemade Frame. Enve Rims on Chris King Hubs Tubes tyres 60PSI Fox 36 Forks.

Conor Macfarlane is a bit of a hometown hero at the Farm Jam - the lanky freerider is often spotted riding around these parts. Conor was aboard a bike with a custom frame that was welded up by a friend (at least that's what he said... it sure looks like a stock Spank Tweet Tweet frame to us), and then tricked out with his choice of goodies.

And how about those wheels? Carbon rims aren't a common sight on a dirt jump bike, but Conor's bucking the trend by rolling on a set of Enve's M90 downhill wheels. The tires are pumped up to 60psi, and a Fox 36 takes care of the front suspension.
Conor Macfarlane


Custom Wideopen Top Cap
Custom Wideopen top cap
ODI Grips. FSA K-Force Brake and Carbon brake lever
ODI Grips. FSA K-Force brake and carbon brake lever

Gravity Gradient Bar and Stem. 7 spins worth of cable
Gravity Gradient bar and stem, with seven spins worth of cable

FSA Chain Ring 32T Front 14 on the back
FSA chain ring, 32-tooth front, 14 on the back
FSA Cranks Diety Pedals
FSA Cranks, Deity pedals

SDG Seat and Seat Post
SDG seat and post
Cut up tyre crank stopper for mad-as no footer tricks.
Cut up tire crank stopper for all those no-footer tricks.



39 Comments

  • 70 2
 I know all those parts are from his sponsors and they need publicity but all I'm really interested in here, is the frame. So, can we have a photo gallery of the frame, tube by tube and weld by weld? Please and thank you.
  • 18 1
 exactly what I want to know - STEEL IS REAL!!!!
  • 7 1
 Isn't that the secret bit? Pinkbike could tell us about it but then they'd have to kill us. Would make for quite a massacre. I usually try to steer clear of these secrets.
  • 13 0
 @vinay: As @bikebike69 pointed out, it's a Spank Tweet Tweet frame. Not so 'secret'
  • 5 0
 If you look closely you can see the Spank star logo in the chainstay gusset by the BB (see bottom right photo)
  • 6 1
 It's defo a spank tweet tweet, I assume he doesn't have a frame sponsor so is looking for one rather than admitting he's riding a spank frame
  • 11 0
 @Joebohobo: Ya. I too stripped the paint off my Transition Bank in hopes of finding a sponsor..... I'm still waiting...
  • 2 0
 @Joebohobo: he does have a frame sponsor, they dont have any hardtails or slope bikes in their catalogue though
  • 2 0
 @wako29: Then what is the secret. It says in the title, "secret weapon". There is at least something they should keep secret then, shouldn't they?
  • 1 0
 @Joebohobo: No, he's on intense still and they don't have a dirt jumper.. derp
  • 1 0
 Yeah, spank tweet tweet. mine looked the same after a cleared the purple Color/Coat. turns out it almost is like nickle plated steel.
  • 23 0
 Ummmm.....the frame is a Spank Tweet Tweet!
  • 8 0
 Spot on. Do a Google Image search - the star at the chainstay/BB area, the tube shapes, head tube - they all line up. This dude is just trying to make some internet buzz, and he succeeded!
  • 19 0
 @bikebike69, it sure looks like it. Conor's "friend" must work in the Spank factory...
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: yeah, dropouts were a dead giveaway along with the other bits. not so secret!
  • 5 3
 @mikekazimer Maybe he didn't want to credit the factory that his "friend" works at because that factory doesn't pay him to advertise for them?

Just a thought, maybe don't hand out free advertising if Conor didn't want to?
  • 2 2
 @shredteds: “free advertising” come on man
  • 6 0
 Thank you pinkbike for making this article on request ! Awesome lookin dirt jumper, more of these !
  • 3 0
 Basically he's sponsored by intense, they don't have a jump bike so he's got a spank frame and stripped it so he can ride it. But now everyone knows it has kind of defeated the object ha ha
  • 4 0
 Nice
  • 3 1
 60 PSI?? No wonder most DJ frames are steel. My ankles hurt just thinking about it
  • 5 0
 needs to be for the compression on the lip, you'll fold tires otherwise
  • 5 0
 @captaintyingknots: it's more of a preference you don't have to run 60+. Your tires don't automatically fold at 40
  • 1 0
 @loganflores: Yes they do actually. Its more on landings than anything though.
  • 1 0
 @zyx8910: to each their own I guess but I never had trouble at 40 even doing urban freeride. I'm light on my bike though I used to ride the bmx with pretty low pressure too.
  • 3 0
 Pretty tubes and welds
  • 2 0
 Quick question, could Levi Sherwood be the frame builder?
  • 1 0
 . .
  • 2 0
 Wow M90s and a what looks to be a 100mm Fox 36. No. Flex. Ever.
  • 1 0
 That is one sexy bike.....
  • 1 0
 I thought it was a ti frame.
  • 1 1
 Looks like a PBJ...

>_
  • 1 0
 totally a spank frame
  • 1 2
 Looks like a 29er or was it 28.99er?!
  • 3 6
 M90 wheels on a DJ bike. seriously
  • 7 0
 Since DJ is about stiffness, I'm not exactly surprised...
  • 7 0
 he's sponsored by enve too
  • 2 6
flag RedBurn (Feb 5, 2018 at 12:21) (Below Threshold)
 @sosburn: idk. DH wheels are meant to be super strong, soo it may be not needed for DJ. Off course its hard to find lighter Big Grin
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