DMR Brings Back the Rhythm Frame

Aug 25, 2020
by DMR Bikes  

Press Release: DMR Bikes

The Rhythm makes a return to the DMR lineup after a ten year absence. The new Rhythm is a 26” wheel hardtail frame for DJ, Pumptrack, Skatepark, 4X and other such fun riding. This new frame is built from 6061 T6 aluminium alloy tubing, which is our first departure from steel for a hardtail. We've developed a strong following over the years with our steel hardtails, but we wanted the Rhythm to hold its own both at the jumps, and the local 4X or BMX track. For this reason we went with the stiffness and lightness of aluminium alloy, coupled with interchangeable dropouts to run single speed or geared setups.

What better way to celebrate than with an old school edit by Tommy C.


• 6061 T6 Aluminium Alloy frameset
• Forest Green or Nardo Grey
• Two lengths available
• Interchangeable dropouts: 142x12mm geared or 135x10mm single speed
• Sliding dropout system for chain tensioning and adjusting chainstay length
• SRP UK £375 (includes frame, one dropout set, additional stickers)
• In stock mid-September

Available in the UK from dmrbikes.com and from your local DMR bikes dealer. Also available from DMR dealers globally. If you cannot find a dealer in your region please get in touch.


Forest Green

Nardo Grey



Jono Jones: The not-so-Scorpion King








The New DMR x VEE Tire Co. Moto DJ Tyres


Thanks to:

Riders: @jono_jones1 @chubbiehammond @_lane400
Video: @tommyc_insta
Photo: @cagreenwood


60 Comments

  • 76 1
 This would be the nail in the coffin for 27.5" and 29".
  • 47 0
 Just what we need, another new wheel standard...
  • 44 1
 Lighter and stiffer than both, much more fun as well, can see this becoming the dominant wheel size
  • 6 4
 Especially when you don't want to smooth out the bumps.
  • 2 16
flag DroppingThreeTwoOne (Aug 25, 2020 at 11:15) (Below Threshold)
 huh? its a DJ
  • 4 0
 @DroppingThreeTwoOne: Maybe it's best if you go practice falling down or something
  • 38 1
 #MakeDirtJumpingAffordableAgain
  • 5 2
 u can still hit dirt jumps on bmx, cheaper and even easier to throw around
  • 2 0
 @loam4311: well yeah, unless you want big wheels and suspension
  • 2 0
 @alexvos: and you like to be able to stand up straight afterwards haha
  • 2 0
 Omg I drive a Gen and 'nardo grey' is one the most played-out, repaint colours. It's so ironic to see it as one of only two options, but this is sick! I love old DMR stuff, cool to see theyre bringing it back. Actually glad theyremaking it alu! I've been riding steel djs for years, time for a switch!
  • 2 3
 This isn't necessarily their dj bike, even though of course it could serve (and is marketed here) as such. It is their 4X bike too so that's where aluminum could help give that snap out of the gate. The Sect is their dedicated dirtjumper (though you could of course add gears and ride 4X races on it).
  • 2 0
 @vinay: The geo is more DJ oriented than the Sect. Steeper headtube angle, shorter reach, shorter chainstay, shorter wheelbase (short). 4x bike is gonna be longer and slacker typically. We're talking less than 10mm in any area and +.5 degree headtube angle, so it's not huge differences, but I would dare to say modern DJ geometry is what they were going for here, not 4x.
  • 2 0
 @Rafe1234: agreed, though the number differences small, for 4x id rather keep things on the slacker side
  • 6 4
 Here is what I have been kicking around:
Dirt jumper geometry using 100mm fork - 68 deg head angle and short chain stays but...
Longer reach and 77.5 degree seat tube

This way you can run a dropper post and a longer fork and use it as trail hard tail. At 130mm, I get 66.5 deg head angle and still 76 deg seat angle but with 15mm less reach

I think you could run up to a 160mm fork and still have reasonable geometry. I'm thinking a dual position Pike 130-160 would be great.

If any bike company decides to do this, please send me a frame to test. Until then I'll save my pennies to do it myself.
  • 2 0
 Look at the old Transition Throttle. I just bought the last Large frame they had and it is great on the pump track and on trails. Not exactly the numbers you cite but definitely the same intentions. Too bad all they have left is an XL.
  • 1 0
 @mtb-sf: Transition PBJ is the inspiration of the geometry that I am considering. Going to try to sell my entry level bike while the market is hot to fund a custom frame from Marino and spend the winter acquiring parts.

While a dual position would be cool, unless I find a killer deal, I'm planning to go with a Manitou Circus Expert for the fork. I'll be in the 120mm-130mm range, which I think will be ideal for most of the local trails. And of course, should be perfect for Ray's Indoor Bike Park.
  • 2 0
 @vapidoscar: Now is definitely the time to sell an old bike. I had a Felt Decree I tried to sell a year ago, crickets for weeks. This April I re-posted it and it sold in two days.

I just built up the Throttle with all the parts I like and could not be happier. I put a Z1 at 140mm to make it extra burly cause I knew I would be pushing it on rough terrain, but it still feels fast taking it to the pumptrack. It complements my Patrol nicely.

Sounds you have a sweet build in mind.
  • 2 0
 That’s basically a Chromag Stylus. My 2017 has a 65 deg head and 75 deg seat tube, with a 130/160 dual position Lyric. Of course it steepens up on the lower position. Normally my all mountain bike, and I occasionally hit the pump track with it. A dedicated dirt jumper is going to be a lot lighter though.
  • 4 0
 Hope DMR keeps the steel Sect. There’s just nothing else than CroMo tubes for a hardtail Smile
  • 1 0
 No reason to assume they won't. They've had more hardtails in their line-up than they have now.
  • 12 0
 The SECT frame will continue Smile
  • 1 0
 @dmrbikes: Is the Bolt Long still available?
  • 1 0
 @vinay: unfortunately not anymore :'(
  • 5 0
 All those pics and not a single one of the dropouts!
  • 2 0
 Sorry, we missed a trick there!
  • 6 0
 2021 Pivot Point? Wink
  • 2 0
 Haha you know this Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I want the green one! remember back in the 2000's when Kona had like 5-7 (can't remember how many exactly) different DJ/Slope bikes to choose from? awesome. Now even trek only has the two ticket's (some would argue that's all you need...)
  • 1 0
 Always loved DMR back in the day, MY OG trailstar was amazing, and the PEDALS. just lovely. As a small family owned bike shop today, I'd love to still be selling and repping DMR. Shame the model in my country is to just supply one goliath. Comon DMR, get your kit back in bikeshops for the groms to drool over. Smile
  • 2 0
 f*ck man that bardo grey is probably the best looking DJ bike I’ve ever seen!! Well done DMR for keeping it OG but with an awesome relevant twist
  • 1 0
 awesome thank you
  • 2 1
 I thought the first pic was belt drive which got me thinking, why no belt drives on DJ bikes? Seems like a great application.
  • 3 1
 Belt drives typically require a cut out in the seat stay or chain stay to install the belt. This is probably not ideal on a DJ that needs to take big hits. The other reason is "Why bother?" Belts are smoother, lighter and quieter but on a DJ none of those things matter.
  • 1 0
 Why Cycles has a belt driven 27.5 DJ bike, and it’s titanium.
  • 2 0
 @nyhc00: WHY?!
  • 3 0
 @skerby: WHY not??
  • 1 0
 Whoa the first Rhythm was my first real frame back in the day! Might have to pick one of these up just for nostalgia. Good stuff DMR
  • 1 0
 I wish someone would make a bike like this with a slacker head angle. I love my 29er, but the Kona Honzo ESD is just not going to be as good for DJ w/ big wheels
  • 1 0
 Note to Pinkbike:

Remember to remove the “... and I never needed to reach for the climb switch.” from the template when reviewing this one Wink
  • 1 0
 Still got my old, working DMR V8 pedals, put them on my commuter bike to replace the garbage that it came with. Work like new since 2002. Lol.
  • 2 0
 Would love one of these! I wonder if completes will be available.
  • 2 1
 Is that Radon slush with new headtube?
  • 2 0
 Dmradon
  • 1 0
 Ahh this is the best news!
  • 1 0
 This needs to be in the hard-tail field test.
  • 1 0
 Shouldn't this be the Sidekick? The Rhythm was the 24" version.
  • 1 0
 Is I big enough for someone who is 6’2” tall?
  • 1 0
 *Is it* I meant
  • 1 0
 Would be a treat on the pump tracks.
  • 1 0
 nice looking frame!
  • 1 0
 No full build option?
  • 1 0
 We wanted to test the water with a frame only first, as there are many people in the UK who will only ride steel hardtail frames. However, we also know that a lot of people enjoy the ride characteristics of aluminium alloy jump frames, and feedback from our international distributors suggests that in countries other than the UK aluminium is actually the preferred choice. So far the feedback has been great, and it is likely that we will offer a complete in the future (early next year realistically)
  • 1 0
 @dmrbikes: any chance for a build with rockshox pike?
  • 1 0
 @WiktorMichno: We'll keep it as a possibility
  • 1 1
 Why name an aluminium 26” bike after a steel 24” one?
  • 1 0
 Audi bois r frothing rn
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