PRESS RELEASE: Esker Cycles
The Hayduke started with our vision for the perfect hardtail. Designed around modern frame geometry, a versatile dropout system, and custom drawn steel tubing, Hayduke is a capable mountain bike built to be used as a single-speed, a singletrack machine, or a bikepacking rig. Since its creation, the story of this beloved hardtail has been one of local singletrack rides, stargazing overnighters, and worldwide exploration.
Until now, Hayduke complete builds have been equipped with a 120mm 29” fork built with 27.5”+ wheels and tires to allow riders swap between the 27.5”+ and 29” wheel sizes. While that same swapping ability still exists for Hayduke framesets, complete builds will now feature a dedicated 27.5” fork with 140mm of travel. With the same axle to crown fork length being used on all Hayduke complete builds old and new, we were able to increase the fork travel within the 27.5” package while still making a bike that suits the needs of trail riders and bikepackers alike.
This newest offering on Hayduke completes paves the way for riders to simply choose between the dedicated 27.5” complete platform with the Hayduke, or a dedicated 29” platform with an upcoming Esker hardtail model to be released soon. For those riders that like to choose their own adventure, all Esker hardtails will be offered as frameset only, allowing you to build up your bike just how you like.
The goal with Hayduke has always been to make it as easy as possible to set it up how you like, and hit the trail. For that reason, this steel hardtail also continues to feature the versatile Portage dropout system, which was designed to allow riders to easily switch drivetrain types, hub widths, wheel sizes, and chainstay lengths. Frames comes standard with internal dropper routing, a plethora of braze-ons to attach anything that you can dream up, and external mix and match routing guides that mount to any of the existing braze-ons to allow riders to place external frame bags or cages, and tune their cable routing to wherever is clever.
Hayduke framesets come standard with Portage dropouts, an axle, seat collar, and a Wolf Tooth Components headset for $750. Complete builds are available in limited quantities at 3 levels starting with H1 at $2000, H2 at $2950, and H3 at $3250. Framesets and completes are available through eskercycles.com. eskercycles.com
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