Esker Cycles' Hayduke Hardtail Back in Stock With Updated Fork Spec

Nov 20, 2020
by 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.

Esker Hayduke Geometry

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

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  • 31 2
 Breaking news: a bike frame is available for purchase, and mrp devises a way to clear out their surplus of 27.5 ribbons that nobody wants.
  • 6 0
 I'll take em
  • 1 0
 So is it true that mrp forks feel bad?
I mean they were hyped a lot.
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  • 2 1
 @OneTrustMan: compared to a fox or Rockshox of the same price they dont compare.
  • 5 0
 @OneTrustMan: They're not bad, but @OneTrustMan makes a fair point.

I think they were initially overhyped, and now they're bashed on too much, but they're decent forks, as long as your expectations are tempered. I had a 150mm ribbon 29 and recently replaced it with a 160mm smashpot lyrik... no comparison, huge upgrade for that bike. The ribbon has a lot of stiction (although I'm still on pre-choco-luxe internals), and the damper is harsh and not tunable. The air spring is actually really tunable, but if you read a lot of the negative forum feedback, it seems many people are running way too much negative pressure, likely to try to compensate for the harshness, but this makes it wallow really badly into the midstroke, ime.... it does well with equal pressure in pos and neg chambers.

I dropped that ribbon down to 125mm (air spring is internally adjustable in 5mm increments, which is nice) and moved it to my xc bike, and I'm really happy with it on that bike... feels more suited to that bike and the riding I do on it. The compression dial can provide a nice firm xc platform if that's what you desire. I think the ribbon SL would probably be a good fit and that's the route I'd go if I could do it again. I think the ribbon is a decent fit for how I would use this hayduke frame (xc and bikepacking), but I'd want the 29er version... I wouldn't want to be limited to 27.5 front wheels. I think the bad reputation that the fork has gotten more recently, combined with the decreasing demand for short travel 27.5 parts, has led to mrp ending up with a surplus and they probably made esker a sweet deal on them.
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 @thegoodflow: I second this description of the Ribbon. Better as a short travel fork for sure. Just couldn't get the damper not to feel harsh off the top compared to others. Short travel allows for large negative air spring that seems to compensate.
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 @OneTrustMan: Im sure everyone has their own opinion on all things, but we have tested a ton of forks, and for this hardtail use, we think the MRPs are excellent. Also, we try to do as much of our component purchasing from USA-made vendors, and it helps that they are put together stateside!
  • 18 0
 Hayduke Lives!
  • 7 0
 throwing a monkey wrench into the comment section
  • 2 0
 Abbey would be proud.
  • 1 0
 Jim Phillips said not to.
  • 3 0
 @lpcunity: Edward Abbey would be proud of a bunch of mountain bikers putting machine built trails everywhere? Did you read the same book I did?
  • 1 0
 @S0ckeye: hah! Right
  • 10 0
 For a second I though Salsa revived its El Mariachi...
  • 1 0
 Don't get me excited like that. Man....
  • 2 0
 There is a bit of the spirit of El Mariachi in the Hayduke. When I worked at Salsa, the El Mariachi was one of my favorite products to work on, and was always my pick for bikepacking, as I was never a "drop bars off road" guy like the rest of the folks there. Its probably no coincidence that they discontinued the bike after I left, and you can see that the Hayduke is an improved evolution on all-around steel hardtails
  • 4 0
 Definitely not the bike for ‘pushing it on the downs’. I have one and love it for bikepacking and more mellow single track. Seat tube is really high so it’s hard to get low in steeper terrain but that creates a larger triangle which was great for a recent bikepacking trip I did. I’ve definitely taken it on some steeper trails and it worked but this is not a Chromag.
  • 4 1
 The Geometry chart looks wrong to me, Surely the seat tube length and reach measurements for sizes L and XL are the wrong way around?!?? A 530mm seat tube with 488 reach? What kind of shape do you think us taller folk are?!??
  • 4 0
 I met the owner of this company the other day. He fought a bear with this bare hands. Still need to pitch in on those Sunday dig sessions at Spencer
  • 4 0
 now this is the press release we've all been waiting for. i'll sleep better tonight for sure.
  • 3 0
 Geo looks steep because is listed at 30% fork sag. It is written just there. It looks ok for trail riding . Not everyone needs 64 headangle to have fun .
  • 4 0
 That makes the seat tube angle even slacker...
  • 2 0
 A BIKE THAT IS IN STOCK is the real headline. Went to the lbs yesterday to check their availability database, every brand zero inventory. Showing *32* weeks out till next delivery for some.
  • 3 0
 I got to pedal one of these around this summer for a bit. Super fun on mellow rides!
  • 2 0
 If anything comes out of this, it’s that all manufacturers should disclose if their geo numbers are with sag or not, especially with hardtails. Thanks Esker!
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 Thanks! We spent a lot of time discussing how this is not an industry norm, and we are really happy you noticed!
  • 2 0
 Geometry on this thing isn't really appealing.
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 *meant to say mellow trails
  • 2 0
 eskrrrrt eskrrrrt
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