Identiti Announces 2019 MTB Lineup, Offers Lower Starting Price on Mettle Enduro Bike

Dec 18, 2018
by Identiti-Bikes  
Oli Carter on the AKA. Photo by Big Mac Photography

PRESS RELEASE: Identiti Bikes

We make bikes we want to ride. Bikes that perform, take no sh1t and come back ride after ride, full of character. 2019 marks the second season for our proven and well-reviewed Mettle and the arrival (finally!) of our new AKA and Dr Jekyll hardtails!

First things first...

The New Dr Jekyll
The original is back with 20 years of British dirt jumping heritage.

Dr Jekyll RC
Dr Jekyll RC

We created our first Dr Jekyll dirt jump bike in 1998 and things have come a long ‘ol way since then. Back then we ran 24’’ wheels and massively overbuilt parts to cope with poor riding style and heavy landings. Oh how things have changed. We drew from what we learnt after decades of riding dirt jump bikes through the original Dr Jekyll, P45, P60 and to the most recent P66 frame - with a sprinkle of our Krisis SL (our previous 4x bike) – and created the new Dr Jekyll.

Old Dr Jekyll
The original bike from 1998.
Dr Jekyll RCX
The new Dr Jekyll

Featuring an all new aluminium frame, our newest iteration Adjustable Drop Out System or ADS for short, you can run it geared or singlespeed, with a simple hidden tensioner. As an added benefit, the brake caliper is mounted to the drop out inner plate meaning the the pads are always hitting the right point of the rotor, regardless of how much you move the wheel. 26’’ wheels come as standard, as does geometry made for the trails or pumptrack with fun on tap.

Identiti Dr Jekyll
Dr Jekyll Details
Wheels: 26''
Features: Threaded BB with ISCG05 tabs and Adjustable Drop Out System
Colours/sizes: Khaki or Orange - One size
Frame: £499.99
Complete: R £1299.99. RC £1899.99. RCX £2099.99
Dr Jekyll on the Website


The New AKA
Hardcore hardtails run deep and rich our history and the AKA is nothing short of hardcore.


The new AKA is a descendant of our original Mr Hyde from the early 2000’s. One of the first hardcore hardtails designed to cover miles, rattle downhill runs and race dual slalom tracks – it’d take anything you could throw at it and come out laughing. This is our unfiltered vision of a bike that will tear your face off and rip singletrack to pieces. It holds no prisoners with progressive geometry designed around sag and handling derived from our Mettle enduro bike. We run three sizes with geometry designed at sag for ideal on-trail geometry.

Original Identiti Mr Hyde
The original bike circa 2000
AKA RCX 27.5
The new AKA

You can build the same frame with either 27.5’’ wheels (140mm forks) or 29’’ wheels (120mm forks) made achievable with our ADS also seen on the new Dr Jekyll. In 148mm spacing, you can run it geared or singlespeed and fit a 2.6’’ tyre with 27.5 and 2.35’’ tyre with 29’s. Making it a really versatile package!

Identiti AKA Frame
AKA Details
Wheels: 27.5'' or 29'' Wheels
Travel: 140mm with 27.5'' or 120mm with 29'' Wheels
Features: Threaded BB with ISCG05 tabs and Adjustable Drop Out System. Room for TWO Bottles
Colours/sizes: Blue or Red - S/M/L
Frame: £499.99
Complete: R £1699.99. RC £2099.99. RCX £2499.99
AKA on the Website

Identiti AKA 27.5 Geometry
27.5 Geometry
Identiti AKA 29 Geometry
29 Geometry

Proven on the world Enduro circuit and just gets better with age

2019 Identiti Mettle RCX
Mettle RCX

Going into our second season with the Mettle we’ve spent a lot of time revising the complete bike specifications to give better value and capability than last year.

With choice components from brands we work with, each specification has been reviewed, improved, and most importantly, reduced in price. Wait, what? Yeah, you read that right. We’ve made our bikes better, and lowered the price.

2019 Identiti Mettle RC
Mettle RC

All 2019 Mettle's have dropped in price whilst increasing spec. The our entry to the range has dropped £600, now starting at £2,999.

No marketing led bulls**t acronym for our proven progressive 4 bar suspension linkage, we’ll let the suspension performance do the talking. Test ride for yourself and feel how the confidence inspiring geometry combined with plush, active suspension delivers when you need it.

All models now ship with 4 piston brakes letting you push even harder. The MRP Ribbon fork and RockShox Super Deluxe shock now come as standard on the RC model and the RCX now comes with Halo Vortex wheels, and an upgrade to SRAM Code R brakes.

Identiti Mettle Purple
Mettle Details
Wheels: 27.5'' Wheels
Travel: 160mm Fr | 160mm Rr
Features: Threaded BB with ISCG05 tabs
Colours/sizes: Grey or Purple - S/M/L
Frame: £1,599.99
Complete: R £2999.99. RC £3799.99. RCX £4799.99
Mettle on the Website

Identiti Mettle Geometry

You can of course buy a frame only and custom build your own Mettle, we offer a frame only option with a Rock Shox Deluxe RT3 or Super Deluxe RC3 shock for £1,599.99 or £1,699.99 respectively.

All of our bikes come with threaded BB’s, 5 year warranty, with 2 years on the bearings on the Mettle. All AKA and Mettle models feature tubeless ready tyres, 150mm dropper posts and 1x drivetrains. Ready to hit the trail.

As a small brand we still believe the best way to buy a bike is through a bike shop and whilst we may not be the cheapest out there, we value the service that your local bike shop can give you with our products.

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  • 22 0
 The mettle mettle 499 frame option price sounds great, but it's shockingly expensive for the Rockshox deluxe & super deluxe option at 1599 & 1699. Wink
  • 9 1
 I'd like one of your mettles please, large, £499 you say? It's a deal and legally binding now
  • 3 0
 @fingerbangextreme: I made an error in the formatting of the blog here... my bad. The Mettle retail starts from £1599.
  • 2 0
 @Identiti-Bikes: All the links are broken too, space in front and semicolon missing.
  • 1 0
 @okidou: yeah I know, but they are further down in the comments. I’m in the process of getting it fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience guys...
  • 2 1
 @fingerbangextreme: Whats bad is people still think things like that are legally binding.
  • 10 0
 I used to be a Banshee addict. I bought 2 Runes and they were both savage bikes. But I thought I'd try something different when the Mettle came out, so I traded up for one in Grey. It's genuinely the best trail bike I've ever owned. So good in fact that I bought the AKA for winter.. and now I think I've achieved peak bike. a little trophy notification came up in my goggles when I built it.
TL; DR, I've been playing a LOT of RDR2 recently
  • 9 0
 ‘New lower price’ every bike release article should start. It’s time. That said, that AKA looks dope.
  • 3 0
 Thanks for the love!
  • 1 0
 @Identiti-Bikes: No, thank you for the love... keeping pricing reasonable will keep MTB alive
  • 7 0
 Love the AKAs downtube bend to provide clearance for the rear shock.
  • 1 0
 We wanted a family look Smile
  • 3 0
 I have been riding the Mettle for over a year now and absolutely love how it rides! one of the best bikes I have ever owned. Gave me so much more confidence to hit the trail harder, even if the skill level wasn't there.
  • 2 0
 Ah Smile genuinely a good Xmas prezzie seeing a solid Brit MTB brand, busting out with some very tasty looking rides still.
Back in the day I was a bit of a Kona fan boy, the dirt brown Kona stinky, that I adopted from a friend whom moved to Oz, seriously rocked my world!
I very nearly turned to the fingerprinted side, a few times after many rides on different Identiti hard tails, that many of my mates had at the time. (seemed to us you really couldn't kill one.. and we tried, ALOT) had money not been such an issue back then, I'd have bought one in a heartbeat.
Clearly much has changed over the years bike wise, but the hard-core nature of Identiti as a company hasn't changed a bitSmile
  • 1 0
 Saw the range at the Birmingham bike show last year (just), very nice. In fact, the UK brands have some nice stuff about now, Cotic, Bird, Orange, Airdrop, Stanton and many more. A shorter travel trail bike would be a nice option (never go full Enduro!) for trail centres and mellower trails. The AKA looks rad!
  • 4 0
 There should be more purple bikes on the market
  • 2 0
 Geared jeckell is n original hardcore hard tail!!!!!!
26 ain’t dead....I mean used all the time ????????
  • 2 0
 Yep. They always should be too.
  • 1 0
 Why not test this dual Su's with the other big players such as Santa Cruz or Yeti.
One third the price. But does it feel like one third of the performance?
  • 2 0
 Seats have come a long way too......
  • 1 0
 Just a heads up your geo charts seem inconsistent and the link to the AKA isn't working at the moment. Tidy bikes, though!
  • 2 0
 All of the links are (currently) messed up. Try these :

Dr Jekyll :
Mettle :

(PB CMS has got %20 on the front of all of them, and a ',' in place of a '.' in one)
  • 1 0
 As Azure has kindly done above, the links are there. The formatting stage worked a little weird so it messed up but hopefully you’ve found the info now! Thanks!
  • 1 0
 I didn’t read all that on my fone but I love my rigid 20mm axle XL identiti fork. Save the Wales!
  • 2 0
 how are those bikes standing upright??
  • 2 0
 Check our Instagram. I did a post showing how we did it Smile
  • 1 0
 Couple of good looking rigs. Shame you can’t fit a water bottle on the Mettle Frown lol
  • 1 0
 You can! it's under the downtube, which isn't ideal, but it's better than nothing.
  • 1 1
 The 383mm reach on the Jekill is just ridiculous! Should pump some growth hormone into that reach for a bit.
  • 1 0
 The Dr Jekyll was my first decent MTB, about 17 years ago. I chose it as they did an XL which was longer than most other similar frames on the market at the time so strange that it is this short today. Great frame - I regretted selling it on. AKA looks like a lot of fun too.
  • 4 0
 @tremeer023: if you compare to some other dirt jump frames on the market it’s not actually that short. In time we maaaaay do a longer one as well for size options Smile
  • 1 0
 @Identiti-Bikes: true, it is broadly in line with other DJ frames. Back in the day I used it as a do-everything bike with a bias towards 4x tracks but today I'd choose the AKA instead.
  • 1 0
 I actually replaced the Dr Jekyll with a 666 steel frame which was good for short course dh. Also a top quality frame.
  • 6 9
 You should've knocked £600 off the Mettle. It's using a 25 year old suspension design and the same materials/build techniques that have been market available for just as long. If not longer.

I'm sure they are good rides, but definitely not £2900 good. IMHO of course.
  • 17 1
 May I ask what you would have done and use? We’re actually not believers in carbon because of the mess and lack of widespread recyclability. Steel has some merits but often heavy, alloy brings the best compromise for price and performance. With linkage design, there is only so many options of which every single one has a compromise or patent to navigate around. Every bike on the market uses some variation of a linkage design that has been around for a lengthy amount of time. We’re also a small brand - with only a few of us working on our products day to day - without bottomless resource. Merry Christmas. Pat @ Identiti
  • 2 0
 @Identiti-Bikes: You do NOT have to justify yourself to this guy. A bike is a bike. It costs money to make and the people who design, build, market and sell it have to make a buck.

Most bikes are using 25 year old tech, and I'd argue yours are far more reasonably priced than most. I wouldn't credit peeps like this with a response other than "don't buy it then".

The internet is far too full of people who get incensed when something isn't designed/marketed directly and solely for them.

The age of entitlement.
  • 1 0
 I like the fact that they offer a frame only option.
  • 1 0
 The Mettle looks great. I have a Krisis SL that I will never let go.
  • 1 0
 Still a firm favourite here!
  • 1 0
 No, thanks. SC nomad alu 1600 €
  • 1 0
 The link to "Mettle on the Website" has a %20 in front of it, please fix!
  • 1 1
 That purple! (Meme of celebrity slapping forehead)
  • 1 1
 All of the frames are exactly the same price. Keeping it simple.
  • 1 2
 With that price point they are going to destroy canyon and yt in the left days of this year!
  • 2 0
 are you sure
  • 1 1
 @Wulland: 499 for a Frame, hell yes :-P
  • 1 0
 @Chridel: We (I) made a type when formatting the blog post... The Mettle frame is either £1599 with a Deluxe or £1699 with a Super Deluxe. Pat @ Identiti
  • 1 0
 @Identiti-Bikes: I could imagine that ;-) I still liked the yoke.

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