Knolly Bikes Launches Fugitive 29er

Feb 22, 2018
by Knolly Bikes  


Knolly Bikes is freaking fired up to announce the release of the Fugitive, our first 29er, which delivers incredible traction, downhill stability and a smooth ride on any terrain. Our newest model was developed to meet the growing demands for a 29” so the Fugitive debuts with the highest level of pedaling platform of any Knolly model, yet it still maintains the legendary composure in the rough that we are known for. Our riders wanted an epic bike that could take them into the backcountry, attack the biggest descents, efficiently climb steep technical trails and adapt to any route to provide a comfortable ride on long beautiful single track trails.

After determining rider requirements for a new 29er generation, we started designing our Fugitive model from the ground up. Considering past trends and manufacturing innovations, every Knolly frame part, feature, and production process was toiled over leading to significant investment in new molds and tooling. Current industry standards were reviewed, adopted and tweaked to produce a bike that we believe is in a category in its’ own.

Our engineering approach involves a fresh perspective and a promise of achieving only the best. In an industry fixed on releasing new products as quickly as possible, we did something that some might consider borderline insane. With the Fugitive model, we committed an extra 18 months beyond the normal new product development timelines to research and development.

Innovation through Partnerships

The new pivot bushing technology on Knolly Bikes was developed with Igus, the world leader in polymer bushings. Working closely with Igus, we developed a new pivot bushing advancement and when combined with their high-end roller bearings, they deliver less friction and added durability for the Fugitive and all frames going forward. Igus products are used throughout the bike industry in frames, forks, rear shocks and other parts that rotate and/or slide.

Innovation through Pioneering

The Fugitive is the beginning of our Gen 5 alloy and carbon frame platform, which meant a massive investment in tooling for the next phase. Our commitment to producing the best aluminum suspension mountain bikes led to pushing the boundaries of highly manipulated tube-sets and an extensive use of sophisticated forgings throughout the Fugitive’s construction. Every detail including the tube cross-section and width were designed in 2D and 3D to ensure uncompromised performance for the rider. The new seat tube, a key structural part of the frame, explores the limits of hydroforming technology. Throughout the frame, we sourced exotic aluminum alloys to deliver reduced weight, improved reliability and unlimited length dropper post compatibility. And using only the best materials, we incorporated custom CNC machined 6Al-4V Titanium fasteners to reduce weight and increase mid-linkage stiffness.

Engineering with Purpose

We fully committed to the already existing 157mm rear hub spacing, branding it 157TRAIL, and we are able to implement this with rear end heel clearance equal or better than existing 148 bikes. This decision allowed us to eliminate tire width and focus on designing the bike solely based on tire diameter. As a result, the Fugitive supports 29” wheels but it can also run 27.5” Plus x 3.0” wheels/tires with minimum compromise to the BB height.

bigquotesThe 29’er Fugitive is a product of years of research, design and engineering. We produced a bike that we believe will deliver unprecedented rider performance. The Fugitive has an all-star feature list that includes new suspension linkages and pivots, 175-200mm dropper post compatibility, fully internal cable routing and 2 geometry positions. These features combined with our proven patented Fourby4 suspension, create a package that instills confidence in any terrain.Noel Buckley, Knolly Bikes CEO/Chief Engineer

The new Fugitive is also available in a long travel (LT) version, adding 15mm of added rear suspension. Here is a complete list of features:

+ Rear Travel: 120mm/135mm
+ Fork: 140-150mm
+ Wheel Size & Max Width: 29”x2.6” and 27.5”x3.25”
+ Rear Axle: 157TRAIL x 12mm
+ Up to 200mm dropper compatible on all frame sizes
+ 73mm threaded BB with removable ISCG05 chain guide tabs
+ Max. 38t single ring / Dual ring compatible
+ Trailside adjustable geometry
+ Clearance for water bottles of all sizes
+ Removable downtube protector that doubles as Shimano Di2 battery holder
+ Full internal routing
+ Shares its suspension and frame parts with next-generation Knolly bikes to ensure ease of bike maintenance/service and inventory management between models

The Fugitive frames range in price from $1979 to $2175 USD, with complete bikes ranging from $4300 to $6900, both will be available for sale July 2018 at your Knolly Bikes Dealer.



  • 104 3
 "wow" - Owen Wilson.
  • 7 68
flag viatch (Feb 22, 2018 at 17:57) (Below Threshold)
 yeah...130mm indeed (ultimate sarcasm here)
  • 99 4
 @viatch: Dude, your mom loves 130mm of travel... (No sarcasm here)
  • 17 1
 @timmyelle: your dad says he can take more
  • 84 4
 "Clearance for water bottles of all sizes"
Bike of the year
  • 41 3
 And alloy And threaded bb
  • 16 4

add in 200mm dropper compatible and 38t or front derailleur compatible as well. lots of positive's with this design.
  • 54 3
 Fuck... They made it in Gulf colours and now I need one
  • 2 1
 Someone else picked up on that!!!
  • 11 2

I came here to say that, too. I * own the Porsche 917K, # 004/017

  • 5 5
 @endlessblockades: you a dentist?
  • 6 1
 @gonecoastal: Nah, I have a 10 year old Honda minivan with 200.000 miles on it.
  • 6 2
 @endlessblockades: that's exactly what a dentist would say.....
  • 3 1
 @freestyIAM: how would you know? Your grill probably hasn’t heard from a dentist in 20 years. Smile
  • 47 5
 I think we've (I've) come full circle. Carbon bikes are looking rather bland and welds are looking interesting again.
  • 5 1
 Wait til Orange's next release and you'll see these kids complaining again about the ugliness of the welds.
  • 29 4
 Dang, looks amazing.
That Gulf Porsche color way is amazing, @KNOLLYBIKES
  • 14 3
 Ford GT40 was the look they were going for if I’m not mistaken.
  • 62 3
 Thanks. And it if you are a Porsche fan it is the Gulf colors. But if you are a Ford fan it is the GT40 colors.
  • 6 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: That's it, should've said GULF colors.
Either way, amazing.
  • 1 1
 BeauDril's fleet did it first, just sayin'
  • 6 1
 only way to follow up on a GULF theme is a Martini racing version..
Nicely done @KNOLLYBIKES
  • 3 2
 @KNOLLYBIKES: no, it is gulf colours, whether ford, or porsche, or aston martin, or mclaren, or lamborghini or whatever car wears this combination of colours in relation to motorsport
  • 20 1
 No geometry numbers?? How are we spose'ta armchair analyze this bike without the numbers?
  • 13 2
 You can find the Geo here:
  • 16 1
 My next bike.
  • 14 1
 They ticked so many boxes with this thing! tup
  • 3 1
 My thoughts exactly. I WANT! I WANT! Drool
  • 1 0
 Seriously considering getting one of these this year if I can convince the wife or destroy my Niner. The geo is right where I want my next bike to be. Knolly has really killed it here- Glorious livery paint scheme too!
  • 1 1
 How do you tick a box?
  • 15 3
 Miso hornie! Looks like a worthy Stumpjumper replacement right there!
  • 1 1
 Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
  • 1 0
 Rolling on the ground loosing it this is halarious
  • 10 0
 Hey, wheres my podium?
  • 14 0
 On its way.
  • 4 1
Is it staying 26" will it come in glow in the dark green to match my warden?
  • 8 1
 I'm not sold on this 157 hub spacing. To make something stiffer, isn't shorter better? I'm still on a 142, and my other bike (Chromag Rootdown) is a 10mm QR!!!
  • 18 0
 By spreading out the hub flange spacing it creates a more stable platform between the hub, spokes, and rim. Think of it as a triangle with the hub flanges as the two bottom corners and the rim as the top corner. As the bottom two corners (hub flanges) spread further apart it becomes harder to tip the triangle on its side (wheel flex). Having a stiffer platform was not the only reason we decided to move our lineup to 157Trail, it provides many other benefits and possibilities as well.
  • 1 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Layman’s terms! Exactly what I needed (not SMRT when it comes to stuff like that)
  • 2 0
 @KNOLLYBIKES: is this basically the same hub and flange spacing that pivot did with the Switchblade? I'm legitimately interested if this is a common trend and if we are starting to see some cross compatibility.

In addition, the big question is will you sell the hubs with the fancy spacing directly?? There was some serious mis-aligned expectations when Chris C said it was going to be easy and then some of the major manufacturers wouldn't sell the hubs directly and then Pivot wouldnt sell them directly either. Not everyone wants a cowbell i9 hub. It's about options and a decent supply chain. Otherwise we get psudeo-proprietary stuff that makes sense on paper but actively hurts the value of the bike.

Hoping the market is a little more prepared.
  • 6 0
 I want to see those AS/LR/PKBCK etc analyses.. yes you linkagedesign.blogspot , andrextr et al...slds
  • 1 2
 Me to
  • 3 0
 That's a belting looking bit of kit, especially in the Gulf colour scheme! Relatively short travel 29ers with aggressive geometry make for brilliant fun trail bikes, this looks absolutely perfect for British riding. Any idea when we will be able to see one in the UK @KNOLLYBIKES ?
  • 5 0
 You will start to see them showing up at dealers around July
  • 2 0
 @KNOLLYBIKES: cheers, now I have to find a Knolly dealer local to me...
  • 17 0
 @Attilauk: That is easy...go to your favorite dealer and tell them to contact us. We actually answer the phone when people call.
  • 3 0
 @KNOLLYBIKES I just want to say out loud that you're one of VERY FEW companies that I really appreciate for bike building philosophy. It's so rare not to feel that they're trying to fuscrew me over. Again.

I especially love you guys for going with 157 rear hub instead of that #$%^&ing 148 boost and all bastards which came along with it, while still having possibility to mount front derailleur.

Keep it up and I promise that I'll do my best to buy my next FS frame from you.
  • 7 0
 Oooosh, more 29er power!
  • 8 1
 Big ol spicy boner
  • 9 3
 LOL! (lots-of-linkage)
  • 5 5
 Knolly definitely give you the best pivot-to-dollar ratio of pretty much anything out there. Glad to see they're sticking with the redundant linkage, just in case one linkage breaks you still have a backup... right?
  • 10 3
 @Socket: That redundant linkage is a patented linkage which is the secret to why our bikes ride so well. If you want to geek out over details you can read about it here:
  • 7 0
 @KNOLLYBIKES: I think he's just messing with you. Evil, Diamondback, or Scott might have better pivot to dollar ratio anyways. Haven't ridden one of your bikes yet but have heard great things! Maybe I'll get on one of these after the 111 gets put to bed.
  • 6 4
 @dglass: I do love a good 10 bearing single pivot suspension
  • 10 8
 @KNOLLYBIKES: the link has lots of marketing fluff. The kinematics behind the suspension design is here:

Knolly philosophy is to have low pedal feedback but that does sacrifice anti-squat so the design needs to have a climb switch which is not always practical. How many modern bikes suffer from pedal feedback?

The patent linkage doesn't affect the kinematics. Specialized or any other FSR design could do the exact same kinematics as a Knolly. No secret sauce there.
The benefit of your design is to have a straight seat tube (long dropper) but the negative is more flex and maintenance (more pivots). and Andre at for real information.
  • 7 1
 @jaydawg69: dude what doesn't have lots of 'marketing fluff'?

was going to write an offensive rebuttal but was enlightened by your video link.

reckon I'm to armchair to contribute further.

I salute you

*sips beer and nods.
  • 1 1
 @raditude: maybe they wear slower?? Sounds good to me.
  • 3 2
 @raditude: It's not a single pivot. There is another pivot before the axle.
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: You would think that seeing as their suspension design has such low anti-squat and is heavily reliant on a shock pedaling platform, that they would add a remote shock adjuster on the handlebar, which you can find nowadays even on DH coil shocks if you want...@KNOLLYBIKES
  • 2 0
 @lochsweed: I was replying to a dude about an evil.
  • 9 2

Hardly any modern bike suffers from pedal kick back, but hardly any offer that amount of traction, grip and insane braking control on even the steepest descends, which Knolly does. Also hardly any of those modern bikes work very well with both air and coil.

Also Knolly under no circumstances require climb switch, unless you do most of your climbs on fireroads or tarmac. On technical climbs it is second to none in my opinion.
  • 5 0
 @LeetusBee: lots and lots of bikes have low anti-rise (see and can use both coil and air... nothing new there. The best climbing bikes (DW, Yeti) have an anti-squat at around 100%. You can have an active suspension with a good pedaling platform. Low Anti-Squat does not mean great traction for climbing... it means the shock will move when you pedal. Below 100% means the shock will compress when you pedal and extend over 100%. for good information on suspension kinematics.
  • 1 0
 And I just recently picked up a delirium haha! Knolly makes some sick bikes, i hope if anything happens to my linkages the new ones will fit fine if replaced. The colors knolly are pushing out this year is amazing! Dark cherry red and chrome, purple and chrome, gulf colors, wow
  • 1 0
 So no one is freaking out about a new flange spacing design this time? Pink bike has come a long ways since 2016 apparently. Pivot already named the hub flang spacing Super Boost Plus... Wish Knolly and Pivot could get together and just put a common name to the thing.
  • 3 1
 so is there anything funky about this 157? why rebrand an existing standard when you know how touchy the armchair designers are?
  • 14 3
 Take a look at Hope Tech's HB160 rear wheel spacing / unique hub size and how they made a stronger wheel without going Boost...I think Knolly's approach via the 157Trail provides a better solution than a Boost spacing or 142 mm, by using an existing axle width / standard. Calling it 157Trail is a bit too much marketing spin for me, but I do like the engineering principles behind the decision.
  • 5 1
 I assume they were worried that associating it with DH standards would lead to cries of heavy, the same way 20mm forks were back in the day. But using a 157mm hub with Boost's 3mm wider chainline strikes me as a very sensible way to fit a wheel with less (or no) dish.
  • 15 1
 Fix-the-spade is right. We called it 157TRAIL because we wanted to differentiate it from the DH 150/157 spacing which was predominantly used on DH bikes way back when. It also emphasizes that this is a trail bike with a normal 73mm bb shell.
  • 13 10
 looks good except for the bushings. Rocky tried recently and went back to bearings. No sale.
  • 1 12
flag Ryanrobinson1984 (Feb 22, 2018 at 16:23) (Below Threshold)
 It's bearings, not bushings in there
  • 34 3
 Our bushings are tried and true. We use them in the areas where they are the best option and these new black bushings from Igus are slippier than a hot buttered Elvis dressed in satin. They are also coupled with dual row angular contact bearings which are some of the highest quality bearings used in modern bike frames.
  • 5 0

It's a combination of bearings and bushings. That said, the bushings on my Turner were flawless for many years.
  • 7 1
 Is it durability that your worried about? Rocky’s linkage is butter smooth. Although I haven’t been on one with a ton of miles. Knolly made reference to the fact all of there bikes will be using the same bushings so I’m sure it will be easy to get ahold of a refresh kit. I can’t see this as a deal breaker for me.
  • 1 0
 @Dont-hit-trees: rocky's linkage is also known to creak a lot. That said, it's probably because of user error (lack of grease)
  • 4 1
 Tried and true? I didn't need to damp my rear suspension because there was so much stiction in my Warden linkage with the shock removed even after the Knolly "factor tune". And their explanation was, "Well, you don't feel it when you're riding do you?" I sure hope these bushings are better than the last type that was used. I've never had issues with the bearings used in my 2010 Podium though...
  • 6 0
 That's a naive knee jerk response. I've had a rocky with it's dozens of bushings needing constant greasing and regreasing and poor tolerances, as well as multiple Knolly's with a mix of mostly bearings and a couple bushings in logical places. Never had a problem with bushings, other than one set that finally needed replacing after about a million vertical feet of downhill hammering. Pop out, pop in, easy peasy, Bob's your uncle.
  • 6 1
 I have to agree. On Warden I have, I love everything except for bushings. Even with new ones once you tighten bolt to specs and you check how wheel moves without need to put a lot of force. I can understand that it’s less than force generated on trail but it is still lots of force. And that kills purpose of bearings everywhere else, it’s like a weak link. Using lower torque and Loctite helps a lot, but I have lost one bolt on trail already, so it’s not good solution. I was really hoping new design would be without bushings
  • 1 0
 @KNOLLYBIKES: I'm guessing the primary reason for going with bushings is weight reduction? Are there any advantages to bushings over bearings other than than weight?
  • 3 29
flag Ryanrobinson1984 (Feb 23, 2018 at 4:15) (Below Threshold)
 Who ever downvoted me, I take that personally and don't downvote me again unless you want your head beat on for about an hour and a half
  • 2 0
 @Flowcheckers: not necessarily specific to this application, but bushings generally cost significantly less. They're way simpler to manufacture and to lubricate, though bearings need less lubrication maintenance. Bushings have more initial static friction but I'm not sure you'd notice it in this application.
  • 3 0
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Hello, will these new spec bushing be available to retro fit current bikes, like my Warden?
  • 3 0
 @knollybikes: 4 American prez for listening to the people and the hot commentary
  • 2 0
 I’m not a weight weenie but curious on frame weight. It looks sweet and a good price point, but curious at what weight cost.
  • 1 0
 7.1 lbs for the standard with a DPS and 7.2 lbs for the LT with a DPX2
  • 3 1
 Wow. Just wow. I have a 2017 Endorphin, which I love, and will be looking to test ride a Fugitive later this year.
  • 3 0
 Excellent. A bike that just might be as great as my Endorphin.
  • 2 1
 I am not familiar with Knolly's pricing, but a starting price of $4300? I'm assuming this is the aluminum Vice Pres build?
  • 1 1
 You would be correct. You can the pricing for each of the builds here:
  • 1 0
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Really like the Le Mans blue/orange/white - just fantastic.

Curious - would you call this a MY2018 or MY2019?
  • 1 0
 @KNOLLYBIKES: on the Dawn patrol spec I think you have the Front and Rear tire sizes listed wrong, should prolly be 2.4 front and 2.25 rear here is how it's listed. Nice bike!

Front Tire Ardent 29X2.25 60 FOLDABLE 750 SINGLE 65 EXO Black
Rear Tire Ardent 29X2.40 60 FOLDABLE 805 SINGLE 65 EXO Black
  • 4 2
 Is a Carbon version in the works?
  • 5 1
 Yes, there is a carbon one in the works. We are still in the process of designing the tooling for it but you will see it!
  • 1 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: When it is expected to be ready please ?
  • 1 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: is there a bigger travel design down the road ??
  • 3 1
 @cheetamike: Yes there is. It will be an early 2019 product.
  • 1 0
 @KNOLLYBIKES: cool I can wait Smile
  • 6 5
 Lost me at IGUS bushings. I know they save weight but the periodic maintenance to avoid squeak is not worth it.
  • 3 1
 Good golly ms. Knolly.. sure like to ball...Would you care to dance ?
  • 2 1
 Hello Dr Kimble!! Thank you Team Knolly for answering our prayers! 29er Knolly FTW!
  • 1 1
 This thing looks, smells and tastes good! Looking forward to riding this thing @KNOLLYBIKES
  • 3 2
 For Sale: Transition Sentinel... hmmm
  • 2 1
 Not the same...
  • 1 1
 you're right, the sentinel frame is 2.5lbs heavier
  • 2 0
 @Klainmeister: not denying the Sentinel is portly. But it’s also an inch longer in travel. I’m just saying this would be better compared to the Smuggler.
  • 1 1
 Amazing. Would love to know more about the different approach @KNOLLYBIKES took wrt antisquat this time around?
  • 2 1
 Where's carbon version?
When /where can I get test ride?
  • 2 1
 We will eventually plan to have more carbon models in our lineup. Dealers will begin seeing these bikes very soon so be sure to ask your nearest Knolly dealer. If no one near you stocks Knolly and there is a good local shop that you think would be interested then have them email us.
  • 1 1
 326mm BB height is god damn low for a bike of this travel. Props.
  • 1 0
 Tall people use 200mm droppers. I guess robots, steroid users and mtb pros use 38t chainrings.
  • 1 1
 @PhillipJ: Or just people who don't have the latest gear. Wink Got a 3x with a massive ring up front. It's fun. Razz
  • 1 1
 loooong without a lot of chain stay
  • 2 2
 Sweet bike but who the fack uses a 200mm dropper post or a 38t chainring?
  • 2 1
 I have a 200mm on my Knolly Delirium and could actually fit about 240 for full range of movement... but then I'm a tall freak of nature. Still loving Knolly for building so us taller guys can ride too!
  • 2 1
 I shouldn't tell you the # of teeth on my chainring. It might give you nightmares. Wink
  • 2 1
 I have a Knolly Endorphin with a 200mm dropper and when I descend it’s like a mix of a DH/bmx Bike. It’s so fun.
  • 2 1
 I finally want a 29er!!
  • 1 1
 i swore no more 29er's but damn..
  • 1 1
 Price is...dare I say...nice
  • 1 1
 Feck you could stuff a dirtbike tire in that rear triangle
  • 1 1
 Dream Bike material IMHO
  • 1 1
 great name!
  • 3 5
 Geometry chart needed.
  • 2 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: do you have a weight on the vp build?
  • 5 1
 @gnar-shredderz: About a 5 month wait. July 2018.
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