RSD Bikes Announces Updated 2022 Range

Nov 23, 2021
by Alex RSD  
Wildcat V3

Press Release: RSD Bikes


In our point-click-buy-and-deliver world, it's easy to overlook how much time and effort goes into actually putting complicated things like bikes together, and shipping them out. It is now almost a monumental achievement to get bikes built and shipped to customers before designs, components or standards age out into obsolescence.

Our own example is not uncommon - 2021 production was on time for Spring delivery but some major components delays held bikes up, and by the time summer rolled around, the shipping fiascoes delayed us yet again. A shortage of containers in Taiwan not only created a massive backlog, but it also drove shipping costs up by 500 - 600%, forcing us to levy our own modest price increases. We know that our customers can only bear so much of the burden for these setbacks, so we've done all that is possible to mitigate the costs and wait times. Speaking of which -

The long wait is over

At long last, our newest bikes have arrived at the warehouse and we're stoked as! Each bike features new colourways, and excellent DVO suspension has been spec'd on several models, in addition to build kit swaps that were made to accommodate for insane lead times and availability of parts. Due to the aforementioned shipping troubles, our production run had to be split into several shipments, so the next one will arrive in a couple of weeks. In addition to MiddleChild bikes and frames, we currently have plenty of stock of our newest 'long-travel' hardtail frame - the RS 291. Here is the breakdown for deliveries:

RS-291 Gypsum

In stock

MiddleChild V2 Steel
Complete bikes (from $2999 USD). All sizes and colours
Frames ($849 USD) Out of stock - Accepting pre-orders now for May 2022 delivery
Aubergine
Verdigris
Matthew Black

MiddleChild V2 Aluminum
Complete bikes (from $2449 USD). Mostly all sizes and colours
Frames ($749 USD) Out of stock - Accepting pre-orders now for May 2022 delivery
Obsidian
Raw with Clear Coat

MiddleChild V2 Titanium
Complete bikes (from $4649 USD) - Stock is extremely limited
Frames ($2499 USD) Out of stock - Accepting pre-orders now for May 2022 delivery
Brushed

RS 291 Steel
Frames are in stock now (from $899 USD). Completes (from $3049 USD) - ETA 12/6/21
Obsidian
Misconduct

Sergeant V4
Complete bikes (from $2199 USD) and frames ($749 USD), all sizes and colours - ETA 12/6/21
Raw with Clear Coat
Royal Navy
Royal Navy - Adventure Build

(Some components in these photos may differ from the spec sheets. Please refer to the spec sheets on the site for accuracy)

Fat bikes

Vendetta
Raw with Clear Coat
Nebula

Our shipment of Mayor fat bikes is also running behind, so we don't have a solid ETA yet, but we're anticipating a January '22 delivery.


New Wildcat V3

Full-suspension Wildcat has been refreshed with some minor but notable updates and redesigns. Changes to the v3 include new metric shock sizing, specifically 210 x 52.5, which bumps the travel up from 120 mm to 125 mm (sliding dropout RC 425 = 125mm & RC 440 = 128mm), and a shorter and straighter seat tube on all sizes to accommodate longer dropper posts. Internal cable routing has also been worked into the new front triangle. With a rear center that adjusts from 425 mm to 440 mm, the Wildcat v3 will be mullet-compatible, if that's your style.

Estimated delivery is May '22, and we are accepting pre-orders now.
Complete bikes (from $3749 USD) and frames ($1799 USD)

Green Onyx
Obsidian


Green Onyx
Obsidian
Gypsum


Lastly, prototyping is already in the works for a Wildcat with longer fangs, so to speak. Watch this space for the announcement of a bigger 'Cat in 2022.

Full lineup - RSD BIKES


63 Comments

  • 52 2
 I love that they waited till almost the start of the calendar year to release their 22' line rather than releasing their 22' line in June like the rest of these brands.
  • 71 0
 Bikes getting longer every year. 22 feet seems extreme though. Do they double as ladders?
  • 2 2
 I don't think they waited by choice. But maybe because it makes sense and you like it they will start releasing it according to the calendar.
  • 1 0
 Damn, those are some long bikes.
  • 3 1
 The whole concept of "model years" seems dumb in 2021, especially for a direct to consumer brand that doesn't do wholesale orders. Release the bike when it's ready to be marketed and sold.
  • 3 0
 @dthomp325: Don't be silly. How on earth am I going to know I need a new bike next year?
  • 4 0
 @dthomp325: I work as a mechanic at a shop and I think it would make selling bikes much easier. You wouldn't have people asking for last years model so they can get a discount on the same frame that this years model has, just in a different color. Eventually new frames would be released with different geo and spec, but it would give companies more time to focus on their designs rather than pushing out next years products.
  • 32 1
 RSD are such an underrated company - that DVO spec looks great!
  • 17 0
 I loved the V2 wildcat except for the longer seat tube. Stoked for these changes in the V3. The sergeant V4 looks super intriguing as well. The middle child remains one of my all-time favorite hardtails. Keep up the great work.
  • 3 1
 I swung a leg over a alum middle child of a buddy one day. It felt planted and burly. I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t end up on one someday. The seargent also ticks a lot of boxes for a real plus bike. Maybe that’s the jack of all master of none type bike that’s just fun to ride.
  • 9 0
 Bought a chromoly MiddleChild from RSD back in 2019 while they were out of office at Sea Otter. Prompt email from Alex explaining what was going on and when my frame would ship, and they did exactly as promised. The bike has been great and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them.
  • 7 0
 The titanium Middlechild is a beauty. But I've been to Pinkbike before and trust me: to spec a fancy titanium frame with a SX components and then publish an uncensored picture in a Pinkbike article is asking for trouble.
  • 1 0
 Interesting they would put SX on the model bike when their website is showing only full GX builds spec'd? Looks like a Shimano cassette on there in the pic as well. Their site claims to refer to the spec sheet for build details (so expect to get all GX) but still a weird move.
  • 4 0
 @rowdyhonzo: probably 'cause even manufacturers can't get their hands on parts early, right
  • 13 0
 @rowdyhonzo: Agreed, but we couldn't get the correct samples, so we used what we had. Refer to the specs on the site for accuracy.
  • 4 0
 Bought a TI Middle Child back in 2019 I believe. Love the bike and Alex was great to deal with.
  • 11 2
 So those bikes didnt get stolen ?!
  • 5 1
 not yet....
  • 8 3
 Aubergine Middlechild is drool worthy. Reviews are pretty solid as well. I'd be more than happy with a Wildcat on tanwall plus tires if I never found my ideal Privateer 141. Just make a monster truck...
  • 3 0
 I've been lucky enough to have a prototype 291 (basically the same) for about 6mo and it's the most capable hardtail I've had period. And Ive had a Middle Child, Honzo, older rootdown etc... New school hardtails are where it's at if you wanna rip sans squish. It's amazing what they can handle on the downs without giving up much on the climbs. Pics on my profile.
  • 2 0
 Checked the pic, bike looks fun. Enjoy!
  • 2 0
 @vinay: Oh, it is! The bike is trouble in that you rip so fast, but then get rude little reminders that it's still a hardtail haha. great bike.
  • 3 0
 RSD is such an awesome brand. I owned an alloy middlechild but was looking to upgrade to something steel with a shimano build. Unfortunately nothing was available so I bought my Honzo ESD instead. Can't wait to see what a long travel wildcat looks like. I hope to own an RSD again at some point. Their customer service is second to none and the bikes are fantastic.
  • 4 0
 Please call the long travel Wildcat the Hellcat as a nod to the world war 2 fighters! I bought an RSD Big Chief frame a few years ago on clearance, threw on a works components 2 degree headset and am having a blast.
  • 4 0
 I have owned 2 RSD bikes over the last few years. I am sure I will own another at some point. I have a 2021 steel middlechild which is probably the best bike I have ever owned. Great value, service, and performance.
  • 6 0
 Looks like a new DVO topaz!
  • 5 0
 Adventure build looks like my idea of a great winter ride.
  • 3 2
 I tried giving the RSD Middlechild a shot, ordered my frameset December 2nd 2020, then the delivery dates got pushed back multiple times all the way into September 2021 with some price increases along the way. Ended up having to cancel my order which sucked because I wanted to support an Ontario business and ride one. I honestly thought that was gonna hurt them financially but it's good to see they're doing alright. Hopefully they can stick to that May 2022 date.
  • 4 0
 Record Store Day sells bikes?
  • 3 0
 The v2 Wildcat was outstanding! I gotta get my hands on that green one though.
  • 3 0
 The bikes look great but the real difference is in how they ride. Geo is dialled.
  • 1 0
 Just saw that they're based in Toronto. I'm kind of intrigued, want to see more brands aimed at east coast riding conditions. What's the general perception of these? The full-sus is a bit generic looking.
  • 6 0
 I’m in Nelson, BC. The CroMo Middlechild was comfortable riding alongside the Chromag Rootdown and I’ve been riding the Wildcat V2 with 150mm up front most of the season, so the HA @ 64.5 It’s an aggressive little bugger. Waiting to see what the longer travel ‘Wildcat’ looks like, last paragraph.
  • 1 0
 @Danksi: Nice, thanks for the report!
  • 3 0
 The MC is a wicked bike for eastern tight twisty trails. Like a glorified jump bike to get you popping off everything. Had mind with 27/2.6s.
  • 3 0
 If you like an FSR suspension design, these bikes will please you. I built a V2 frame up last year with a 150mm fork and it works and feels great. The build quality / welds are really good. Tons of tire clearance in both 29 and 27.5 to let you run whatever you want. The cable routing on the V2 is all external and could have been done better but that looks to be cleaned up somewhat looking at the V3 pictures here.
  • 4 0
 I have a YT Capra and the RSD Middlechild Chromo. Since having the RSD I haven’t touched the YT. I love it.
  • 3 0
 Loving my V2 Wildcat. Looks like they've addressed all of the minor quibbles on V3 (mainly the seat tube)
  • 3 0
 Yeah, I've got my 150mm post slammed all the way down to the bottom on my V2 size medium and if it was 10mm longer it would be too tall. BTW they are what I would call "big feeling" as the wheelbases are generally pretty long on this model. If you're 5' 10", the medium is plenty big/long, trust me.
  • 5 0
 Best sizing chart ever!
  • 3 0
 Is the DVO Topaz T2 available in non trunion mount version now?
  • 2 0
 Looks like a different shock to me, the T2 has the bulbous lower body, like a megneg style air can. This one looks more streamlined like the t3.
  • 1 0
 @labiker9: Weirdly enough there is a SR Suntour version of that shock which is just regular metric. But Suntour being the OEM, I'm not sure if they sell it directly to customers.
  • 2 0
 Am I wrong, or does the Wildcat frame look like my old IronHorse MKIII frame from forever ago?
  • 2 0
 Definitely the next frame I buy is a wildcat. Looks fun.
  • 2 0
 That wildcat tho
  • 1 1
 looks like a pitch
  • 3 6
 Fatbikes with an ETA of January? That doesn’t work.
  • 18 0
 You'll have to shout a little louder, they can't hear you in Taiwan
  • 3 2
 No chance in hell that's happening with the port of Vancouver basically cut off from the rest of the country.
  • 4 0
 I mean, better than April 2022...
  • 3 0
 @kcy4130: I’m guessing that’s what it means, at best.
  • 1 0
 @b1k35c13nt15t: ........ you make a fairly compelling point there.
  • 2 0
 My store has MY2022 fat bikes arriving between December 31st and June 2022... so January is better than nothing.
  • 2 0
 @m47h13u: CP says they will open the rails today
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