Digit Announces New Ring Trail Bike

Apr 15, 2024 at 13:41
by Digit Bikes  
2024 Digit Ring

PRESS RELEASE: Digit Bikes

Digit Bikes has launched its second bike model featuring Analog suspension. Named RING, it is a 29” wheeled trail bike offering 128mm rear suspension with a 140mm fork. Ring is designed and handbuilt in California by Digit engineer, designer, founder, Tim Lane. Each frame and fork is customized for each rider's color preference with Cerakote ceramic coating.

Digit Ring
Digit Ring Details
• ANALOG integrated rear suspension
• 128mm rear travel / 140mm fork
• Wheel size: 29" front, 29" rear
• Aluminum frame
• Made in the USA
• Weight: from 26.3 lb / 11.9kg
• Price: $9,845 USD
• Contact: digitbikes.com

Not being beholden to any one component manufacturer, the build kits are a mix of Manitou, Spinergy, Sram, Shimano, Magura, OneUp, BikeYoke, Cane Creek, Race Face, WTB and Wolftooth.

Complete bike weights are 27.8 lbs (size L). Optional upgrades are available such as Berd Wheels, Shimano XTR or SRAM XX SL which can bring the weight down to 26.3 lbs. Though lighter than comparable carbon bikes, it should be noted that Ring is intended to be a stable, sturdy riding, aggressive trail bike, not a waifish noodle.

Digit Ring

The Ring is a great all-rounder if you are more likely to occasionally enter an XC race than to occasionally visit a lift-assist bike park (the Datum, which is available, is likely a better match for you if you’re more likely to do hit the bike park than enter an XC race).

Digit's Analog suspension matches both the better descending and pedaling attributes of the industry's most respected four-bar suspension systems, while delivering significantly reduced weight, carrying more water bottles, and offering improved reliability.

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It does this by replacing the many parts which on other frames comprise the upper link and shock subassembly with a unified strut, named Integer. Hidden inside the frame, it guides the upper suspension pivot smoothly and with incredible lateral stiffness, flows more oil, squeezes more air, and has fewer parts in an easily serviceable, low motion-ratio package.

Complete specs can be found here: digitbikes.com/ring

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  • 142 6
 I find the complaints surround the price of a designed and manufactured in the USA, utilizing Tims unique design, rather hilarious for how shortsighted they are.

Maybe if We (the royal We) hadnt spent the interim 70 odd years since WWII demanding MORE. SHINIER. CHEAPER. NOW. AND FASTER. BUT CHEAPER. I WANT IT ON PRIME! YESTERDAY! And subsequently moved most, if not near all of our domestic manufacturing in the US and Canada overseas so as to satisfy our lusts for the shiny shiny new new but cheap... We wouldnt have to pay $9k-ish for a MUSA bike. But consumer greed and corporate gluttony have parked us where We(royal we) are today. This is something I think a lot of people forgot and Something people should keep in perspective when they whine about the price. We did this to ourselves. And it will come back to haunt us far further than the cost of a Bike sooner than later I fear.


Tim. Dig the Bike. Keep up the good work. And if I wasnt a gov't salaried poor, Id snap one up.
  • 96 0
 Thanks @KDix85. I do hope to be able to build with more affordable component specs in future, but it's going to take me a few years to get there.

I've built all the frames and shocks with my own hands so far, so I want them to go to people who want something special, and I need to maximize my return on every frame, which I can do by hanging nice parts on them. Many of the folk I see riding here in SoCal ride nicer parts than this so I'm offering upgrades, but these are the components I ride, I think it's kind of a perfect mix.

Fun fact: there are fewer Digit's than Koenigsegg's.
  • 17 45
flag lkubica (Apr 15, 2024 at 23:43) (Below Threshold)
 Honestly, when it comes to welding aluminium (and laying up carbon probably too) Taiwan is both cheaper and better than western countries can do, sorry. So the narration that is is cheap but inferior is flawed. In the end you buy a value and there are plenty of people in US who can afford $10k bike like a candy, but want it to have a corresponding value and being manufactured in US does not bring this value automatically... This bike no doubt has a unique design which is a part of value, the other is unfortunately a generic aluminum frame which (sorry) looks like a $1k bike. Don't get me wrong, I really appreciate this design, it's novel and very smart. But you need something more to make it boutique and sell it for $10k.
  • 62 0
 @lkubica: I would very much like to buy these $1K bikes for the components. With these I'll be able to cut my cost dramatically.

I'm only selling in the US, I can appreciate how that won't resonate as domestic for you. If I don't get adequate sales from manufacturing domestically I guess I'll have move production overseas. I have lots of experience making bikes there in steel, aluminum, carbon.

You might have missed that I'm a tiny operation with more in common with Moots, Frameworks, Reeb, Fat Chance, Contra, than a big company you might be comparing with. They all use round tubes, have comparable pricing, exist in a similar market.

I don't say this to argue with you, you're absolutely entitled to your opinions and preferences. This is why different bikes exist, for different purposes, preferences, budgets, etc.
  • 13 1
 @DirtBagTim: Sorry Tim, I can't follow you. You explain yourself, stay open to other idea's... Wink
Serious, I like it when I see the people from the artical in the comment section anwsering and make time for this. Keep it up!
  • 3 41
flag lkubica (Apr 16, 2024 at 1:37) (Below Threshold)
 @DirtBagTim: Yeah as I said, I have a tons of respect for you. But all those small companies do something extra in terms of frame materials and construction. And watching Frameworks closely all I can say I would not buy an alu bike welded in small batches. Steel - absolutely, some glued 3d printed titanium sh*t - yeah bring it on, welded alu - I can see it cracking on the photo already. Are big brands any different? Maybe not really, Frameworks were cracking like crazy, so it the Commencal Supreme, but they give a bit more confidence in warranty process (even if it's just an illusion).
  • 31 0
 @lkubica: The suspension design of this bike IS the extra, you aren't getting that anywhere else.
  • 4 0
 Side note, MUSA would be a sweet bike name
  • 11 0
 This bike is the absolute definition of boutique. Not sure why folks are hung up on cost.
  • 7 0
 @mtmc99: Honestly there have only been a few mentions of cost, and one of them is a pun thread which we needSmile . I'm sure the comment section on PinkWatch.com are just as polarized for $400k Rolex's.

I think because it's hidden in the top tube, some people forget that the Integer strut is more unique than EXT/Push/Intend/etc, squeezes more oil, and has numerous advantages in this application (all respect to Darren, Franco, Cornelius. Those are outstanding shocks, I'm only comparing prices here our goals are a little different.). If you were to price one of those shocks into a Reeb/Geometron/Contra/etc the prices would be comparable (respect to all these guys too!).
  • 2 0
 @DirtBagTim:

Agree!

It looks like you can unscrew the collar and slide it right out? Might be nice in your next expose to remove it from the frame/link and do a deeper dive (including some cross section art) to explain the innovation.

Just because it's hidden (beautiful btw) doesn't mean it isn't packed with innovation... I for one would curious to hear more about it Smile
  • 2 0
 @bhuckley: I’ve been meaning to to get around to it, but actually making the bikes really gets in the way! I don’t know how the YouTube/Insta makers do it. When I’m making parts or frames it takes my complete attention, also operating a camera or performing would be super stressful.
  • 2 0
 @lkubica: Interesting fact, Specialized is one the driving factors in Taiwan being so good at bike building. When they showed up to get bikes produced they basically went from frames being welded on the ground and no real safety or concern, to building the foundation of some of the best manufacturers in the world today. The history is crazy when you learn about it. So, with that being said an American corporation got them started in high-end frame building so how good are they really? They were building nothing but shit bikes, at times with out welding masks barefoot on the ground. The argument of we created this mess with greed and laziness is an extremely valid point for consideration in finding a way back from it. Not hopeful though, therefore I make everything I can. Tables, desks, chairs, entertainment center, pic frames and so on. I work on all my own cars, bikes and electronics. More people need to learn how to make and fix things. It can save you 10's of thousands of dollars over a decade, easy. Not to mention a life time.
  • 52 1
 I don’t always buy $9800 bikes, but when I do, I prefer them to be designed and handbuilt out of aluminum in California before being customized for my color preference with Cerakote ceramic coating.
  • 29 1
 "Not being beholden to any one component manufacturer, the build kits are a mix of Manitou, Spinergy, Sram, Shimano, Magura, OneUp, BikeYoke, Cane Creek, Race Face, WTB and Wolftooth"



.... do they need to be?
  • 24 1
 I don't know that they're necessarily 'beholden' perhaps that was a bit hyperbolic. This is what I have on my bikes, I don't feel choosing a matching groupset is the most efficient route to performance.

Comparing with an XO group for instance: the crank isn't terribly light, and for the derailleur the increase in performance over GX is small (in fact, I prefer the way the battery is hidden away on GX, and if I were to wreck the derailleur it'd be the least costly model to replace). Similarly, I like Magura brakes, but I'm not a huge fan of the cable direction at the lever or any version of two-bolt shifter integration, so Shigura for the win!
  • 8 0
 Johnny Cash Cadillac bike build

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb9F2DT8iEQ&t=15s
  • 6 0
 @DirtBagTim: Wasn't sure I was reading your message right in Shiguras, so I checked out the website, and yep, you specced a Shigura setup. Clearly you are as picky of a rider as the rest of us here!
  • 5 0
 @phillyforester: making a quite nice bike seems like 90% of the effort of making a super nice bike. So I figure I may as well just make it super nice the first time rather than leave people wanting to upgrade later.
  • 1 0
 @DirtBagTim: I noticed the Shigura setup on the Datum is different than the Ring. The Datum uses 9120 levers, which are Servo Wave, with Magura MT calipers. This probably feels a lot like Shimano Four Piston brakes, maybe with more power.

But the Ring offers the "traditional" Shigura setup - 9100 Non-Servo-Wave levers with MT calipers - which improves modulation while still offering plenty of power.

Is there any reason you didn't do the 9100 levers on the Datum?

Personally, I run Deore level non-servo-wave levers on Zee calipers for improved modulation on a budget.
  • 5 0
 @PHeller: Really for the same reason the Datum has a Mezzer wheras the Ring has a Mattoc.

If you wanted 9100 levers on the Datum, or 9120 levers on the Ring I could do that. I email or speak with everyone who's bought a bike, clarifying colors, accomodating special requests, etc.
  • 2 0
 @DirtBagTim: a bit OT but what’s your shigura setup? Do you use Magura or shimano hoses? Barbs and olives? Shimano or Magura oil? I tried this set up once but found confusing and conflicting info about this. Thanks!
  • 4 0
 @mhaager2: The Magura caliper needs a matching Magura banjo, so use the Magura hose assembly.
The Shimano lever needs the Shimano barb, olive and nut (these work fine with the Magura hose, same ID and OD).
  • 20 1
 That's high digit for a bicycle!
  • 7 0
 It's quite significant.
  • 26 0
 It is, I've spent a long ol' time comparing with the mass produced in Asia carbon offerings, it's more affordable than many of it's peers, much lighter (which is what justifies carbon), certainly more remarkable and carries all the water bottles Smile . Heck, there are hardtails which go for more!

I ran the CPI inflation adjuster on the early mUSA Maverick Monolink bikes. OMG, those frames would be about $6k in today's money.
  • 5 0
 @DirtBagTim:

It's beautiful work, and tickles the Klein lover in me. Odd you mention the Maverick. I had a Palomino, shock body developed a web of fractures and it wouldn't hold air. This (your design) seems to avoid that issue. Should also avoid the dead feel when standing.

KIR!
  • 1 0
 @thomasjkenney1024: Interesting. How old was it when they appeared? Was the shock body magnesium, I think they started that way and changed when Fox started making them? (I might remember this wrong - it was a while ago).
  • 1 0
 @DirtBagTim:

Oh, my, this was long ago. I'm pretty sure it was the mag version. My brother bought one later, and it had the newer shock. The Maverick were in-house, but the Kleins were all Fox. The early Fox were mag. To be fair, I'm not dainty and I always carry a huge pack...and I got a lotta rough miles out of it before failure. Smile
  • 3 0
 @thomasjkenney1024: underrated comment.
  • 3 0
 @DirtBagTim:
Two Maverick shout outs in one day! (Yours and James's DUC32 at The New Place.)
Really like the look of the bikes, good luck at Sea Otter this weekend.
  • 1 0
 Play your cards well and this could be your first mtb! I see you've already selected a tire insert
  • 3 0
 If that top tube gets any bigger, they're going to have to change the name from "Digit" to "Member"
  • 11 0
 Gorgeous bike. A polished silver crown on the manitou would look nice and balance the blue a bit more I feel . I’d definitely love to try one out.
  • 15 0
 I could do a polished crown.
In fact I had a polished crown and I cerakote'd the stem, headset and spacers to experiment with all the options. This was the best to my eye and having a black stem and spacers will allow folk to adjust fit without feeling that they're sacrificing on the look.

In other news, does anyone want to buy a Robin Egg Blue Cerakote'd stem, headset and spacers?
  • 10 0
 Gorgeous, and would love to try one out.
  • 11 0
 Beautiful machine.
  • 14 0
 I digit
  • 9 0
 That is Very Interesting. would love to try it out
  • 9 0
 Pretty cool, but that's a little pricy… and no frameset option.
  • 4 0
 My thoughts exactly - frame only option please.
  • 3 1
 Maybe there'll be a frame option in the future. Which might mean a few years or it might mean decades. I have enough on my plate with this.
  • 1 1
 I'd hazard a guess that Tim would likely be willing to work with you on a frame only.
  • 3 0
 "Maybe there'll be a frame option in the future. Which might mean a few years or it might mean decades. I have enough on my plate with this."

For further discussion of this, please allow me to direct you here: tinyurl.com/tmhv9kmb and here: tinyurl.com/25pzbxjf and here: tinyurl.com/yc4vw7a9
  • 2 0
 @DirtBagTim: well, best of luck to you. I guess it’s not the option for me. I was excited when your first model came out, and this travel option is about perfect for my needs.
  • 9 0
 Tim is awesome
  • 18 0
 Thank you. I really hope this is John Tomac.
  • 4 0
 @DirtBagTim: Now that I know that you not only know John Tomac, but also know why Farmer John is a reference to him, I can only confirm @FarmerJohn's statement
  • 2 0
 @WhateverBikes: I’ve now realized that this must be JT’s uncle.
  • 4 0
 I would absolutely love to ride one of these. I'm so curious how a trail bike with modern geometry that weighs 26 or 27 pounds actually rides.

Is this design super flexy? Or does it hold up well? Is the suspension tuneable enough for the masses?
  • 4 0
 Love to see this Tim!

I had a great time talking with you about the Datum at MADE last year. I was pretty skeptical about your design until you (literally) broke it down in front of me, and I was impressed at how easy it was to remove and service the strut once you explained it.

Looking forward to checking out the Ring at Sea Otter. Please offer this as frame only, I'd buy one.
  • 6 0
 I'm irrationally bothered by the weights being typed out in fractions.
  • 5 0
 Even the empire doesn't use Imperial units, they don't deserve decimals.
  • 1 0
 Hawk Berd, ring digit, integral fraction...it's fancy

@DirtBagTim: size pictured is Large?
  • 2 0
 @ceecee: this one is a Large but has a prototype geometry. IIRC it has a 5 or 10mm shorter head tube, a shorter seat tube and slightly longer chainstays than the chart.
  • 2 0
 Or are you rationally bothered?
  • 1 0
 @nbbb: OMG my mind is blown. I didn't understand @toast2266's joke yesterday. It is genius!

PB edited the fractions away yesterday. Salute :
  • 4 0
 I think it is a fantastic looking bike. Obviously, we all have different tastes. I look forward to reading the owner reviews.
  • 6 0
 Where is the frame only option?
  • 3 0
 Maybe in the future. Which might be a year or might be a decade. I have enough on my plate with this.
  • 3 0
 Custom cerakote color on each frame makes me think of Daylight Cycles’ BMX frames. Any week those are the best looking bikes at the track.
  • 6 0
 If you're in California and want to help there be a BMX track and pump track in Irvine, please consider following my campaign: facebook.com/greatparkpumptrack and facebook.com/GreatParkBMX
  • 1 0
 I really like both the approach and execution on Tim's bikes. And I've only seen them in pictures. Clean, almost ht-like looks are very easy on the eye, the extra room in the front triangle is a bonus. I'm not saying the bike is expensive for what it is (locally made boutique full suspension with custom colour) but unfortunately it's way out of my price range. If I could afford it I would definitely give it a go. This one looks spot on in terms of geo/travel for a bike that allows you to disappear on the mountains for a day or two.
  • 3 0
 I may not be in the market for a bike at this price, but for what it is, the price seems fair. The idea of custom colours is very appealing.
  • 3 0
 Tim! I'm so glad to see this here. Keep doing your thing. I admire your willingness to do something novel! And I personally like the robin's egg/
  • 1 0
 I love when simplicity and innovation come together. Such rad bikes man! When I'm not broke Im definitely going to score one. Crazy how low you've gotten the weight on a full build as well.

One question to @DirtBagTim though, did you consider going with proportional chain stay lengths? The more I ride varying lengths the more I realize how big of a difference it can make in agility/stability and ride feel for me.
  • 1 0
 We are all upset about the $9800 price, right? Can we pause and ingest the fact that this is a 26-pound trail bike with an aluminum frame? Has anyone here actually tried to build a 29er trail bike that weighs 26 pounds? Here is a $12,000 trail bike made of carbon that can only dream of weighing 26 pounds:

basaltbikes.com/products/pivot-trail-429-team-xx1-axs

I have a mid-travel Ibis Ripley made of carbon that can't compete with this bike on weight and it would cost me $5000 to try (I'm not going to try).

Looks like a remarkable achievement and I hope I see one on the trail someday.
  • 3 1
 The Pivot 429 frame is lighter than the Ring frame, and a V4 Ripley frame is roughly the same weight as the Ring. Which one ends up lighter is all about component choices. Speaking of component choices, the $9845 Ring weighs 27.8 pounds. You need to dip into the additional upgrades on the Digit site to get down to 26.3 pounds.

I have an upgraded Rocky Element sitting in my garage that weighs 26.25 pounds with pedals, and it cost thousands less than the Ring. A brand new Rocky C90 is $9699 and weighs 26.29 pounds stock

I am not criticizing the Ring. It is an aluminum frame with a weight similar to many carbon frames, which is an achievement, but the Ring is not some magical ultralight bike that weighs less than similarly priced alternatives.
  • 1 0
 @nnowak: I agree with everything you wrote, and also note that you're quoting prices at this weight that are in the ballpark. The fact that you're comparing it to the element, which Rocky lists as an XC bike not a trail bike - comparing an aluminum trail bike to a modern carbon XC bike - is a testament to how remarkable this achievement is for a small boutique maker.
  • 1 0
 @Mtmw: I brought up the Element because I own one and am very familiar with it. While Rocky may list the Element in the XC category, it is not an ultra-light XC whip with flex stays and minimal rear travel. Compared to the Pivot 429 you used for reference, the Element has the same travel and more modern geo.

Here are different points of reference... The Element C70 SRAM comes with GX AXS and alloy rims, weighs a pound less than the stock Ring, and costs $2000 less. A Trek Top Fuel GX AXS is a 1/4 pound lighter and $2300 cheaper ($3500 with current discount).

The Ring is quite an accomplishment for an aluminum frame, but it is very far from the most cost effective solution if weight is a priority. It is a boutique option and priced accordingly.
  • 1 0
 There were 4 full suspension bikes I really liked in my early days of biking... Sunn Radical (had one, loved it), Yeti DH8 (had a Schwinn straight-8 pull shock, raced it for a few years and loved it too), Maverick ML (had one for about a year, loved it in certain situations but didn't in others - my dad still rides one though) and a boulder defiant. This looks like an amazing modern take on the boulder and I wish I had the cash to order one right now!
  • 2 1
 I love this thing it's gorgeous. I do remember hearing that long yoke bikes are bad for the excessive side load on the rear shock. To me this seems like it could be an issue on this bike.
  • 7 0
 Analog suspension was devised to eliminate yokes and mitigate side loading. IIRC you can find the description and discussion here: www.pinkbike.com/news/first-look-the-digit-datum-has-shock-strut-suspension.html
  • 6 1
 @DirtBagTim: ohhhhhh okay I see. Very cool. Thanks for the link.
  • 4 0
 Will you offer frame only options in the future?
  • 2 0
 Maybe. I have enough on my plate with this so that might be a few years out.
  • 2 0
 Rad, reminds me of the Boulder Gazelle from years ago, I lusted over that . Would love to see and ride one, keep up the good work .
  • 2 0
 I find this design really convincing due to the combination of high strength/weight ratio and high lateral rigidity. As such, it could be used in bikes for every MTB segment.
  • 3 0
 this color would go great with a pair of bright blue Versus tires.
  • 9 0
 Oh man, that would be revolting! I originally Cerakote'd the stem and headset to match. It was just too much. The details in the Manitou fork crown and behind the arch look great in the lighter color and matte finish. I'm not sure I'd go with this color myself, but I wanted it to pop on the Sea Otter booth and in photos.
  • 1 0
 @DirtBagTim: even the better looking builds I've seen with Versus colored tires have ick-d me a bit. I'm sure they're great, but wow, really a commitment to the colorway
  • 2 0
 The concept seems legitimate. Has anyone actually ridden one enough times to have an objective review?
  • 10 0
 Alicia had this for about 6 months: pinkbike.com/photo/23332294

NSMB tested for about 6 months, they have 3 articles.
  • 2 0
 Get a little nostalgic for less digits and find yourself an old boulder Starship or Defiant and build 'er up!
  • 3 0
 Darn, would have bought one if it had 129mm of travel
  • 1 0
 the matchy Manitou is something, I love the look of it Big Grin Maybe one day I will paint my Session 88... but it will be spray paint and 3 - 4 random colours Big Grin
  • 1 0
 At first glance, I thought that was a rat sniffing at the front tire, but I guess it's just a weird-looking dead leaf.
  • 1 0
 I would love to try it out

(Where do I collect my $10?)
  • 1 0
 adjusting the rear shock must be easy peasy
  • 6 0
 It's basically the same as on any other air shock, except that the larger air chamber takes a little longer to inflate. Here's the info: digitbikes.com/setup
  • 1 0
 @DirtBagTim: seems sort of virtual to me not seeing anything like the seals.
  • 1 0
 What the heck is a waifish noodle?
  • 1 0
 By the name I suggested a more circular suspension design
  • 1 1
 How is the pedaling? That pivot looks low. Like -100% antisquat low.
  • 2 0
 The bike doesn't have a fixed pivot, it has a short lower link and a moving upper pivot point.
  • 1 2
 @velodonata: the chain tension will compress the suspension.
  • 4 0
 @RWRides: you might have missed the link by the bottom bracket. It makes the system operate similarly to VPP/DW/etc. there’s an animation/explanation here: digitbikes.com/analog
  • 1 1
 @DirtBagTim: that doesn't explain antisquat.
  • 1 0
 Maybe I will have Trail POV analyze it on patreon.
  • 1 0
 @RWRides: I’d be interested in seeing their take.
Fundamentally, Analog is a compromise between the contra-rotating and counter-rotating short link systems. Not that all contra-rotating systems work the same, out counter-rotating systems, or Analog systems.
Wow, that’s a horrible word salad!
  • 1 0
 @RWRides: Oops. In my previous reply I meant co-rotating, not contra-rotating. I'd been chatting with Evan of Contra bikes so I guess word stuck in my head.
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