RAAW Mountain Bikes Offers Rolling Chassis Option

Dec 12, 2022 at 23:33
by RAAW Mountain Bikes  
RAAW Mountain Bikes Rolling Chassis


Starting now, we are offering our two models, the Jibb and the Madonna V2.2, also as rolling chassis with suspension fork, cockpit, seatpost, saddle, and wheels with tires. With the carefully selected component package, we want to make it easier for our customers to get to their finished bike, but still offer them freedom to design their own bike masterpiece - who wants to ride a stock bike, after all?

Since we founded RAAW, we have been delighted to see how customers from all over the world transform our frame kits into totally different and individually optimized bikes and have a lot of fun doing it.

With our new rolling chassis offers, we want to make the unique experience of building your own bike accessible to people who might only have dared to buy a complete bike. And without having to deal with different standards and compatibility or making too many sacrifices in terms of individuality. To achieve this, we have put together not only high-quality component packages, but also take care of the first steps in which special tools are needed. With our extensive knowledge base and personal support, nothing can go wrong.

The configurable rolling chassis are each available with either Fox or Öhlins suspension, and the rear shock can be chosen from different models of the respective brand. The supplied seatpost is a OneUp Components V2 dropper with the V3 remote, which can be configured from 150 mm to 240 mm of travel.

RAAW Mountain Bikes Rolling Chassis

The cockpit consisting of stem and carbon handlebar also coming from OneUp and can be adapted to personal preferences in terms of stem length and handlebar rise. The included grips and saddle are from Ergon.

RAAW Mountain Bikes Rolling Chassis
RAAW Mountain Bikes Rolling Chassis

The rolling chassis are rounded off by Newmen Evolution SL wheels, which are equipped with Maxxis Assegai on the front wheel and Maxxis Minion DHR II on the rear wheel. This combination is currently our favorite in almost all situations. The wheels can be configured with either a Shimano Micro Spline or SRAM XD freehub.

RAAW Mountain Bikes Rolling Chassis

To simplify the assembly of the bike, we deliver the rolling chassis with the headset already pressed in and the crown race mounted. Tubeless tape and valves are also already fitted.

The remaining components are not pre-assembled, after all, we don't want to deprive anyone of the experience of assembling their new dream bike and learning about all the technical details from scratch.

Price & Availability

The rolling chassis kits are currently only available in Europe.

Both Jibb rolling chassis options and the Madonna V2.2 rolling chassis with Fox suspension are available now for order. The Madonna V2.2 rolling chassis with Öhlins suspension can be ordered from January.

The Jibb rolling chassis with Fox suspension starts at €4323, and with Öhlins suspension it starts at €4449. The Madonna V2.2 with Fox suspension starts at €4575. Prices are without VAT and shipping costs.

The Jibb rolling chassis are available immediately from stock. Shipping of the Madonna V2.2 rolling chassis starts in approximately 8 weeks.

RAAW Mountain Bikes Rolling Chassis

For more information visit raawmtb.com.

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  • 36 0
 Would be nice if the forks came uncut.
Honestly, it would be even nicer if all direct to consumer brands would offer an "uncut steerer tube" option.
  • 14 2
 Eeeeh no.
5,5k for a non-complete bike taxes included..
Saw that rolling chassis thing at bike-components.com (where it's cheaper, even with the handlebar and dropper missing ~+400€)
I'd say it's the way to make us feel spending less on a bike even though we have to add 1k for parts
  • 2 0
 Yeah, wtf is this? I get that there are people who don't care about money and rather spend more buying this or a frameset instead of just buying the complete bike and change some parts but I don't get why this should be considered good value?
  • 3 1
 @KalkhoffKiller: But there is no mention of this being a good value option in the article.
  • 12 5
 What's the benefit of this? All that's missing is brakes and drivetrain, and you have to select a hub interface when ordering anyways, which locks you into a drivetrain more or less. So the only true choice you get is brakes...
  • 20 0
 It's not to give you a choice. It's because of the supply chain issues
  • 10 0
 Or if you want to frame swap your own bike kit across.......obvs
  • 3 0
 @pakleni: ah ok, so what they're really saying is "brakes are on an 8 week back-order"!
  • 5 0
 @darkstar66: Well yeah, that's what I'd expect too. Chances are slim that this is someone's first bike. If you come from a hardtail, a bike with smaller wheels or anything, you probably already have most/everything to move over to this new chassis. This isn't a new concept. Brands like Stanton have been doing this for years.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: That proved well for Stanton: www.pinkbike.com/news/stanton-bikes-calls-administrators-up-for-sale.html (Sad to see it happen though)

But, yeah, most likely it is supply chain issues. A lot of bike manufacturers have problems getting parts. There is a diffrent supply chain to shops than to manufacturers (especially for small manufacturers), so you most likely will be able to get the parts you need in your local bike shop. Selling a rolling chassis makes a lot of sense, as they can still sell something instead of waiting for parts that won't come in anytime soon as the suppliers prioritize the big brands with huge orders.
  • 2 0
 @megatryn: Why so? They also offer complete bikes. So does Stanton. Just adding the option to buy a rolling chassis doesn't imply they can't offer the complete bike. Considering how much bikes cost these days, I'd consider this a tempting offer should I want a new bike. The whole comment section seems to agree a lower end drivetrain is good enough yet this same comment section starts bitching when they see an expensive bike with a lower end drivetrain. Some people like one brand of brake, the other one hates it. But I suppose most people have already found the brakes they like. I could buy the kit with Öhlins, slap some old but good Magura Louise 2008 brakes and pedals on which I have already, Microshift drivetrain, One Up chainguide, Zee cranks and I've got a pretty fancy bike for well under 5000 euro. A lot of money indeed, but we'd almost consider it "affordable" when compared to other new bikes featured here. Of course we could always discuss what should and what shouldn't be part of a rolling chassis. People can be very particular about anything and some would like to swap out tires and grips. But overall, I think this could be a good base for anyone wanting to assemble a high end bike.
  • 1 0
 @megatryn: Sorry, I stand corrected. As mentioned in the article, the prices there are without VAT so you'll pay a bit more than this. RAAW doesn't offer complete bikes either, apparently. But if they haven't in the past either, we shouldn't view these rolling chassis as a replacement for the complete bikes, so not related to a lack of OEM parts. Almost the opposite, actually as they now have to deal with shifting more parts than they had to. Biggest bummer I see is that they only offer the XD and MicroSpline freehub interfaces, no HG. Not everyone needs a big, heavy and expensive cassette. And if you don't need that, HG gives you most (and most affordable) options.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: that's not correct: Raaw actually did offer complete bikes (I saw them in their webshop - might be 2-3 yrs ago)
  • 1 0
 @pakleni: I think the "rolling chassis" thing started when people wanted to go from 27.5 to 29. A lot of parts can be re-used, so only frame, fork and wheels were offered
  • 2 0
 @vhdh666: Ok, thanks for setting me straight there.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: pleasure!
  • 1 0
 @pakleni: this is a case of, we can't find it so you'll have to.
  • 1 0
 @megatryn: maybe for some companies but there are companies offering huge discounts because they ordered way more than they needed because of "supply chain" issues. Now they are sitting on overstock they can't get rid of.
When COVID-19 was in full swing companies didn't have enough inventory to cover demand. Now that it's over and the demand for bikes isn't there a lot of companies are stuck with overstock.
  • 4 0
 Probably due to Supply chain issues, but however, if you already have some parts at home, then this is already better than having complete bikes out of stock, maybe not worth complaining, I will find another article on Pinkbike for that.
  • 2 0
 Definitely a good business idea to tackle some of the supply chain issues, and I'm sure it will get some people riding a RAAW sooner than those waiting out for a complete bike. Brakes and drive train are subjective too anyway, so people can put what they prefer on. If they're still offering complete bikes as an option, then I don't see how this addition can be a bad idea?
  • 2 0
 Would be nice if you could just add what you need at a bundled price point. Like order, frame fork, headset and bottom bracket. Make it so that it’s really easy to swap from one bike to another. Bring your own drive train and brakes, cockpit and touch points, wheels and tires. Allow me to buy the frame specific stuff at a bundled price but still get a la carte selection for each component. In short I want custom, without getting screwed at full retail on all the parts.
  • 2 0
 I think this is a good idea, particuarly for mid range bikes where I would choose to not go with a model due to the drivechain or bikes, or factor in the upgrade as part of the initial cost of the bike, making it not reasonable. While still saving money on the wheels, suspension and cockpit.
  • 4 1
 This would be perfect for someone like me who has a mix of decent bit cosmetically worn full parts built up..... Yet its priced awfully.
  • 1 0
 More companies would do well offering a rolling chassis. Attractively priced, of course. Would make it easy for both discerning builders, as well as those looking to change platforms.
  • 1 1
 I wouldn't get excited about Newman. It came on a Cube that I had and I'd class it as part of the to be upgraded as soon as able to do list that we all have when we buy a bike for its frame/forks..
  • 1 1
 I though Newman was Cube's inhouse brand ala roval, bontrager, syncros. weird to see them crop up here but i guess that speaks to the quality!
  • 4 0
 The are Not. it is an independent Brand from germany. I also have there sl a.30 wheelset on my Radon. very durable, relatively light and a good price. Love there stuff
  • 1 0
 Newmen is sort of a spin off from Syntace, if memory serves me well.
  • 2 0
 especially their wheels are really good. I have bought a set of trail/enduro wheels for a hardtail build from them, 1780 grams, durable (so far), great ride quality, 450 bucks
  • 1 0
 @Vindiu: Not quite. I think it is like this: Michi Grätz was Co-Owner of Liteville. When he left he founded Newman Components where the Owner of Cube has also some stakes.
But it is completely independent. A lot of other Bike Brands spec Newman on their Bikes.
  • 1 0
 Look, brake-less, balance bikes for grown -ups! -That checks out!
  • 1 3
 this "rolling chassis" bike without gears or brakes marketing crap is retarded.

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