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The Stanton Switchback Ti Goes 27.5+ - Video

May 16, 2016 at 6:04
by Stanton Bikes  
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After a year of sampling and prototyping fresh ideas for the Stanton Switchback Ti Mk2, we decided to get ourselves over to Italy to mark this special occasion and try our hand a producing an edit in a different country. The terrain we encountered was rocky, steep and quite simply one of the most picturesque place’s we’ve ever seen. We took our resident pinners, Oli Watson and Dan Bateson, with us to really try to express how well the new frame handles steep technical terrain. We had one bike built up on 2.8 Plus rear and 3” Plus front and the other bike was set up with the standard 2.4 front and rear.

Stanton Switchback Ti

The second generation Switchback Ti is the answer to many of your requests! The original aim of the Switchback was to design the most playful and confidence inspiring aggressive frame that we possibly could. This iteration follows on from its predecessor perfectly taking into consideration the requests of customers, advances in technology and available components to support this new standard.

Designed around the 27.5+ wheel platform, the Switchback Ti has our custom designed Yoke that creates space in the chainstays to accommodate a large volume tyre - from 2.4” tyres on standard 27.5” rims and 2.8” Plus tyres on super wide 27.5+ rims. This doesn't affect our incredibly short 415mm chainstays, we refuse to make compromises upon our class leading geometry

Stanton Switchback Ti
Stanton Switchback Ti

The 415mm chain stay length plus the bottom bracket height, head angle and reach measurement gives you an amazingly responsive and agile ride. This frame rails corners and descends like no other hardtail on the market - expect to leave the abstract idea that “you’ll be faster on a full sus” behind you, the new Switchback Ti will have you leaving your full-sus in the garage! The geometry of the Switchback Ti has been optimised to help the rider feel confident on difficult, technical 'enduro' style terrain, while giving the ideal riding position to express your style and flare on the trail.

Stanton Switchback Ti
Stanton Switchback Ti

The frame is designed to suit modern fitments such as a Stealth Dropper compatible seat tube and a 44mm head tube for tapered steerer compatibility and full internal top tube routing. The frame will also be available in both regular and long in both the 16.5” and 18” frame sizes and thanks to our custom designed swapouts, you have the ability to run 12x142mm or a standard QR or single speed setup.

We chose triple-butted 3AL-2.5V aerospace-grade titanium tubing which delivers an incredibly lightweight and comfortable ride whilst retaining the strength and precision needed for technical riding. The Switchback Ti uses a custom drawn 3AL-2.5V aerospace-grade titanium seat tube to help brace the frame laterally, increasing the stiffness and intern the agility and precision of the ride.

Stanton Switchback Ti
Stanton Switchback Ti

With all our designs we refuse to compromise the quality and ride feel that we've created over the year. We’d rather pay more in jig fees and mouldings to ensure no alteration to our geometries when changing a design. All of our frames have the highest quality finishing details and excessive attention to detail, placing our brand in the premium category. Our Titanium frames are a high-quality scotchbrite and sandblasted finish. If you scuff your frame or get some cable rub, just get hold of some Scotchbrite, buff it back up and it will be good as new!


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64 Comments
  • 45 4
 Can you guys please stop making really sexy bikes.... Its just not fair on the rest of the bike industry.
  • 3 1
 ^what he said. hahaha. Seriously man... damn. Makes me feel bad that I don't have one of those right now. hahaha.
  • 3 1
 I'm relieved they don't make any bikes for taller people. Saved from temptation!
  • 2 0
 @scottzg: Yea, my thoughts exactly....
  • 3 1
 @Chris-Brown23: Nice bike f*ckING ANNOYING MUSIC!
  • 2 0
 It looks flippin' nice.... but why no post mount?
  • 2 1
 @BeardlessMarinRider: Actually I prefer IS mounts. It allows you to use your old IS brakes (using the same size rotors) which is not possible the other way around. The tabs already seem to be faced properly, so once you've figured out how many spacers you need (if you're using IS calipers) or once the brake caliper has been aligned properly on the adaptor, you can always take the brake (or the adaptor with brake) from the bike, put it back and it will still be properly aligned. Anyway, the choice Stanton made here allows you to use both types of brakes which can't be bad Smile . Other than that, it is much easier and faster (hence cheaper) to make dropouts with IS mounts than it is with PM mounts. I prefer IS calipers on IS mounts. Once you've aligned that properly, there is no way it is going to mess up. If you've whacked a PM caliper out of place, didn't notice and rode on so that the pads wore under an angle, there is no way to get that caliper properly aligned anymore unless you use some new pads.
  • 9 0
 can it fit 29x2.3?
  • 4 0
 I'm very happy with my current steel hardtail from DMR. Yes she has some minor and maybe also some bigger flaws but so do I. We've been getting on for eight years now and we learnt to deal with each others' shortcomings so well that when we're together, it all goes rose tinted and the flaws are just gone. We've had some great times together. After all, that's the whole point isn't it? Sometimes I find myself looking at pictures of pretty other steel and titanium hardtails. They sure look nice and don't seem to have some flaws mine has. Then I look at my own ride and it definitely has some nice touches not found on these other, much newer frames. And how will they behave under different conditions? I would love to give them a shot but then, going back to my current ride just wouldn't be the same anymore. I just couldn't do it. Sure it would've been easier if she just wasn't around anymore. It would've been sad, but it would also have been easier to move on eventually and get a new ride. It happened to my previous ride (steel VooDoo) which was killed in action. But as it is now, in as great of a shape as when we first met, I just can't leave her. Remove all the nice components on to the new ride and leave her with whatever is incompatible or worn out.

So yeah, that Stanton looks amazing. The versatility of being able to choose wide or regular tyres depending on conditions and the playful geometry make it the perfect frame. If it were mine, I'd never look at other frames again. But I can't, I just can't. I'm sure you'll understand.
  • 5 0
 I'm still spankin my monkey over it.
  • 1 0
 What a bike indeed...love mine!

The prototype finish is lovely in the flesh but given how much the frames are the stock finish is good because you can tart it up when it starts looking a bit ropey. I plan on keeping mine for a very, very long time.

I went sold on 27.5+ until I had a go on a friends Sherpa run that way. I was a amazed at how fast and grippy it was.
  • 4 0
 Long or short reach in either size and 415 CS . Sweet!! Is it free?
  • 5 0
 It will cost you one simple payment of left nut
  • 4 0
 @ibishreddin: hmmm if you can throw in a Mrp stage and carbon wheels I'll add a kidney with that grape
  • 3 0
 I would love one but would hate the price which will probably be around £1500
  • 1 0
 There is steel options as well! Smile
  • 2 0
 @Christopop:
I bet the steel option is cheap either.no Stanton is cheap!
  • 1 0
 @Christopop:
I meant not cheap!no Stanton is cheap
  • 1 0
 @Christopop: the steel version uses a 30.9 seatpost.
  • 3 2
 @onemind123:
I don't mind!I run standard seatposts on all my bikes,I don't get this dropper post hype.they are heavy and unreliable
  • 1 0
 @Allaboutthehardtails: My dropper gives me a lot of trouble as well--I don't know if they can handle all the shock when shredding on a hardtail. I hear like the thompson dropper and the ks lev ones are much more reliable than reverb (what I have) though. I just had to rebuild mine
  • 1 0
 @Coldspringer:
When droppers first come out you had an option of a bar mount or a lever under the saddle.nice.sounds simple!but not anymore!I want the simplicity and reliability and I don't want crap all over my handlebars'.bring back the levers!
  • 1 0
 @Coldspringer: I'm using a ks dropzone on my honzo for almost 2 years now without issues. It is available with or without remote, in 30.9 or 31.6 diameter. And it is more reasonably priced than most others. No internal routing though, fwiw
  • 2 0
 So, is the BB height optimised for a 2.4", 2.8"...or somewhere in between?!
  • 2 0
 Ibis did the same thing for their new mojo, they said a 2.8in tyre run 15-18psi and with the rider's weight causing them to sag comes out at around the same bb as a 2.3in tyre. It does get confusing with all these wheel diameters and tyre sizes, I wish a manufacturer would come out with a chart showing how the different sizes of plus affect bb compared to our 'normal' wheelsizes.
  • 3 1
 Wooahh that bike looks dope..plus sized tyres are starting to appeal to me more now..
  • 1 0
 If you're fast one ride will cure you...
  • 1 0
 Just finnished building mine up after it arraive a few days ago... Absolutely mint bike to ride, think my full susser will be gathering dust for a while... Great job Dan
  • 1 0
 So what's the weight on that beast? I definitely could see myself riding HT again if I had this beauty!!!
  • 1 0
 I have my mk2 ti built up with xt/xtr mix, a pike, alloy wheels, dropper and a 2.35 rear and 2.4 front tire,I think its around 25.5 lbs or so, haven't weighed it on a proper scale yet.
  • 5 2
 @slaker: "haven't weighed it on a proper scale yet.", so then probably add 4-5 lbs to that number...
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: I had the same build on steel switchback and it weighed 27.25 pounds on bike shop digital scale,the ti frame is substancially lighter.
  • 2 0
 @slaker: I don't doubt it's possible. Just "usually" when someone tells you how much their bike weights and THEN tells you they haven't actually weighed it, "usually" they are WAY off! Smile
  • 3 0
 I wanna lick it
  • 1 0
 If anyone is looking to buy a Switchback Generation 1, 16.5", let me know [PM me]...id like to go with the Ti version.
  • 1 0
 do you send it to mexico?
i love this kind of frames, but im poor LOL
  • 2 0
 It's literally too good, I would feel like a hobo in a tuxedo. Very nice.
  • 3 6
 Why is the frame on the picture does not match the quality on the video. Frame on the video is much darker and dull. The cable exit on the picture is threaded and removable, the one on the video is fixed. What is the production version? False advertisement if we get the frame on the video, dark and dull.
  • 3 0
 You would obviously get the nicer frame that's in the picture, the video is probably just an old prototype or something
  • 4 0
 I prefer the one in the video to be honest.
  • 2 0
 Cuz Ti change color when the light hit it !!
  • 1 0
 Agreed.
  • 2 0
 Hi mate, the frame in the video is the prototype version, (I have one of the 3 made) the inserts in the frame for the routing, and the polished finish are due to the sandblasted version easily rubbing to polished with heels and stuff, obviously if the frame is predominantly polished, light scratches can be rubbed back to original mint finish with a bit of scotchbright, the inserts for the cable routing are to combat tinging of the cables in the frame, which mine does, both things are developments of riding the proto's tor the last 6 months.
  • 1 0
 My goodness, this is a thing of beauty! You can have my money!
  • 2 1
 Frame looks so sick. Not sold on 27.5 + however.
  • 5 6
 Ride 27.5+ first, I'll bet $10.00 that you will be sold on it.
  • 2 1
 @abzillah: I don't like 27.5+ in the 3.0" ish range. I do really like wide rims with like a wide profile tire like 2.4" or so though, not sure if that counts.
  • 2 1
 @abzillah: agree!!!
  • 2 0
 @connorjuliusjohnson: I tried the Specialized Stumpjumper 27.5+, and the regular 29er, and the 27.5+ felt so much better. I'm a 26er for lifer too, but after trying it, I can understand why 27.5+ will/is the next big thing.
  • 1 0
 Can the normal (steel) switchback fit 2.8 tires as well?
  • 2 0
 Designed around the 27.5” wheel and the 27.5+” wheel platform, the Switchback 631 Next Gen has our custom designed Yoke that creates space in the chain stays to accommodate large volume, deep tread 2.4” tyres on 27.5” wheels or 2.8” Plus tyres on super wide plus 27.5” rims while not effecting the incredibly short 415mm chain stay length as we refuse to compromise our class leading geometry’s!
  • 2 0
 @silverfish1974: Yeee thanks
  • 1 0
 Damn! That was a good video. Shredding hard.
  • 1 0
 Looks like that hose bikes can SHRED!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 What a bike!
  • 1 0
 Available in US?
  • 2 0
 You can order directly from Stanton.Takes a week to get here.
  • 1 0
 Wish I could afford one
  • 1 0
 Anodize it!!!!
  • 1 1
 They should do a ltd edition gold anodized one!
  • 1 0
 No 26"?? Meh...
  • 1 0
 Great video. Bad song.
  • 2 5
 So the way to get free advertising in PB is to send out a "press release"...??? This is not news...







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