Pässilä Bicycles Launches the Hamari Hardtail

Oct 19, 2020 at 0:14
by Pässilä Bicycles  
P ssil Bicycles Hamari. 4130 chromoly hardtail.

Press Release: Pässilä Bicycle

Pässilä Bicycles is a little rider owned bike company from Finland. So far we have been specializing in highly customized titanium frames and bikes. Now we are launching our first 4130 chromoly steel product. The Hamari hardtails are now ready for shipping to those who are in search for something else.

bigquotesHamari was designed to let you race enduro on Saturday and enjoy a long relaxing ride on Sunday.

After a year and a half in development and production, our biggest project to date is ready for shipping. The word Hamari comes from the trusted tool of the old blacksmiths of our home town. Hamari was a watermill powered hammer that the blacksmiths used for forging the red glowing metal to produce what ever was needed. Inspired by the old blacksmiths craftsmanship we wanted to design an incredible hardtail frame using the most traditional bicycle frame material, chromoly steel.

To complement the traditional frame material we gave our frame a design that is quite the opposite from traditional. The long-wheelbase centered weight distribution, low standover clearance and slack head angle all together make up the heart and soul of our 'power hammer'. The 29x3.0 tyre clearance, superb finishing and carefully thought out details make this frame stand out.

P ssil Bicycles Hamari. 4130 chromoly hardtail.
P ssil Bicycles Hamari. 4130 chromoly hardtail.
Aluminum bolt-on cable guides under the top tube and removable dropper post cable ports for easy installation and maintenance.

bigquotesIt's just that much fun!

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Hamari was designed to let you race enduro on Saturday and enjoy a long relaxing ride on Sunday. The modern geometry and possibility to use 27.5+, 29+ or normal 29-inch wheels make it a versatile bike. The geometry makes Hamari a really capable, fast and fun descender. Bombing down your favorite downhill trails on a modern hardtail is an experience you'll want to repeat again and again. The long wheelbase and centered weight distribution make riding demanding uphill sections a real joy with the upright riding position and massive traction. Hardtails are great for winter riding because of their need of low maintenance. But don't be surprised if you find your other bikes standing unused in your garage after riding a great hardtail for a while. It's just that much fun!

P ssil Bicycles Hamari Geometry
Hamari frame geometry

Double-butted 4130 Chromoly steel. Heat-treated.
ED anti-corrosion coating with a matte liquid paint finish.
Seat post diameter:
31.6 mm. Seat clamp included.
Bottom bracket:
BSA 73 mm threaded
upper 44.0 mm, lower 56.0 mm
Rear hub:
148 x 12 mm. M12 x P1.75 bolt-on thru-axle included.
Chain device mount:
Maximum tire size:
Size S: 29 x 2.6" or 27.5 x 2.8"
Sizes M-XL: 29 x 3.0" or 27.5 x 3.0"
Removable dropper post cable ports for easy installation and maintenance.
Straight uninterrupted seat tube.
Aluminum bolt-on cable guides under the top tube
Two water bottle mounts
Price for frame only:
889€, £806, $1 041
Price for the complete bike:
2 799€, £2 539, $3 279
Hamari frame features

Hamari is available as frame only or a complete bike. Please check our webstore for more details.

P ssil Bicycles Hamari. 4130 chromoly hardtail.

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Member since Nov 6, 2017
7 articles

  • 55 1
 I don't know if that video is helping to sell the bike.
  • 20 1
 This is how I actually ride my current bike- if I'm gonna buy a new one you're gonna have to convince me it'll make me ride like Sam Hill.
  • 8 0
 Well, they proved it rolls
  • 6 1
 LOL my thoughts exactly. At least the 13 year old they hired to make it with iMovie is stoked his work is getting out there.
  • 41 0
 Old farts like us and a camera is a hazardous combination. But thanks for the comments, lesson learned!
  • 1 1
 @Wrinkles: not Sam HIll in his 80ies?
  • 6 0
 @passilabicycles: bike looks ace though, so you've got the most important part down!
  • 2 2
jesse-effing-edwards:" I don't know if that video is helping to sell the bike." My thoughts exactly :-S

Compared to the kind of marketing videos people are accustomed to see, this one really jumps on your eyes and not in a good way. Does not matter if it reflects reality or not, or if old farts with camera, it's just this time and space where video gives wrong impression.
  • 28 0
 Almost $1400 CAD for a hardtail made in Taiwan from generic 4130 chromoly seems a bit steep. Lots of local builders out there such as Chromag, RSD, and Ragley that build similar bikes to a much better price point. Be nice to se some Reynolds 853 or such for that price.
  • 7 1
 A great bike for Finland but here it is Chromag all the way.
  • 17 2
 Yes, but the cheap Chromag frame are also made in Taiwan. Only the "premium" frames are made in BC and they cost ~1900$.
  • 5 0
 @jfcarrier: The cheap Chromag, RSD, and Ragley are all made in Taiwan. That's literally what he was pointing out, by comparing "similar bikes".
  • 7 0
 The 889€ price listed on Pässilä's includes Finland's whopping 24% Value Added Tax (VAT). If you remove the VAT, it comes out to 717€ or about $1,100 CAD.

Yes, it's still more expensive compared with Chromag's Taiwanese-made models ($870 CAD for a Rootdown), but it's not as extreme.
  • 14 0
 Sorry, there’s a mistake in the US$ price. The price outside the European Union (excluding Finnish VAT 24%) is US $845.
  • 13 0
 I agree that those bikes you mention are all great, but it's worth mentioning they are also Taiwanese. Global markets and cheap labor have allowed the Taiwanese to make amazing bikes at really low prices. I'm a hobby frame builder and I have huge admiration for the bikes that come out of SE Asia en masse. I agree with you that $1400 CAD is a bit steep for a factory-made hardtail frame.
  • 3 3
 Chromag produces their budget frames in asia, but their high-end frames are built in canada by dekerf
  • 4 0
 @thegoodflow: The CDN made frames are built by a variety of local builders.
  • 1 0
 @vikb: oh, I only knew of dekerf. Who else is building them?
  • 1 0
 @vikb: nevermind... found it:

"The Arcturian and Samurai are hand welded by Mike Truelove in Squamish. Mike also does a great deal of our prototyping.

The Surface and most Primers are made by Chris Dekerf in Vancouver. Chris also does all of our custom paint jobs.

Our latest welder Brad Howlett is making the Doctahawk on Vancouver Island."

  • 6 0
 Sorry, there’s a mistake in the US$ price. The price outside the European Union (excluding Finnish VAT 24%) is US $845.
  • 15 0
 Holy reach Batman
  • 9 2
 490mm reach and 1275mm wheelbase for a medium hardtail is stupid IMO. I'm 6'1 and would choose to ride a small based on the geo chart. Rode a frame with 488mm reach for a while and it was too long for my tastes.

What happened to bikes that prioritize fun?
  • 4 0
 That's the first thing I noticed. Wow..
  • 3 0
 @scotteh: plenty of bikes around that prioritize "fun" as you put it, and with steel the possibilities are endless, I would suggest sourcing a local builder to put together exactly what you want.
  • 3 6
 @scotteh: You should look at reach together with HA and STA. With slack HA and steep STA the reach will feel considerably shorter. Also most people nowadays think speed is fun, unless we are talking about street trials bikes.
  • 8 0
 @mehukatti: it only feels shorter when seated, feels exactly how it is when standing.
  • 11 1
 Sorry, there’s a mistake in the US$ price. The price outside the European Union (excluding Finnish VAT 24%) is US $845.
  • 12 3
 Looks like a session
  • 4 2
 Or you just buy this almost identical frame as a complete bike For the same price - WTF Is wrong with people

  • 2 0
 In USD that On One GX is $2,413, and the frame is over $1,100! Not a very good deal over here at all. I’m assuming it’s a better value across the pond.
  • 2 1
 MTB'ers like to spend money on the best of the best, even if their skill level does not match the high end build quality. It's mainly for show
  • 1 0
 I got my Hello Dave built up earlier this month. Whole lotta fun bicycle for the money!
  • 1 0
 @ninjatarian: roughly the same price here. Seems a bit steep for the spec.
  • 1 0
 @ninjatarian: Something happened to their pricing in the last 2 weeks or so. I bought the new Scandal last October for $149 usd (per order). Now it's $993 usd. Last month it was $445.. My brother brought that to my attention last night. Weird.. The Scandal is awesome!!
  • 5 0
 Well.... it's got water bottle mounts.
  • 4 0
 Looks like a Middlechild.
  • 3 0
 Without the adjustable dropouts
  • 3 2
 Being a 6'2" mountain biker I never thought I would see the day when a LARGE frame would fit me! Much less, have a whole size larger. Long live long, low, and slack!!
  • 4 1
 Marino frames costs 300eur.
  • 2 0
 Doesn't matter if the bike is designed to race on Saturday and doing long rides the next day - by legs are not.
  • 2 0
 That price is taking the Passila!! Extra reach is costing a LOT!!
  • 3 1
 Tubes are longer = more cost.
  • 1 0
 More like racing Hardtail Enduro on Saturday, then riding Hardtail Enduro on Sunday.
  • 2 0
 Marino no question and 725 reynolds....
  • 1 0
 Why not?
  • 2 1
 Expensive, but it looks sexy. Would love to own one
  • 1 0
 long bike for long shot sales,????????????
  • 1 2
 or you can get the same frame built by Marino for 250 usd with custom geometry.
  • 7 0
 And wait 6-9 months and have it show up with alignment issues and a note from Marino to just hit it with a deadblow until its somewhat straight
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: wait, is yours a first-hand experience? I'm about to contact him with geo quotes and all...
  • 6 0
 @Tasso75: I’m not sure what experience @hamncheez had but I’ll let you know mine. I submitted my order for a full suspension frame on December 22, 2019. It arrived October 7th, 2020. The shutdown in Peru had a big impact on the Marino production cycle and schedule. Outside of COVID, I’m sure it would have taken less time. However, plan on it taking as long as it takes. As far as alignment, I’m happy and impressed with the overall quality of my Marino. However, I haven’t had mine very long. I had some really minor issues during the assembly and Marino was very responsive to my messages and concerns. I’ve had problems with some of the top level brands regarding quality control over the years. And recently I had an experience with a consumer-direct brand with a major suspension alignment issue. There’s always a chance for an issue to be there with any brand. It’s a matter of how major and then the attention to the situation given by the manufacturer that is important to me.
  • 2 0
 @coregrind: Thank you so much!
  • 1 1
 For not much more money you can get a Ti Kingdom Vendetta!
  • 1 1
 Yeah £300 odd is just pocket money lol
  • 1 1
 @threeofswords: when you consider the cost of Ti vs steel and the benefits it brings to your ride, 300 quid is a bargain...if you want a cheap HT frame, you don't spend that much to start with.

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