Sick Bicycle Co. Long Wheelbase Steel Hardtail Prototype

May 8, 2017 at 6:12
by Sick Bicycles  
Prototype Steel long wheelbase Enduro Bike.

Two riding buddies, Tim and Jordan, just wanted to build a monster truckin' bike for themselves. Obviously, like all good stories, it quickly spiralled out of control. The result? A handmade, British designed and built, bike frame company; with forward thinking geometry, for extreme situations.

Tim amp Jordan

The Gnarcissist is the brand's debut Reynolds 853 steel hardtail, designed and fabricated with lead designer, and master frame builder, Bryan Jackson of Downland Cycles, with the express purpose to win enduro races and slay bike park laps. Hyper-long wheelbase and super slack head angle encourage impossible line choices at high speeds. Modular, convertible, dropouts allow everything from 1 x 12, through to Rohloff and even single speed.

When the terrain gets dangerous, the ability to swap from 29" to 27.5+ comes into its own. Sick will soon unveil the sibling of the Gnarcissist; the Gnarpoon. Steel, long travel (180/180mm), 29". The ultimate enduro weapon. The Gnarpoon & Gnarcissist are modular; we have made it extremely easy to swiftly swap components from one frame to the other. It's a 1 beer job. You just need a second BB and Headset cups.

Colourway is Throwback to the 90s.

Small scale manufacturing is beginning this June with 30 frames, upscaling as capacity allows.

Contact - Sickbicycles@gmail.com
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70 Comments

  • + 44
 "Express purpose of winning Enduro races"

Unless there is now a "roll down the street to the craft IPA bar" Enduro format I don't think this is likely.
  • + 15
 Hahahaha ok man, we'll lets see wether we pissed away R&D for nothing
  • + 11
 @sickbicycleco: I'm sure you did your homework. If your R&D suggests that the winning formula for Enduro racing is a super slack angled steel hardtail then I'm not going to argue.
  • + 2
 @Athey76: Maybe its FS sibling would be a bit more like it, depends on the course. Have you seen Odin who races on the Shan hardtail? He does goooood!
  • + 3
 @sickbicycleco: Rad bike! Can you get me one in time for the Madeira EWS??? Hardtail EWS racing is where it's at!!
  • + 1
 @AGR97: I really wish we could. That would have been so good! All our build time is on the FS currently - they need a lot more fabrication. Hopefully in the future we can help out!
  • + 1
 @sickbicycleco: The 180mm, Full Suspension 29er is something I must see. Any idea when there will be pics and what's the projected price of frames?
  • + 5
 @Fix-the-Spade: Hey! We have received the cnc rocker arm and shock mounts - we fabricated some main triangles and we'll be messing with real world kinematics for about another month (nitro shox have given us a unit to test so that's going to change some of our data) Profit isn't a big deal for us. Getting cost down is. We don't have the purchase power of a big brand but we also don't have the costs.
  • + 2
 @jordanchaos: Sounds awesome, but don't forget to make some money. All the good will in the world can't pay the gas bill.
  • + 3
 @Fix-the-Spade: Ah mate. What a nice dude.
The midpoint of my career was in lean manufacturing so I'm good at making things economical without compromise on quality.
The reason we started doing this is we believe in the designs. My first DH race was in 1995.... I've owned 4 different bikes in the last 12 months trying to find the right ride. 99% of bikes now are just amazing - but I wanted something else so we built it.
  • + 8
 Seen the test mule for this flying up on Stoughton Down Hill and it looks rad actually. I've always loved that jump bike simple lines and uncluttered looks... jumpy looking with gears? Whats not to like. And, steel what's not to like... again! I'd have one in my quiver if it isnt Priveeeee sham prices. Good on em I say. I'f they were serving me some kind of coffee in cup that was once a jar that cost more my bike - I'd call it hipster. But dudes making bikes from steel - that's cool as foook I say.
  • + 6
 Thanks Jonny! Yeah we know Pat & Sara who dig there pretty well!
  • + 4
 Jonny if every rider was like you everything would be perfect ????
  • + 5
 Thought the first test run was this coming weekend? Such liars. Beautiful hipster liars
  • + 2
 @Lukesween: probably first runs it the production model. I bet what we've seen is the experimental playing with how far you can go rigs. Either way, good on em.
  • + 2
 @jonnygibbings: Ha! Yeah I'm part of the team, 'how far can we push this?' is a frequently uttered phrase. Our master builder is very quiet and very knowledgeable and was very restrained. But he is very very driven towards challenges.
  • + 5
 Sick Bicycles Gnarcissist Gnarpoon Hyperbolic Marketing Unicorns -Check Beards -Check Sleeve tattoo -Check Baseball cap on backwards -Check Mid 30's -Check NOPE -Checkity Checking Mothercheck
  • + 7
 Faceless internet boredom CHECK
  • + 7
 @sickbicycleco: I have a face....just one only your mother could love.
  • + 11
 @watchmen: Shes not picky hahaha
  • + 2
 @sickbicycleco: NOW I like you..........Awesick rad gnar dandyhoses to the max.Fully shredworthy.
  • + 4
 @watchmen: Sac tap to dad air bro. x
  • + 3
 Cannot stress how good this bike looks. I've been running a 160mm slack 29er hardtail for ages. They make loads of sense. This is such a win and cannot wait to try one out, along with the bigger full-sus too. I'm in. ????
  • + 3
 Thanks is so much man. We really just made the bike we wanted to ride and turned pub talk in to real talk. We also both hated 29 wheels until we hit testing.
  • + 4
 Hipster hardtail? Sure looks interesting if not retro 90's. Just imagine if it had a Ringle cage too!
It looks like a street slayer for hucking off walls and steps.
  • + 6
 I have a Ringle cage. Yas.
  • + 6
 9/10. Would hoon. Needs more purple
  • + 6
 I can supply slightly more purple stickers and you can wear a purple skin suit.
  • + 2
 We are good buddies with the guys at spray.bike - more purp can always be arranged.
  • + 4
 That's a hard bike to figure out from the photo.
I thought it was a dirtjump/4x bike at first - Then I saw 29....
  • + 4
 Yeah when you stand next to it it looks completely different. But in a photo looks like a 26 dirt jump bike
  • + 1
 @sickbicycleco: if it was 27.5" so I didn't need to buy everything new (plus the fact I'd rather it was a bit more playful, perhaps a slightly steeper HA) this would be on the shortlist...
  • + 3
 @cunning-linguist: Hey we also have 27.5+ wheels we use on this version too for the right conditions. If you run a shorter fork you get a bit of a steeper head angle. If you get a chance to try it you might like the angle. 33mm stem livens it up.
  • + 2
 @sickbicycleco: you're only in Worthing! I'm in Eastbourne, so we may have to look at a custom build. It'll be in a few months time once my BMW 2002 build is complete. I can use 3D cad if you wanna lay something up?
  • + 1
 @cunning-linguist: We can always come over your way too, dude. We need to get about with the bike to show it off!
  • + 1
 @cunning-linguist: Actually I really really want to make a few prototype components - we have the CNC place next to my house makes heaps of prototypes for lots of big UK and Euro brands. stems chainrings.. pedals!
  • + 3
 Looks cracking guys, well done!
Do you have full geo up anywhere?

You should stick a chainstay bridge in there, it makes a difference.
  • + 2
 Hey! We omitted it on one of the builds to aid rough tracking (its a bolt thru hub so everything was getting a bit overly stiff). There is some shaping on the tubesets to manipulate the ride a bit. In production, the bridge might stay.
  • + 2
 totally ripped off my colour scheme!

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  • + 2
 That is realllllly nice.
  • + 1
 @jordanchaos:

Cheers dude
  • + 3
 Can't wait to see the Gnarpoon. Nice work, great concept.
  • + 3
 Any words on pricing of the gnarpoon yet? I want it just for the name
  • + 4
 Aim for the Gnarpoon FS is circa £1400 - If we can get the process fast enough.
  • + 3
 @sickbicycleco: definitely be interested at that price, keep us updated on process, nice to see more homegrown options
  • + 3
 Madness... love it. Sign me up. So are those 29s in that top photo?
  • + 2
 Yeah dude. I think its a rare beast where 29s look normal! Thanks so much!
  • + 2
 Bill baileys into mountain biking?
  • + 1
 Exactly where I was going Big Grin
  • + 6
 Rather look like Bill Bailey than Bill Oddie...
  • + 3
 Sweet frame Smile
  • + 1
 I've been looking everywhere for a frame with decent reach that doesn't have a super long seat tube.
  • + 1
 Good to see another uk frame builder stepping up to offer the riders what they want, will there be a demo available?
  • + 1
 Yeah absolutely. In the South we will likely go to Aston and FOD (at least but maybe more), I'll talk to the guys at BPW & Rev too. As I'll be likely to be in Wales some of the summer.

I hope to catch you somewhere! We'll work it out!

J
  • + 2
 @sickbicycleco: sounds good - pm me as Im involved quite a bit with UK stuff
  • + 2
 @sickbicycleco: meant to be plus props for the demos man! rad looking whip
  • + 1
 Imagine this with the saddle all the way up though...
  • + 6
 I try not to but, it climbs pretty well with he saddle up.
  • - 1
 Nope, I think it missed. It looks like a jump bike with a dodgy head angle
  • - 2
 It aint pretty, that's for sure. I agree with @deadmeat25 looks like a girls bike. Too much Brewdog when designing that.
  • - 3
 if you squint it does look like a girls bike :/
  • - 1
 Looks like a girls bike.
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