Intended Use: All Mountain and Freeride
- Chain Stay Length: 16.9″
- Head Tube Length: 4.6″
- Stand Over Height: 28.7″
- Seat Tube Length: 16.9″
- Effective Top Tube Length: 23.5″
- Wheel Base Length: 21.9″
- Stack: 23.0″
- Reach: 16.5″
When it was time for me to send my trusty Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon out to pasture earlier this season, I struggled with choosing its replacement. I wanted to try something different. My first choice was the Knolly Endorphin, a slimmed down 140mm-travel machine with aggressive geometry and a weight that would cooperate with long days at high altitude. As a new model from a small company, however, production on the Endorphin was a bit of a crapshoot, and I needed a bike now. There happened to be a medium black Chilcotin available at that moment, so I said, “Send it!”
A little background…
I first laid eyes (and hands, butt, and feet) on the Knolly Chilcotin in September 2010 at the Interbike tradeshow. As a 160mm-travel bike with good looking geometry and a beefiness that comes with its North Vancouver pedigree, I couldn’t wait until they were in full production and available. So I waited…and waited…and waited some more.
After their North American contract welder (SAPA in Oregon) got out of the bicycle business altogether, Knolly made the tough decision to take their production overseas. And after months of searching for a satisfactory manufacturer in Taiwan, Knolly was able to find the right manufacturing partner, and has been able to take advantage of the top-shelf tubing and shaping technology available in this facility to improve the tubesets of their frames. So more than a year after their introduction, the first batch of Chilcotins finally hit North America.
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