I recently had the opportunity to ride the Bangtail Divide trail in Bozeman, Montana. My brother lives out there, and I went for a visit, and asked him to take me out on one of his favorite trails. My brother uses a 2014 Horsethief 1 as his primary bike, and I had brought my 2015 Horsethief with me on the trip. Without pause, he said that Bangtail was the place.
The Bangtail starts with a relatively brutal five-mile climb, switchbacking up 2000 feet of vertical immediately. With such a steep climb, and over 30 switchbacks, the Horsethief tackled the climb well, with its Split Pivot rear suspension perfectly balancing bump absorption and anti-squat, and the very short 437mm-length chainstays brought the bike around each tight switchback with ease.
Once we reached the top of the climb, there was an excellent 13-mile stretch of ups and downs, across alpine meadows, down rocky chunder-filled hills, and swoopy berms through the pines, while still adding in another 1700 feet of climbing as we crested three different mountain tops. Finally, the trail pointed down for good, with the remaining five miles being a 2500-foot descent of high-speed singletrack through the ponderosas.
This trail, with its steep climbing, tight switchbacks, fast, rocky downhills and berms was a great display of how the Horsethief is the bike that can be taken to a new trail, able to handle anything up, and anything down.
Last year, we made the switch to using Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot™ rear suspension design. This year we are upping our game again, and I’m pleased to introduce our new Horsethief Carbon bikes and frames.
2015 Horsethief Carbon XTR...
Carbon fiber has many different characteristics that can be beneficial in frame design. Our high modulus Horsethief Carbon gets a huge boost in stiffness that leads to more precise steering and rear wheel tracking. At the same time, the frame does an event better job of vibration damping. An additional bonus is that we were able to remove three quarters of a pound compared to our aluminum Horsethief frame.
2015 Horsethief Carbon 1...
For 2015 we are offering the Horsethief in two carbon builds, and one 6066 aluminum build. The beauty of it is that each of these provides all the benefits of Split Pivot rear suspension, as well as the same great frame geometry.
2015 Horsethief 2...
My Horsethief has been an incredible bike for riding and discovering new trails across the country. It lets me confidently approach any trail knowing the bike won’t let me down. If you’re looking for a new all-day, any-trail bike that pedals uphill as well as it descends, be sure to check out Horsethief…now in carbon or aluminum.
2015 Horsethief Carbon XTR...
2015 Horsethief Spec
2015 Horsethief Geometry
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I come from the land of trees, lakes and cheese. I like beef jerky, singletrack and pale ale. I believe derailleurs were invented for a very good reason. Long rides with good friends and campfires is really what its all about. Oh, and if its not anodized, its worthless.