Leader’s Shadow Frameset Jun 28, 2010

Photo by Matt Lingo

While Tyler Johnson and Matt Lingo were in town last week for the BFF, I got to test ride Tyler’s new Leader frameset, the Shadow. It’s got a few interesting details, including a bent-plate chainstay gusset, curved seattube and a wishbone seatstay.

Check out some more photos below, along with the official PR from Leader.

Photo by Matt Lingo

The thing that sucks about being such a big bastard is I can’t ever really test out anyone’s frames. Everyone I know with a prototype or a sample rides either a medium or a small. That was the case here. I wanted to thrash it around a bit but couldn’t get my bearings straight. Tyler seemed stoked on it and his only comment was how he wanted to strip the gun coating to make the frame a bit lighter. I know it sounds silly, but a lot of people feel that way about thicker frame coatings.

I will say this, out of all the Leader frames, this one looks like the most thought out. You don’t need to have the wheel allllll the way back in the track end to clear a big tire, the detailing looks more consistent with the way a trick bike should be and it’s relatively light.

There’s a thread-a-brewing over at Trick Track, so roll over and check it out!

  • the busk

    seems like someone has been looking a bit to much at this post: http://theradavist.com/old/2010/04/martens_damp_butterbean.php

  • http://www.cvfixed.com Marcs

    “Thought out” doesn’t end at the shadow cuz im hella stoked on the mordecai!, Been working here at leader for a minute now. Alot of great stuff coming out of this place for summer 2010.. I will try and keep people updated on c.v. fixed, as soon as i pick up my new trick frame. Definitely stay updated on trick track! Everything you need and want to know!

  • http://www.leaderbikeusa.com Dan Arel

    that bike looks similar, but looking at the dates, I can assure you, the original drawings of the shadow from between us and tyler, very much pre-date that post by a good 4 months.