Rolling Through Chumba’s Texas Facilities and Their Ursa 29+ MTB

As you can probably tell, I’ve been really stoked on what Chumba is doing here in Austin, Texas. During MTB season earlier this year, I caught up with Vince, who was riding the first prototype Ursa 29+ MTBs. At the time, Chumba’s production was in Oregon, but in recent months, they’ve moved all production in house, using USA-made tubing…

Chumba's Texas Facilities

Out in Spicewood, just a 30 minute drive from the State Capitol in Austin, Chumba is in full-on production of their current line, while working on new models, like a titanium fatbike, dubbed the Ursa Major (shhhhhh!) The frames are fully welded in house, powdercoated in North Austin and then decals are applied before a light clearcoat.

Chumba's Made in Texas Ursa 29+ MTB

I love visiting framebuilders, especially ones that are in Austin. It excites me to see production bikes being made here, at a more than reasonable pricepoint, with modern geometries and specifications. Chumba is working with Shimano, Thomson, Race Face, Whiskey and Maxxis to spec their production model Ursa 29+.

Chumba's Made in Texas Ursa 29+ MTB

These bikes are easily utilized for backcountry touring, bikepacking, racing and just normal trail riding. With a 69.5 head angle, they’ll scream down descents and handle quite well fully loaded down.

Chumba's Made in Texas Ursa 29+ MTB

Their assymetric yoke, assures ideal chainline, even with the chain set up in a less-than-ideal positon (i.e. granny gear). You’ve got loads of clearances…

Chumba's Made in Texas Ursa 29+ MTB

Chumba specs their complete Ursa with Orange Seal 29+ kits for tubeless riding with the Maxxis Chronicle 3″ tire and XT drivetrain for $3,295.

Coming in at under $1,200 for a frame, $1,295 for a frame and Surly steel fork, or $1,750 for a frame + Whiskey carbon fork. You can also add a Thomson dropper post for $450 to any package.

There’s more to come from Chumba in the forthcoming months and I’ll be reviewing a few of their bikes over the winter. For now, if you have any questions, feel free to contact them.

  • honorcoffeebikes

    I bought a Krampus after your initial review here. If this existed then there’s no way I could have resisted. Such a good option and price. 29+ is the jam!

  • brieboyg

    interesting to see the industry moving in the direction of “fatter is better”. I just upgraded my 29er to the wide Velocity Blunt SS rims and love the “new” ride. it wasn’t all that long ago everyone was in weight-weenie, super carbon, pro-race, lightweight mode and now we are “porkin'” out! this is a cool bike and if I ever go 29+ it would be high on my list!

  • redsecret

    I would be all over these beauties if only they weren’t full RIGID!

    • John Watson

      When’s the last time you rode a rigid? I’ve got everything from a 5″ 29’r to hard tails and I love ripping my rigid. Even on our super steep, rocky, technical terrain.

      Plus with 29+ you’re rolling at like 10 psi, so the tires act as suspension.

      • Danny B

        This is a really cool looking bike but I agree with redsecret. I had a burn on a Krampus here in Rotorua yesterday and was really impressed with how well the roll. But heading through a rooty section or through some bad brake bumps really highlight the limitation of fatties. If you were to take it down most of the downhills here you would end up with some shocking hand pump and sore shins. I think smoothish trails and long days on mixed surfaces is where these things would come into their own. As a trail bike, yeah nah, I’ll keep my 6″ trail bike.

        (FWIW I have a rigid steel/carbon 29er, which I use for the above purpose.)

        • Rick

          I rode Rotorua on my diamond Jones with 2.4 ardents last year, definitely suffered some hand pump trying to keep up with a mate on his 6″ trail bike but love the bike as a do-it-all simple ride.. Can’t wait to get back there on a hardtail yeewwww

      • redsecret

        I hear ya JW. I am riding different bikes all the time because I am a LBS owner. Chumba is one of my favorites form way back. The new 29+ set up is excellent, just after almost 30 yrs of mtb-ing and knowing the benefits of (at least) front suspension its hard to enjoy my east coast trails with a stiffy up front. For road, dj, cx and west coast trails full rigid is a beautiful thing. On miles of twisted rock gardens, deep roots and drop offs… well, it just takes more and gives less. I still love that this bike exists and that badass builders like Chumba are pushing the envelope to create new and better experiences on two wheels.

  • Mike Moore

    I’m super stoked on Chumba, not only being U.S. made…but Texas made. I’ve got an eye pointed at their Rastro 27.5…but I wanna run it as an SS, wish it had the sliders that are on the Ursa.

  • Robert Mead

    who know how comfortable is the handlebar?