Sean’s Stagecoach 400 NS Bikes DJAMBO 27.5+ MTB

This time of year, all types of ramblin’ riders roll through Los Angeles. Many of which are of the bikepacking cyclotourist variety, seeking to take on some of Southern California’s most infamous desert routes. One route that has always piqued my interest is the Stagecoach 400. As you might have guessed, this 385-mile, mostly dirt route with a bit of singletrack mixed in, is best tackled in the cooler months. Usually the winter is a prime choice, yet with all the rain we’ve been having as of late, even a well-traveled route such as the Statecoach can quickly turn into a muddy mess as Sean and his friends found out. While they made it through the entirety of the course, it wasn’t easy. For the past week Sean’s been in LA soaking in the local riding without the weight of his bikepacking bags on his NS Bikes DJAMBO 27.5+ hardtail, including our group ride on Saturday morning.

Sean's Stagecoach 400 NS Bikes DJAMBO 27.5+ MTB

His rig utilizes Porcelain Rocket, Revelate, Shimano and Race Face to ensure he’s not left on the trail with broken or town parts. As for the lightweight aluminum frame, it’s perfect for bikepacking, with a good amount of front triangle space and a built-in handle at the seat tube cluster for when the going gets tough!

Sean's Stagecoach 400 NS Bikes DJAMBO 27.5+ MTB

Sean’s on his way up to NorCal, via a route that Benedict and Nam plan to tackle as well through the Los Padres National Forest. If you see this trio on the road, give them a high five!

  • Evan Robinson

    Pumped that one of these is in the wild!

    • It’s a really great frameset. I didn’t even know about it!

  • honorcoffeebikes

    Sean’s one the best dudes anywhere, glad to see him and his bike up here today!

  • Julius

    This looks intriguing. Which fork are they using?

    • Nat Whittingham

      Looks like a RS Yari To me! Great forks, at a good price. Super stout Chassis

    • RS Yari. :-)

    • Rock Shox Yari


    Any details on the Visacha and dropper combo? Mainly, is he just letting it ride on the seat post or is he using something to protect the dropper stanchion?

    • Sean David

      Hey there,
      The bag is just strapped to the stanchion and works just fine. I did add air pressure to the dropper to help it return to height. Hope that helps!

  • breed007

    That frame looks great. As tires get bigger (negating the less than desirable ride qualities of aluminum) and hardtails get more aggressive (calling for stronger, heavier tubing), I would think there would be a growing market for production aluminium hardtails like this that don’t look like garbage.

  • Pretty sweet rig! Hardtails with long travel and small triangles always remind me of mountain goats once they’re loaded up. Love it.

  • breed007

    The geometry chart says it has a 65 degree HA with a 120MM fork?? That can’t be right. Can it?

    • My guess would be 140 or 150mm…

    • Evan Robinson

      Yeah, the NS bikes are pretty raked out, recommended fork is 130-150mm

    • Sean David

      My bike has a 150mm fork and measures around 65

  • Scott Sattler

    There is a TON of room in front of that downtube – an extension of the frame bag into that space would make a lot of sense, keep the COG low etc…

    • Sean David

      The bag was a ‘gram score off of an order someone cancelled. That’d be cool though!

  • Ian Bear

    Nice job on the framebag!

  • Gabe

    The photos on this site are so great. I imagine there’s a little photoshopping, but how do you keep the bikes standing like this for the photos? Would love to know, thanks.

    • Your Pal, Al

      While not affiliated with this site, I will offer you my guess. I hypothesize that most of the bike pictures are taken with a tripod. One picture is taken with the bike in place using a stick or something to hold it up, then the bike is moved and a picture is taken of just the background (because a tripod was used, the two photos line up perfectly). The picture with the bike is then layered on top of the background picture in photoshop and the ‘stick-stand’ is probably removed with the eraser tool, thus showing the perfectly aligned background image behind it.

      Just a guess! There is always the chance that Mr. Watson is the world’s best clone-stamper and I’m completely off base.

      • That’s way too complicated! I just shoot the bike handheld with a stand that goes into the bottom bracket and then I photoshop the stand out.

        • Your Pal, Al

          You do a damn good job. I’m going to be looking even harder for cloning artifacts from now on though.

        • Gabe

          Thanks for the tip! What do you do with square taper BB bikes?

        • Mark Robinson

          You use a stick….way to complicated ;)

          I hold the bike upright by the rear wheel, then momentarily let go for the photo, and then try not to let the bike drop :)

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