Matt’s Advocate Cycles 27.5+ Hayduke Titan Hardtail with Yanco Custom Bags

We’ve still got our year-in-review post coming up, but for now, let’s take a break and check out Matt’s Advocate Cycles Hayduke Titan 27.5+ hardtail.

Before we jump into this build let’s look at Advocate Cycles. As their name implies, “Advocate Cycles is a bike company that exists solely to create innovative bicycles and delivers 100% of profits from the company back to cycling advocacy efforts.” That means, as per the IRS’ laws, they’re allowed to donate 50% of their profits to non-profit organizations each year. They then take that remaining 50%, pay required taxes on that amount, and use the remaining money to run their own advocacy programs during the following calendar year. All-in-all, the result is a bike company that’s the main goal is to help organizations like People for Bikes.

Matt was looking for a new hardtail. One that would offer ample tire clearance, a snappy rear end, and a rowdy fork. On top of riding, Matt uses this bike for bikepacking as well. He’s a trail builder with the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association, so carrying a trailer was a must too. However, first and foremost, Matt wanted a bike that would eat up our chunky, rocky and sandy trails with no hesitation.For portage, he pinged Yanco Customs, our local bag maker to outfit his rig with Multicam and Cordura bags, designed to fit Matt’s specific needs. The resulting product is impressive and in the future, I’ll get some shots of it loaded down with camping supplies and toting the trail working tools used by MWBA.

If you’d like your own Advocate, head to their site and check out their frameset and complete bike offerings.

  • Erik Hillard

    Such a great bike company and sweet bags by Yanco.

  • Matt Baffert

    This looks familiar… Thanks dude, you’re sneaky!

  • livin the minion lyfe

  • Sweet build.

  • Smithhammer

    Awesome. I still love my Hayduke. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more from Advocate – they seem kinda quiet lately…

    • macatarere

      A Seldom Seen drop bar went together recently with drop jaw ease, stunned!

  • hannah

    Is Yanco 100% custom/do they take online orders? I’ve been eyeing an Outer Shell stem caddy but those Yancos with the grid up top are so dope!!

    • Custom. You’ve gotta message him on IG.

  • Dexter

    Sick looking bike! Love a good hardtail, this looks mean.

  • Jacques Chamonix

    Is this bike a tool, or a toy?!

    • Smithhammer

      Why can’t it be both?

    • It’s the trail hammer of the gods

  • Daniel Bonham

    Any one know where they make these bikes? I like what they are doing, I’m def looking for a MUSA frame

    • Taiwan. It’s nowhere on the site, but the designers are ex-Salsa, so they use the same factories.

  • Carson