Zach Small’s Amigo Frameworks in Nashville, TN recently announced a preorder for the new uber-adaptable Bug Out gravel bike. Featuring the ability to run one speed or twelve, flat bars or drops, adjustable headtube angle, modifiable wheelbase, and room for up to 700 x 50c tires, the Bug Out is designed to handle pretty much anything thrown at it. Zach had one built-up and on display at this year’s Philly Bike Expo where we were able to take an up-close and detailed look.
The Bug Out is an adventure bike for burnouts, weirdos, freaks who see the humanity in 70’s smiley faces, arthropods, aliens, cryptids, dogs and frogs but only the ones who eat bugs out of necessity to continue survival and not because they believe in some sort of special hierarchy. People who are wild but kind and find solace in the fact that they are merely an eternal speck in the space-time continuum of our ever-expanding universe.
Offered in Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. This versatile machine is equipped for fast-paced aggressive gravel racing or as your long distance bikepacking escape pod for you to bug out on, get the hell out of the world if/when ish! hits the fan, while you grow your hair long and fade off into the sunset.
Eschewing gravel bike standards of yore, the Bug Out features a custom machined yoke paired with a 68mm T47 bottom bracket shell. This allows a road q-factor and 700x50c tire clearance without sacrificing the ability to run up to a 44t single chainring or 44/30 double. Further potential for customization comes from Paragon Machine Works rocking dropouts and the Enve Adventure Fork‘s chip option.
Whether or not you’re gearing up for a swift jeep road gravel race and want to slam the dropouts forward to a nimble 415mm chainstay length and 49mm fork offset or you’re about to set off on a self-supported bikepacking trip and want to have a longer wheelbase, you can pull back that rear center up to 435mm and switch the fork to a 55.5mm offset, resulting in a slightly taller stack and slacker headtube angle.
-IS42/52 Integrated Headtube
-ENVE Adventure Fork with “Anything” Cage Mounts
-31.6mm Dropper Ready from 125mm-200mm Length (Depending on the size and saddle height)
Adjustable rocking dropouts for a rear center change of 415-435mm
-50mm stem allows for an open fit giving you the option to shorten or lengthen the stem to provide optimal fit or when switching from drops to flat bars.
-Two “Anything” Cage Mounts on the upper and lower part of the down tube and 1 standard bottle cage mount on the seat tube.
The BUGOUT logo and associated arthopod illustrations come from the incomparable Casey Robertson (aka Champagne Rodman). You might recall Casey’s design style from his portrait project last year.
Pricing is $2400 for the Bug Out frame and Enve fork. There is a deposit of $1000 with the remaining amount due upon completion of the frame in February 2022. Only fifteen spots are available for preorder, so bug on over to amigoframeworks.com if you’re interested in learning more.