Hardtails. Antiquated examples of mountain bike technology to some but to others, they’re liberated and simplified machines. Each year, I plan on riding a full suspension in Downieville, yet I always end up bringing my hardtail for one reason or another so this year, I took a look at just some of the bikes that were rolling around this Gold Rush town.
Anytime there’s an Edward Abbey reference in the cycling industry, my interest is piqued! Back when Advocate Cycles was around, their Hayduke MTB frame offered up a modern hardtail geometry in steel or titanium, at a more affordable price. When Advocate closed shop, the owners began to work on Esker Cycles, which launched earlier this summer. Now, the Hayduke hardtail is back with new features, new geometry, and the same desert vigilante spirit as its namesake. Get out to the desert with your own Monkey Wrench Gang and see more at Esker Cycles.
Your next full suspension doesn’t have to come from one of the big brands. Esker Cycles are a new company, looking to put riders first with their new Elkat model, a 150mm travel, 27.5-platform frame, featuring Orion suspension design. I got to see the Elkat in person while in Bozeman and was impressed by the bike in its entirety. I don’t want to spill the beans too much because you should really head to Esker’s website to read about the company and the bike. Check out a few more photos below.