Photos by James Newman
Tumbleweed Bicycles saw the opportunity to design a rigid mountain bike, suited for bikepacking and optimized for a Rohloff hub back in 2014. For the past two years, they’ve been developing the Prospector, a multi-purpose bike, designed to fit either 26″ or 27.5+ wheels, with a suspension-corrected fork or a Rock Shox Bluto and while the Prospector can take a front and rear derailleur, it’s design centers around the Rohloff platform. What makes the Prospector stand out from other offerings is the special 73mm version of Phil Wood’s eccentric bottom bracket. This, along with a boosted rear and proprietary yoke allow for a creak-free drivetrain that’s optimized for wider spacing.
The Prospector is available in two colors and four sizes for $1,300. Pre-ordering the frame is now possible at Tumbleweed Bicycles.