It’s Fort William World Cup and MTB’s fastest family have brought the new prototype Atherton Bikes 29″ trail bike.
This weekend is the first time we’ve seen a 29″ Atherton Bikes trail bike. They’ve been teasing us with 27.5″ bikes for a while now and, of course, racing the DH bikes. Fort William is the first reveal of this next generation prototype from the Atherton clan.
The Athertons revealed the first Atherton Bikes prototype DH bikes at the end of 2018 and have already racked up some great results at British National races – not least Gee and Rachel winning the Fort William British National.
The as-yet-to-be-named trail and enduro prototype is the first 29″ version to be built and is as a follow up to the 27.5″ bike. The bike has been built for Gee to test with the geometry based loosely around his DH bike.
It has 150mm of travel and uses, like the other bikes, Dave Weagle’s DW6 link.
As with the other bikes, it has been built using additive manufacturing with carbon tubes and 3D printed titanium lugs.
If you need a reminder you can check out our video here where Rachel Atherton talks us through how Atherton Bikes are made.
The geometry is still to be 100% decided but the Athertons are hoping that they’ve pretty much nailed it.
The bike has a 65° head angle, a roomy 480mm reach and 440mm chain stays.
According to Atherton racing, the bikes should be ready during Summer 2019. They’ve told us previously that they’ll be “about Santa Cruz money” but exact costs are to be confirmed.