Molotok

Overview

The Molotok is designed using modern forward geometry to create a bike that has a long front center, long wheelbase, long fork travel, and what the heck, let’s put plus tires on it.  It’s boost frame can accommodate up to 29×3.0 tires.  It has been tested with 3.0 tires and the new semi-plus 2.6 sizes coming out.  It’s a fun ride either way.  The 3.0 tires provide tons of traction and roll over everything in sight, while the 2.6 rubber isn’t far behind and feels a bit more nimble.  The titanium construction is light, and the prototype with 29×3.0 rubber was only 29 lbs ready to go.

It’s probably pretty obvious that this bike wants to go downhill, and it has provisions for an internal dropper post.  But it will climb too. With a 74 degree seat tube angle, the rider is up forward of the relatively short 435mm chainstays and the bike climbs well without lofting the front end unexpectedly.  Fork flop is minimal with the 66 degree head tube angle.  This bike can rail corners too, despite it’s length.

The Molotok is a trail simplifier.  It simply rolls over obstacles that would cause other bikes to get rejected or stall out.  It flows up, along, and down the trail and is a great platform for riding all day.  The cockpit is surprisingly comfortable because the reach to the bars is normal due to the seat angle.   Tested on the Arizona Trail and many other rocky southwest trails, it’s a solid bike to use for trail, all mountain, bikepacking, and hardtail-style descending.   If all you have is a Molotok…hammer the trails!

Frame Features

  • Light and beautiful titanium construction
  • Paragon compatible sliding dropouts
  • Boost compatible
  • Fits 29+ up to 3.0 tires
  • Geometry supports 140mm up to 165mm forks
  • Tapered head tube and BB92 bottom bracket
  • 31.6mm dropper seat post compatible
  • Versatile design works for trail, all mountain, or bikepacking

Geometry

Geometry Numbers in millimeters
Dimensions are using an unsagged 160mm fork
Standover measured from midpoint between seat tube and head tube

SizeXSSMMDLGXL
Recommended Rider height
Toptube Effective Length
595612631649663
Seat Tube Length400420475508535
Seat Tube Angle74.5
74747474
Head Tube Length105
105115125130
Head Tube Angle6666666666
BB Drop5050505050
Chainstay Length435435435435435
Fork Length568568568568568
Fork Offset5151515151
Wheelbase1200
1210123012501265
Stack650650659668672
Reach445455471487500
Front Center
770780780820834
Standover 853855855859860

Prototype Build Specifications

Fork:RS Yari 160mm Boost
Drivetrain:Shimano XT 1x11
Brakes:Shimano SLX
BB:Raceface BB92 30mm
Crank:Raceface Atlas Cinch 30mm
Chainring:Absolute Black Cinch 28T Oval
Wheelset:WTB i35, DT350 Boost hubs
Tires:Panaracer Fat B Nimble, Vee Fatty rear
Seat:WTB Rocket
Seatpost:PNW 120mm dropper
Handlebars:Chromag Fubars
Headset:Hope tapered
Grips:Ergon
Stem:Renthal 40mm

 

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