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Binary Bicycles titanium Molotok mountain bike at Topanga Creek Outpost, California.
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Molotok

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 also climb! 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!

Features

  • Construction – Light and beautifully crafted titanium
  • Axle Spacing – 12mm x 148mm boost
  • Dropouts – Sliding Paragon style
  • Headtube – Tapered
  • Bottom Bracket – BB92 press fit
  • Seatpost – 31.6mm; dropper compatible
  • Bottle Mounts – Top of downtube, bottom of downtube, seat tube
  • Wheels/Tires – 29+ (up to 3.0) tires
  • Forks – Geometry supports 140mm up to 165mm
  • Versatile design works for trail, all-mountain, or bikepacking

Geometry numbers in millimeters.  Dimensions are using an unsagged 160mm 29er fork.
Standover measured from midpoint between seat tube and head tube.
Cockpit geometry numbers are representative only, as our frames are custom fit according to rider measurements.

XS

S

M

L

XL

TT Effective Length

595

612

631

649

663

Seat Tube Length

400

420

475

508

535

Seat Tube Angle

77

76.5

76.5

76.5

76.5

Head Tube Length

105

105

115

125

130

Head Tube Angle

66

66

66

66

66

BB Drop

50

50

50

50

50

Chainstay Length

435

435

435

435

435

Fork Length

568

568

568

568

568

Fork Offset

51

51

51

51

51

Wheelbase

1200

1210

1230

1250

1265

Stack

650

650

659

668

672

Reach

445

455

471

487

500

Front Center

770

780

780

820

834

Standover

853

855

855

859

860

Binary Bicycles titanium Molotok mountain bike in rainbow PVD finish at the shore of the Western Baltic Sea.

The bike is really cool. Unfortunately, that appears to have some side-effects – almost every time I take it out, some bike aficionado stops me and asks me for info or to take a picture. They are everywhere, it’s crazy! Just last weekend when I took the picture at the beach, I actually checked thoroughly beforehand that no one would see me (it was on some remote section and I didn’t want to appear like some instagram-guy). However, 1 minute after entering the beach, there appears out of thin air a guy who wanted to take a million pictures of Candy Crush. I’m telling you, there isn’t a single reasonable person in this country! The bike really started to show its abilities once the terrain got tougher. I went by several places today that I usually have trouble with on my old trustry Surly, either because they are too steep or too rocky. With this bike, I managed all of these places on the first try.

Sebastian Opitz / Kiel, Germany