The Misfit Psycles Dissent frame and fork have landed at Guitar Ted Laboratories. The frame and fork combination are both constructed from 6061 Aluminum, which is a bit of a different deal in comparison to the large amounts of steel single speeds available out there for 29 inch wheels. The frame and fork can be had for under $500.00 so that puts it squarely in the budget priced/decent frame sets out there. Let's take a quick look at what we have here. A more complete run down can be found at Twenty Nine Inches later on today.
The Dissent, a I mentioned, is a single speed frame that uses these massive sliders to tension the chain with. The disc mount on the disc only frame is also integral with the non-drive side drop out, so futzing with the caliper in terms of wheel changing and cog swaps shouldn't be an issue. The drop outs have that huge slot for the axle so that they are compatible with a Rohloff internal gear hub. A nice touch I think. If you do want to go geared, a drive side sliding drop out is available with an integral derailleur hangar. Note: There are no cable stops for geared use on this frame, a touch I happen to like. Running single speed with extra cable stop braze ons hanging out just waiting to rip something apart- nope- not my cup-o-tea! Looks cleaner too. By the way, the rear brake routes underneath the top tube for an even more stealthy appearance.
I'll be building this frame and fork up as a "budget" project to touch on what I think is a trend for 2009: Builds that will feature some nice parts selections, but maybe at a lower price level. I think a lot of guys will still be building new rigs out in 2009, but maybe the overall price points on them will reflect a more conservative take on 29"ers than we have seen before. Then again.....maybe not! You never know! That said, that is how I will be approaching this rig. look for more thoughts in the days to come. One thing is for sure. I'll be spending a heck of a lot more time in the Lab in February than I have this month! Woo Hoo! Let the fun begin!