With the advent of 29er and 650B hardtails like the Kona Honzo and the Canfield Nimble Nine, the Ti 420 represents the culmination of the short-chainstay frame style. Ti softens the blows and drops the weight, while 420mm chainstays ensure snappy handling. Paragon Machine Works sliding dropout inserts allow for any combination of brake mounts, axle types and gearing you can think of, from black anodized 12x142mm thru axle with 74mm post mounts to silver Rohloff-specific with 51mm disc tabs.
Want to try 650B? No problem! The 420 can handle 650B wheels with a nominal .75″ drop in bottom bracket height.
Normally, chainstays this short force a bend in the seattube, eliminating the ability to use a clamp-on front derailleur. They also reduce crank and tire clearance, a big no-no for all-mountain riding. With the use of a CNC’d plate on the chainstay, the 420 can afford the crank clearance for a triple crank, and the frame will accept a direct mount front derailleur.
We have watched the gradual metamorphosis of XC to trail with interest, and our 420 kit exemplifies the market’s shift toward wide rims, tubeless and high-volume tires, short stems and wide bars, and generally more durable componentry. We’ve spec’d a handful of our favorite mountain bike components on this build. Want to try 650B? No problem! The 420 can accommodate this easily as our stock wheel and tire components are all available in both 29″ and 650B.