I’ve been stoked on Vick’s no fucks given, ride everything approach to racing for some time now! It reminds me of how myself and my friends looked at riding/racing back in the day, he’s just WAY faster than we ever were. With Cult’s Robbie Morales and Neal Wood getting back in touch with their racing roots by coming out with a race frame, I can’t think of a better person for them to have on board representing the brand!
I’m stoked that the dudes at Cult still take the time to develop products that give a nod to their racing and trails roots. First with the TRF trails/race frame that they came out with a couple of years ago, and now with a full on chromoly race frame. Look for Vic Behm to be burning up the track on this prototype real soon and for production versions to be available sometime this fall. I can definitely see some of these showing up in the woods! Preliminary specs after the jump.
We as trail riders have a slight tendency to ride frames and parts a lot longer than we really should. It’s nothing for someone to show up in the woods still rocking a frame with an American bottom bracket and press fit headset, (Shawn Shoener, I’m looking in your direction). The thing about it is that both frames and parts really should be replaced every a few years. No one wants to find themselves in a twisted ball of metal and flesh because something catastrophically failed due to fatigue. Take a second to think about the forces and stress that…
Being the over-analytical product nerd that I am, one of the first things that came to mind when Cult debuted their TRF frame was that they didn’t have a fork to go with it. Sure they make forks, but they all have steeper offsets that make them more of a compliment to street frames than they would be to a trails frame with its slacker head tube. Apparently they were were thinking the same thing, as this picture of a sample of one of their Sect forks with a 32mm offset popped up on product designer Neal Wood’s Instagram. While…
“A Cult trails frame eh?” That’s what I thought to myself when the first CAD drawing of what would eventually be dubbed the Cult TRF (Trail/Race Frame) showed up on Instagram. While a trails frame is a pretty radical departure from the direction Cult has been on since its inception, it does make sense if you stop to consider who the two main driving forces behind the brand are, Robbie Morales and product designer Neal Wood. Both of their roots lie deep in the 90’s trails and racing scenes, so there was never a doubt in my mind as to…
Cult’s new TRF trails/race frame has been a hot button topic in the woods lately. It’s actually been pretty polarizing! Love it or hate it, Cult stepped up and made a damn solid frame with geometry that complements roasting some jumps. Here we get our first look at a TRF in action in this promo featuring Steven Mack doing his thing at the Stay Strong Compound. Check it!
The physical manifestation of the new trail frame Cult has been working on made its first appearance at Interbike last month. Looks like Steven Mack gets the honor of being the first to put the Cult TRF prototype through its paces. Thinking about who they have on their team, I can’t think of a better person (who doesn’t already have a signature frame) to do it.
It’s been over a year since Neal Wood (Cult’s product designer) posted up a CAD drawing of what I speculated to be a potential Cult trail frame. I hadn’t heard anything else about it since then and honestly thought that the project was dead. That was until yesterday when Neal posted the whole CAD drawing along with specs and a release date. So yeah, it looks like the original “Trailboss” is getting back to his roots and bringing out a Cult trail frame next month dubbed the Cult TRF. Peep the specs after the jump!
Street is always the first thing that comes to mind when I see something with Cult in the title. That kind of cracks me up since the company is owned by someone who used to be known by the “Trailboss” moniker. Anyway, though this edit is primarily street, it does have 25 seconds of real solid Lost Trails footage in the beginning!
I figured that Steven Mack’s part from Cult‘s “Small Talk” DVD would have some trails in it. Jump to 00:33 for a solid 45 seconds of Steven and Jayson Johnson getting their roast on.