Deluxe has always been known for producing clean and simple frames geared towards riding trails. Their latest frame, The PA Model continues those traditions and also builds upon them. The result is a frame that is totally Deluxe but with just the right touch of modern features and details.
The welds were the first thing that I noticed when I got my hands on the new PA Model. There’s no hiding any welding imperfections under the stainless steel finish that Deluxe went with. If anything it actually accentuates the welds even more. You can see the detail of each and every bead, and despite my best efforts to find some flaws, there were none to be found. Though the PA Model is made overseas, the weld quality is on par with what you would expect from a frame made here in the US. Bold statement I know, but I 100% stand behind it!
As I was saying before, Deluxe added just the right amount of modern features to the PA Model. 14mm slotted dropouts with integrated chain tensioners keep your wheel right where you put it, an integrated seat post clamp simplifies the list of parts you’ll need to put it together, and a cable guide welded on a couple of inches behind the head tube eliminates the need for an unsightly zip tie.
For the tubing Deluxe went with high quality seamless Japanese 4130 chromoly. An oval down tube, 3/4″ seat and chainstays, and an internally machined mid bb keep the PA Model stiff, while open ended gussets on both the top and down tube help ensure that it won’t blow apart when you come up short on something. Then there are the little touches like an hour glass shaped integrated head tube, embossed PA logo on the top gusset, bullet tipped stays, and curved seat and chainstay bridges that make the PA Model even more aesthetically pleasing. In short, this is one sexy frame!
The geometry is exactly what you would expect for a trails frame. 74° head tube angle, 71° seat tube angle, 11.5″ bb height, 13.6′ – 14.125″ rear end length, and an 8.5″ standover height. The PA Model is available with a 21″ or 21.5″ top tube, and in your choice of either stainless steel or translucent black for the finish. The 21″ version I checked out tipped the scale here at a comfortable 5 lbs 5 oz.
In my opinion the PA Model is one of the most well thought out and well executed trail frames on the market right now, but really what else would you expect from the group of guys heading up Deluxe these days? If I had to nitpick on one thing it would be that the brake mounts are located on the underside of the seatstays. I’d prefer them to be on the chainstays, but that’s just a matter of personal preference. At least they’re welded though!
The PA Model retails for right around $350 and you can pick one up from your favorite Deluxe retailer or directly from Deluxe’s web store.
Here’s a little surprise for all of you who have made it this far. We’re once again doing our Christmas Frame Giveaway, and this PA Model from Deluxe can be yours! All you have to do is purchase one of our Christmas Sticker Packs from the CYDI Store and you’re automatically entered to win! Purchase as many as you’d like because each and every sticker pack purchased gets you an entry into the drawing for the frame!