We shamelessly designed El Pugilist for ourselves. We have a never ending amour for hardtails and our desire has always been to make a Vendetta with just enough rear travel for those 'oh shit' hardtail moments when you need to pull both Jesus handles and then that guy on the full suspension sails past you through the rock garden.
El Pugilist is exactly for that moment, it gives you all the fun and responsiveness of a hardtail but with a get-out-of-jail 80mm of rear travel, we're calling this type of bike 'trail-style' for genre lovers and riders who like to ride out the saddle, full gas, getting the most out of every single lip, berm and jump available.
For 2021 we're all about simplicity and doing things better, both in our production and in our designs and El Pugilist follows our new philosophy to the letter. It uses the bottom bracket shell as a single pivot point and a bottom bracket, held in place by the crankset spindle making the construction light yet simple.
The benefits of El Pugilists go beyond the hardtail-esque ride, because the bottom bracket pivot means no chain growth under compression so El Pugilist can be ridden single speed and the sliding dropouts making a super clean build with no need for a chain tensioner.
Frame only price €2599, price is frame only and does not including rear shock.