SPOT Brand Bikes- by Grannygear
Since we have a Ti Rocker SS from SPOT Brand bikes on test right now, we wandered by the SPOT Bikes booth at Demo days for a visit. We knew they had some new bikes to show, and show them they did. The Honey Badger is the latest effort from SPOT and will be flying the steel banner for the Colorado based company. Compared to the steel Rocker we reviewed last year, the Honey Badger has some real differences. The SpotOn tubing, a proprietary Japanese-made steel, allowed SPOT a great deal of control over the shapes of the different tubes including the Animal-Leg seatstays. According to SPOT, this gave them more vertical compliance…82% more seated and 15% standing. The Time-Trial cutaway seat tube allowed SPOT to shorten up the chainstays and the crenelated down tube gusset should relieve the heat related stress that a typical welded downtube gusset might create.
Of course, the Kobe sliding dropouts are carried over and allow for SS use and Gates Carbon Drive belt installation and the SPOT geometry with that 69.25* HT angle keeps things happy when the trail turns rough and fast. The Honey Badger “Takes what it wants”.
Another benefit of the new Honey Badger is a reduced cost compared to the older steel Rocker. The frame only is $899.00, the single speed with the Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack is $2599.00 and the geared version with Shimano 2×10 SLX is $2699.00. I like it very much and I think steel SS fans will too.
Also shown was the new Cream Ti bike with many of the same creative touches as the steel Honey Badger. The Cream was still in development, so not as much firm details yet on that. Quite a beauty.