"Just because I ride a steel hardtail doesn’t mean I’m a curmudgeonly retro-revivalist luddite. I have a beard because it keeps me warm, that’s all. I started riding mountain bikes years ago and I’ve been through enough flavours of bikes to know what’s worthwhile and what’s BS. I want something that will get me to the top of the hill or mountain with minimum fuss but I need something capable for when I want to charge into steep, rocky, roots trails. I don’t want to ever have to think whether I have the right bike for the job, just one bike no matter how long or how gnar the ride becomes. I want something that is designed by guys I know I can trust and is handmade by someone I respect. I want something simple because most stuff is unnecessarily complicated, but I want it to be absolutely up-to-date, including rolling on 27.5-inch wheels. Back To The Future at 88 miles an hour!"
Midweight, All Mountain
The Samurai is our longest running and most evolved frameset. For 2017 it undergoes several changes including updated geometry, new features, and compatibilities.
Made in Canada by fabricator, Mike Truelove, the Samurai is our 27.5 wheel, all mountain hardtail. The newest version features longer front end geometry with relaxed headtube and steepened seattube. Oriented to longer travel forks, the Samurai positioning is readjusted for the best balance of direction control and stability. It also includes boost rear wheel spacing, tapered headtube and stealth seattube routing. A new machined yoke pared with the boost layout means that we can increase tire clearance significantly. For those interested in dabbling in the future option of 26+, there is clearance to explore that route.
- Handmade in British Columbia, Canada
- Chromag’s own trail honed geometry
- Custom Chromoly tube set
- Chainstay length optimized at 16.3”/ 415mm
- 44-56mm ZS headtube
- Designed around a 160mm fork (ideal range 140-160mm)
- Custom CNC machined dropouts, yokel and zip guides
- 12x148mm Maxle dropouts
- 31.6 seat tube, stealth routed
- Up to 27.5 x 2.6 tire clearance
- 6lb median frame weight
This bike is a reflection of you, so choosing your own colour is part of the package. Whatever you decide, we will make it happen. Different finishes and effects are available for additional cost. Call us for details.
Head tube badges
Bikes are special. The headtube badge is the finishing touch so we’ve always made a point of taking the time to do something interesting with it. Our headtube badges have changed over the years and are an indication of the time each bike was made. Whether it’s a cast bronze, or polished stainless steel, water cut aluminum or a 3D CNC carving, each one represents our commitment to detail.
Our ‘Yokel’ design is a small machined junction on the chainstay that helps accommodate both tire clearance and chainring clearance. Our first versions were huge CNC yokes that bridged the entire front end of the chainstays. Over time we refined this to minimize weight by arranging our chainstay layout asymmetrically and reducing the yoke to a minimal size. It’s one of our most unique frame features and has been copied by other frame makers.
Making modern chromoly frames is challenging when most of the tubes available on the market are from an era of mountain biking long past. After several years of frame production we reached the point where we could design and produce our own custom tubing for the majority of our frame tubes. This contributes to the unique look of many of our frames but more importantly allows us to configure our bikes exactly as we want for each design.
|Chainstay||16.5" / 419mm|
|Headtube||4.1" / 105mm|
|BB Height||12.6" 320mm|
|Ft. Derailleur Size||34.9mm|
|*measured with a 150mm fork. Optimal 120-150mm.|
|TYPICAL RIDER HEIGHT||5'2-5'7
|TOPTUBE LENGTH (EFFECTIVE)||22.75"
|SEATTUBE LENGTH (C-TOP)||15.5"
|PARTS||GX BUILD||EAGLE BUILD|
|FORK||Rock Shox LYRIK RC 160/130 2P||Rock Shox LYRIK RC 160/130 2P|
|STEM||Chromag HiFi 40mm||Chromag HiFi 40mm|
|HANDLEBAR||Fubars OSX 25mm Rise||Fubars OSX 25mm Rise|
|HEADSET||Cane Creek Forty ZS||Cane Creek Forty ZS|
|CRANK||SRAM GX-1400 1x X-SYNC||X01 EAGLE|
|BRAKES||SRAM Guide RS B1||SRAM Guide RSC B1|
|ROTORS||180mm Centreline||180mm Centreline|
|SHIFTERS||SRAM GX 11 SPD||X01 EAGLE|
|CASSETTE||SRAM XG-1175||SRAM XG-1295 EAGLE 10-50|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SRAM GX 1X11||SRAM XO1 EAGLE|
|WHEELSET||Stans Flow S1 on Stans NEO hubs||Chromag Wheelset|
|TIRES||Maxxis Minion Fr/Minion Rr||Maxxis Minion Fr/Minion Rr|
|SEATPOST||Chromag Dolomite||Chromag Dolomite|
|SADDLE||Chromag Trailmaster DT||Chromag Trailmaster DT|
|GRIPS||Chromag Basis||Chromag Basis|
|CHAIN||SRAM 1170||X01 EAGLE Chain|
|FRAME ONLY||$1,900 CAD
|RockShox Reverb Seat Dropper optional.
*US pricing applies to all US and International purchases.
To purchase, please contact us directly. We are happy to answer all your questions about our bikes and products.