Knolly just added a new version of the Fugitive with 138mm of rear travel, conveniently named the Fugitive 138. The updated frame is set to replace both the Fugitive and Fugitive LT.
The Fugitive 138 gets a slacker head tube angle that goes as low as 65° in the bike’s “slack” adjustable geo setting. Set to neutral, the head angle is three quarters of a degree steeper at 65.75°. The updated seat tube angle is 76/76.7° in slack/neutral respectively, and the reach on size large frames is 491mm. The full geo chart is provided below.
|Head tube length||98mm||98mm||103mm||110mm|
|Stand over height||690mm||718mm||769mm||782mm|
|Seat tube length||355mm||400mm||456mm||500mm|
|Effective Top Tube Length||574mm||600mm||627mm||653mm|
In its primary configuration, the Fugitive pairs 138mm of FourBy4 rear suspension travel with a 150mm fork. FourBy4 is Knolly’s four-bar suspension design that’s said to optimize mid stroke support and minimize brake squat. Swapping the shock for a shorter stroke, the bike can be set up with 140/131mm travel front and rear respectively, though Knolly notes this build is not currently available due to supply constraints. Judging by the photos, the bike is coil-shock compatible.
The Fugitive 138 uses 6066 aluminum tubing and features a Super Boost, 157mm-wide rear end. This allows the bike to run up to 2.6-inch-wide tires and a massive 36T chainring up front, that is if your legs can spin one. The frame includes a Di2 battery compartment, internal cable routing, and bottle mounts inside the frame.
Another standout feature is Knolly’s patented Offset Straight Seat Tube Design, which allows the bike to be specced with a 175mm-travel dropper on size medium frames, and 200+mm droppers on large and extra large bikes.
Builds are priced starting at $5,310 USD and Knolly says a frame-only option may be available as well. Get more info at the Knolly website.