The Hudski Dualist Promises Two Bikes in One

We got an early look at a prototype Hudski Dualist, a bike that can be a mountain bike or gravel bike, depending on the day.
The Hudski Dualist

Twenty twenty was a hell of a year to launch a bike brand. Hudski made its debut with the Doggler, a single aluminum frame that, depending on the build, could be configured as a city, gravel, or mountain bike. The brand not only managed to survive the ups and downs of the past few seasons, but they’re also on the cusp of introducing a new frame: the Dualist. A prototype was on display at Sea Otter earlier this month.

Iterating on the idea of a three-in-one frame, the Hudski Dualist features adjustable-length chainstays and an adjustable rake carbon fork. The chainstay length can be set to either 435mm, which is a pretty standard length for modern trail bikes, or 450mm, which promises extra stability and presumably a slightly more flexible and forgiving rear end. As you can see in the photos above, the rear dropouts feature two slots for the Boost-spaced axle, and the frame uses dual-position brake mounts. Other brands, including GT and Rocky Mountain, have also offered adjustable-length chainstay bikes.

At the front end of the bike, another chip adjusts the fork rake to either 44mm or 54mm. The short position is ideal for bikepacking or gravel riding, while the longer rake is said to give the steering a more MTB feeling.

The Hudski Dualist will utilize a unique two-piece forged bottom bracket design that fuses the seat and down tube joints with the yoke and BB shell. The result is a completely hollow piece that’s said to make cable routing much easier. This design, plus the adjustable chainstays, allows the Dualist to fit tires up to 29×2.4″ or 27.5×2.8″.

Like the Doggler, it sounds like all of the Hudski Dualist builds will come with a dropper post. The Dualist also gets UDH dropouts for those who want to run SRAM Eagle Transmission.

With mounts for fenders, bottle cages, racks, and accessories the Dualist is ready for just about anything. Basically the only frame tube without mounts is the top tube which we’re told is to help give the bike a cleaner look.

Look for more information about the Dualist from Hudski closer to the bike’s official launch this summer.