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Old Man, New Trick: Boomerang Prototype


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Old Man Mountain, a 4-person outfit based out of Santa Barbara, CA, has stepped out of their niche and into the arena of frame building. That niche was created 10 years ago when they marketed the first panier rack system for full suspension bikes. Finally, touring cyclists were open to the comfortable options of full suspension bikes without being limited on what to pack.

All that custom welding for their racks must have fired up some creative juices. Kent, from OMM, gave Bicycle Tech the heads up on a prototype full suspension frame they have built and are testing, dubbed the Boomerang. As Kent states, "it's designed to take you there and bring you back". The frame is designed around a Rohloff 14-speed internally geared hub (see Internal Gear Boxes Making a Comeback), is single pivot, and has 4.75" of rear travel. Another unique design on this frame is the positioning of the rear disk, tucked away safely between both seat and chain stays.

The prototype was finished in February and quickly won 1st prize for aluminum bike at the North American Hand Made Bike Show in March. Spy photos of the Boomerang (seen above) were taken at Sea Otter at dirtragmag.com. Kent says, "[i]f you are looking for a bike with a cassette and derailleurs, then you need to look somewhere else. We think internally geared hubs are the only way to go for mountain bikes."

Related articles:
Handmade meets high tech (cyclingnews.com)
Dirt Rag Fresh Dirt (dirtragmag.com)


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