It might "look" wimpy but that does't mean it is. Using steel for a swingarm is actually a very good idea. No derailleur hanger to break off, easy to repair, etc...
I personally like the predecessor better, this model didn't fix my biggest gripe with the old design. (135X10mm rear end, and the poor tire clearance as a result because of the unusual chainguide positioning. Also, not sure if any other bb7 owners felt flexiness in the swingarm, maybe a bolt-on hub would help?)
«This a BB7 simplified, improved and low-fat. The party linkage/poulie sprocketless/axe so more better is done than on the BB7, i.e. a flat one of every side (and no 2 screwed ones on together) and the pulley on the same bolt than the axis, without counting the fact that this is a lot more smooth on a pulley d' ABS/high plastic density for the chain.
The one that is with Lessard does about 10LBS with a shock Fox DHX for 9" of travel, very impressive for a bike with a swingarm in cromo and an in front of in aluminum well 'beefé'. The headtube seems all also PHAT as the last ones 'Moose Proof', what's more gussets trains 2STEP. The top tube is not anymore a big alu beam, but rather an alu tube, with the beautiful bend to rejoin the BB.» - Charles S.
On this, I wish good luck and long life to Cycles Appalache!
One can see it with Lessard Bicycles to Holy foy.
It will be equally to the BTAC show in some weeks.
it looks lighter than a bb7
but i personally don't like it at all
i liked the bb7
it looks a bit lika a
wannabe-selfconstructed-i am a superbrainengineer-downhillbike
with everything built in it what worthy in maths and physics books
btw: the front rotor diameter looks like it is a bit too small for the caliper?!?!
one of the main problems with the old bb7 was that the steelplates on the rear triangel actually stretched. Not always due to the weight of the rider, since (among others) Jack on the UK Balfa team had this problem with his BB7. And he's not among the biggest guys on the race curcuit...
Looks awesome though...but what about those welds just infront of the bb?
Seems like a weakspot...or?
Trust me, it's a hell of a lot tougher than Aluminum. I had a BB7 a while ago and it felt more solid than any other bike I've owned. The steel tubing is smaller than aluminum tubing because it doesn't have to be so damn big, because steel is a lot stronger than aluminum, and doesn't crack or shatter like aluminum. If the rear end gets messed up, just bend it back. This guy can make a mean frame, but they're a tad expensive. Then again, you do get what you pay for "exquisite speed metal" I believe was the Balfa slogan. This certainly lives up to that motto. Can't wait till they have a shorter travel version out, I'd buy one sight unseen. They're just that good
Unless cash is the cause,why get less travell,just get a heavier spring,the things as light as most 6"ers anyway,and they pedal quite well.I love it and after owning a few BB7s I know it would ride excellent.Couldn't wait for them to get to OZ so I got the closest thing a Brooklyn RL which I've always wanted to try. If I was loaded I'd have a lightweight race Appalche parked next to my RL which I'd beef up with more hucker kit. The crom rear also gives better tyre clearance if you can get a guide set up out of the way.
Awsome bike I love it and rate it highly based on BB7 experience,my BB7s were stiff in the arse with a bolt up Hadley,but I'm light.