Posted by Miles Arbour
Announced back in June, Knolly’s Cache Titanium is a bit of an outlier for a company focused on full-suspension mountain bikes. Knolly explains the Cache Ti as “a bike that checks every functionality box while elevating ride quality and experience. We wanted the Cache to be so versatile that it becomes your go-to bike in the shed, ready for any adventure.” Announced today, the Knolly Cache Steel builds upon the platform with a more affordable steel frame.
- Angles: 71° Headtube (Sizes 54cm+), 74° Seattube
- Chainstay: 422mm
- Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded (75mm BB Drop)
- Hub specs: 12 x 100mm (front); 12 x 142mm (rear)
- Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
- Max Tire Size: 27.5 x 2.1″ / 700c x 45mm
The Knolly Cache Steel is designed to accommodate short travel gravel-specific suspension forks such as the Fox 32 Stepcast AX and MRP Baxter, but is also available with Knolly’s tapered carbon fork. With clearance for 700x45c and 27.5×2.1″, flat mount brake compatibility, and hidden fender mounts, it looks like the Cache Steel has a lot going for it. The frame supports both 1x and 2x drivetrains, features external cable routing for ease of maintenance, rear rack mounts, room for two bottles in the frame, and triple bosses under the down tube. The frame is available in three different colours: Bright Blue Camo, Midnight Blue, and Putty Green, which can be seen above.
Knolly approached the Cache’s geometry with mountain bikes in mind, for a “ride experience similar to our mountain bikes.” A longer front centre and shorter stem mean the Cache Steel is designed to be predictable in technical terrain but stable and comfortable enough to handle long, all-day rides. The Cache Steel is available in seven frame sizes—49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, and 62.5mm—with the smaller frame sizes built lighter weight, smaller diameter tubing. Similarly, the largest frame sets use larger and the mid-sized frames have a mix of the two. There are seven Cache steel tubes in all (two top tubes, two down tubes, the seat tube, chain stay and seat stay), all are custom made tubesets with some requiring new tooling. The varied tube sizing mean the frame’s overall stiffness is optimized for the most ideal performance relative to frame size.
The 2020 Knolly Cache Steel frame is priced from $999 (frame-only) to $1399 USD with Knolly’s own carbon fork. Complete bikes range from $3,245 to $5,229 USD. All will be available this fall at your Knolly Bikes Dealer and online. Head over to KnollyBikes.com for more details. Also, read the story behind the Cache Ti (shown below) here.