We first reported on República Bicicletas in 2020, sharing some details on their business and their latest monstercross bike at the time, the Ushuaia. Since then, they’ve added a few new gravel bikes to their made-in-house lineup and started offering some unique adjustable racks as well. All of their bikes are completely custom and made to order, with the option for custom geometry to suit every rider’s preferences. Since they’ve mostly been focusing on drop-bar bikes, it’s exciting to see a hardtail mountain bike come out of their shop in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Their goal was to make a hardtail they wanted to ride, using the prototype to dial in the geometry and aesthetics. This first prototype is a low-budget sample for their team to test before refining the design and specs. The build kit was put together using parts from around the shop, and they used cheaper 4130 and Columbus Zona tubes and dropouts. The final bike will use higher-grade tubing (full Columbus), Bear Frame Supplies thru-axle dropouts, better forks options, and more.
República’s plan is to eventually offer distinct models once they learn more about their audience’s preferences—one for touring and another for trail riding. The unique finish on this prototype was a time-saving effort in which they sand blasted and varnished the frame immediately after brazing. As República explains, “Fillet brazing joints without the usual filing work looks great and matches the whole ‘prototype’ idea.” The hardtail will have clearance for 2.4″ tires and will be based around a 120-140mm travel fork with the option to tune to geometry for each build. Find additional specs and a sample geometry chart (which appears to be a size medium) below.
República Bicicletas Hardtail Specs
- 44mm head tube
- 31.6mm seat post (columbus 34mm seat clamp included)
- 12x148mm rear axle
- BSA 73mm bottom bracket
- 29 x 2.4″ tire clearance
- External cable routing for 1x or 2x groupsets, plus internal dropper routing
- Rear rack compatible
- 120-140mm travel fork
Keep an eye on República’s Instagram (@republica.cc) to learn more.
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