Posted by Logan Watts
Why Cycles, maker of the S7 hardtail and the R+ drop bar adventurer, today announced the official release of its new 29+ titanium hardtail bike, the Wayward. Why Cycles is a small company that is quickly picking up traction with their unique, “modern take on traditional titanium” bikes designed around trail riding and adventure. The Wayward is the brand’s fourth model, and according to company founders, aims to be “the best 29+ bike out there.”
While super big 29+ tires have been around the bike industry for several years now, only a handful of manufacturers have truly embraced the platform, favoring instead more mainstream wheel sizes. However, Why believes their new Wayward optimizes the capabilities of this large tire size. “Its tough to design a frame around such a big wheel,” said company co-founder Adam Miller. “So we took a different approach and really tried to design the frame’s geometry from scratch to take advantage of everything the big tires had to offer.”
The Wayward is made from the same superior Grade 9 titanium as their other models, with the same machined 6/4 titanium integrated head tube, threaded bottom bracket shell, stealthy belt drive split, and sliding dropouts. It has extra water bottle bosses under the down tube and a three-pack on the top, rack and fender mounts, and according to Why’s production manager Kevin Boyer, the Wayward “rides like a surprisingly playful hardtail, but is also feels at home loaded down with gear on a bikepacking trip.”
The Wayward is available for pre-order now with a 50% deposit, and will be available as a frame, frameset, or as two stock build options. Frames are expected to ship in mid June and complete bikes will ship 2-3 weeks later. Frame price is $2249, and complete builds start at $5499. Why offers a 30 day, no questions asked return policy, a lifetime warranty, and ships every complete bike in an Evoc Pro travel case for the customer to keep. More info and build specs at WhyCycles.com.