Free Agent reveals the Ratio 24

6 12 2011

As I’ve said before, Free Agent doesn’t get a lot of hype for its freestyle/trails-oriented 24inchers.

Which is a bit of shame really because for around $400 (US) you get a full cro-mo frame, fork and handlebar along with a pretty respectable parts package on the new Free Agent Ratio 24.

Geometry

In terms of geometry, Free Agent has pretty much stuck with what they used in last year’s Devil 24.

That being:

  • 74 degree head angle
  • 72 degree seat angle
  • 21.5″ top tube
  • 15.2″ chainstay

All in all, not too far out from what you would expect on a bike like this (although they could’ve gone a little shorter on the chainstay).

What they could’ve done better

Given that most companies have adopted the new “standard” of a higher bottom bracket height, it’s a bit surprising that Free Agent stuck with the more race-oriented 12″ bottom bracket height for this year’s model.

Furthermore, the stock handlebar is a sub-6inch offering. While I give them points for spec’ing it in full cro-mo, the trend is decidedly taller these days.

Who might be best suited to this bike

Given the more traditional, race-style geometry (and the full cro-mo construction) this might be a great trails bike for the racer who wants to have a strong bike he can thrash on while keeping his race machine in good shape for the track. The ride should be very similar to a race cruiser so switching back and forth would be a cinch.

Or, if you’re a rider that just prefers more traditional 24″ geometry, this bike is a great option for hitting the trails or skatepark.  A well-spec’ed full cro-mo bike at this price point is hard to beat.

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The Devil 24 inside Free Agent’s lineup

11 01 2011

Often overlooked when talk turns to freestyle 24s, is the Free Agent Devil 24.

Surprising, since it features a full chromoly frame, fork, and 3-piece cranks, along with micro-drive and double-wall rims.

Geometry-wise, it sports a 74 degree head angle, 21.5″ TT and 15.9″ chain stay length (no indication if the CS length is middle of the dropout or slammed). Bottom bracket is at more “traditional” height, compared to most freestyle 24s today, at 12″.

All in all, a pretty sweet deal for a bike that retails in the $400-500 (U.S.) price range.

The “Gun metal blue” frame and fork is pretty easy on the eyes too.








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