I spotted @roccoq86 ‘s cool-looking 24 on Instagram this past weekend and I was instantly intrigued.
It was from a company that I hadn’t heard of before…Altruiste Bikes.
I decided I (we) needed to find out more about this frame.
I hit up Gabo from Altruiste and he gave me the lowdown.
Gabo has known Rocco for close to 10 years. Rocco used to ride for Doberman Bikes, a company that Gabo used to work for back in the day.
According to Gabo,
When he contacted me for a new frame, he already knew what he wanted; something very similar to what he was riding with a few geometry tweaks. The most important being the super short chainstays at 13.9”.
The geo that inspired this frame was already very new-school. We simply pushed it a bit further. It’s much lower, to help with tricks, and I think that in terms of feel it’s much closer to a 24”MTB than a bmx cruiser, and I think that’s where Rocco is most comfortable.
- Head angle: 74
- Seat tube angle: 71
- Top tube: 22”
- Chainstay length: 13.9”
- BB height: 12.65”
- BB Drop: -8mm
- Stack: 440.5mm
- Reach: 438.5mm
- Weight :4.75 lbs
The front end also got some special attention to increase strength/durability. Gabo says,
The large 44mm headtube is pretty cool, too. The 44mm headtube allows you to use a pressfit heaset with larger bearings for a stronger, more rigid front end. You can also get 44mm (or ”ZeroStack”) headsets in different stack heights to modify the geometry.
Rocco shreds on this frame so that increased strength in the front end is probably needed!
Gabo built up three of these frame (one being Rocco’s) so if you’re interested…you might want to hit up Altruiste, right quick.
As an added incentive, keep in mind that Altruiste Bikes is a Canadian company…so if you’re buying with American funds…you’ll get a sweet deal with the current exchange rates.