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A new Stolen 29 sounds just fine

20 11 2018

Stolen Bikes dropped a little teaser the other day regarding a new bike they have in the works.

The image was a bit cloudy…but the hashtag #29 was a bit more definitive.

Looks the  Saint XLT 24 and the Zeke XLT 26 are gonna have a 29″ big brother!

No word yet on specs, geo or release dates…but my interest has definitely been piqued.

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2019 Zeke XLT: two new colorways

9 04 2018

Stolen mixed things up with two new colorway options for the 2019 Stolen Zeke XLT.

One option is an eye-popping “yellow jacket” colorway.

I’m not sure if they took cues from some of the race frames out there currently…but that yellow, along with the new graphics, definitely reminded of that.

The second option is definitely more stealth. “Black with Urban Camo”. The urban camo part comes from the black & white camo tires on this version. An interesting look for sure!

The Zeke XLT is all Cro-mo, features 100% sealed components and 48-spline cranks, and now sports a new longer 300mm Pivotal post for you to raise up if you just want to sit and cruise (or wheelie).

Get the full spec breakdown here.

I think I’m more partial to the yellow colorway.

What do you think?

 





2017 Stolen Saint XLT & Zeke XLT

15 08 2016

The ever-popular Stolen Saint XLT and its newer 26″ cousin, the Zeke XLT have been updated for 2017.

The Stolen Saint XLT retains its main selling points: full chromoly construction, 48 Spline Cranks and double-walled rims.

2017STLN-SAINTXLT1-SM

What’s new this year is a slightly revised geometry.

For 2017, the Saint XLT sports the following specs:

  • HT: 74.25°
  • ST: 70°
  • TT: 21.75″
  • CS: 15.0″
  • SO: 9.6″
  • BB: 13.30″

Available in Satin White with Camo accents or Chrome Plated with Black accents (both versions look pretty trick in my opinion).

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of tanwall tires and the Saint XLT has those too…on their also ever-popular Joint tires.

2017STLN-SAINTXLT2-SM

Zeke XLT

The 26″ Zeke XLT stays essentially the same geometry-wise to its 2016 predecessor (You can check out the full specs here).

It also retains its full chromoly construction and sealed components.

What has changed is its look.

2017STLN-ZekeXLT1-SM

New for 2017 is the choice of a shiny red or flat black colorway (both with black components).

2017STLN-ZekeXLT2-SMNote: tanwalls only on the black version.

Some well-spec’d bikes with killer looks…hard to go wrong here folks.





26 inch cruisers are having a moment

16 09 2014

Walking around the displays at Interbike, it’s hard not to think that 26″ freestyle cruisers are  having their moment in the sun right now.

With Subrosa deciding to add the 26″ Malum to their lineup this year.

subrosa malum interbike

To the Fairdale Taj with it’s retro design cues.

Fairdale Taj 2015 InterbikeInside scoop: Fairdale has plans in the works to offer a chrome version of the frame & fork later this year…and maybe a chrome version of the complete after that. (Hot damn!)

To Volume, who has been down with the 26″ for some time now…in this case, the Hessian.

Volume 2015But the 26″ that really caught my attention was the Stolen Zeke XLT.

Following the same nomenclature as their 24″ models, the Zeke XLT is a full cro-mo version of the tri-moly 26″ Zeke that turned heads at last year’s Interbike show.

Zeke XLT ttSporting a cool matte black with blue colorway, the display model was shown with disc brakes. While 990-style brakes come standard on the Zeke XLT, the display model was outfitted with the disc brakes to show that the bike was “disc ready” and could be switched over if so desired.

Zeke XLT side

Certainly some great options in the 26″ side of things.

I  wonder if the increasing popularity of 26″ bikes will prompt We The People to bring back the 26″ Champ cruiser…not that I would want their 24″ offering, the Atlas, to disappear.

More Interbike coverage to follow.