Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot, Dustin Carlson, took delivery of a Framed Marquette Carbon 27+ recently and has this initial look at the new offering from Framed Bikes. Take it away, Dustin!
Being in the fat-bike.com family is good times, Christmas can come in May! Often, it’s the best Christmas ever because there is a huge box on your doorstep with something PHAT inside.
Today I received a Framed Marquette Carbon 27+ hardtail. The + stands for three-inch wide tires as most of us know. The Marquette is a good looking bike with nice clean lines, a great paint scheme and retails for $1999.99 with some great components standard:
So… 27+ is for beginners right? For riders just starting out on mountain bikes, or people who just want to “take it easy” on the trail? I’ve heard such things, but this bike isn’t spec’d for beginners. Carbon frame, Rock Shox Reba fork, SRAM GX 1X11 drive-train. It seems like a legit XC rig, except it has huge tires!
My initial thoughts after just putting the bike together:
- The bike looks really good
- The shipping and packing was very professional, no dings or scratches
- Everything went together easily with no adjustment needed, i.e. rear derailleur, brakes
- Reba fork and GX 1X11 are nice components that I’m excited to try out
- Thru axles front and rear
- No frame protection, i.e. nothing on the down tube, chain stays, or anywhere else. I feel exposed!
- The bike is a bit heavy for a carbon hard tail, 29 lbs.
After a quick three-mile spin on my local trails I can tell that I’m going to have fun testing out the bike. Overall, it feels stable but very maneuverable with the short chain stays and top tube. I can also tell that I’m going to need to ride it on a lot of different terrain because I’m having a hard time deciding what this bike is. A beefy XC bike? An awesomely spec’d and spendy weekend warrior? Stay tuned to find out in a few weeks!