Rapidé’s Tigré is all the bike you’ll ever need

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This new South African mountain bike design is amazingly adaptable, tough and affordable. (Photo: Rapidé)
This new South African mountain bike design is amazingly adaptable, tough and affordable. (Photo: Rapidé)
  • Classic steel durability with all the modern design sensibility.
  • Adaptable for all-mountain rides or Karoo bike touring.
  • Can be run as a single speed too. 

Rapidé is a Johannesburg cycling brand aware of what South African riders need.

Although best known for its components, Rapidé has now added a mountain bike frame to its product inventory.

Called the Tigré, this frame has been meticulously designed to be hugely adaptable for an array of riding applications.

Steel remains the most tested and reliable frame material, despite being equivalently heavier than aluminium or carbon-fibre. With its properties of repairability and off-road ride comfort, steel has made a significant comeback over the last few years.

The Tigré is constructed from 4130-series chromoly tubing, which should last a lifetime, even if you journey thousands of kilometres on South African gravel roads or mountain bike trails.

Primarily intended as a 29er hardtail, the Tigré’s geometry and frame details allow customers to execute very diverse builds.

Rapidé’s Tigré has classic steel durability with all the modern design sensibility. (Photo: Rapidé)

Can be a trail orientated mountain bike

If you wish to build your Tigré as a hardcore mountain bike, it will take front suspension forks up to 140mm of travel, which is more than most riders will ever require to confidently roll down the rockiest declines.

Skilled riders will have no issue navigating very technical descents with a 140mm front-suspension equipped Tigré. At that specification, the bike has a head angle of just more than 65°, preventing your weight from leaning too far forward when things get really steep, on a tricky descent. 

Want to turn your Tigré into a gravel touring bike to explore the Karoo or Lesotho? With a rigid front fork, Rapidé’s steel frame has a very generous reach, the geometry number that influences stability.

A few years ago, it was nearly impossible to find a size large mountain or gravel bike, with a reach of close to 500mm. By comparison, the size large Tigré measures to 519.5mm of reach.

Thanks to the large reach when equipped with a rigid front fork, Tigré should be wonderfully predictable and stable to coast down those long Karoo gravel road descents, even loaded with frame bags.

Some of the notable design details are an ability to run both of the dominant rear hub standards (12x142mm or 12x148mm) and horizontally sliding rear dropouts. The latter gives Tigré riders the option of running their mountain or gravel bike build as a single-speed.

A closer look at Rapidé’s Tigré. (Photo: Rapidé)

Or a gravel single-speed machine

For some South African off-road cyclists, the ability to run single speed can dramatically lower drivetrain maintenance and running costs.

The single-speed configuration avoids many of those mechanical issues associated with geared drivetrains, which can be deeply annoying if you are touring out in rural areas, where spares are not readily available.

If your garage is overcrowded with bikes, or you need to clear some space in the apartment, a Rapidé Tigré offers enormous versatility within a single frame.

You could have a mountain bike capable enough to descend nearly any trail, that is easily convertible to a gravel touring single-speed, for those mindful weekend rides to nowhere.

Sizes are medium, large and extra-large. The Rapidé Tigré is available in three colours (red, white and black) and can be ordered online at R9599.

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