- Endurance cycling brand Farr have added another frameset to their model range.
- Taking inspiration from the retro BMX and motorcycle world it features a truly unique frame design.
- The Twin-T frameset allows riders to build their own bike in a variety of styles.
Farr is a cycling company that knows the value of retro design, done right. The Farr Headspace stem, for example, is based on the concept of the original Bullmoose handlebar that Tom Ritchey made famous in the late 1970s.
The brand’s latest creation, dubbed the Farr Twin-T, is no different. It might also be one of the most original frame designs we have seen in a long time.
What is it?
Farr’s Twin-T frame blurs the lines between mountain biking, gravel riding and classic BMX. The down tube design is inspired by BMX bikes and trellis style motorcycle frames from the 1980s.
While this unique frame design may be inspired by bikes from years gone by, Farr believes that it fills a void in the current market.
The basic geometry and frame standards are similar to that of a modern 29er mountain bike, but it does offer buyers the freedom to build their own bespoke bike for a variety of applications. And best of all: it looks like nothing else out there, which is sure to appeal to those riders who value individualisation.
Whether it is a bike packing rig for multi-day adventures or a gravel build for touring, the Farr Twin-T can do it all. Be sure, too, that wherever you stop for a coffee or snack, its unique appearance will definitely trigger conversation from strangers.
Keeping it real with steel
The Twin-T has compatibility for 29 x 2.35” or 27.5 x 2.6” tyres and can be built with a suspension fork of up to 120mm, or a rigid fork.
This frame, which is sold with a headset, rear axles and seat clamp, also features two bottle mounts, internal dropper post routing, and sliding rear dropouts. That last specification detail is sure to appeal to riders who value the simplicity of single speed all-terrain cycling, allowing the Twin-T to run with a geared or single ratio drivetrain.
Whilst the geometry and frame angles are fairly conservative compared to contemporary trail bikes, Farr’s Twin-T is a good candidate for use as a hardtail tourer or drop bar gravel bike in the monstercross style.
True to its retro theme, the Twin-T frame is built from butted chromoly tubing. Although its steel structure will carry loads and tackle rough terrain without any durability issues, it does not make the Twin-T a light bike.
According to Farr, a size medium Twin-T frame weighs 3.26kg, before paint. This is a tad on the heavy side and will certainly ensure that you earn that coffee or small-batch craft beer reward, after each ride.
We love the design. Twin spar frames have a certain appeal and if you have many bikes in your garage and are looking for something different to create an all-terrain project build, the Twin-T might just be your perfect steel canvas.
Farr is offering the Twin-T in two colours (duck egg blue and quantum grey) and the frame prices at R13 500, depending on delivery destination and prevailing exchange rates.