Hunter / Gatherer Frameset
“I love all kinds of bikes and different types of riding, but I am never quite sure where any of them will take me. Our latest adventure on wheels at FBM, a bad ass touring frame and fork call the Hunter / Gatherer, was designed in collaboration with our friends at Ride Endpoint and will be built in the FBM Machine Shop. Creating the Hunter / Gatherer was a combined effort of some great people, stoked on bikes, looking to have some fun! We hope you will join us…” — Steve Crandall
The Hunter / Gatherer is designed for the wild. Our sense of adventure and spirit to take the road less traveled require a bike with more utility and the ability for a fully loaded journey. FBM teamed up with Ride Endpoint to design a frame and fork with geometry designed for versatility and comfort; whether you’re on a weekend adventure, morning commute, long haul adventure, or getting your favorite cup of coffee.
The Hunter / Gatherer durable steel frame features a 12×142 thru-axle and responsive 435 length chainstays. The rear triangle has clearance for 27.5×2.25 tires and comes with fenders and racks mounts. The frame has mounts for three bottle cages mounted low to free up enough space for a frame bag.
The Hunter / Gatherer fork has low trail; perfect for loaded riding without compromising control or confidence in handling. It has mounts for fenders and racks, with the option of a 15×100 thru-axle, 12×100 thru-axle, or quick release.
A few words regarding frame geometry from Endpoint—It’s important to take into account how a seat tube angle can change the effective top tube measurement. You can have two frames where with the exception of the seat angle, both frames are exactly the same, and the effective top tube will measure out differently. As the seat tube angle becomes more steep, the top tube measurement gets shorter even though the bars do not actually get closer in relationship to the bottom bracket of the frame.
Think about it this way—The bottom bracket and top of the head tube are the two fixed points on the frame that actually determine fit. The saddle moves up, down, back and forth to adjust for seat tube angle, and to get the rider properly placed over the pedals.
We chose to use a 73 degree seat tube angle across all frame sizes. What this means is when you are looking at geometry to select a size, you should be considering stack and reach and ignoring effective top tube length. Many bikes currently have steeper seat tube angles which will make the top tube feel longer than it actually is. For every 1/2 degree the seat tube increases, the effective top tube shortens by about 1/2 a centimeter.
Take a look at the geometry for the medium Hunter Gatherer. If we were to have steepened the seat tube angle to the 74 degrees of a medium Endpoint Coffee Grinder, the effective top tube would have measured out to 54cm rather than 55cm even though the bike isn’t actually getting any shorter. So look at effective top tube if you must but don’t linger on it too long. If you have any questions about sizing don’t hesitate to ask. We’re happy to geek out on fit and geometry to make sure you get the right size frame.
|E||SEATTUBE CENTER TO CENTER||450||500||520||540||560|
|F||FORK AXLE TO CROWN||403||403||403||403||403|
|K||BOTTOM BRACKET DROP||65||65||65||65||65|
|L||TRAIL (650b X 47mm tire)||37||37||37||37||37|