The Fenix Macleod is just plain different in the best possible way. They’re the green bikes in the foreground and they use the same frame, yet can be set up with road or mountain bike parts. Or any combination of the two (think monster cross). Why? Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes ya don’t. Either way, they’ll travel with you in a very compact package and give you the freedom to not only bring your bike with you, but bring exactly the kind of bike you’ll need!
That’s a complete bike in a fairly small box. Here’s how it works:
The rear triangle detaches at the top then pivots around the bottom bracket’s inner shell, which holds a standard threaded BB.
A brace behind the seat tube helps stiffen up the rear triangle. It’s designed around mechanical disc brakes and 1x drivetrains. There are cable couplers throughout for front and rear brakes and the rear derailleur, which not only makes packing the bike up easier but allows the switch between road and mountain bike shifters and handlebars while keeping the rest of the drivetrain the same. They say there’s no degradation in shifting performance using a coupler on that cable, and there’s an inline barrel adjuster to help ensure everything’s fine tuned.
For road drop bar setups, they offer a universal bar end shifter of their own design. Above is a prototype, below is something closer to production.
The bar end version mounts where its name suggests. The one on the right is for downtube mounts, similar to how some slopestyle riders sometimes mount their mountain bike trigger shifters. So, these parts could see use outside of their own bikes, too.
Or you could use a traditional road shifter/brake lever or, as seen in the video at bottom, they’re running a standard SRAM mountain bike trigger shifter.
Or, you could set it up with Di2 and make it even easier to plug ‘n’ play between road and mountain bike, like they did here:
Framesets are available in medium, large and XL for $2,175. Complete bikes will be available in the future.