Tantrum Cycles is almost ready for prime time. Literally. After introducing their prototypes with their novel Missing Link suspension system, Brian Berthold took to Kickstarter with a successful campaign to get the first batch of bikes up and running.
In addition to showing finished production bikes at Interbike, Brian also had some news in the way of a cameo on an upcoming episode of Adventure Capitalists. After getting wind of his design, the show reached out to Brian and wanted him to appear on the season premier which will air on October 10, on CNBC.
As for the bikes, Brian says that he’s delivered about 10 so far, with another 30 or so to go to fulfill the Kickstarter orders. Once that is complete, he has another batch of 100 frames that is scheduled to arrive in December.
For the Kickstarter backers he’s doing some wild finishes like this hammered look, but don’t expect this for production. Apparently the powdercoating is too costly and time intensive, so the production bikes will likely be limited to a few pre-selected options.
Once available, the bikes will be offered in the Meltdown (160/150mm travel 27.5″ bike), the Outburst (130mm travel 29er), and the Shining (a 160mm travel 29er). Then there’s also still the option for a 29″ front and 27.5″ back wheel. All of the frame configurations use the same front and rear triangle, but the rocker, dropouts, and shock differ to keep the geometry in check.
There’s even an option in tire clearance based on the dropouts selected – with the 27.5″ dropouts the bike will clear up to 2.6″ tires, but with the 29″ dropouts the bike will fit up to 3.2″ rubber giving you the option for a plus build as well.
Colors are TBD, but expect pricing to be around $2,400 at this point for a frame with a DVO Topaz rear shock.