When Jeff Jones released the Jones Plus LWB in 2014, he really wanted to release it as a titanium Spaceframe Plus LWB. But he knew that as a new concept from a small builder, it made more sense for the first examples to be the simpler, more affordable diamond frame design. That bike in 2014 was Jeff’s foray into 29+, but it was more about the geometry than the tires.

Jones blasts off with titanium version of the Spaceframe Plus LWB
Jones Plus Diamond frame from 2014

First called the Jones Plus, the bike would later become known as the LWB or Long Wheel Base as it was joined by the SWB (Short Wheel Base) 27+ model. While the Spaceframe has been available in a steel version of the SWB and LWB geometry, titanium has been absent from the line up – until now.

Jones blasts off with titanium version of the Spaceframe Plus LWB
The new Jones Spaceframe Plus LWB

What makes the Spaceframe different? More than its swoopy looks, the Spaceframe uses a 3D design that is meant to enhance vertical compliance while keeping a high degree of lateral stiffness. That’s accomplished by using long, slender tubes up top, along with larger, ovalized tubes for the downtube, chainstays, and seat tube. The design also includes a low stand over thanks to the curved top tubes. Add in one of Jones’ rigid truss forks and a full titanium build and you have the bike Jeff has been wanting to build for a while. A light weight, compliant yet rigid plus bike with a longer wheel base and Jones’ signature geometry.

That geometry revolves around a 67.5° head tube angle with 76mm of rake/offset which results in a very short trail number for quick handling. The seat tube is set to 71°, while the bike has 19″ chainstays which contribute to the long wheel base. There are three sizes of frames labeled as 23″, 24″, and 25″ which refers to the length of the top tube. Standover height is about 26.5″, 31.5″, and 33″ respectively.

Jones blasts off with titanium version of the Spaceframe Plus LWB Jones blasts off with titanium version of the Spaceframe Plus LWB Jones blasts off with titanium version of the Spaceframe Plus LWB

 

As for the frame itself, the 3AL-2.5V titanium Spaceframe uses many of the same specifications as the previous Jones bikes with a 148 x 12mm rear bolt oh thru axle out back, and a fat bike sized 150 x 15mm thru axle up front. Equipped with a 68mm wide Eccentric Bottom Bracket, the frame is single speed compatible – or it can be used for geometry adjustments when running different tires.

Jones blasts off with titanium version of the Spaceframe Plus LWB

For the first time, the titanium truss fork is available in three different sizes to match the head tube lengths of each frame. As mentioned, it runs a fat bike width front hub for extra stiffness for the front wheel builds but it also allows you to run a fat front if desired (up to 27.5 x 4″). The Spaceframe is meant for 29 x 3.0″ tires and has plenty of clearance for the biggest 29+ tires available.

Jones blasts off with titanium version of the Spaceframe Plus LWB

When it comes to braze-ons, the frame has a few. Ok, a lot. In addition to triple bottle bosses on the top and bottom of the downtube, there are also additional bottle mounts are the two bigger frames inside the front triangle, plus multiple rack and fender mounts that allow things to be adjusted based on tire size, or used as additional bottle mounts out back.

Features:

  • Unique Jones Geometry frameset – frame and forks designed together as one
  • EBB For geometry adjustment and single speed chain tension.
  • 68mm bottom bracket width
  • Titanium Spaceframe for excellent standover clearance, vertical compliance, and torsional rigidity.
  • Titanium Truss fork for light weight and precisise handling.
  • 3AL-2.5V Titanium tubing for a comfortable ride, light weight, and great durability
  • Jones TA bolts front and rear  are simple, reliable, light, and low-profile
  • Excellent clearance for 29+ tires (10mm+ clearance either side with a 29+ tire – with 29er tire you can get a palm in between the tire and stays)
  • Ample chainring/stay clearance
  • 148mm TA rear end-increased chain/tire clearance allows you to use all 11 and 12 speed drivetrains with the widest 29×3″ tires.
  • TIG welded
  • Multiple rear rack and fender mounts for the best rack/fender/tire size fit (extra bosses allow you to have the rack at a height to suit the tires/wheels) allowing for a wide range of configurations.
  • Triple bottle bosses on top of the downtube–for mounting cages such as Salsa Anything cage OR a standard 2 hole water bottle cage (medium and large sizes also have a standard water bottle mount on top of the downtube, near the headtube).
  • Triple bottle bosses underneath downtube –for mounting cages such as Salsa Anything cage OR a standard 2 hole water bottle cage.
  • Jones Truss fork – comfortable, precise handling, no brake stutter
  • 150mm thru-axle front hub spacing – for more front wheel stiffness and strength and compatibility with the latest generator hubs
  • Fork accommodates 29, 29+, and 27.5 x 4” tires

Jones blasts off with titanium version of the Spaceframe Plus LWB

Price and availability

As usual, there is a lot going on with the new Jones so to dive deeper into the mind of Jeff, check out the blog post they put together here. Framesets are available for $4,550 which includes the frame, fork, EBB, front and rear thru axles, plus the necessary bottle bolts, clips, and standard derailleur hanger. Single speed or Shimano Direct mount hangers available separately. Jones estimates that frames will begin shipping the week of April 23rd.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. There’s some weird acquired taste for the Jones. It’s weird (and some w/ a 26 fat in the front are weirder) and not always appealing to everyone.
    But once people get used to them? There’s this near religious fanatic thing that occurs. Sweep bars and only passive suspension are your God. And if you cast aspersions on Jones? You are often treated to (written) monologues about how astounding a rider Jones is (and he is). Or a photo of him launching a sort-of rigid bike off a boulder appears.

    I don’t want to like them. Have tried for years to not like them.
    But now I realize I own bikes that have a strong leaning towards Jones geometry and position. Can’t say I did it on purpose but…
    Better start saving my pennies. I want one.

    -JCB

  2. How does an EBB adjust geometry other than a few mm of spindle height or +/-1 deg of theoretical seat tube angle. Pure hype and drivel. Jones is clutching at straws again. For the price of an imported Ti frame, I could buy a complete Lynskey, made in the USA. Heck for the price of an imported steel Jones frame I could buy a complete Lynskey, still made in the USA. Plus, I’m tired of hearing about “vertically compliant without lateral flex” bogus. If it flexes vertically, it’s flexes laterally. A compliant seat tube is about the only way to get tuned flex without significant compromise. If the stays are allowing some vertical movement, then they’re allowing some lateral movement. If it was as simple as Jones makes it out to be, then frame manufacturers wouldn’t be risking complexity on suspension pivots.
    Save your money.

    • Something can definitely have greater stiffness in one plane compared to another, not to mention torsional stiffness aspects to different shapes

    • A few mm? Try 13

      Because we all know the location of where something is made is wholly indicative of the quality? Give me a break with that MAGA BS>>>

      As for the flex – your assumptions are based on round tubes – not the case here

      Good mini rant though – 8/10

      • First off, it has nothing to do with the Orange Bafoon, or MAGA, if I’m going to drop real money on a Ti frame, I’m going to spend it with a company I trust to do it properly. I know too many people with imported Ti frames that ride horrendously and fail epically. Jones doesn’t have the money or clout necessary to make sure the builder is not cutting corners. Read the pinkbike articles on Asian frame builders and how anyone who has any expectation of quality has full time quality control basically living in the factories and rejecting a large number of frames. And when you do get a dud, it’s going to take Jones half a century to replace it.

        Second, regardless of tube shape, you’re going to have a wheel that will not travel in a straight line. If the seat stays are allowing vertical movement, then there is no guarantee that they’re going to always deflect the same amount, especially since you’re expecting the chain stays to control wheel path. Naturally, it’s going to mostly travel in an arc vertically, but the wheel will be free to rotate transversely at its center point. Since the bike is designed around a tire with the maximum potential lever arm (29+, so nearly 16″ of lever) and super long stays exaggerating any opportunity for movement, if you’re loaded heavily, and leaning the bike at all, the transverse deflection will be noticeable at least. As elastic as Ti is, If you’re loaded and out of the saddle climbing, it’ll probably feel like it’s wagging it’s tail.

        • Pretty sure Jones’ bikes are made in Taiwan – not China. To insinuate that all “asian” builders are comparable is kind of ignorant. In terms of fabrication and tubing quality, Taiwan now is where Japan was in the late ’80s / early ’90s – which is to say generally surpassing the US, unfortunately.

          I have a Ti Lynskey fat bike and also prefer to buy American whenever possible. But I also have a steel, Taiwan-built Jones spaceframe, and both its quality and lateral stiffness greatly surpass the Lynskey.

          Plus, can you even imagine what it would cost to have a Ti spaceframe built in the US these days? Merlin did it for him for a while, but it wasn’t economically feasible even then.

          Some people will never “get” the Jones. That’s ok. I just think it’s funny that those same people, without even trying it, always talk about how it’s all a bunch “marketing B.S.,” when they are completely and emotionally invested in their cookie-cutter, latest-trend, gee-whiz, full-suspension, weight weeny, plastic, disposable, single-season bike that some magazine or 25 year old bike shop employee convinced them that they needed…. through heavy handed marketing.

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