Even on a hardtail (especially on a hardtail?), clearance for dropper posts is important. Dropper posts have had a profound effect on mountain biking, and because of that, the industry is trending towards longer travel numbers. But to run those longer posts, you’ll need a frame that will fit it. That’s where frame revisions like that of the new Why Cycles S7 V2 come in.
As the biggest change to V2, all sizes of the new Supple 7 get shorter seat tubes to accommodate larger dropper posts. While the smaller sizes see smaller gains due to how small the seat tubes were to begin with, the larger sizes see pretty massive reductions in overall length. This not only will hopefully allow more riders to ride longer dropper posts, but it also drops the standover height of the frames. Check out the full geometry chart, here.
Otherwise, the titanium frames are mostly unchanged featuring a blend of 3/2.5 titanium for the tubing and 6/4 titanium for the head tube and machined pieces of the frame. Designed as a 27.5+ or 29″ hardtail, the frame has clearance for 27.5 x 3.0″ or 29 x 2.4″ tires. Adjustable sliding dropouts and a discreet split in the frame also make it single speed and belt drive compatible.
While the frame is mostly unchanged, you will find all new graphics – though the awesome randomized quotes on the chainstays will still be there.
- Headset Integrated standard 42mm upper cup, 52mm lower cup
- Bottom Bracket Threaded 73mm BSA standard
- Axle Spacing Boost 12mm x 148mm
- Dropouts 12mm Thru Axle, 1.75 thread pitch, adjustable sliding and belt drive compatible
- Bottle Mounts – Bottle mounts on seat tube, top of down tube, bottom of downtube. Third bottle hole mount on downtube for accessory mounting
- Rack Mounts – All standard rack and fender mounts
- Seatpost – 31.6mm
- Seat clamp – 34.9mm
- Brake – Post mount, Max 180mm rear w/adapter
- Clearance – Max 27.5 x 3.0″ or 29 x 2.4″ tires with slider adjustment of at least 5mm from fully closed
Available as a frame only for $2,250 or frame and fork only for $2,849, complete builds start at $4,599 with a SRAM Eagle GX kit and range up to $6,799 for the SRAM Eagle XX1 build. Why Cycles will even put together a custom build for you if you ask nicely. Available now.