Adding to their growing frame line-up, Nordest Cycles debuted a new ‘downcountry’ hardtail called the Britango. Available as either the standard steel Britango or the premium Britango Ti frames, both build up into do-it-all cross-country to trail mountain bikes thanks to modern geometry, big tires & mid travel 120-140mm forks…

Nordest Britango affordable trail hardtail, in steel or ti

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable 4130 steel hardtail mountain bike frame
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The new Britango is Nordest’s latest trail slaying hardtail built around a 120mm trail fork (compatible with up to a 140mm fork.) A simple capable 29er with modern trail bike geometry, the Britango takes its name from the Egyptian vulture – a small Iberian vulture found in both Nodest’s dual homes in the Canary Islands & Portugal. Nordest says the black & white bird frequents some of the roughest, rockiest terrain in the mountains – those same places they like to ride.

Downcountry geometry

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable 4130 steel hardtail mountain bike frame

Nordest calls the bike a downcountry hardtail. What does downcountry mean? It’s something I probably first heard a few years ago from the organizers of BCBR about rides where you mix a lot of pedaling with DH trail like descending. Nordest says it’s that cross-country bike feel when climbing steep tracks, that transforms into an enduro bike feel when going down fast on the trail.

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable 4130 steel hardtail mountain bike frame

How does that work? Nordest combines short 420mm chainstays with 29″ wheels and a steep 74° seat angle to get you forward for climbs, then lean back and let the slack 67° head angle and long reach/short stem handle things on the descents.

Tech details

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable 4130 steel hardtail mountain bike frame

As a do-it-all trail bike, the Britango is designed to fit either 29″ wheel with up to 2.5″ tires, or to go 27.5+ with up to 3″ rubber. The steel bike features Boost 148mm rear spacing with interchangeable, bolt-on dropouts (but the ti frame has fixed, hooded dropouts.)

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable 4130 steel hardtail mountain bike frame

The bike uses a plate chainstay yoke to fit plenty of chainring clearance in around a threaded bottom bracket, and even includes a cable guide if you chose to run a front derailleur.

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable 4130 steel hardtail mountain bike frame

All cable routing is external, plus the bike gets three water bottle mounts (2x multi-position on the steel downtube).

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable 4130 steel hardtail mountain bike frame

The steel bike features top & down tube gussets, plus an externally relieved 44m headtube for tapered forks, and a real headbadge. The steel bike uses a 27.2mm seatpost without internal routing, but Nordest will sell you a PNW Pine dropper to fit the frame.

Pricing & affordable availability

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable 4130 steel hardtail mountain bike frame

The new Britango adds another to Nordest’s affordable frame options. If you are building your downcountry hardtail trail bike on a budget, the 550€ steel Britango frame is your best bet.

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable 4130 steel hardtail mountain bike frame

Get on the 2250g frame either in black or white with a yellow face headtube (just like the Egyptian vulture, apparently), with frames in stock now. Nordest does not offer the Britango yet as a frame+fork kit, or a complete bike like they do for the enduro hardtail Bardino yet, so it’s frame-only for now.

Nordest Britango trail hardtail MTB, downcountry affordable titanium hardtail mountain bike frame

If you are looking to build more of a forever hardtail, the double butted TiAl2.5V 1400€ Britango ti is a great starting point. While the steel bike is ready to go, the titanium version is made-to-order. That means that you have to wait about 8 weeks to get one in hand, but also means you can opt for the standard 27.2 post or go for a 31.6mm option for internal stealth dropper seatpost choice, all for the same price. You also can add custom geometry here for just 100€ more, which is totally a steal.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Really cool feature set- decent standover, threaded bb, chainstays that in fact are short instead of just being called short, external routing for practicality’s sake, custom geometry and an affordable price. This might just end up being my next bike…

  2. 27.2 seatpost and no routing for an internal dropper. That is an inexplicable oversight for the steel model, or any mountain bike being released in 2019.

  3. 67 degrees isn’t slack anymore by today’s standards, especially for a hardtail whose head angle will steepen more under fork compression compared to a full sus bike.
    And a 27.2-mm seat post???

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