We’re all looking for a sweet spot when trail riding, whether balancing climbing & descending or just finding a work:life balance with enough time to actually ride. Well, for custom frame builder Sklar, the Sweet Spot is building stock steel hardtails, with progressive geometry ready for big all-mountain riding…

Sklar Sweet Spot, premium steel all-mountain hardtail

Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike
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We know Adam Sklar for his finely crafted, custom steel & ti all-road and mountain bikes, made in his Bozemon, MT workshop. His swooping, cruiser-inspired hardtail mountain bikes are sought after for their playfulness & craftsmanship. But they are both expensive and a long wait to get ahold of.

Progressive geometry

Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike

The idea behind the new Sweet Spot was to take the progressive geometry that Sklar developed by building hundreds of custom hardtails, and pare it back into a more readily available stock geometry that Adam could produce more quickly, and at a lower cost to the buyer.

Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike geometry

The sweet spot then, was dialing in three stock geometries that would fit a wide range of riders, giving them the ultimate steel trail hardtail at a more affordable price.

Tech details

The Sweet Spot is made in the USA from high-quality 4130 chromoly steel tubing that Sklar custom bends & shapes to create the perfect ride, optimizing drivetrain stiffness & flex for rider feel.

The bike is a 29er made for high-volume 2.6-2.8″ tires, so the medium & large are designed around a 150mm fork, but the small is paired with a 130mm for consistent handling.

Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike

The bikes all get Boost spaced Syntace thru-axles, with a 3D printed stainless steel chainstay yoke to fit those massive tires & the regular Boost chainline, and can fit up to a 36T chainring.

Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike

The bikes feature external downtube cable routing, plus a seattube cable port for an internal 31.6mm dropper post. They get three bottle cage mounts, tapered steerer headtubes, 73mm threaded BB & 180mm post mount rear brake

Pricing & availability

Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike

While the new Sweet Spot is a stock geometry hardtail, Sklar still builds each bike to order, so there aren’t a bunch of frames lying around waiting to ship.

With that you get to pick one of three stock sizes (S-L) and one of four powder coated colors: Pebble Grey, Strawberry Pink, Umbra Grey, or Mint Pastel. If you want anything different than that, you have to go custom. Lead time on the stock Sweet Spot is ~3 months (down from more than 12 months currently for full custom).

Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike

The Sweet Spot is available as a frame only for $2850 (a grand less than custom steel) or in a $3900 frame kit together with a King or White Ind. headset & a RockShox Pike Ultimate fork.

Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike

Three complete bike builds are also offered. An alloy component spec is the most “affordable” at $7430 with SRAM GX Eagle, the Pike Ultimate fork & Industry Nine Enduro 305 wheels. XX1/X01 & Enve bring it up to $9950. And then a completely tricked out carbon build with XX1 eTap AXS and Enve/King wheels tops out at a wallet crushing $11,110.

Sklar Sweet Spot steel hardtail, premium small batch production 4130 steel trail all-mountain bike

The bikes are available to order now, so drop a grand or two as a non-refundable deposit directly from the Sklar website to secure your place in the build queue.

SklarBikes.com

12 COMMENTS

  1. That’s a fantastic looking frame and would really suit my riding. Opportunity cost of sinking $3k into a 4130 hardtail frame is very difficult to rationalize, though.

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