It seems versatility was high on the list of priorities in the design of the new Rapidé Tigré 29er. A handful of simple and subtle design features mean this steel hardtail can run 27.5″ or 29″ wheels with 3″ wide tires, standard or boost rear end spacing, and a 100mm to 140mm fork. Let’s take a look at the low, long and slack geometry that allows for it.

Rapidé Tigré 29 Hardtail

black rapide tigre 29er ht mtb
The Tigré runs a threaded 73mm BB; ISCG 05 tabs allow installation of a chain guide and bash guard combo

The Rapidé Tigré is a South African-designed Taiwanese steel frame hardtail mountain bike. A multitude of neat design features mean you can run it as a single-speed bikepacking pony or as a trail-slaying hardcore hardtail.

rapide tigre 29 hardtail mtb has 3" tire clearance for 29er and 650b wheelsets
A plated drive-side chainstay-bottom bracket interface ensures clearance for up to 3.0″ tires

The 4130 chromoly tube set is custom-butted. Notable design features include ovalised seat stays for added vertical compliance, an over-sized downtube gusset-reinforced at the headtube, a double-butted top tube shaped especially for vibration absorption and a plated chainstay-BB interface for maximum tire clearance.

sliding dropouts adjust chainstay length on rapide tigre 29er ht mtb
Sliding dropouts allow for 20mm chainstay length adjustment from 435mm to 455mm

Sliding dropouts mean riders can fine tune chainstay length to suit their wheel and tire size and/or riding style. It also allows riders to tension the chain appropriately when running the frame single-speed. With a 29″ or 27.5″ wheel, a 3″ tire (more like 75mm) is the maximum width the Tigré will accommodate.

rapide tigre 29er steel custom butted tubeset ovalised seatstays add vertical compliance
Brake and gear cable routing is external while dropper post cabling can be internal

The Rapidé Tigré is able to run either a 142mm x 12mm rear end or a 148mm x 12mm rear end. How do they do it? Well, the frame is actually specified at 145mm. The sliding dropouts themselves have chamfered edges with tweaked thru-axle threads each side of the frame. This means the stays can flex inward or outward 1.5mm to accommodate both hub standards. Buy the bike initially with a 142mm or 148mm thru-axle to suit your needs.

The Tigré is built to run a 1x setup, allowing up to a 36T oval or 38T round chainring at 3mm or 6mm offset.

Versatile geometry figures

Rapidé have designed the Tigré 29 with a set of geometry figures that should make it viable for use with a 100mm to a 140mm fork. A medium to extra-large frame size range offers reach figures from 461mm to 516mm and seat tube lengths from 433mm to 533mm.

rapide tigre 29er hardtail mountain bike geometry chart 140mm forkIf you’re looking to ride this bike down hill with anything like aggression, the 140mm fork option offers the slackest head angle at 65.2°. It also produces the slackest seat tube angle; 72.8° on the XL frame.

rapide tigre geometry chart 100mm fork

With a 100mm fork, reach lengthens considerably and angles steepen up to give a HA of 67° and a much more pedal-friendly seat angle of 74.5°.

Pricing & Availability

rapide tigre 29er ht mountain bike available in black red white colorways
All frame sizes accommodate two full size water bottles in the front triangle, leaving room for frame bags too

The Rapidé Tigré is available now at a reduced price of R 8,346.96 (~$555). The frame gets a two year warranty and comes with a zero-stack HeadStart headset, thru-axle and 34.9mm seat clamp.


  1. Interesting geo, ST angle is way too slack with anything more than a 100mm fork. ST length is pretty long too. Should be just the thing for long rides on district roads…

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