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Esker Lorax Ti is Reborn as Go-Everywhere Drop-Bar Mountain Bike

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First introduced back when Esker Cycles started as Advocate Cycles, the Lorax has gone through a bit of an evolution. Compared to the Esker Lorax Ti that was reintroduced in 2022, the third generation of the bike is the most capable yet.

Still constructed with a seamless, butted, and cold-shaped 3/2.5 titanium frame, the new Lorax Ti is shaped around geometry for a 120mm suspension fork or 495mm axle to crown. Coupled with massive tire clearance of 29 x 2.2 – 2.6″, this drop-bar mountain bike is ready to go everywhere you point it.

Like other Esker bikes, the Lorax includes their Portage Dropout System which is also now compatible with SRAM UDH. Note that this frame utilized flat mount brakes.

The frame is also equipped with external cable routing, a threaded bottom bracket, 44mm head tube, and a whopping 22 attachment points for accessories, bags, fenders, etc.

Esker Lorax Ti bikepacking gravel adventure bike geometry

Offered in four sizes, the frames offer internal dropper post routing, and have a claimed weight of 2,260g for a large with dropouts and necessary parts. Frame only pricing is set at $2,500, or you can add a Wolf Tooth Lithic Carbon fork for a total of $3,100. Complete builds start at $4,500 with many options.

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SomeGuy
SomeGuy
12 days ago

Salute to Esker for just calling this a mountainbike instead of pretending that it is in any way a “gravel bike”.

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
12 days ago

Lovely bike. Beautiful blasted finish and lots of options for setup. I’m curious about the choice to design around a 120mm fork instead of something shorter, given the drop bar setup probably lends itself to less rowdy riding. The tradeoff being perhaps room for a larger frame bag.

Parker - Esker
Parker - Esker
12 days ago

Well, lots of factors come into play, but 100mm suspension forks seem to be going away a bit in general (120mm is the new 100mm?) Plus, if you’re really going to load down a bike with another 20-30lbs of bikepacking/touring gear, having a fork that’s a bit more stout and can take the impact of those ‘OH SHOOT’ moments seems like a pretty solid idea. In addition, that new Wolf Tooth Lithic fork is RAD…Flat Mount or Post Mount, cargo bosses, different offset options, 495-498 A-C, heaps of tire clearance…its really wonderful option. And then you’ve got the ‘stack’ conversation in which a 120mm fork naturally brings up the front end of your bike a bit more than a 100mm fork and that more upright body position is fantastic for multi-day rides, or simply skirting onto some singletrack while knocking out a fun lap from home. If someone REALLY wanted to put a 100mm fork on the Lorax, you could certainly do that, you’d just want to get one of those headset cup extensions to help make up for the 20mm travel difference.

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