One of the more influential frame builders out there might also be one of the more unassuming (and humble). Devin Lenz has always had a thing for bikes, but his contributions to the world of full suspension started in 1996 when he built his first fully, with Lenz Sport tooling up the next year. One of the first builders to consider long travel 29er’s a viable option, Lenz’ Leviathan came to life in 2004 which was a while before similar bikes from other builders followed suit.
Lenz Sport continues to crank out new bikes from their Colorado facility, which have started to add plus size abilities. More than just bigger tire clearance, the Lenz Concentrak suspension design lends itself to full suspension single speed, belt drive, and internal gear hub use…
Decorated with a wild custom paint job, the Lenz Fatillac is a dedicated + bike that uses their standard linkage driven single pivot suspension. Available in both 29+ and 27+ build options, the bike’s tire clearance is somewhat limited to keep the chain stays as short as possible with their “FATass” stays. Built with 4″ of travel front and rear, the bike uses a 157x12mm rear axle. Pricing on this guy is still being worked out.
The Lunchmoney gets its name from a cross between their Lunchbox an Milkmoney to create a 5.5″ travel full suspension bike that can run single speed, belt drive, or IGH hubs. Since the lower pivot is concentric with the bottom bracket (a design Devin has used since 1996), the chainstay length never changes which is what allows for single speed use. Chain or belt tension is adjusted through keyed sliding, vertical dropouts (vertical dropouts for gears are available as well). A new yoke allows for plus size tire clearance and the frame is compatible with 10×135 or 12×142 rear spacing. For improved performance, the frame moves to cartridge bearings for suspension pivots instead of bushings as well as a titanium shell at the Concentrak pivot for improved durability. Matched with a 150mm front fork, the Lunchmoney is offered in 27.5 or 29″ versions with pricing starting at $2,475 for the frameset.
As mentioned above, the Milkmoney was the inspiration for the longer travel Lunchmoney. Still available in 27.5 or 29″ wheels, the frame runs either 80 or 100mm of travel with 80, 100, or 120mm fork options.