Last made a splash on Kickstarter earlier this year with the FASTFORWARD (V1) frame that was a slacked out steel enduro machine. The frame adapts to many configurations with 27.5+ and 29″ wheels, and a single speed setup in addition to today’s modern drivetrains. Since its campaign, the frame is back by popular demand in its V2 edition.
It get’s minor tweaks, but keeps the heart of what made the original so popular….
The headset is tapered, with a CNC’d external offset, and is compatible with both IS41/28.6, IS42/28.6 (tops), and EC44/40 (bottom) SHIS. The bottom bracket is a threaded 73 mm BSA, and it has ISCG mounts that grew in width from the V1. The seat post size is 31.6mm, and the frame is only compatible with low clamping Shimano SideSwing front derailleurs.
Similar to its predecessor, the V2 keeps the 27.5+ to 29″ compatibility, 4130 butted steel tubes, slack 64 degree head angle, and shorter 426-436 mm chain stays (adjustable). The sliding dropouts (top left) allow for a single speed setup, and the provided 135 mm skewer holds a derailleur hanger in the correct location when running gears. The integrated chain tensioners lock both QR and single speed axles in place (top right), and the rear disc brake mount is on the inside of the frame with adjustability for different wheel positions (bottom left). Additionally, removable cable guides allow for a clean frame while running single speed, and just the right amount of guides for 2x or 1x systems (bottom right). If a dropper post is used there’s stealth routing through the down tube.
Sizes ranges from M-XL with colors varying with size. The frame set is priced at €600 (no fork), and complete build kits start at an additional €1,700.