UK mountain bike component manufacturers, Unite Co, have announced plans for the production of a frame; the Unite Co Billet. The bike will be made in-house using what Unite Co say is a brand new manufacturing process that involves CNC machining and laser welding, and there’ll be storage built into the frame itself. Geometry and sizing details are now in…
Unite Co Billet Long Travel 29er
The Unite Co Billet will be a long travel full suspension 29″ mountain bike, with 158mm rear wheel travel delivered by the very familiar-looking Horst-Link suspension platform, paired with a 170mm travel fork. We note the pivots are pretty big (almost RAAW sized), especially the main pivot and the central pivot of the rocker that is located at the seat tube. There is also what looks to be a flip-chip located at the lower shock mount, perhaps for adjustable geometry, or the fitment of both coil and air shocks.
Unite Co plan to offer four sizes of the Billet mountain bike, with reach figures stretching from 430mm in small to 520mm in XL, and some very short seat tubes spanning a 400mm to 460mm range. It gets modern, enduro racing geometry; across the frame sizes, chainstays come in at 440mm with a 64° head tube angle. That’s paired with some seriously steep effective seat tube angles; around 78° in small, 79° in medium, 80° in large and 81° in XL.
Unite Co have shared that the Billet will be available in air and coil shock versions; the air shock iteration will feature 158mm travel with a progression rate of 0.18 while the coil shock version gets 160mm of rear wheel travel with a progression rate of 0.22.
Here’s what they posted to their Instagram Account a few days ago:
“And here it is, the Unite Billet, a fully CNC machined frame, machined in house in the UK! A long travel 29er with playful geometry, internal storage and room for plenty of water bottles!”… “we will be rough machining the 4 sections, laser weld the tubes in and then 3D machine the whole frame to give the carbon look but without the environmental impacts, a brand new manufacturing method. Prices will be competitive with a carbon frame with prototypes made before the end of year! This project has already been well over a year in a making and we are getting very close to cutting metal!”.
We look forward to sharing more details with you guys when we hear back from Unite!