44 Bikes Lightning

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Control. Discipline. Focus. Passion. That’s the summary of the 44 Bikes manifesto. Kristofer Henry is continuing those ideals which have been instilled within him by his grandfather, who was a TIG welder. Kris runs 44 Bikes to maintain a balance with his other career as a product and graphic designer for BLACKCAP Studio in Lyndeborough, NH. This ‘Lightning’ frame is the ‘chopped and dropped’ flagship model of the 44 Bikes lineup, purpose built to shred the East Coast trails.

Kris has designed the Lightning with virtually no stand over height, an advantage when railing single track, while an extra-high bottom bracket contributes to increased clearance of nasties in the rock garden. Kris has incorporated a triple bend to the seat stays to enable a smoother response from the rear wheel, and the asymmetric cable routing under the top tube is a nice touch.

The 44 Bikes Manifesto is an inspiring read, an apt description of Kristofer Henry’s design ethos and frame building integrity. Check out the 44 Bikes website, flickr; facebook and twitter.

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  • Spokenoise

    You know the nicest thing? This actually has mud on it and looks ridden. It isn’t a catalog example of premium gear and uber shiny paint made for a studio session and show off wankery. Well done!

  • zombies ate the fatties first

    It resembles a trials bike with a really long seat pin. All the gears should make that amount of step through excess for technical single track, but great for kilted riders.

    This could be a good solution for a fixed mtb, which on east coast tech trails requires great uptrail planning for any rider. Would love to see a version with trackends.

  • Adrian Frey

    You had me at ‘custom six-speed cassette.’