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Sneak Peek: Spot Brand 2010 ‘29 Swinger’ Frame Takes Shape

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Dec. 10, 2009
  • Updated Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM EDT

Clean TIG welded steel should make for a nice riding bike from Spot. CHECK OUT MORE PHOTOS IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW Photo by Zack Vestal

Purveyor of singlespeeds, belt-driven bikes and two-wheelers of all stripes, Spot Brand in Golden, Colorado is putting the finishing touches on their 2010 line.

Meanwhile, our colleagues over at VeloNews are wrapping up the 2010 Buyer’s Guide, which will hit the streets in January. In the process of gathering info for the Buyer’s Guide we were able to get a few extra photos from Spot, highlighting their new 29 Swinger model. The 29 Swinger is a revised version of the Longboard from this past season. The new bike is too cool not to leak to the rest of the world — so here it is!

Prominent in the new design is a revised slider rear dropout. The 29-er frame retains both Gates Carbon Drive belt compatibility and standard chain compatibility. We haven’t got confirmation yet, but it looks like the business end of the sliding dropout could be swapped out to include a derailleur hanger, so we’re guessing this is the bike you want for the ultimate in versatility. It could go single; could go geared; could go belt-driven.

We rode a custom Longboard most of this summer with a Gates belt — and it is sweet. Belts are silent, require no lubrication, handle mud, snow and muck with ease and last for what feels like forever. Plus, the belt system has only gotten easier to set up now that Spot has a guide for the rear cog, making it impossible for the belt to jump off the cog.

What’s really nice about the new dropout from Spot is that rear wheel removal no longer requires the belt to be re-tensioned each time. Simply pulling the wheel into the vertical dropouts will pull the belt tight (as long as the dropout was correctly bolted into place the first time).

Also very sweet? The left dropout is also special—it holds not just the wheel axle, but also the brake caliper. The relative position of the disc rotor and caliper remains fixed, even as the wheel is pulled back so the belt or chain is tensioned. It should make changing cog sizes and re-tensioning the drivetrain much quicker.

What else can we say? TIG welded steel. Spot’s expert craftsmanship. And while the build kit is not yet finalized, it should be a good package. Start saving your ducats!

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