The new Esker Hayduke & Japhy titanium hardtail mountain bikes criss-cross the trails

Posted on May 17, 2022 by Tyler Benedict

The new Esker Hayduke Ti and Japhy Ti mountain bikes take the versatile, trail-friendly geometry of their steel hardtails and breathe new life into them with seamless, butted, cold-formed 3/2.5 titanium tubing.

Both share extremely similar frame details and are designed around 120mm suspension forks. Here’s what you need to know to decide between them: The Hayduke Ti has slightly shorter TT/Reach/Wheelbase lengths and a 67.6º head angle, and fits either 29×2.6 or 27 tires .5 × 3.0. The Japhy Ti is a bit longer and gets a slacker 65º head angle, and is designed specifically for 29ers with a maximum tire width of 2.8”.

The frames come with Portage dropouts, giving you hub/axle width and gearing options (like singlespeed) as well as the ability to slightly customize the geo.

Esker Hay Duke ti and japhy titanium mtb loose base cage detail

Esker Hay Duke ti and japhy titanium mountain bike closeup chainstay fork and tire clearance detail

A custom chainstay yoke increases tire clearance and room for 34-tooth round (or 32-tooth oval) chainrings.

Esker Hay Duke ti and japhy titanium mountain bike closeup downtube detail

Esker Hay Duke ti and japhy titanium mtb close up finish detail and logos

A few extra solders give you more places to store your stuff, and a sandblasted finish with rainbow anodized graphics makes it look pretty.

Esker Hay Duke ti and japhy titanium mtb close up head tube detail

The frames come with the dropouts, a Wolf Tooth Components headset, seat collar and axle for $2300. Those, along with a complete Level 2 bike ($5200) are available to buy now with delivery in June. Complete Tier 1 and Tier 3 bikes will be available later in the season for $4,400 and $6,000. Full specs and more details on their website.

EskerCycles.com

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