The National Forest Explorer (NFE) is the ideal bike for long days of spirited riding on dirt roads. While designed to carry a small load over the wheel for day supplies, the NFE also handles well with low-riders and a rear saddle bag for overnighting. Unlike many heavy "adventure bikes" or "gravel grinders" sold by larger manufacturers, the NFE is light and responsive, built with a double-butted front triangle and 4130 rear triangle.
The geometry is optimized for experienced riders who prefer nimble handling and a light steering input. The fork is unicrown construction with a handmade direct-mount disc tab and a beautiful bend.
For more information about the history of this bike, check out this article in Out There Monthly.
|clearance:||650b x 2.1" knobbies OR 42 mm slicks w/ fenders; 135 mm OLD (QR) or 142 x 12 mm (thru)|
|disc rotors:||160 mm recommended|
|seatpost:||27.2 mm, seat collar included|
|front rack mounts:||Nitto Mini standard rando; Tubus low-riders.|
|rear rack mounts:||Wishbone seat stay shoulders.|
|derailleur cables & housing:||housing on top-tube for top-pull front derailleur, full housing on top-tube and seatstay for rear derailleur|
|brake cables & housing:||braze-ons for full housing on top-tube for rear brake|
|other braze-ons:||three water bottles, top-tube pump peg, front derailleur pulley boss|
|fork:||Unicrown, smooth bend, drilled for internal wiring, IS-mount disc caliper. 1.125" steerer, 100 x 12mm thru axle.|
|dropouts:||front: Paragon flanged thru axle; rear: BFS hooded modular dropouts -- choose traditional QR insert or 142 x 12 thru axle. Paragon M12 x 1.5 thread axles included.|
|steel:||28.6mm & 31.8mm diameter, .8/.5/.8 profile (front triangle); 4130 (rear triangle)|
|effective top tube||530||560||580||605|
|top tube slope||8.5°||8°||6°||5.7°|
|bottom bracket drop||70||70||70||70|
|frame weight||4 lb, 2 oz.||4 lb, 5 oz.||4 lb, 8 oz.||4 lb, 10 oz.|
|fork weight (w/ 290mm steerer)||2 lb, 1 oz.|
|color:||National Forest green (RAL 6021)||Grand Fondu (RAL 1005)|
Cost: $1485 (frame/fork) (Washington State residents must pay state sales tax of 8.7%)
Wait time: 8-12 weeks.
Shipping (USA): $20 + UPS delivery charge.
Shipping (International): We use the shipping agent, shipito.com, which has a proxy shipping hub in Nevada, USA. We ship to the Nevada hub for a cost of $20+ UPS delivery charge. Shipito.com bills separately for shipment from Nevada to international destinations. See shipito.com for rate information.
Box dimensions: 39 x 9 x 28 inches; shipping weight is about 16 pounds.