Ridefarr's ATB is a value steel hardtail

Ridefarr ATB can be run single or geared
Ridefarr ATB has sliding dropouts for single-speed use (Image credit: Ridefarr)

Ridefarr has debuted a robust and simple new steel hardtail called the ATB.

Designed to provide budget-conscious mountain bikers with a straightforward all-terrain 29er, the ATB is constructed from a chromoly tubeset and features relatively conservative geometry.

The rear triangle is spaced to a contemporary 148mm width and Ridefarr’s ATB is anchored by a 73mm threaded bottom bracket. Frame clearance in the rear is adequate for a 29 x 2.35in tyre, which should provide adequate traction and sufficient air volume for plentiful terrain absorption.

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Configured for a 1x drivetrain, Ridefarr’s ATB is recommended to crank a 32- to 36t chainring. Perhaps its most interesting feature is the sliding rear dropout, which allows for some marginal wheelbase adjustment and offers single-speeding ability for riders who value the purity of lower maintenance of running only a single gear.

Geometry is steep by contemporary standards, with the ATB targeted at riders who enjoy cranking lots of fire- and gravel-road mileage. The Ridefarr ATB has a 69° head angle on sizes small and medium, which increases to 69.5° on the large and extra-large frames.

Designed to run a 120mm front fork, Ridefarr’s ATB has a reference reach measurement of 447mm on a size large. The claimed frame weight is 2175g, which includes the rear derailleur hanger and sliding dropout componentry.

Ridefarr’s ATB is available in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes and priced at $495. The purchase price includes an FSA headset, SRAM Maxle rear axle, 34.9mm seat clamp and a host of frame bolts, as the ATB can accommodate three water bottles and a frame bag.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for MBR.com, Off-Road.cc and Cycling News.