We are proudly stating that it’s time that the 'ride experience' should be the most important factor when purchasing a mountain bike.
Knolly Bikes’ roots are based in South West British Columbia’s mountain biking mecca, predominantly Vancouver’s North Shore and Whistler. While you can’t get a degree in “Mountain Bike Design” we come from a background that’s about as close as possible: Engineering Physics, Applications Engineering and precision industrial manufacturing. Combined with (at the time we started) over a decade of riding experience on some of the most demanding trails in the world, it’s no wonder that we see the mountain biking world in a different light than most other companies.
Knolly Bikes started as a pursuit – driven by our love of riding – to design the highest performance, best possibly manufactured, most innovative products available: for ourselves. What we unknowingly created was worldwide demand from a group of equally passionate riders for very sophisticated (yet highly approachable) products that just work, all the time, in every environment. Over the past decade, we have built our reputation on manufacturing quality, performance innovation and customer service: we’re still small enough that a real human answers the phone (and it will always be that way no matter our size).
At Knolly we feel that we can continue along our own unique path, while the majority of mountain bike brands move in a singular direction, aimed at being the best at marketing a product that’s easy to sell off the showroom floor (call it fashion over function). Knolly is proudly stating that it’s time that the 'ride experience' should be the most important factor when purchasing a mountain bike. That's a mantra that garners a loyal customer base, and ensures that we bring bikes to market that we can be proud of, and will ride ourselves for as long as possible.
We design and manufacture products that just work, predictably all the time, regardless of the situation.
Our company and its products rely on feedback from a core group of mountain biking enthusiasts and their combined love of riding trails of every type in all different locations. We design and manufacture bikes that just work, predictably all the time, regardless of the situation. We push boundaries consistently, bringing some of the most progressive geometry and suspension designs to market. This ensures that our designs will heighten your ride experience for years after your purchase.
Our history and knowledge of riding helps us create a ride characteristic in our bikes that allows any rider, with any level of skill, to jump on a Knolly for the first time and immediately feel comfortable. We tune the geometry and fit of our bikes so they handle extremely well and don't have any weird characteristics that riders have to get used to. This allows riders to feel connected to our bikes right away and it is one of the reasons Knolly owners tend to have more than one Knolly in their quiver. They know they can transfer from our trail bike to our DH bike and immediately feel comfortable - and that speaks volumes about the design of our bikes.
There is one thing we have learned over the years and it is this: Knolly riders expect a level of performance which is superior to what they have experienced in the past, and they demand their bike add to their overall 'ride experience'. Their focus is on the pure enjoyment of the ride, since they have total trust in our design, our technology, and our durability. This is exactly why Noel created Knolly in the first place.
You cannot talk about the 'ride experience' without addressing the topic of fit. There is a lot of chatter about women's specific models, and the fit conversation has never been more relevant than now. Since the beginning, Knolly has had a unique advantage over our competition...
Human specific geometry
Because Knolly frames feature a continuous seat tube they allow for a full range of seat heights: on many other frames, the seat tube is either bent or interrupted by the shock allowing only a restricted range of seat heights (this problem is exasperated as frame sizes become smaller).
Our frames feature both a continuous seat tube as well as a low “dropped seat height” - meaning the seat actually travels forward and out of the way - which allows riders of all sizes to get farther back on the bike when the terrain demands it.
Knolly is one of very few bikes that can actually run the latest 200mm dropper posts (completely into the frame)