Bike Check: Fugitive LT shred-hard "mom" edition
I was worried about moving to a 29er. Until this Fugitive LT, the Knolly Warden 27.5” was the
best bike I have ever owned and allowed me to feel confident and in control on the incredible
terrain the coast had to offer. But over the years, my riding style has matured and I am more
interested in being faster overall; I had also given up on keeping up to my boys in the Bike Park.
But I didn’t need to worry, the Fugitive LT was the bike for me. I was able to retain Knolly’s
outstanding rear suspension design in a fast rolling 29” wheel package. The updated geo made
this machine a better climber and you hardly noticed the reduced travel from the Warden
descending. This summer I rode my Fugitive on all types of BC terrain. From my home on the
North Shore to Powell River’s single track, to Cumberland’s groovy flow, to the steeps of
Pemberton as well as the rocky steeps in Rossland BC, this bike really does it all.
How tall are you?
I am 5’8 with a 34” inseam and a -1 ape index. Given my longer leg to upper body ratio, I like to
ride bikes that have a steeper seat tube angle and rear suspension that offers a firm peddling
platform. Even with my seat high to compensate for my inseam, the Fugitive puts me in a
powerful pedaling position over the bottom bracket. I have tested a number of bikes from
other manufacturers that feel flaccid by comparison. These bikes make me feel like I am trying
to pedal up over the back tire.
The Fugitive LT’s higher stack height works well with my short upper body and I am riding with
a 35mm stem to compensate for my limited reach.
What size frame?
Medium frame. I would say that I am the perfect size medium and that this frame fits me
really well despite my body proportions. I have a 35mm stem with a 780mm bar and the saddle
is right in the middle.
What’s your build spec?
Shifter: SRAM GX Eagle Shifter
Derailleur: SRAM XX1 Eagle in Gold
Cassette: SRAM XX1 Eagle in Gold
Chain: SRAM XX1 Eagle in Gold
Brakes: SRAM Code R with Centerline Rotors
Cranks: Race Face SixC
Chainring: Race Face Cinch 28T
Pedals: Time AAC XC
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Stem: One Up 35mm
Bar: One Up Carbon, 35mm rise, 780mm width
Grips: Chromag Basis
Saddle: Chromag Juniper Black/Blue
Seatpost: SRAM Reverb Stealth
Seat Collar: Knolly
Wheelset: Industry Nine Enduro-S with Hydra Hubs
Fr Tire: Maxxis DHF 2.5, tubeless
Rr Tire: Maxxis DHR 2.4, tubeless
Fork: Rockshox Lyrik Ultimate RC2
Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT
Weight was a concern for me:
XX1 Cassette much lighter than GX
Chain and Derailleur for bling
Carbon Cranks from the old Warden
One Up Bar, super comfortable
Women’s Chromag seat in matching colour scheme
Passed on the carbon wheels which aren’t a real weight savings but Hydra engagement and the sound of the hubs is outstanding
Time Pedals – light with tons of “float” for happy knees
Rockshox Suspension – much lighter than the FOX option, much easier to set up and works great
How much does it weigh?