The Sage Bicycles ‘Flow Motion’ offers the comfort and dynamism of titanium tubing, while skipping the extra weight and lost pedal efficiency of a comparable full-suspension. With the versatility of Boost axle spacing, the domestic frame allows up to 2.7 x27.5 plus or 2.2×29 tires, and geometry suitable for most any mountain enthusiast, no matter the terrain.
The titanium hardtail frameset accommodates either 2.7×27.5+ or 22.2×29 wheel sizes, features wide ‘Boost-spec’ axle spacing, and integrated dropper-post routing, all wrapped up in a frame geometry that allows for efficient climbing and stable, comfortable descending.
The experience of mountain biking includes climbing unrelenting grades, descending washed out trails, muddy runs and general trail nonsense. That’s kind of the point. If you wanted smooth roads, you’d be on a road bike. To accentuate the experience, Sage Titanium Bicycles recently released the ‘Flow Motion’, their made in USA solution to the variety of trail most riders encounter.
The Sage Flow Motion offers the comfort and dynamism of titainum tubing, while skipping the extra weight and lost pedal efficiency of a comparable full suspension. With the versatility of Boost axle spacing, the domestic frame allows up to 2.7×27.5 plus or 2.2×29 tires, and geometry suitable for most any mountain enthusiast, no matter the terrain.
Speaking with David Rosen, the owner at Sage, the idea for the Flow Motion was a hard-tail that featured the long reach and slack angles coming out of frame shops in the UK, while addressing the diminished climbing abilities reviews had levied against those same designs. The benefits to descending are improved by increased angles of the front fork relative to the axis of steering, but there is a diminishing return to this calculation, and without mitigating the downsides of this design, the hindrance to climbing is pronounced. Rosen’s solution was to shorten the chainstays, utilize a bent seat tube and increase the angle on the seat-stays to shift the riders weight rearward. This positioning allows for more traction of the rear-wheel with loose dirt and better power transfer when climbing, especially on steep grades where you will want it most.
The oversized 44mm head tube offers considerable stiffness to the front-end. Meticulous dime-stacked welds set the stage for premium craftsmanship found throughout the titanium frame. Usability and rider-experience were thoughtfully considered- the result? A do-it-all mountain shredder.
The frame includes modern standards like routing for a dropper-post, single front chainring and disc brakes. Staying with tradition is the use of a 68mm English bottom bracket. The benefits of a larger sized ‘pedal bearing’ are moot when ensconced in the ridged bosom of titanium, and a more standardized bottom bracket ensures an adapter-free experience. And to be expected of a bike of this caliber, the overall quality of the frame itself is superb.
sagetitanium.com (Frame $3,400 / As Built $7,861)
|BIKE OPTIONS:||Frame Only
|FORK OPTIONS:||Fox Factory 36 Kashima, 150mm, 110 Boost Spacing, 27.5″, FIT4 Damper|
|HEADSET + SPACERS:||Chris King i7 + CK Spacer Kit
Cane Creek 40 Series + Alloy Spacer Kit
|COCKPIT:||Enve M7 Bar/ Stem
Race Face Atlas 35 Bar/ Stem
|GRIPS:||Lizard Skins Macaskill Grips
Lizard Skins Charger EVO Grips
|SADDLE:||Sage Beccus Saddle- 143mm
Sage Beccus Saddle- 155mm
|WHEELSET:||Enve WS M635 27- DT240
Enve WS M635 27- DT240
Industry Nine Backcountry 360 Carbon – 27.5″
Industry Nine Backcountry 360 Alloy- 27.5″
|DISC ROTOR SIZE OPTION:||Front Rotor 180/ Rear Rotor 180|
|DECAL COLOR OPTIONS:||Black/ Gray
|DROPPER POST LENGTH:||150mm
170mm (PNW Components Only)
|CASSETTE GEARING:||XTR 10-45
|STAGES POWER METER:||Shimano XT