By Eric Alexander
The Fitwell Schratz is a new touring/monster-cross bike looking to enter the growing market of this type of bike. The company has a Kickstarter campaign live till the 28th of this month
Ryan from Fitwell sent me one of the pre-production models to look over and ride for a month to see what this bike was all about. The possibilities for this frame are endless from flat bars more on the MTB side to the way the the test bike I has is set up with drop bars.
The frame is 4130 chromoly and all the welds look very clean.
You have the ability to run a rigid fork or a 100 mm suspension fork. In both tapered or straight depending on the headset you choose.
The frame can fit up to a 2.0 tire for the more MTB side of riding or a 32 slick for more road type riding.
They offer different levels of component builds including a drop bar hydraulic brake option.
One of the most unique features of the Fitwell bike company is the Fit system they offer. With this system you get 15 size options for this bike. They offer X small to XL like a standard bike company fit. Then you get into what looks like a rider posture fit that is broken into 3 fit options.
Like all Kickstarter programs, this is an all (fully funded) or nothing deal. If you're in the market for this type of all-purpose bike, I would consider getting in early at the discounted prices. I'll be posting a detailed review in the upcoming weeks but wanted to get the word out before the promotion on kickstarter ends. AT $290.00 with a steel fork and 450.00 with a carbon color matched fork, this is a great way to start that new adventure bike build.
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