Awhile back, EighthInch mentioned they were working on a cyclocross frame for this year. Well, today they’ve released a sneak preview of their new Butcher freestyle frame, but is this the cyclocross frame they had talked about before?
Sidenote: "sneak peak" apparently means releasing specs and nearly a dozen HQ photos of the frame. They seem to have a lot to learn from the auto industry.
Anywho, here’s some info on the frame:
– Sizing: 50, 53, 56, 59cm
– Double Butted 4130 Chromo
– 45/45 Integrated Headset
– Mid Bottom Bracket
– Removable 990 Brake Mounts
– Removable Cable Mounts
– 700×45 Tire Clearance (maybe more)
– Bar Spin Clearance In All Sizes
– Includes Mid-BB and Integrated Headeset
– ESTIMATED STREET PRICE – FRAME ONLY: $300 FRAME+FORK $350
Oh, and here’s a profile photo:
Now, tell me that doesn’t look like a singlespeed cyclocross frame to you. If that’s the case, it looks like an excellent frame, although I’m not sure I’m too happy about the mid bottom bracket (it uses press-fit bearings instead of a standard threaded bottom bracket). The integrated headset is a nice touch, though, as are the butted tubes and extra gussets aft of the head tube.
If this isn’t the CC frame, then it’s at least a great platform for it. I wouldn’t mind seeing disc brake braze-ons and a normal BB shell on that bike should it still be in the development phase, though.
For more info and pics, check out their blog: Butcher Sneak Peak