Curtlo Epic Mountaineer 29er Hardtail

5/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Breezer dropouts
  • Ovalized down tube
  • Disc mounts available
  • 28.6mm Seatpost
  • 1-1/8" steerer
  • 26" or 29" wheels


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FM a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, Wa.

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2009

Strengths:    Custom - Can be whatever you want it to be.
Fillet Brazed, best quality tubing
20+ years of custom frame building experience really shows in the ride quality & details


Weaknesses:    Wait... and communication during the wait.

Bottom Line:   
Doug has the experience, skills and talent to build a top-shelf custom steel frame. How is that better than a high-quality production steel frame? depends on what you are looking for. In my case I had specific fit and geometry in mind, and I was looking for a burly frame that could handle agressive steep trails and maybe some light FR. The wait was about 8 months. Overall, communication was pretty good but there were a few emails I never recieved a reply back on. However, when I did recieve the frame, it far exceeded my expectations! It was everything I had hoped it woudl be, and more, since Doug put some extra "personal touches" on. definitely worth the wait!

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Favorite Trail:   Cheap Thrills

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $925.00

Purchased At:   Curtlo

Similar Products Used:   DeKerf Team 853 and Implant hardtails
Davidson Custom mountain hardtail


Bike Setup:   fox talas 32rlc 150, crossmax tubeless wheels, X9, straitline flat pedals, XTR brakes, gravity dropper.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pinchphlat a Cross Country Rider from Canberra, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2009

Strengths:    Remarkable climbing and very fast through tight twisting single track. The bike rides very smooth, something noticed by all of my other fellow riders with much more travel on their bikes. The frame is very light (2kg or 4.4lbs) and is steel - a plus in my opinion.

Doug's welding is of the highest quality on this frame. The Salsa rear shock gives 1" of travel, and I have found that this is more than enough with the 29er setup to deal with rough terrain.


Weaknesses:    None that I can think of to be honest. Riders who are used to 4+ inches of rear travel may find the softail set up too harsh for their liking, but I think it is perfect for cross-country riding.

Bottom Line:   
As the previous reviewer noted, there is a wait of about 6 months for one of these frames. Believe me, it is worth it. My bike set-up is light (10kg or 22lbs), fast and smooth. Overall, it is just a fun bike to ride.

Oh and Doug's customer service is great. I live in Australia, and I had excellent assistance in getting the bike and its parts shipped over from the US.

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Favorite Trail:   Sparrow Hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   Direct from Curtlo C

Bike Setup:   Shimano XT groupset and brakes; Bontrager Rythym Elite 29 wheelset; Rockshox Reba Race 29er forks; Maxxis Crossmark tyres; Thompson elite seatpost and stem; Race Face Evolve low riser bar; WTN Speed V comp saddle; Exustar pedals; Gore Ride-on cabling

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jon a Cross Country Rider from baltimore, md

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2008

Strengths:    Light, perfect fit, fantastic ride

Weaknesses:    had to file out dropouts

Bottom Line:   
If you can wait 6 months, you will be very pleased

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Curtlo

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager race,

Bike Setup:   XT

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Anybody out there using a Ti laidback seatpost on a steel Epic Mountaineer? If so, is this a good combo, or what? Also, what air pressure setting for the Salsa Relish shock? I'm about 190# with gear... so far it seems like I should run bout 40 p.s.i.Read More »

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