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Often times, carbon gets all of the attention, but as our Senior Advanced R&D Engineer, Chuck Teixeira, says, "If you haven't ridden an aluminum bike lately, you haven't ridden an aluminum bike." And the same reigns true for the Chisel. It packs some serious XC-prowess into an aluminum frame, making it the most durable, value-packed XC bike out there.
Consider it aluminum rethought for the future. Most models feature DSW, as it allows our engineers to move the weld joint away from the highest points of stress. This means your frame has a better balance of strength, stiffness, and weight.
We took everything we know from the Epic Hardtail and applied it here, with a pioneering, modern trail geometry that features lower bottom bracket heights, slacker head angles, longer top tubes, and ridiculously short chainstays.
It isn't rocket science that a light bike is more fun to climb, and with our DSW construction, we were able to make the lightest possible alloy frame we could. Happy trails await.