Here’s the thing with the Spot Rocker: The lightweight carbon frame can be set up as a singlespeed or a geared bike. So, that’s two bikes in one, right?
The Spot Rocker features a newly designed, modular dropout system so it can be set up as a 29er or 27.5 plus, and as either a singlespeed or a geared bike, depending on your chosen dropout configuration.
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“Hardtail riding and singlespeeding are where many of us found our love for mountain biking,” says Spot CEO Andrew Lumpkin. “We decided to re-launch our beloved Rockers in carbon to amplify and modernize the pure and simple qualities we love about hardtailing.”
The Spot Rocker is a carbon frame singlespeed or fully-geared racer, entirely depending on what you want it to be. Spot says it is created to go fast as cross-country racer or as an everyday trail rider.
Both Rocker variants were created around the same 2.8-pound carbon frame, with steep geometry meant for climbing and fast and flowy descending — not so much for the chunk that enduro and trail riders crave.
The Spot Rocker singlespeed comes stock with a Gates Carbon Drive Red belt-driven drivetrain. This gearless version will accommodate 29 or 27.5+ tires, and comes in three build specs starting at $3,299 for 19.7 pounds of one-speed fun. The singlespeed can accommodate a 46t max Gates belt ring.
The Spot Rocker geared edition can also do 29 or 27.5+ tires, and is available with four different component packages starting at $3,499, with weighs in starting at 21.3 pounds. The geared version can accommodate up to a 36t chainring.
Both versions of the Spot Rocker hardtail can be set up with front suspension, and it’s recommended that a fork with 100mm – 130mm of travel be used.