Posted by Nate Bannish on December 09, 2016
The brand new Tundra frame is designed to be the summer-friendly successor to the proven Whiteout platform. With brand new features like dropper post routing, redesigned chainstay yoke and streamlined dropouts/gussets, the Tundra also sports less visually apparent but equally significant changes to frame geometry. Let's take a look!
First of all, weight. In size medium, the Tundra frame weight comes in at 2130g for the black ano, and 2180g for the teal. The Whiteout comes in at 2310g for a medium aluminum.
Part of this weight savings comes from the sleeker, more refined rear end. Another added bonus to this is increased chainring clearance on the Tundra.
There are two major geometry tweaks that contribute to the performance rounding of the Tundra: headtube and chainstay length. The chainstay is 17mm shorter across every size on the Tundra vs the Whiteout, giving the bike a quicker, more lively feeling when the seasons switch. Headtube length is also reduced on the Tundra, with a size large frame being 20mm shorter, a medium coming in at 5mm shorter, and the small being the same. A shorter headtube allows better handling characteristics when coupled with a suspension fork, making the rider feel more connected and in control as terrain gets tighter.
If you decide to run a dropper post, you'll be happy to find that the Tundra offers support for the internally connected variants from RaceFace and RockShox. Quite the treat to have when bombing a summer singletrack.
Graphically, the Tundra comes in two distinct flavors: ano black w/ green-white highlighted logo , and teal with black-gold highlighted logo. The teal is a bit heavier due to paint, but the color is worth the weight!