T-Lab has unveiled its latest frame called the Phenom, marking the Montreal-based maker of high-end titanium frames first foray into the mountain bike segment.
“We made our name with our X3 gravel bike, but our roots actually run quite deep on the MTB side,” said Rob Rossi, Co-Founder of T-Lab. “With the Phenom, we didn’t just want to put out a mountain bike. We wanted to set a new standard when it comes to a titanium hardtail.”
Based on T-Lab’s proprietary cold worked method that allows for a radically shaped titanium profile — without compromising the material’s inherent properties — the company says the Phenom pushes the limits of stiffness-to-weight-to-durability.
For example, a medium-size frame tips the scales at an impressive 1800g, comparing it favorably to high-end carbon hardtails, while offering the superior toughness and corrosion-resistance of titanium.
Additionally, T-Lab’s commitment to forward-thinking design is punctuated by the Phenom’s unique Versa-T dropout, which was developed and produced in-house. “The dropout was designed to be fully adaptable to your riding style,” said Félix Fontaine Larouche, Lead MTB Designer at T-Lab. “It allows for two BB drop settings, for 27.5” and 29” wheels, and a length adjustment from 411mm to 438mm.” Moreover, the Phenom can also be set-up in single speed configuration.
Like all T-Lab bikes, the Phenom is completely made-to-order and personalized based on the client’s specifications and comes with a lifetime warranty, while turn around time for a frame or complete bike is as quick as 4 to 6 weeks.
The official launch of the Phenom was originally scheduled to take place at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
T-Lab was also working on a light-hearted launch video, filmed on some snow-covered trails in Montreal, when the crisis hit. “We wanted to give a glimpse of where we’re coming from, along with the fun we have developing bikes,” said Rossi. “Obviously, we understand the context we’re all in right now and endorse the directive to ride safely in support of health care workers everywhere.”
Orders for the Phenom will begin on April 2, 2020, with framesets retailing for $3,500 and complete bikes starting at $4,900.
For more information, please visit T-Lab’s website here, or contact Rob Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org or (514) 606.7980.
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