Shorties tend to get a lot less bike love then the average height’d, even less when it comes to what I have termed a Does Not F*ck Around Bike. You know, what you can take down a shitty middle of nowhere fire road or bad/oh so good decision single track, carrying all the stuff you need to live, without aches, not having to constantly pray that your bike doesn’t explode, or screaming “OH MY GOD I AM GOING TO DIE WHAT HAVE I DONE!” while going down a mountain at high speeds, or even going up a mountain at slow speeds. I guess the boring terms are bikepacking or adventure bike.
BUT HOLY CRAP we are getting some great new options this season and an old classic got some really nice updates.
Requirements for a DNFA Shortie Bike
- Standover of 29″ / 736mm or lower.
- 2.3″ / 55mm or wider tires.
- Ability to put on a rack. While my preferred set up is bags I still want the option to put on a rack if I need. A girl needs her options.