Switch9er 16.5″ 4130 Bronze Powder Complete Build
(from £2,082.50 ex VAT)
The Switch9er Steel is the perfect race-pace Enduro Hardtail. Super stable at pace and in the air, with cornering capabilities you’d expect from a smaller wheeled bike!
With aspects taken from the Switchback and the Sherpa, the Switch9er is the evolution of our industry-leading modern geometry. It’s a super aggressive 29er that bares all the hallmarks of being a Stanton to the core.
We used the laterally stiff, custom drawn, Birmingham manufactured Reynolds DZB (dual zone butting) 631 air hardened tube set and Yoke from the Switchback to give the Switch9er the same fast pace NS instant power transfer as the Switchback. However, the climbing capacity of the Switch9er is akin to the Sherpa, our all day epic Trail/XC frame.
The original aim of the Switchback was to design the most playful natured and confidence inspiring aggressive frame that we possibly could. This ethos has now been rolled into this 29 inch wheel version.
The 428mm chain stay length plus the bottom bracket height, head angle and reach measurement gives you an amazingly responsive and agile ride. This frame rails corners and descends like no other hardtail and we firmly believe that this is the best Euro Hardtail on the market.
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Ride without rules
The 29er that doesn’t act like one. The hardtail that’ll retire your full-sus. Super aggressive but naturally playful. The Switch9er is more than just a clichéd hardcore hardtail.
You want the velocity and capability that comes with big wheels. You want the fun and flickable nature of something smaller. You want to play with your mates on the local but you want to batter your nemesis on the downs.
It all comes together in the Switch9er – the ultimate enduro hardtail. The daddy of our playful Switch hardtail range, it’s a bike that does things it’s not supposed to, so you can do things you didn’t know you could.
Yeah the geometry’s progressive (isn’t everyone’s these days?) but it’s your riding that’s going to see the real progression. Whatever the Switch9er comes up against it won’t take no for answer, it’s just the way it’s built.
And how is it built? Let’s start with the CNC’d double-sided yoke on the chainstays – full of purpose. That’s providing the lateral stiffness you want to hit corners flat out and hold your line. It also means we can bring that rear wheel in, create nice short chainstays to make the bike whip through corners and let you pop that front wheel up. Study the BB drop; not too low, not too high. In the sweet spot that makes the most of a 29er’s innate stability but also means it leans willingly into corners.
Then there are the materials. Choose from Taiwan-made 4130 chromoly steel or UK-made Reynolds 631. Both specified to achieve the same feel, less zingy than 853 but stiffer and more aggressive.
THE RIGHT MATERIALS IN THE RIGHT PLACES TO MAXIMISE THE JOY
It’s why we use Reynolds 520 for the rear triangle on both frame options. Its blend of strength and compliance also adds to the Switch9er’s aggressive but playful character.
The geometry is based around a 140mm fork but this frame is strong enough to go full hooligan with 160mm on the front. In fact all our frames are certified for 10mm over these recommendations – we save the risks for the riding, not the engineering.
Marry our obsession with the details to the natural characteristics of a fast-rolling 29er hardtail and you get a bike that Enduro Magazine voted ‘Best In Test’ against six competitors.
WE’VE DONE THE DETAIL SO YOU’RE FREE TO HAVE THE FUN
“As soon as you sling a leg on the Stanton, you feel ready to play, it’s one of those special bikes that you only have to sit on to make you smile.” Enduro Magazine
“Sounds awesome, but how does it climb?” (that’s right, we can read minds). Well the Switch9er breaks the rules again – a slack hardtail you can pedal up with a smile not a grimace. Like every Stanton it’s a bike that’s built for pleasure but it can also win you the points. You know that dude who turns up on a hardtail and smashes the field? That dude can be you.
The Switch9er doesn’t just just fly round the trails, it flies out of the door too. It’s our most popular hardtail and sells as quick as it rides.
Grab yours fast.
|Frame Weight – 2.96kg|
|1. Reynolds 631 44mm head tube, gusseted down tube and our super-sweet alloy head badge.|
|2. ISCG 05 mounts and 73mm BB shell, Custom designed CNC’d Yoke that accommodates standard 29 x 2.4 tyre set-up.|
|3. Super-short chainstays (428 mm) made from Reynolds 520 tubing.|
|4. Custom CNC’d Swapout dropouts (12 x 148, 12 x 142, 10 x 135 or horizontal). Comes supplied with 12 x 148 as standard unless you specify different dropouts with your order.|
|5. Birmingham manufactured Reynolds DZB (Dual zone butting) 631 air hardened front triangle with custom profiled seat tube. Full internal routing takes full-length gear outer for consistent, weather-proof shifting.|
|6. 30.9 stealth routing dropper-compatible seat tube (34.9 clamp).|
|7. Recommend fork travel: 140mm - 160mm|