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Welcome to 100% pure, undiluted Stanton. Congratulations, you’ve figured out what riding is really all about – playing.

We’ve got good news for you – play is a serious thing (we’ve done the research so you can just tell your mates in the pub). It’s not just how kids learn skills, judge risks and find joy, it’s how us grown-ups do too.

When you stop playing, you start dying. Fact.

So, yes friends, you do need to dig that jump in the woods, you must try and gap that double in the bike park, and you’re seriously risking your mental wellbeing if you don’t have a whip-off with your mates at least once a month.

We were born to play, and so was the Switchback Gen 3 – the most playful hardtail on the market.

The model that’s the inspiration for our entire Switch range, each positively engineered to ‘switch’ through the turns sharply, predictably and as quickly as you dare.


Our CNC’d double yoke provides mega lateral stiffness at the end of those super-playful 415mm chainstays. We use cold-worked Reynolds 525 for the rear triangle and paired with the Reynolds 631 in the UK-made frame or 4130 in the Taiwan-made, it gives the responsive strength you want to push your limits, knowing the bike will always be there for you.

Available in 16.5” or 18”, the sizing is all about maximising the fun too. The shorter seat tube gives you plenty of room to move and switch position, berm after berm after berm. Plus it will take a dropper post of up to 175mm so you can get way off the back for the hectic stuff.

Now in its third generation, the Switchback keeps all of its original character but has grown up just a little. We’ve added 1.5 degrees to the seat tube but kept the same virtual top tube. So 23mm has been added to the reach (and therefore the wheelbase), meaning it’s super stable when you stick it on an edge and carry all your speed into a corner. You’ll find it won’t wipe the smile off your face on a climb either as the front stays more planted – better for those big days out.


“The Switchback does it all with stability and aplomb… the short chainstays and comparatively short top tube make it much more of a knife than a hammer.” Singletrack Magazine

The Switchback puts you in command so you can stay off the brakes, press send and get your mates cheering. And when you maximise the fun everything else just flows – the skills, the speed, the confidence, the creativity, the fun and the freedom.

Let’s play.


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1. Reynolds 631 44mm head tube (fits all steerers), gusseted down tube and our super-sweet alloy head badge.
2. 30.9 Stealth dropper-compatible seat tube (34.9 clamp) with internal routing round the BB and into the down tube.
3. Triple-butted Reynolds 631 DZB seamless; air-hardened down tube; top tube and custom swaged and butted Reynolds 631 seamless, air-hardened seat tube. Takes full-length gear outer for consistent, weather-proof shifting.
4. Super-short chainstays (415mm) made from cold-worked Reynolds 525.
5. Custom CNC’d Swapout dropouts (12 x 142, 12 x 148). Comes supplied with 12 x 148 as standard unless you specify different dropouts with your order.
6. Custom designed CNC’d yoke providing space for up to 2.8 tyres.
7. I.S.C.G 05 mounts for extra security!
8. Recommend fork travel: 140mm - 160mm

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£595.00£2,908.00 (from £495.83 ex VAT)

GEN 3 UPDATE – UK frames arriving in 5 weeks. Taiwan made frames arriving at the end of July

This frame rails corners and descends like no other hardtail on the market. Expect to leave the abstract idea that “you’ll be faster on a full sus” behind you, as the new Switchback will have you leaving your full-sus in the garage!

The Switchback Gen 3 has our custom designed swopouts, giving you the ability to run 12×142, standard QR or single speed. The 415mm chain stay length plus the bottom bracket height, head angle and reach measurement gives you an amazingly responsive and agile ride.

The geometry of the Switchback Gen 3 has been optimised to help the rider feel confident on difficult, technical Enduro style terrain, while giving the ideal riding position to express your style and flare on the trail. The frame is designed to suit modern fitments such as a Stealth Dropper compatible seat tube and a 44mm head tube for tapered steerer compatibility and full internal top tube routing.

Build Specs

Frame Only

Seat ClampStanton Seat Clamp
Rear AxleStanton Rear Axle
DropoutsStanton Boost Dropouts


Switchback Gen 3 16.5"18"
1. Stack (mm)597.13606.19
2. Reach (mm)448.25470.48
3. Virtual Top Tube (mm)610635
4. Actual Top Tube (mm)586.3610.3
5. Seat Tube Length (mm)420457
6. Chainstay Length (mm)415415
7. Wheelbase (mm)1161.321187.77
8. Bottom Bracket Drop (mm)4343
9. Head Tube Length (mm)110120
10. Head Tube Angle65˚65˚
11. Seat tube Angle74.5˚74.5˚
12. Measurements based on 2018 140mm 27.5" Pike RCT3 25% in to the Sag.509509


This guide is a basic structure to how we feel the frames should fit. However, sizing a bike is a very personal thing and many factors should be taken into consideration.


Ben Griffin

Ron Kellenaers

Benjamin Gutschik