Source: Inspired Bicycles
Inspired Bicycles recently announced the launch of Danny MacAskill’s signature “Skye” 24-inch street bike.
Named after the small Scottish island where MacAskill grew up, the Skye has been developed to meet the specific demands of today’s progressive street and trials riders. Continual testing and feedback from MacAskill, as well as Inspired’s prior experiences producing street bikes have refined the geometry of the Skye. As a result, Inspired claims that this bike offers a lively and responsive ride that is perfect for the advanced tricks and creative lines that riders are pushing.
Tested by MacAskill over a period of more than 18 months, the lengths to which this frame and fork have been used (and abused) are illustrated in the videos they have appeared in throughout the past couple of years.
Some of MacAskill’s test riding on the Skye:
The design ensures that every element of the frame is more than capable of dealing with the repeated, high impact stresses of street riding.
When attempting the sort of dangerous lines that MacAskill likes to try on a regular basis, it’s important to have 100% confidence in your machinery and therefore the Skye frame and fork feature bolt through axles to ensure that everything stays in its place no matter what. The axle systems combine with a one-piece bottom bracket and chain stay yoke and unique seat stay yoke to maximize stiffness resulting in sharper reactions and improved feel.
The frame features two brake mount options for increased adaptability; a reinforced IS disc mount for use with a rear disc brake and a pair of precision CNC machined four-bolt brake mounts for use with a hydraulic rim brake.
Skye Frame and Fork Features:
Custom geometry developed with Danny MacAskill
Oversized fork legs and crown
Forged, 20mm fork dropouts and tapered axle
Ultra thick fork steerer with one-piece screw-in top cap (featuring internal hose routing access)
1 1/8” head tube, open ended top tube gusset and down tube ‘throat’ gusset
One-piece forged BB and chain stay yoke
Unique CNC machined top tube/seat stay yoke
Compact CNC dropouts to fit 135mm spaced, 12mm axle hubs
IS +20mm Disc and 4 bolt brake mounts
The complete bike has been specified with a selection of top of the range parts, many of which are used by MacAskill on his own personal bike including custom Hope Pro 2 Evo and Pro 2 Trials hubs, Hope stem and Atomlab rims. Each component has been chosen to provide the high strength and durability that street-trials riding demands without resulting to an excessively high weight. Even the wheels are individually laced and 100-percent hand built in the UK by specialists who have the necessary experience to create wheels that can handle just about any level of riding.
Skye Complete Street Bike Specification:
- Frame: Inspired Skye, 12mm bolt through axle, vivid orange finish
- Forks: Inspired Skye, 20mm bolt through axle, vivid orange finish
- Front hub: Hope Pro 2 EVO, 20mm bolt through axle, 32h
- Rear hub: Hope Pro 2 Trials EVO,12mm bolt through axle, 32h (custom made)
- Rims: Atomlab Pimp
- Tyres: Maxxis Holy Roller 24 x 2.4″
- Brakes: Hope Tech-2 Trial 180mm Disc (custom made)
- Cranks: Truvativ Holzfeller, 175mm, with Inspired 7075 Bashring
- Pedals: Inspired Team
- Bottom bracket: Truvativ Howitzer
- Saddle: Inspired Pivotal
- Seatpost: Inspired Pivotal
- Headset: Hope, 1-1/8″
- Stem: Hope, 90mm x 10˚
- Grips: Inspired Lock-On
- Handlebars: Inspired Riser
The Skye complete bike and frameset are available to buy from authorized Inspired dealers now and full details can be found on the Inspired website: www.inspiredbicycles.com.