Sebastian Nitsche bike check

Sebastian is now riding for Ill Bikes. here is a video bike check of his current setup!
May 13, 2012

ILL Bike 2012 frames

The polish frame brand ill Bike just recieved their 2012 products, let's have a look. First of, they are introducing a new frame this year, which is the Candy, a dirt jumping specific frame which has a MTB rear spacing with disc mounts, spanish BB and a more dirt jump oriented geometry. Next, they still have their classical Peanut frame that comes in both sizes to accomodate 24 or 26'' wheels. They did a really good job adding nice details to the frames comparing to the previous version. And no need to say that this raw color looks really dope! Things are looking good, can't wait to see this brand grow in the near future! Their new website is only available in polish for the moment, so hit the read more link for more pictures of their products, or simply visit their Facebook page!

Here is their new dirt jump specific frame, the Candy

And here their street and park specific frame, the Peanut, available in both 24 and 26 inch wheels.

April 05, 2012

Product Review: ILL Bike Peanut 26'' frame

ILL Bike is a Polish brand that produces Dirt/Street oriented frames. About two months ago, they sent us their 26'' frame so we can try it and review it. We were really pleased of this opportunity, so after two months of testing, we were more than ready to review it. Hit the read more link to find out more about the said frame!

Here is the frame's description from the ILL Bike website:

''Today ILLBIKE crew can show next baby. You can see our new products Peanut 26”. Many people wanted this frame from the time, when we showed Peanut 24”. We were working about this frame many months and change few times geometric because we like perfection. Now we’re sure that geometric Peanut 26” is perfect for every street and park rider, who like 26” wheels. This frame likes park and street how nobody. We use heat treatment after welding and repeatedly butted so we know that frames is hellishly strong.
All project was made to hard fork 425mm and MTB spacing. We’re using this system because wheels is then more rigid. So when we use MTB spacing we must use disc brake. Frame looks awesome, there is many place for tire and now we have place on crank ;). Of course in street frames couldn’t miss Spanish BB and integrated headset. This time seatpost clamb is clean and perfect, we must use 27,2 seatpost.''

Let's start with the Geometry:
558mm toptube (22'')
366mm chainstays (14.4'')
Headset angle of 74° (with 425mm fork)
Seat tube angle of 74.5°
MTB Hub Spacing (135mm X 100mm)
Disc Brake only
Integrated Headset & Seatclamp
27.2mm Seatpost
Weights in at 2.29kg (5 Lbs.)

The frame is really clean and simple. It is made of 4130 steel, comes only in black and retails at approximately 260 Euros ( around $350 CAN), which is considerably cheap for such a frame. The frame was tested with a 425mm rigid fork. The geometry is very nice for street and park riding, the 22'' toptube and 14.4'' chainstays make the bike feel super short and light which makes it super easy to spin or just flick around, while still leaving enough room for barspin clearance. We rode the bike with Maxxis DTH 2.1'' tires and the clearance was quite good. The only negative detail would be that you have to run quite a lot of spacers on your cranks as the chainstays are made kind of wide because of the MTB rear spacing, but that's no big deal.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this frame to anyone looking for a good frame at good price. The polish brand clearly succeeded to deliver a quality product at really affordable price. Visit Their Website for more infos.

Testing & Review realized by Michel Plonka.
January 12, 2012