The Mettle has been a labour of love for us here at Identiti. With almost 20 years of experience, multiple national 4x championship wins, and one BMX race world champion, we started a fresh project – code named the R01. We spent a long time studying a lot of graphs, but more time riding, racing and analysing our prototypes. 3 years of testing, refining and repeating all boils down to what we show you today. A product well worthy of carrying the Identiti name forward into the rowdiest trails you can find.
At Identiti, we all ride trail bikes whenever we can, shredding loamy turns, because that’s what puts smiles on our faces, so the development process was focused around what we want. A fast, capable and fun bike that’s rewarding to ride hard.
Why Metric Suspension? Another standard, yeah, we know. But seriously, we chose Metric because it adds characteristics to the bike that we just couldn’t achieve with historical shock sizing. With the new Metric shock sizing the Mettle is optimised around tomorrow’s standards, making it future-proof. Metric offers the smoothest and most supportive performing suspension we have ever felt, but also the most reliable. By using a 230 x 60mm shock platform, we can take advantage of more bushing overlap inside the shock, which really improves performance when pushing the bike hard. We’re so confident with how well the bike pedals that we haven’t ever felt the need to reach for that little blue compression adjuster to firm it up for climbs, and we think you’ll agree.
There’s 15% progression to the leverage curve, with the ability to add more volume spacers, so you get full support when diving deep into rock gardens. We also made sure that the frames Boost rear wheel spacing allowed us to increase bearing distances at the main pivot for increased stiffness when railing turns. A proven Horst link design allowed us to fine tune to the characteristics that we wanted providing plenty of support and anti-squat figures suited for optimal pedalling performance.
Simply put, we’ve taken advantage of new technologies to offer what is the best bike we have ever made. Built to take a hammering. Day in. Day out.
Frameset with Rock Shox Deluxe RT3 - £1,599.99
Frameset with Rock Shox Super Deluxe RC3 - £1,699.99
27.5" Wheels - Plenty of mud clearance - We live in the UK...
160mm Travel - 4 bar linkage with 8 large sealed bearings. All of our hardware uses 5mm hex key to tighten so it's easy to maintain, no special tools required.
Metric Shock - The new frontier in shock technology.
Boost wheel spacing - 148mm rear axle spacing taking advantage of optimised main pivot bearing width. Supplied with Syntace rear axle.
Progressive suspension - 15% ending stroke progression for extra support to compliment the metric shock characteristics.
Modern sizing - If you're a large frame normally, you'll ride our medium.
Tapered headtube - Zero stack headset, 44mm upper, 56mm lower.
Low Standover - Lower top tubes, more room for your valuables.
Threaded Bottom Bracket - Simple, easy to maintain. Here for good.
150mm+ Dropper Compatible - Room for longer dropper posts. 30.9mm post diameter
ISCG 05 Chain Guide tabs - Chain guides are cool.
Bottle cage bosses – Under the downtube.
Available in Grey or Purple.
SRAM GX Eagle Spec
Shimano XT Spec
SRAM XO1 Eagle Spec
|Shock||Rock Shox Deluxe RT3||Rock Shox Deluxe RT3||Rock Shox Super Deluxe RC3|
|Fork||Rock Shox Yari RC 160mm Solo Air (Option MRP Ribbon 160mm + £400)||Rock Shox Pike RC 160mm Solo Air (Option MRP Ribbon 160mm + £200)||MRP Ribbon fork (Option Rock Shox Lyrik – No cost)|
|Front Brake||SRAM Level TL||Shimano XT M8000||SRAM Guide RSC|
|Back Brake||SRAM Level TL||Shimano XT M8000||SRAM Guide RSC|
|Brake Rotors||SRAM Centerline 180mm||Shimano 6-BOLT Ice-Tech 180mm||SRAM Centerline 180mm|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle 12spd||Shimano XT M8000 11spd||SRAM XO1 Eagle 12spd|
|Chain Device||MRP 1x V3||MRP 1x V3||MRP AMg V2|
|Crankset||SRAM Descendant Alloy 175mm 34t||Shimano XT M8000 32T 175mm||SRAM Descendant Carbon 175mm 34t|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP XR||Shimano XT M8000||SRAM GXP XR|
|Cassette Freewheel||SRAM GX Eagle 12spsd 10-50T||Shimano XT M8000 11-46T||SRAM XO1 Eagle 12spd 10-50T|
|Rear Mech||SRAM GX Eagle 12spd||Shimano XT M8000 11Sp||SRAM XO1 Eagle 12spd|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle 12spd||Shimano XT M8000 11Sp||SRAM XO1 Eagle 12spd|
|Stem||Gusset Magnum 31.8 50mm||Renthal Apex 31.8 40mm||Renthal Apex 35 40mm|
|Handlebars||Gusset Slade 19mm||Renthal Fatbar Alloy 780 30mm GOLD||Renthal Fatbar 35 CARBON 30mm|
|Headset Upper||Gusset S2 ZS44/28.6||Gusset S2 ZS44/28.7||Gusset S2 ZS44/28.8|
|Headset Lower||Gusset S2 ZS56/40||Gusset S2 ZS56/41||Gusset S2 ZS56/42|
|Grips||Gusset File Lock Black||ODI Elite Motion V2.1 Black||ODI Elite Motion V2.1 Black|
|Saddle||Gusset R-Series Black Jack||Gusset R-Series Black Jack||Gusset R-Series Black Jack|
|Seatpost||KS Lev Integra 150mm||Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 150mm||Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 150mm|
|Inner Tubes||Impac 650x1.75/2.2 PV||Schwalbe SV21 650x1.5-2.4 PV||Schwalbe SV21 650x1.5-2.4 PV|
|Front Tyre||Schwalbe Magic Mary Snakeskin TL ready 27.5x2.3 Folding||Schwalbe Magic Mary Snakeskin TL ready 27.5x2.3 Folding||Schwalbe Magic Mary Snakeskin TL ready 27.5x2.3 Folding|
|Rear Tyre||Schwalbe Nobby Nic Snakeskin TL ready 27.5x2.3 Folding||Schwalbe Nobby Nic Snakeskin TL ready 27.5x2.3 Folding||Schwalbe Nobby Nic Snakeskin TL ready 27.5x2.3 Folding|
|Front Wheel||Halo Vapour 35 27.5 Boost||Halo Vapour 35 27.5 Boost||Halo Vapour 35 27.5 Boost|
|Rear Wheel||Halo Vapour 35 27.5 Boost||Halo Vapour 35 27.5 Boost||Halo Vapour 35 27.5 Boost|
|Effective Top Tube (ETT)||601||622||648|
|Head Tube Length (HT)||115||115||125|
|Seat Tube Length (ST)||413||450||470|
|Bottom Bracket Drop (BBD)||-7||-7||-7|
|Chain Stay Length (CS)||435||435||435|
|Front Centre (FC)||763||784||812|
|Head Tube Angle (HA)||65°||65°||65°|
|Effective Seat Tube Angle (ESA)||75°||75°||75°|
|Maximum Seat Tube Insertion||215||250||270|
All measurements taken with 555.5mm axle to crown fork length
"There's a surefooted robustness to the feel of the Mettle. The stiffness of the chassis gives an urgency to split second changes of direction."
Read the full magazine review here
": Identiti has produced a bike that does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a strong, properly designed, take-no-prisoners enduro bike, with a well thought out geometry and an excellent suspension system. It’s fine on the ups, ace on the alongs and a total hoot on the downs. Our test bike might boast a subtle and understated colour scheme, but the Mettle shouts loudest when it’s ridden hard."
Read the full review at www.singletrackworld.com