Why Cycles el Jefe is a racey, titanium professional mannequin MTB worthy of its namesake


The most recent bike from Why Cycles is a little bit of a departure from their norm. When the model launched slightly below 4 years in the past, Why’s raison d’être was to create the enjoyable loving bikes that their workforce wished to trip. They needed to be quick, positive, however being race-worthy was low on the record of priorities.

Extra just lately, after Why Cycles relocated to Carbondale, CO, Why has been working with ultra-endurance legend, Jefe Barnham. After two seasons as a workforce rider for Why, Jefe had a imaginative and prescient for his dream bike for going quick within the backcountry. So Why Cycles made it occur with a brand new ‘professional mannequin’ referred to as the el Jefe.

Why Cycles el Jefe angle

Calling it “extra critical and fewer swoopy” than their S7 hardtail, Why Cycles additionally says the el Jefe is simply as succesful as their Wayward within the backcountry. So what makes it totally different? The body begins with the identical Grade 9 3/2.5v titanium tubing with 6/Four titanium for the pinnacle tube, threaded backside bracket shell, and machined items, however this time it does away with the belt drive break up.

Why Cycles el Jefe adjustable dropouts

Why Cycles el Jefe on the Arizona Trail

The body remains to be single velocity suitable although, confirmed by Jefe’s current quickest recognized time for a single velocity try of the Arizona Path 300. These sliding dropouts permit for a chainstay size of 420-435mm with clearance for 29 x 2.6″ tires and loads of mud clearance.

Why Cycles el Jefe top tube

Why Cycles el Jefe loaded for bikepacking

There are a variety of accent mounts on the body to sort out endurance occasions, or you’ll be able to go totally self supported like Jefe and max it out with baggage and cages.

Why Cycles el Jefe geometry

Suspension corrected for a 120mm journey fork with a 44mm offset, the body makes use of a straight high tube and is dropper suitable.

Why Cycles el Jefe frameset Why Cycles el Jefe seatstay

Further body particulars embody a threaded 73mm backside bracket, Increase axle spacing, 180mm direct mount rear brake spacing, and a 31.6mm seat publish. As ordinary, Why has had some enjoyable with the sandblasted graphics, and has included numerous Jefe particular touches – together with his mantra of “Quick or Gradual – Simply Go” on the seat keep.

Why Cycles el Jefe frameset with wheels

Initially, the el Jefe can be provided in three alternative ways – although not as a whole bicycle. You’ll have the ability to buy one as a body solely ($2,349), body + Rock Shox SID Final fork ($2,999), or as a body + fork + Revel’s new RW27 Fusion-Fiber wheels for $4,499. All three choices embody a CaneCreek 15-series IS42/IS52 headet, seat collar, and the rear Maxle. Frames are in inventory, and transport now.

Apparently, Why Cycles is taking a web page from the skate business and making the el Jefe a real ‘professional mannequin’. That implies that for each bike offered, Why can be giving a portion of the proceeds on to Jefe to assist his racing profession.

Why Cycles el Jefe complete bike


  • Headset Built-in normal 42mm higher cup, 52mm decrease cup
  • Backside Bracket Threaded 73mm BSA normal
  • Axle Spacing Increase 12mm x 148mm
  • Dropouts 12mm Via Axle, 1.75 thread pitch, adjustable sliding 420-435mm
  • Bottle Mounts – Bottle mounts on seat tube, high of down tube, backside of downtube. Third bottle gap mount on downtube for accent mounting. Additionally two mounts on the highest tube for bolt on “bento field” model baggage
  • Rack Mounts – All normal rack and fender mounts
  • Seatpost – 31.6mm
  • Seat clamp – 34.9mm
  • Brake – Max 180mm rear, direct mount normal
  • Tire clearance –  29 x 2.6″ tires with slider adjustment of not less than 5mm from totally closed
  • Body weight 2130g (Giant) 
  • Provided as Body solely ($2349), Body and SID final ($2999) and Body/fork and new Revel Wheels RW27 wheelset ($4499). 
  • All frames include Cane Creek 15-sequence headset, seatclamp and Maxle 

Why Cycles el Jefe with Jefe Branham

 A bit about Jefe Branham (From Why Cycles)

Jefe moved to Colorado on a whim method again in 1992 and in brief time the sage lined hills, the small city dwelling and chilly AF winters received his coronary heart over. Shifting via the mountains, respiratory within the recent air and feeling small within the immense panorama started to creep deeper into his blood. After mountain climbing the north half of the Colorado Path again in 1994, there was no turning again. Being exterior and pushing the boundaries of what the thoughts and physique may do grew to become a way of life and ultimately an obsession.

In 2001, mountain climbing and snowboarding had been changed by mountain biking. Jefe began by spending a summer season touring with a BOB trailer and his canine throughout the Gunnison Valley, culminating with a visit up the Colorado Path from Durango to Gunnison. Subsequent, he spent a couple of years racing 24 hour races and 100 milers. Then in 2006, Jefe began and completed the notorious Grand Loop exterior of Grand Junction, CO. He went proper on to the Colorado Path Race (CTR), the Arizona Path Race, and the Tour Divide. Self-supported bikepack racing was proper up his alley and the outcomes had been telling. He has racked up 4 Colorado Path Race wins with eight finishes, 1 Arizona Path Race 300 win with two finishes, 1 Tour Divide win and one other end. After the 2014 Tour Divide win, Jefe took a small step again from racing, had hand surgical procedure, fell in love, bought married and had a daughter.

Now Jefe is again at it. In his first occasion on a Why Cycles bike, Jefe rode a Huge Iron to victory within the inaugural Drift 100, an ITI qualifier. Most just lately, on April 1st, Jefe rode his signature body to the quickest recognized time of any singlespeeder on the Arizona Path 300 course.  Plans to race in 2021 are considerably up within the air till the world just isn’t combating a pandemic, however the dream may be very a lot alive!



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