Chromag Stylus / Party Hardtail

Chromag Stylus / Party Hardtail

These days, bikes are all about what’s latest and greatest. Whether its a long travel 29er, slacker head-tube angles, steeper seat-tube angles, lower fork offset, etc. There’s something great about getting back to the roots of mountain biking while still having all the goodness brands are talking about. The Chromag Stylus does just that.

The stylus on paper is an impressive bike for sure. 65º head angle, 75º seat angle, ready for 160mm of travel, boost rear end, internal dropper routing, 418mm chainstays, etc, but in the end none of that really matters. What matters is the way this bike makes you feel. With the rear wheel tucked and little wheels this bike is really agile and rips through flow trails. With no rear suspension, it jumps very easily and predictably. With 160mm of front travel however, it’s ready to rip down whatever you point it at. It’s like an enduro dirt jumper on steroids.

All this said, I’ve got a Stylus right now and it’s my second one. Sendy, steel hardtails will always have a soft spot in my heart but this one in particular has kept my attention since the minute I saw one. My build goes as follows.

Chromag Stylus size M frame - Cognac

Cane Creek Helm 160 air fork

Cane Creek 40 series zs headset

eThirteen 30mm bottom bracket

White Industries M30 Crankset

White Industries 32t Chainring

Sram 900 Hubs

Nextie Carbon Hoops

Sram x01 eagle cassette

Sram gx eagle derailleur

Sram gx eagle shifter

Sram xx1 eagle chain

Sram Guide RSC brakes

Diety 50mm stem

Surly 780mm Cheater Bar

PNW Components Bachelor 150mm dropper post

PNW Components Loam Lever

Brooks c17 carved saddle

Maxxis Minion SS 27.5x2.3 rear tire with cushcore

Maxxis Minion 27.5x2.5wt front tire

ODI TLD grips

Riding the Stylus is like skiing long fat skis, you point them where you want to go and hold on for dear life. Jumping on a hardtail is next level fun. No longer do you have to think about loading up through the transition to get just the right pop, instead just haul ass and send it. In the end the smile the bike brings you is huge and you’ll be surprised as to how much a little ol’ hardtail can really do!