Stanton Bikes designs & builds a wide range of metal mountain bikes in-house on the edge of the Peak District in the UK. But it’s their mid-travel, short link Switchback & Switch9er FS trail bikes that look like the most fun. Mating steel front triangles to alloy rear ends with 140 or 160mm or rear wheel travel and 29″ or 27.5″ wheels, the Stanton switches it up with some unique mountain bike designs.
UK mountain bike builder Stanton only really started producing frames around eight years ago, with a modern rethinking of the idea of a do-it-all trail hardtail. Now, after several generations of Taiwanese-made steel, then titanium hardtails that carved a niche out in the UK, founder Dan Stanton has brought all frame production back to the UK, in their Derbyshire, England workshop. And the project that originally made that happen last year was their Switchback FS family of UK-made full-suspension trail bikes.
Three separate full suspension bikes – Switchback FS 140, Switch9er FS & Switchback FS 160 – they all share the same construction and much of the key details, adapted for 27.5 or 29 ” wheels and 140mm or 160mm of travel.