The Mayor is in the house! One of the newer members of our test fleet comes to us from north of the border in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is sold by RSD Bikes, a relative newcomer to the bike scene, established in 2012.
Right out of the box the The Mayor went together well with a few ogle worthy parts like the house brand Carbon Fork and Race Face Turbine crank getting some attention as well as some nice frame details like ISCG-05 Tabs and Dropper Post cable routing.
It is spring time here in the Upper Midwest and that means varying conditions are the order of the day. Jim and I have been swapping rides on the Mayor with the first few rides being a cross between Urban Assault and local trails where the conditions vary from day to day depending on whether the temps were above freezing or below.
The single chainring set up in the front has a narrow/wide chainring to keep the chain in place and the 190mm rear-spacing make for generous chain clearance. The frame clearance with the stock Vee Tire Snowshoes made us hanker for a try with the current big boys of fat, Bud and Lou. Guess what, they fit! Just barely but they do fit. If you do decide to run the Bud/Lou combo taking a razor to the mold whiskers will help a lot.
So, after a few weeks on “The Mayor” we are really enjoying the bike. While the geometry numbers look similar to several other fat-bikes I find that this bike has a very playful ride and has done everything I’ve asked of it and more. Several of our rides could almost be described as “riding on the moon” with the still frozen ice shelves off the coast of Lake Michigan. With the Bud and Lou combo mounted up the Beach rides have been a blast in the frozen waste land between open water and the frigid shore.
With more ride time needed on the Mayor we decided to swap in a pair of prototype Vee Tire H-Billies and that is where we are today. Looking for more time on a very fun fat-bike!
Our test bike did not come equipped with rack mounts although Alex from RSD informs me that there are plans to add them in a future run. Frankly, I see this as more of a play bike than one to get lost on in the wilderness but if that kind of riding is your bag, just use bags! Seat Bag, Frame Bag and Handlebar Bag.
Rock’n like Dock’n with the RSD Mayor!
The AL6061 Frame is available in Black Only and comes in Medium or Large – RSD will offer XL coming up in a month or so.
- 44mm Head Tube
- 100mm Bottom Bracket with ISCG-05 mount
- 190mm rear spacing
- 30.9mm Seat Post
- ISCG-05 Tabs
- Dropper Post cable guide routing
- Front Derailleur cable stop
- Carbon Fork 468mm with 135mm spacing.
- Cane Creek ZS-44 Headset
- BB7 brakes
- X7 10spd shifter / Derailleur Type 2
- Race Face Turbine 32T Narrow-Wide chainring with a 175mm crank arm length
- SRAM 11/36 cassette
- Easton EA70 bar, stem and post
- Race Face Atlas saddle and grips
- 26x80mm rims
4.7in Vee Rubber Snowshoe tires
Geo as provided by RSD is:
- 69.8 Head Angle
- 73 Seat Angle Medium – 72 Seat Angle Large
- 585mm Top Tube Medium – 610mm Top Tube Large
- 490mm Seat Tube Medium – 540mm Seat Tube Large
- 120mm Head Tube Medium – 140mm Head Tube Large
- 465mm Chainstay
- Frame weight 3 lbs 15 oz for the Medium we are riding.
MSRP is: $1949 MSRP
Here is a teaser of RSD’s new Titanium version of the Mayor! Look for more as we learn about it! The version you are looking at there weighs 26lbs 3oz.