The History of The La Ruta
In early 2001, Daryl Funk began work on a new design for a cross-country mountain bike. The benefits of building from titanium were widely recognized – light-weight, smooth ride-quality, durability – but the only titanium bikes being built were either hardtails or short-travel softtails, like the Moots YBB designed by Kent Eriksen. The titanium softtail designs generally offered crude suspension performance with poor small-bump compliance, insufficient travel for large bumps, and significant pedaling-feedback / bobbing. John Castellano at Ibis had recently made some notable improvements with his Silk-Ti design that used chainstays made from 1/4 inch titanium plate, yet this bike still offered limited travel and did not address the issue of pedaling-feedback. Daryl’s insight was to combine some of these ideas with the platform shocks that were being developed to create a true pivotless full-suspension Titanium frame that would remain active under pedaling loads without bobbing. The results of these efforts have created a platform with the following benefits and features:
Approximately 2" of travel
Zero Pivots. Nothing to Maintain, Nothing to Squeak and Nothing to Weigh Down the Ride
The ability to leverage modern day shocks with tune-able dampening, rebound, lockout, etc.
We continue to strive to improve the La Ruta, incorporating the latest advancements in the industry like rear thru-axles and taking advantage of the wider platform and tire setups that come with Boost and Super Boost standards.