I’ve long been an admirer of Fearless Bike’s do it all steel frameset, The Vulture. When I did a mini interview with Tim, the guy behind fearless hinted that a new version was on the drawing board but didn’t want to give too many details, interview here
Today the new frameset has been announced and frankly it looks amazing, with clearance for bigger tyres if you want them, versatile brake caliper options (post and flat mount) and a bolt through upgrade from the Vulture’s QR it has a lot going for it. Add in extra mounting options and the all new fork together with the signs of a clear evolution from the old frameset and this could be a fabulous all rounder, a singletrack ripper, all day tourer and a bikepacking companion. The fact that it is made of steel and comes with this great looking paint job is just icing on the cake.
I’d love to get my hands on one for a test but I think that this frameset is going to be so popular at just £720 that they are going to sell out fast
Here’s what Tim has to say about the new addition
after much delay Fearless Bikes announce the Warlock, their new gravel & adventure frameset. Sorry it took so long.
Built for mini epics as much as multi-day adventures the Warlock is a mystical brew of all the things we love about riding drop bar bikes on challenging terrain. Big tyres and progressive geo means it’s built for tackling technical sections and rough terrain over longer distances in comfort, covering ground that might be out of bounds for conventional gravel bikes. Progressive geo with a short back end and a slacker front means it’s agile for hammering single track whilst stable enough for light touring and bike packing. It accepts big tyres- up to 650x58c or 700x47c. There’s also dropper post routing if you need it- super useful for those steeper descents.
The Warlock frame comes supplied with the 404 Type 2 fork- a revised flat mount brake version of the original 404 fork found on the Vulture. It’s compatible with both flat motor calipers and post mount up to 180mm and comes in two frame size specific offset versions- The small and medium sized frames coming supplied with 52mm offset version and the L and XL the 48mm which keeps the handling tight across the size range. The 404 takes it’s name from it’s axle to crown length of 404mm which makes the Warlock geo correct for tapered carbon forks with a 44mm external lower cup fitted. Plus there’s all the eyelets you’ll likely need for cargo longer self supported days in the saddle.
Being an off-road orientated machine we didn’t skimp on the weather proofing. Both the Warlock’s double butted chromoly frame and the 404 Type 2 fork are internally ED coated and the frame has continuous cable routing throughout. The frame also has a forward facing seatpost slot to reduce debris from the back tyre entering the seat tube.
It’s a bike that’s fun to chuck about on the trail and can also double-duty as a bike packing or light touring rig. Stick on some fat tyres and some wide flared bars and rack up those cross country miles.
Framesets come supplied with thru axles and a seat collar and cost £720.
for more details and to get in first and order a frameset go to https://www.fearlessbikes.com/warlock/