2015 Haro Freestyler
Prototype frame to come out in 2016
This is the "flatland" frame. From day one, John and I knew we had to do a double top tube frame. This project started before the DMC Lineage Master and is very different from that frame. This frame was designed to be a "Freestyler", not a flatland frame.
The thinking behind this frame is it would appeal to the over 35 rider. Thought about what tricks those guys do, what riding they do and what bike they are currently riding. It's definitely flatland friendly but it's been tested in skateparks, the streets, vert ramps and box jumps. It has a good balance and does it all well. As a current flatland pro said "It feels like a normal bike". That was the goal. It's not so specific it can't be used for more than one type of riding.
The geometry is more mid school as far as angles go. I know some people will scoff that the head tube isn't 75 but the 74.5 adds stability at speed and gives more wiggle room with flatland for rolling tricks. The 19.5 top tube is because we aren't as skinny and as fast as we used to be. The 70 degree seat tube is perfect for decades because let's face it, old guys do decades. The brake routing is for separate cables so a gyro cable stop doesn't have to be added, disrupting the look of the bike. The brakes are up top because flat riders run less that 25 tooth sprockets and a lower brake would be hit by the chain. The original head tube gusset elevates the down tube adding a little extra foot and leg room. The stays flatten to provide a smooth surface so your foot won't get hooked when standing on the rear pegs.
The key to this frame is the dropouts. They are big enough to support the peg fully without it hanging off the back or bottom of the dropout. Also, the axle slot offers different positioning so your chainstay length can be from just over 13" to about 14" to suit your style of riding. Guys used to older bikes can have the axle set back and it works for skatepark riding. If you are into new school style moves, you can slam the axle and get a nice quick rear end length. You can tune it to fit your riding. Versatility is the key.
People will invariably say that the top tube is to short for ramps and street but I want you to know I've done bar spins with giant knee pads and cranked past clicked turn downs on this frame. It will be great for mini ramp riding as well. It's very maneuverable and fun to ride on any terrain. The tough thing about bringing back a classic design is that people will always complain. That's why I have people ride it first before I answer any questions. Everyone is stoked when they hand it back. That's what really matters, not opinions on a message board.
If you ride flatland and want a bike that can do it all, this is the one. It's a Haro Freestyler.
Submitted by pwh4130