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Dirt Jump Frames | Best Jump Bike Frames 2019

MICHAEL SCOTT    •    DEC 10 2018    •    Comments


best dirt jump frame 2019 There are a lot of different types of bike. Each biking discipline having its own style of frame and some even having subsets for further breaking down the riding style. If you frequently visit this site you’ll notice that we often talk about BMX bikes but we’ve been seeing some great dirt jump bikes and frames in 2019 so I think it’s something great to talk about.

You will often see dirt jumps being ridden by several different types of bike riders. BMX bikes are probably the least used in the dirt jumping discipline but if you watch them you’ll see them showing some crazy style. Hardtail dirt jump bikes and full suspension slopestyle bikes are the other two most common bikes being ridden on dirt jumps.

While I love slopestyle bikes, today we’re going to stay on the subject of hardtail mountain bike frames.

Just by looking at these frames it doesn’t look like there are loads of differences between each frame except maybe the colour or the branding. In reality, though, geometry, materials and other parts of the frame design play a huge part in how your bike rides and how easily you’ll be able to throw it around and perform certain tricks.

How to Find a Good Jump Bike Frame

If you’re new to jump bike riding then buying a frame separately from the rest of your bike may not be the best idea. You need to find your riding style first and the geometry you like to ride. Testing this with a second-hand complete bike is a much better idea than going straight into building up your own bike.

Having said that, no one dirt jump frame is perfect for everyone. Literally, every person will prefer a different geometry, style or suspension setup so in this list, we are going to go through some of the lightest, strongest and overall most popular dirt jump frames.

DMR Sect Dirt Jump Bike Frame 2019

lightest dirt jump frames DMR bikes started back in 1995 by two friends named Damien Mason and Matt Ryley. After reading that the story behind the name becomes pretty obvious. If you couldn’t tell, it stands for Damien, Matt Racing.

DMR was unique because of their pedals. They were the first bike brand to develop flat pedals and it turned out that riders loved them. DMR was quickly propelled into the limelight.

Both friends achieved degrees in product design before going into the frame and fork industry in Taiwan. After developing useful contacts in the capital of bike manufacturing, the boys came back and started producing some smaller components like chain tugs and some primitive BMX frames. After some minor success, the brand really cemented itself in the market with their first set of pedals.

20 years on and DMR are still one of the top brands in the mountain biking world. They’ve since developed a lot more than just pedals though. The Sect is the name given to their dirt jump bike and parts. The Sect frame is, I believe, one of the cleanest and strongest jump frames on the market. best mountain bike frame The Sect frame is the culmination of many years of the team riding dirt and designing bikes for any such activity. DMR have used a lot of experience to design this frame from back to front. At the front, the headtube has been stiffened with some extra material removed. The headtube has been positioned at 69º, a perfect amount to increase stability without making the bike too twitchy when riding. You don’t want a head angle that’s near vertical like you’d get on a street/flatland BMX because when the smallest turn can throw you off your bike.

The standover has been designed in such a way so to not show any post while being able to keep the back end as short as possible. DMR have done a great job of designing the rear end of the frame. It’s the perfect length for spinning tricks and manuals. Lastly, something I think is great, DMR has manufactured the frame for both 26” and 24” wheels for the smaller or younger riders that are looking to upgrade to a great frame but without having to take a hit with a huge increase in size.

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Specifications:

  • Reach: 420mm
  • Stack: 670mm
  • Head Angle: 69°
  • Seat Tube Angle: 71°
  • Top Tube Length: 570mm
  • Front Centre: 652mm
  • Rear Centre: 390mm
  • Wheelbase: 1041mm
  • Head Tube Length: 115mm
  • Seat Tube Length: 330mm
  • BB Drop: 25mm


Black Market Mob Edit1 Jumper Frame

26 jump frames 2019 Before working on this article I hadn’t actually heard of Black Market bikes but after researching I’m loving some of the bikes and parts they’re creating. Black Market Bikes was created back in 2004 after its created struggled to find 26” bikes that rode as well as BMX bikes over the larger jumps.

The first ever product made by Black Market Bikes was the MOB. This bike really put them on the map, with it still being a very sought after and influential hardtail. Decline magazine themselves rated it as one of the most influential dirt jump hardtail frames ever made.

It’s pretty easy to tell from the logo that Black Market bikes are a very American company. The Edit1 is entirely American made, making the manufacturing process a little more expensive but it allows the company to take a much closer look at how the bike is manufactured, making sure everything is running smoothly, something a lot of companies struggle with when their bikes are being manufactured in somewhere like Taiwan.

This dirt jump mountain bike frame is the newest descendant of their most popular bike, the MOB. The geometry was passed down almost exactly. They definitely believe they’ve got an almost perfect geometry set up to carry it over so accurately.

You can tell this bike company is actually thinking about its riders now and in the future. They’re also willing to take a few risks by not just doing everything the same as the older, more established brands. What do I mean by this? Well for starters they’ve developed 7 different sizes of their new frame. The difference between the top tube length of the smallest and largest frame is two and a half inches. It doesn’t seem like much but for the more advanced or pro rider the slightest geometry changes can significantly improve their comfort and confidence on a bike.

Specifications:

  • Head Angle: 69°
  • Seat Tube Angle: 71°
  • Head Tube Length: 115mm
  • BB Drop: 13mm
  • Seat Tube Length: 280mm
  • Reach: 420mm
  • Fork Offset: 42mm
  • Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
  • Max Chainring: 30t

NS Majesty Jump Bike Frame | Dirt

NS bikes best frame I have been following NS and specifically the Majesty jump frame since I first heard about Sam Pilgrim and his bike setup. I was young and couldn’t afford to build a custom jump bike, let alone understand how to build one so I was stuck staring at the NS website and re-watching Sam’s awesome YouTube videos.

Ever since then NS has been developing the awesome Majesty along with other great bikes, frames and parts for many riding styles. The Majesty is one of the strongest jump bike frames available today, being blessed with 4130 Tange Eccentric Chromoly steel.

After getting so popular with so many different riders, NS branched out and developed a second majesty frame. One is designed for park riding and one for dirt or slopestyle riding. The dirt frame has been designed to be more stable with a lower bottom bracket so when riding bigger jumps at higher speed a slight turn or bump won’t knock you off. Larger forks, up to 140mm, are available for use on the dirt frame. trek dirt jumper While to some steel isn’t the best material to make a frame from, NS has developed a quality slim look that keeps the bike strong while also giving it a look different from a lot of other bikes.

Both the park and dirt models of the Majesty have littered bike competition podiums across the world for years now. Some of the best jump riders across the globe are sponsored by or are riding NS Majesty frames. According to NS, this frame has actually won more than anything else in its class.

There’s a full heat treatment and offset multi butting process used to make the Majesty frame that is rarely seen on any other jumper bike. This strengthens the steel and welds so much that can be reliably considered one of the lightest jump frames for sale.

A Spanish BB has been fitted to both frame versions to enable compatibility with almost all BMX cranks. This is great for those BMX riders looking for a change into dirt riding.

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Specifications:

  • Material: 4130 Tange Eccentric cromomoly steel
  • Recommended Fork Travel: 80-140mm
  • Headset: Integrated Tapered IS42/IS52
  • BB: Spanish BB 68mm
  • Biggest Chainring: 32t
  • Max Tire Size: 26”x2.3”
  • Seat Clamp: 27.2mm
  • Weight: 2.2kg

NS Decade Mountain Jump Bike 2019

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The NS Decade is another one of the most popular jump frames among the professional riders on the circuit. Riders such as Szymon Godziek and Max Fredriksson are some very experienced riders using this frame on their primary bike, winning competitions all over the world.

Personally, I much prefer the geometry and style of the Majesty frame though I do see aesthetic appeal of the Decade and why so many riders swear by it. The Frame itself looks much smaller than other frames with slightly odd curves in the top and seat tube. You can see this frame has been designed with ultimate strength in mind, custom aluminium tubes with double pass welding make up the complete frame, keeping it both light and strong.

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Specifications:

  • Material: AL6061-T6 + AL6066-T6 custom formed
  • Recommended Fork Travel: 80-140mm
  • Head Tube: 115mm Integrated Tapered IS42/IS52
  • BB: Threaded 68mm
  • Biggest Chainring: 32t
  • Max Tire Size: 26”x2.3”
  • Seat Clamp: 30.9mm
  • Weight: 2.15kg

Dartmoor Two6player Mountain Bike Frame

jump bike parts Dartmoor have long been a favourite of mine. The full suspension slopestyle Shine model was my dream bike for a long time. The only problem was always that I couldn’t find a good place in the UK to buy any of their products.

Dartmoor creates many different bikes. They make everything from BMX bikes up to hardtail and full suspension mountain bikes. The Two6player is one of their most popular bike parts. Used by many top riders on both big and small courses. The 2019 Two6player puts them over the tenth year mark for this model. After 10 years of having success with iterations of one model you know you’re onto something good.

I’m starting to see a theme with each of these dirt jump bike companies. Many of them seem to say their frame has been proven to be the best or most popular jump frame in the world. While some of them may well be very popular and the strongest or the lightest, I don’t think so many brands should go round saying they have developed the best jump frame ever.

This year Dartmoor have created a completely new shape and geometry for the Two6player 2019 and I like it. The more geometric and thick to thin style of tubing looks good. This newer design isn’t just for looks either. During testing, this frame survived over a quarter million cycles with a 40% overload on an ISO machine.

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Specifications:

  • Frame Size: Short, Long
  • Wheel Size: 26”
  • Headset Size: IS42/IS52
  • BB Type: Euro 73mm
  • Max Tire Size: 26x2.35”
  • Seatpost Diameter: 30.9mm
  • Weight: 2.20kg/2.25kg

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Dartmoor Cody Jump Bike Frame

dirt jump mtb To me, the style of the Dartmoor Cody frame is much sleeker and minimalistic than the Two6player. Exactly how I like jump frames. Instead of the clever design ideas on their other frames, the Cody is made from straight, unmoulded tubing. These are multiple butted, seamless Japanese Cr-Mo 4130 steel tubes that are heat treated and perfectly welded. All these features improve the strength of the frame significantly, allowing tubing to be thinner and therefore lighter too.

A feature harder to see by eye is the thickening of the frame walling over certain sensitive areas. Areas such as curves and joints on a bike frame are put under significantly more stress than long open areas. This coupled with the fact that welding will never be as strong as a straight piece of metal means it can crack much easier. Dartmoor has got around this by adding a bit of extra material inside the frame at these weaker points. It adds a little more weight to the frame but I think that this option is much better than having to change the design or materials significantly.

Specifications:

  • Wheel Size: 26”
  • Recommended Fork Travel: 80-110mm
  • Hub Size: 135x10mm
  • Headset Type: Cody IS42/IS42
  • BB Type: Spanish 68mm
  • Reach: 420mm
  • Max Tire Size: 26x2.35”
  • Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
  • Weight: 2.26kg

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Trek Ticket DJ Frameset 2019

trek ticket slopestyle bike If you ever watch any slopestyle or dirt jump competitions you’ll begin to notice that Trek make up a significant share of the field. Just take a look at this article by RedBull, the Trek Ticket S, the full suspension version of this frame, is in their top 8 for the 2019 year. Trek is one of the older mountain bike brands, formed way back in 1975 by Dick Burke and Bevil Hogg with the intention of providing high end, quality bikes made in the US. The name was chosen by Burke, hoping it would signify travel and adventure. Several months after this decision was made, the spring of ‘76, the two men set out to make these great bikes in the town of Waterloo. The next few decades saw tremendous innovation and improvement. The Trek Ticket definitely shows how far they’ve come from their humble beginnings. Designed to be lightweight but extremely durable to enable riders to throw this thing all over huge slopestyle jumps and not be worried about heavy landings. Just by looking at its sister frame, the Ticket S that is fully optimized for slopestyle jumps, you can see that this has some of those great characteristics. The frameset is manufactured with horizontal sliding dropouts to give you more choice of how and where you ride your setup. Having the ability to choose between a single speed bike and a geared setup means one day you can be riding this over huge dirt jumps and the next to be riding it around a mountain bike route in a forest. mountain bike geometry

Specifications:

  • Frame: Alpha Platinum Aluminium 142x12
  • Seat Tube: 33.1”
  • Seat Tube Angle: 75°
  • Head Tube Length: 12.3”
  • Head Angle: 68.5°
  • Standover: 37.5”
  • Offset: 4”
  • Headset: FSA Orbit
  • Weight: 2.54kg

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