" BRUTALIST" by Equilibrium cycle works is a Gravel/Road/Adventure/Do-it-all versatile machine for a very broad range of riding situations.
Creation of BRUTALIST was a call for expanding new ways of riding and exploring unknown territories.
The main concept behind it is to keep a crisp and lively feeling of the road bike and extend it to the point where the bike could feel at home on almost any terrain and riding situations.
Tubing choice was a critical part bring desired ride characteristics to this project, we wanted the bike that stiff enough to be fast, responsive and stable at speed and uneven surface but vertically compliant for control and comfort and minimize speed loss on bumpy roads.
Down tube :
State of the art mega-oversized COLUMBUS Spirit HSS octagonal bi-oval shaped tube, picked for more torsional stiffness and responsive feel also sucks up road chatter and improves stability on and off-road situations.
A Bespoke selection of the finest and lightest steel tubing from COLUMBUS Italy.
As a solution, we made a very solid front triangle with a stiff drive train area and special designed shock absorbing rear seat stays.
Top tube :
COLUMBUS Life "WO1" shape flipped horizontally rising front end torsional stiffness for laser-sharp steering and better power transfer from stand up position.
Seat tube :
Choice of COLUMBUS Spirit seat tube for 27.2 or 31.6mm seat post, the choice depends on frame size and intended use of the bicycle.
Custom crafted EQ original dropouts. 6mm thick plates reinforced with stainless faces protect derailleur hanger from bending and stiffen up the rear wheel for efficient power transfer from the drivetrain.
BRUTALIST's geometry made the bike to be predictable in any situation and relaxing on the longer rides.
Stable front end steering and a lower center of gravity help a lot in that regard.
Special shaped 13mm plain COLUMBUS GARA Mtb CroMo tubing. Probably exactly the seat stays make BRUTALIST so distinct aesthetically and functionally. Bended and located the way greatly boost shock absorption, control and traction compared to ordinary straight seat stays designs.
COLUMBUS Life straight short taper chainstays for tires up to 32c
or COLUMBUS Life S-Bend chain stays for up to 48c tires.
Frame + ENVE Road/Gravel fork