Funk Cycles – La Ruta Ti 29er Full Suspension Racer

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Daryl Funk (Funk Cycles) builds with titanium and makes hardtails, full suspension and road bikes. They are based out of Denver, CO. Here, Daryl shows us his pivotless Ti 29er full suspension called La Ruta. It weighs in at 21 lbs (complete bike) and features an Exogrid downtube. It is made for the endurance/marathon competitor.

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Frame pricing from $3,495. Custom sizes and angles available.

More info: www.funkcycles.com
From the builder:
“Weighing in under 22 pounds for a full suspension 29er, the La Ruta is just what the all around XC rider is looking for.”

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.



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  • Eric Riel says:

    I’ll be racing a La Ruta at the BarnBurner 104 and Leadville 100 this year if you’d like to see what it’s all about(also riding in the Santa Monica Mts most weekends)(CA).
    The La Ruta is an intelligently engineered no-nonsense design, amazingly snappy for a 29er in the technical, just enough plush to make a racer smile, and light.
    Keep it simple.

    Maybe _your_ bike is a soft-hardtail, but this frame design offers far more travel if you open up the shock. I raced a Trek STP, and my wife has a Litespeed Unicoi(both ‘soft-tails’) and you really can’t compare them to a La Ruta. The La Ruta’s ride is much more similar to my Trek Fuel 110 but _significantly_ smoother. I also took almost 3lbs off what my Fuel 26″ was, and the rear-end flex from the Fuel is totally gone(as is the Fuel).
    AND, don’t forget, this bike is a 29er.

    My only complaint is the aging engine . . . ;-p

    Ride hard, live long, and prosper

  • Mike Weber says:

    I’d love to see Eric’s La Ruta in person. Hope to see you in the SM mountains some time. The La Ruta mat be my next bike!

  • Francois Reyneke says:

    The La Ruta is an amazing bike. I had an Ellswirth Truth 26′ for 5 years. Did the Cape Epic (South Africa) and numerous other multi-day races.
    Nothing can compare to the La Ruta. Plush enough, light and super responsive.

    I WILL NEVER LOOK BACK!!!

  • solo says:

    can anyone say anything about the warranty or after purchase repairs – has anyone had to have any repairs?

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