Sea Otter Video: Durango Bike Company Moonshine 2014

27.5 Sea Otter Classic Video

Industry veteran and Durango Bike Company Owner Jeff Estes gives us the rundown on the Durango Moonshine 650b. Hand-built in the U.S., the Moonshine is a 6.3-inch travel full suspension bike that utilizes a modified Horst Link design most often seen on trophy trucks, Formula 1 race cars and in the motorsports world. Estes tells us this suspension design contributes to a bike that pedals more efficiently on climbs and descends better overall. Simple, lightweight pivots aid in allowing the aluminum six-inch travel bike to weigh in under 28 lbs.

One build package is available for the Moonshine and features a Thomson cockpit, Chris King headset, RockShox Pike 160mm fork, Rockshox Monarch Plus 160mm rear shock, Avid XO Trail brakes, SRAM X01 1×11 component group, and a Thomson Elite seat post. Two optional upgrades are available: the Cane Creek DBair CS shock and a RockShox Stealth dropper post. Demos are available at their Durango, CO headquarters and more information can be found online at

About the author: Emily Neuman

A veteran of the both the bike and hospitality industries contributor Emily Neuman can spin a tale, then mix a drink to go along with it. Though she only found Cycling (hey, some people capitalize god) in the past few years, her quiver of bicycles reflects an enthusiastic gusto for the sport/culture/funness. Road, mountain, cross, commute—it doesn’t matter. Emily on a bike is a rolling smile that emits squeaks of joy and excitement.

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  • wadeholiday says:

    Question for francis and Jeff, i like usa made bikes, and am intersted in this one, as I like horst link bikes.
    67 degree seat tube freak me out a bit. with most bikes coming in at 72 to 73 effective on bikes like this, seems you’d be way behind the pedals for climbing. Anything I’m missing?

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