This bike is based on the somehow unsung hero of British off-road cycling, the Cleland, designed by Geoff Apps (his website will tell you ALOT more). i'm really interested in this design as a completely different attitude towards ridingand a completely separate design evolution for an off-road bike to what is now considered the normal mountain bike. This design would arguably suit the needs of many people better than a "mountain bike" as its as extreme in its relaxedness as as the most aggressive mountain bike is in its agressiveness. its short and tall and very stable at low speed traveling over any sort of terrain. its the landrover of bicycle design. I've made my version with a pinion gearbox, and a belt drive, as I now live by the sea, where gears and a chain don't work.