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Regular price £ 2,499.00 GBP
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The El Jefe...Why's latest release, bridges the gap between the bike-packing adventure bike that is the Wayward and the hard-hitting, maximum thrills S7. The El Jefe is built to go fast, but can still be loaded up for a packing trip. 
This model is not belt-drive compatible, but is single-speed friendly and is how the name came about. Jefe Brahnam (El Jefe) recently rode the Arizona 300 in the fastest known time, on his self-designed singlespeed El Jefe. 
The El Jefe is your singlespeed or geared UP-country (sorry) race bike for short-course local race blasts or multi-day stage races. 
  • Headset Integrated standard 42mm upper cup, 52mm lower cup
  • Bottom Bracket Threaded 73mm BSA standard
  • Axle Spacing Boost 12mm x 148mm
  • Dropouts 12mm Thru Axle, 1.75 thread pitch, adjustable sliding 420-435mm
  • Bottle Mounts – Bottle mounts on seat tube, top of down tube, bottom of downtube. Third bottle hole mount on downtube for accessory mounting. Also two mounts on the top tube for bolt on “bento box” style bags
  • Rack Mounts – All standard rack and fender mounts
  • Seatpost – 31.6mm
  • Seat clamp – 34.9mm
  • Brake – Max 180mm rear, direct mount standard
  • Tire clearance –  29 x 2.6″ tires with slider adjustment of at least 5mm from fully closed
  • Frame weight 2130g (Large)  

All frames come with Cane Creek 15-series headset, seatclamp and Maxle

Who is Jefe Branham?

Jefe moved to Colorado on a whim way back in 1992 and in short time the sage covered hills, the small town living and cold AF winters won his heart over. Moving through the mountains, breathing in the fresh air and feeling small in the immense landscape began to creep deeper into his blood. After hiking the north half of the Colorado Trail back in 1994, there was no turning back. Being outside and pushing the limits of what the mind and body could do became a lifestyle and eventually an obsession.


In 2001, hiking and skiing were replaced by mountain biking. Jefe started by spending a summer touring with a BOB trailer and his dog all around the Gunnison Valley, culminating with a trip up the Colorado Trail from Durango to Gunnison. Next, he spent a few years racing 24 hour races and 100 milers. Then in 2006, Jefe started and finished the infamous Grand Loop outside of Grand Junction, CO. He went right on to the Colorado Trail Race (CTR), the Arizona Trail Race, and the Tour Divide. Self-supported bikepack racing was right up his alley and the results were telling. He has racked up 4 Colorado Trail Race wins with 8 finishes, 1 Arizona Trail Race 300 win with two finishes, 1 Tour Divide win and another finish. After the 2014 Tour Divide win, Jefe took a small step back from racing, had hand surgery, fell in love, got married and had a daughter.


Now Jefe is back at it. In his first event on a Why Cycles bike, Jefe rode a Big Iron to victory in the inaugural Drift 100, an ITI qualifier. Most recently, on April 1st, Jefe rode his signature frame to the fastest known time of any singlespeeder on the Arizona Trail 300 course.  Plans to race in 2021 are somewhat up in the air until the world is not fighting a pandemic, but the dream is very much alive!