I did not design this bike based on market research, a reaction to what other people were making, or because people were suggesting I make ‘this’ bike or ‘that’ bike – their idea of what I should do next. I made this bicycle because I wanted it and I think many others will love it too. I realized that I do not need or want a bike that has the absolute shortest wheel base possible for every ride, and I knew that you don’t need to have a steep head or seat angle to have a responsive bike that is fast, efficient and comfortable.
I designed my 29er bike years ago with a slacker seat tube angle, slacker head tube angle, shorter reach, lower BB and more fork offset than what was considered correct and normal at the time. I did this for a better ride based on what I had learned, not because it was popular. Nowadays many 29ers have more fork offset and slacker seat tube angles etc. Some have even branded and marketed this change in geometry… I never named my geometry, but if I did, let’s call it ‘JJ1 Geometry’, then this Jones Plus has ‘JJ2 geometry’. I’ve been working on this bike for years – centering the rider, considering the BB height, wheel base, the angle and offsets, the rake and trail – the ride is everything.
People might try and simplify it – “it’s just a long wheelbase Jones with 29+ tires” but it isn’t. It’s so much more. It is NOT slow handling. I’ve done so much work to make it still ride the way I want a bike to ride. Hours of geometry drawings and thinking. Notes and testing. This is really even more of a ‘rigid specific geometry’ for a ride that is much more comfortable and stable yet still with quick handling. It is balanced in a way you wouldn’t expect. It’s big but feels right. You ride very much in this bike. There’s no roughness, no “I’m gonna crash” sensation or fears. It’s just smooth! And it climbs. If you stand there’s no wheelie. It’s planted. It delivers excellent traction and a huge sweetspot (and I don’t mean the tire contact area – I’m talking about the big space for the rider to move around (in the bike) and still have their position, their steering, their weight shifts, the grip and the power transfer all working for them).
The Jones Plus is a bike for riding fast, slow, the rough with the smooth; safely, aggressively, laid-back or raging; with a big load or stripped to the bare essentials; on road, dirt, mud, snow; in the mountains, on the flat lands, around town or across the county; around the world or your local loop; for getting rad or just getting away. It sets a new standard for bikepacking yes, but it’s so much more than that – it’s a bike for technical trails and big trips. It really does it all. I’m really excited by this bike. It’s good.
Jones Plus (24” and 25” effective top tube sizes | 29+ (and 29) tires)
• Unique Jones Geometry frameset – frame and forks designed as one.
• EBB geometry adjustment (adjustable bb height) accommodates rider/tire/use choices
• Steel Diamond frame and Truss fork
• 4130 cromo (custom-butted top and down tubes)
• Excellent clearance for 29+ tires (huge clearance for 29er tires!)
• Ample chainring/stay clearance
• Huge frame pack capacity (Jones bikepacking bags available).
• TIG welded – brazed on cable guides, bottle, rack and fender bosses.
• Multiple rear rack and fender mounts for the best rack/fender/tire size fit.
• Jones Truss fork – comfortable, precise handling, no brake flex
• 135mm front hub for more front wheel stiffness and strength.
• Fork accommodates 29, 29+ and 26 x 4.8” tires
PS: Geometry — There are two sizes: 24″and 25″. This is the effective top tube measurement. The 24″ size (with a straight seatpost) has a very similar fit as the 23″ Jones 29 frame with a set-back post. It is just a little longer in reach to the bars and the bars are little higher. The 25″ size with a very short reach stem can be set up so the cockpit position is the same as the 24″ size but you get a massive frame for carrying more stuff and a longer wheel base for a smoother ride, for adventures. And it will fit tall rider with a set back post and longer stem (custom extra long steerer tubes are available to raise bars even more). Both sizes with stem, seatpost (set-back or straight) and EBB adjustments can be fine-tuned and adapted for different styles of riding and rider.
AND, by the way, here’s a new video from a recent test ride on one of the pre-production prototypes.