TORP Bite - Story and Highlights
The whole TORP idea started thanks to our two sons. Since they were born, they have been riding with us – in a bike trailer, on a balance bike, or bicycle towbar trailer, until finally by themselves, riding their own bikes. Later on, we needed to decide for a 20” kid’s mountain bike. We come from the area surrounded by mountains. Cross country riding is our daily bread and that is why I started to look for something special into off-road conditions. I was, however, very disappointed. I didn’t find anything on the market that would satisfy what I and my kids were looking for. So there came an idea to experiment on our own.
Kids’ requirements were sound and clear. We want a decent bike with all the bits and pieces that is on a bike of mommy and daddy. It included a suspension fork, a high number of gears, disc brakes, bottle cage and last but not least, it needed to have the same look, with the bended tube. I started looking through the discussion forums and all sorts of related pages, gathering information, later ordering components – new and used ones, working them and shaping them to my vision. And so, the TORP and its first prototype of the model Bite came to existence. We welded a few versions. Kids were testing them out in the field and we were analyzing and evaluating.
From the very beginning, we wanted to go against the trend of aluminum and carbon frames (even though, I admit, our first frames were made of aluminum). Our goal was to create a light bike from quality steel. Steel can be shaped into unique designs. It is more flexible and as a result it absorbs vibrations in the terrain. And of course, it is more solid, even indestructible. This feature is not negligible since children drop the bike on the ground often carelessly. Gradually, people from our surroundings started to be interested in this project, and so a team TORP was founded and the project has been evolving. And the result of the 2 year endeavor is the TORP Bite.
We have created a unique design made of 4130 CrMo AH steel tubes that are specially shaped. We have chosen steel because this material is more flexible, absorbs vibrations in the terrain and it is more solid, even indestructible.
Custom Tuned Air Fork
We tuned air fork by installing a new cartridge. It is more sensitive and has an option to adjust air pressure and rebound.
We have prolonged the frame front triangle, lowered the upper tube, shortened the chain stay and slacken the head angle. We have achieved that TORP Bite is more stable in the terrain, responds instantly to the change of direction, takes off easier and is great fun to ride. Kids simply love it!
Made in Slovakia
Honestly hand-made from frame to a final bike. We make with love, we enjoy our work and are proud of it.