Product Courtesy of Cadence BikesPhotographs: SehsuanAvailibility: NowSRP: SDG 2999
Fetish Cycles is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and has spent the last seven years in the backdrop doing research and designing of frames for other companies. It is only recently that they have decided to market their own line of bikes. They have currently more than 20 different frames in their lineup, covering different ride disciplines. They aim to deliver frames that are well built and stylish, at a relative good price.
Togoparts.com had the pleasure of reviewing the Fetish Cycles Seduction frame. Our review bike comes with a full Shimano Deore drivetrain, Truvative Five D cranks, Cane Creek headset, Easton EA50 stem and riser handlebar. On the front end providing suspension is a Manitou Axel, while the rear is a Manitou Radium RL. Rolling all of them were the Formula Disc hubs laced to WTB Speeddisc with Schwalbe Albert 2.3, and stopping all these are Avid’s Ball Bearing 5 mechanical disc and levers.
The Seduction is manufactured from Columbus Triple-butted Aluminum tubing with a carbon fiber wrapped magnesium fiber chain stay. The Seduction’s unique frame design incorporates the design of a hard tail, providing fast acceleration and a smooth and lively ride. The unique pivotless rear chain stay provides zero rear play with a flat titanium flex beam located under the rear shock. The Medium-sized Seduction measures in at 22” for the top tube(C-C), 16” for the seat tube(C-T), 5” for the head tube, which also measures in at 71 degrees. The chain stay measures in at 17”(C-C), while the seat stays measures in at 19”. The Seduction also features a bent top tube, which is common to female-specific frames. The frame weighs in at a mere 2.2kg, where compared to a Cannondale Scalpel Team Replica which weighs in at 2.3kg. It is indeed light for an aluminum based softtail frame.
The Seduction comes with a nice glossy black paintjob, with the decals all painted on the frame itself.
Having ridden a hardtail all my life, with a few rides on full-suspension, this was my first full ride on a soft tail. Having been to Bukit Timah Trail most of the time with my trusty hardtail, this was indeed an eye-opener ride for me. While riding on the road, the bike feels like any other hardtail with the rear shock inactive. Without any bobbing to sap off those precious energy, fast acceleration on the road is achieved. Handling is nice and smooth, taking those turns without any nervous handling.
I also took the Seduction to the Bukit Timah Trail for a more rugged test, and also to try to get the full potential and performance out of the Seduction. Climbing was a chore with the Seduction, with the front wheel having a high tendency to pop up on a most of climbs in the trails. This is partly due to the long head tube on the frame which measures in at 5 inches. A flat bar would suit the frame more than a riser bar that we got together with the review bike. Steering is also slow due to the steep head tube angle. However, a slower steering would definitely mean a more stable steering at high speed. We also experience a bit of bobbing on the frame while on the climbs. This is in direct contrast to the performance of the bike on road.