Laïti Navajo | 427

The French engineer Michel Laïti conceived this mountain bike with single-side attached wheels in the late 1980s. This construction was possible thanks to the special hubs with drum brakes. After all, there are no mounting points for rim brakes.

The wheels can be removed without touching the chain because the cogs stay in place on the frame. Front and rear wheels are even interchangeable.

The frame is made of Vitus steel tubing, with an interesting paintwork reminiscent of the enamel of grandma's pans.

Shifting gears is done with Suntour’s version of STI: 7-speed X-press. The chainrings are not oval for a change: Sakae Roundtech.

Brand name Laïti
Brand country France
Number 427
Model name Navajo
Model year 1989
Frame Vitus Stone Light Tube
Headset Stronglight
Shifters Suntour X-press 7x
Derailleur front Suntour XCM
Derailleur rear Suntour XCM
Brake levers Dia Compe XCM
Brake front Exceltoo drum brake
Brake rear Exceltoo drum brake
Crankset SunTour XCM
Chain wheel Sakae RoundTech
Front hub Exceltoo/Perrin
Front rim Rigida Rally 30
Rear hub Exceltoo/Perrin
Rear rim Rigida Rally 30
Wheel size 26"
Storage location 4b