Balfa MinuteMan


MinuteMan is meant to be general "play bike" use. Has a reputation of an excellent freeride bike. It's also a very refined steel racer. Perhaps not as overbuilt as some options, but it's more conventional geometry and lighter weight make this more versatile then most of the other "play bike" frames on the market.

MinuteMan has Tig welded 4130 Cr-Mo tubing, headtube transfer gussets, tubular seatstay brace, 5/8" by 1 1/4" (16 x 32 mm) box section rear stays, welded unbraced yoke design for increased mud clearance. Notched drive side chainstay for increased drivetrain clearance, preserving the chain line.

Balfa Minuteman


Balfa MinuteMan geometry
Imperial dimensions (inches) SIZE
Regular Large
A Seat Tube length 13.5
B Top Tube length 22.3 23.3
C Head Tube Angle 68°
D Seat Tube Angle 72°
E Chainstay Length 16.0*
F Wheelbase 41.0 42.0
G Bottom Bracket Height 12.4
H Standover Height 29.5
I Head Tube Height 4.25
J Fork length 19.3

Metric dimensions (mm) SIZE
Regular Large
A Seat Tube length 343
B Top Tube length 563 591
C Head Tube Angle 68°
D Seat Tube Angle 72°
E Chainstay Length 406*
F Wheelbase 1050 1077
G Bottom Bracket Height 314
H Standover Height 750
I Head Tube Height 108
J Fork length 490

* Chainstay is adjustable between 16" and 17" (406 - 432 mm).


  • Seatpost diameter - 26.8 mm
  • Seatpost collar diameter - 28.6 mm
  • Headset - 1 1/8"
  • Rear axle width: 135 mm
  • BB shell width - 68 mm
  • BB axle length - 115 mm
  • Front derailleur - down swing, top-pull (with 28.6 mm collar)
  • Tyre clearance - 2.5"
  • Available with or without V-brake mounts
  • Full hydraulic cable guides
  • Adjustable horizontal slot dropouts


If you need to print a new set of stickers for your Balfa, visit common "Logo and frame decals" section.



For more information about Balfa MinuteMan visit:

  • MTBR - user opinions
  • MTBR - Balfa forum thread
  • NSMB - Minuteman opinions forum thread