Blake is a Bozeman local - After a few year stint in Seattle anyhow. While there Blake got really fast at mountain biking and found out a lot about the bikes he likes to ride. While his full suspension trail bike gets him out a lot of days, Blake wanted a bike that would take him on some of the big Bozeman day rides as well as something he could load up with bags and do some bikepacking on. Of course it had to be fun day to day as well.
I am really excited about this bike because I think it is an awesome balance of all of those things. The steel frame clears up to a 29 x 2.8” tire with Sklar’s 3D printed stainless steel chainstay yoke. The 140mm pike is a great balance of trail capability and all-day pedaling efficiency. The geometry is definitely modern/forward geometry leaning with a 65.5 degree head angle and a 35mm stem. shortish stays keep the wheelbase in check. 1x12 as always with stealth dropper routing. I am excited to see the first set of Santa Cruz Reserve rims come through the shop, they seem like a nice option.
Anyhow, this bike is going to be a ton of fun for Blake. If I only had one bike… this would be it. So capable, so fun, so all around. Happy trails Blake!
I would not say that this bike blurs any lines, because in the world of custom bicycles, the lines were never really there. Dylan came to me with some goals for his new bike - to get further out onto some backcountry roads in Northern California where he spends most of his time. He needed something more capable than his road bike, but more efficient than his mountain bike. Something that would be up for long days in the saddle and ready to dip its toes into some bikepacking trips.
This bike is dreamy, there is no question. The Titanium frame with clearance for a 1x and 45c tires is topped off with the best wheelset, fork and controls from ENVE, Chris King bearings all around, and that super cool new wireless shifting, SRAM AXS. The road brake/levers paired with a 12 speed MTB Cassette and derailleur means that Dylan gets an impressive gear range while maintaining tire clearance, simplicity and lightweight. This may be the first bike I have sent out this way, but I am certain this is not the last, in fact it is likely the new norm.
Anyhow, This bike is going to be a ton of fun. I know if it were in my garage it could quickly become the one that I grabbed most often, I am a little jealous that it is not.
What can I say about this mountain bike? Not much that it doesn’t say for itself. It is light, fun, clean and capable. A really great trail bike that will handle just about anything Bruce wants to throw at it when it lands at its new home in Oregon. A design we came up with after discussing all of Bruce’s fit dimensions, riding goals, style and preferences.
The Titanium frame is built around a 140mm fork and 2.8”-3.0” 27.5” tires, good proportions at this rider’s size. Paired with some middle-of-the-road forward geometry ideas, this bike is going to feel familiar but more capable than any old school geometry hardtail. A really nice match for the lively ride of Titanium. Sliding dropouts allow for SS use when Bruce is feeling in the mood for that.
The build is topped off with lots of bits from Enve and Chris King, a Shimano drivetrain and Maxxis rubber.
This is a dream bike for sure, and one of those instances where sending it off would be extra hard if it were in my size.
I joke that Colin is my number one customer. As one of my best friends he holds the record for owning more Sklar frames than anyone else, and while I don’t think he had planned on this bike, his last roadie was stolen off of his car last Winter and to both of our delight the insurance company had him covered.
Colin wanted to buy one more road bike for the rest of forever, so we went all out on the build. A pretty classic handling geometry will keep things fun for cruising up Los Angeles Pavement and fire roads, with a nod towards the stable for coming down trails or singletrack when that happens too. This frame will clear a 700x45c tire or 650x2.1” though it is currently setup with the nice SimWorks Volummy tires. It is nice to have options. It could run 1x but we have it setup with the White Industries road cranks.
2x gearing with the new SRAM AXS shifting provides a nice range of gearing, Wheels and fork from ENVE match well with the Titanium frame and seatpost for a lively, comfortable and responsive ride.
This is the dream all-road bike. I am excited to see it age and live on. I am sure it will see many iterations over the years, and to see the places it will go.
I first met Phil about five years ago at a local mountain bike race. We struck up a conversation after seeing each other out on the course - relating on being the only single speeders at the event. Fast forward to last fall and Phil was ready to replace his fourteen year old Indie fab steel cyclocross bike. That bike is still great, but with the new technology that has come in that time, there is room for something new.
It is always fun building local bikes and not something I get to do often. While I get to travel and ride in most of the places that my customer’s bikes end up, knowing the terrain and style of riding intimately well always makes designing a bike fun. While the masses seem to have smooshed cross bikes and road bikes together Phil still has a cross racing in mind, so this bike is on the snappier end of things. That said it is going to be a lot of fun and still comfy for all day rides on gravel or trail, for those months of the season where racing hasn’t quite picked up yet.
The build kit on this bike is top of the line all around. Sram Force for simplicity, Easton carbon cranks, Enve fork, bars and G23 rims laced to King bearings all around and a matching Titanium Seatpost. I can’t say enough good things about the Enve G23’s those rims are magic. This group is going to perform well and should last Phil another fourteen years and more if he chooses. Can’t wait to see it out there!
After some time off the bike Todd was in the market for something new to keep it fresh. A bike he could hop out the door for some mixed fire road and singletrack rides or even hop in to some cross country racing, longer trail days or even some bike packing. This is the bike we came up with. A really fun middle of the road geometry that will be fun, light and nimble with the rigid setup. The bike is set up with “2.6in tires” (The Maxxis 2.6 DHF measures in at 2.45” on a 30mm rim) but the frame clears up to a 2.8” if Todd wants to go that route.
Todd opted for a Sklunk bar to top off the build, cranks from White Industries, bearings from Chris King and White, Stoppers from Hope in the UK and (gasp) a rigid carbon seat post from Enve. I couldn’t help myself from adding standard stealth dropper routing though if he ever comes around.
The frame runs Paragon Machineworks sliding dropouts, which means easy chain tensioning while the bike is set up single speed and a really easy swap to add a derailleur if that ever comes up.
All in all, this is a great versatile mountain bike that should last forever. If I had to have just one bike, a bike like this would be high on the list. Can’t wait for Todd to take it out on the trails in California and get it dirty!
A quick look at this bike and you know it was meant for some rowdy trail riding. Alek lives on Vancouver Island and wanted something to tackle those rooty, rocky and loose trails. We wend with a 150mm travel fork and some very modern forward geometry. Alek’s frame is also one of the first to use the new 3D Printed Stainless steel chainstay yoke which allows the frame to clear a 36T chainring, 2.8” tire and maintain a 427mm chainstay length. What else could you want?
The build is no-nonsense top of the line performance without going overboard on cost or weight savings. White Industries cranks, Chris King headset, Onyx Racing hubs and a drivetrain from Sram with the Eagle GX.
Excited to see this bike out on the trail getting dirty!
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