Mark's 29+ Single Speed

It is exciting to get to know folks through building bikes, and Mark is one who I have gotten to know pretty well. This is the third Sklar headed to his household down in Durango, CO and I could not be more excited. Mark has been romping around on my old 29+ singlespeed for the past few years but he was ready to trade it in for something fresh.

This is what we came up with. A little more "modern" XC geometry. Something Mark can shred around Durango every day. It is set up dedicated Singlespeed with Paragon Machineworks sliding dropouts, a PAUL SS hub and White industries freewheel - old school!

If Mark ever decided to put on some gears though, the frame has routing for a rear derailleur and it is as simple as swaping out the drive side slider. So easy!

I am excited for Mark to get out on this bike, I know that he rides a lot and I know that he rides well. I am hoping to make it down to Durango at some point and see it there in its natural habitat.

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Brandon's Custom Steel Gravel Grinder - Monstercross

I went to engineering school with Brandon up at Montana State, so it was cool to hear from him about having a frame built this past fall. Brandon now lives in Oklahoma and was wanting a bike to get out on the awesome gravel roads and paths and sometimes singletrack that he rides there.

We designed this bike with all day comfort and handling in mind, but keeping it fun and capable when single track needs to be shredded.

The frame uses a combination of Colombus and Vari-wall steel for a nice light build. Brandon decided to deck the bike out in very nice parts like the White Industries Crank set, Enve post and bar and Chris King bearings all around.

As pictured the bike is set up with 700x45c tires, but it will also clear a 27.5 x 2.1" tire.

I love the Matte blue and orange color on here as well. Matte powder with a paint matched fork.

This should be a great bike for Brandon and I can't wait for him to get it out on the road. I have to say I am a little jealous myself!
 

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CJ's Custom Steel Gravel Bike

This custom steel gravel bike was built for CJ who lives down in the bay area. A versatile all arounder, this bike was made to ride on or off pavement, be ready to clear big tires for spontaneous outings and short overnighters, or run skinnier tires for more "training rides" and the cross course come fall.

All in all the one bike you want to do it all. 

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Susan's Custom Steel Cyclocross Bike

The best cyclocross bike is one that can be used to race in the fall, but is also a great all arounder for gravel grinding, road riding, training and general shenanigans the rest of the year. This custom cyclocross frameset is just that.

Susan walked into the shop this summer and placed a deposit for a new cross bike. I was psyched because as unbelievable as it may seem, I do not get to build all that many bikes for local customers here in our small mountain town of Bozeman, MT. Anyhow, we got to talk bikes, take measurements and design this rad bike for Susan, who at 5'3" has always had a little trouble fitting on a stock bike. Being a local, it was also great to get to ride together on the Alter Tuesday night shop rides and later at our weekly cross series.

Fast forward a few months and Susan's bike was ready! A fresh coat of liquid paint sets the frame off. Gotta love the fade. I delivered the frame to Susan and she did a beautiful job building it up with parts from our friends at White Industries, SRAM, Zipp and more. This bike is so rad and I can't wait to see it out on the dirt, road or wherever else it may go! I'm sure it's going to crush at the cross races next fall. Happy riding Susan!

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Hoss's Custom Titanium 27.5 plus mountain bike

This custom mountain bike project was a fun one!

I received a call a few months back from fellow named Keith, who was looking for a birthday present for a friend of his. Sounds like a good friend, eh?

We worked together to plan out this awesome mountain bike for Hossein to ride. The custom titanium frame is designed as a nice all arounder that will shine especially well on the long flowy trails with occasional techy sections - where it will mostly be ridden. The plus tires (seated on Enve's M6040 plus rims) should provide lots of comfort and traction and the 140mm fork won't let it get pushed around.

We went with a Shimano 1x11 drivetrain and a OneUp Components cassette extender. Hossein really likes the Shimano interface, but wanted that big gear for slow spins up long climbs.

Lots or Made in USA Components like the White industries crankset and headset as well as King hubs and a PAUL Stem top off the build. Good stuff all around!

This bike screams dream bike, or at least it does to me. It was a really fun ride to build and I can not wait to see it put to use!

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Custom Steel Bikepacking 29er Mountain Bike

This build is fresh from Circles & Co in Japan! 

This custom steel 29er mountain bike frame was designed to be a versatile all around ride. Using Paragon Machine Works sliding dropouts the bike can be run as a single speed, or be run with gears as pictured with a Shimano 1x11 speed drive train. The Signature swoopy front triangle provides a nice comfy ride while also allowing extra space for a frame bag. The custom segmented and tapered steel fork will make for a nice comfy ride and the anything cage mounts provide space for hauling extra gear on long bike packing trips.

Though pictured with 29" wheels, this bike will also run 27.5+

Circles chose the awesome curry-colored paint and decked out the build with awesome components from Chris King, White Industries, King Cage and so many other good bits. 

This should be a great bike for Mr. Murata in Nagoya, and I am excited to see it shredding around Japan!

For more information on custom mountain bikes and pricing, see the info page here.