Drew Contacted me last fall looking for a new mountain bike. After years on a custom mounatin bike by another frame builder, Drew had dabbled in the world of plus tires on a Surly Krampus, but he knew the geometry and compatibility was not quite what he wanted. We worked together to design drew just the bike he wanted: Something that climbs well, but can really open up on the descents. A plus bike that takes advantage of high volume and loads of traction, but doesn't feel bogged down. We also designed around a 140mm fork and a dropper seat post. Oh, and the bike had to be ready for the road trip he was planning through Idaho, Wyoming and Montana before he took the bike back home to Colorado.
It was really fun to have Drew come pick the bike up at the shop here in Bozeman. Getting to see his excitement on the first ride was a privilege - making people happy on their bikes is why I do this.
Drew and I were also able to talk a lot while we rode and went out for beers after. One of the things we discussed was what the custom bike experience is about. Whether you buy a bike from me or another builder, you are not just getting a bike out of the deal, but a relationship with someone who hears your needs and wants - someone who really gets to know you in regards to your riding and sometimes even more, and that is really cool. I have had the pleasure of meeting some great people building bikes and I am happy that I can continue to do so. Always happy to have customers come pick up their new ride.
Enjoy the photoset of what we built below: