Johnny's Custom Titanium Mountain Bike

Here is a really nice titanium mountain bike for Johnny over in New York.

We decided to go with a nice stable, modern geometry frame based around the 27.5 plus wheel platform. This is also one of the first titanium frames to feature the Sklar 3D printed chainstay yoke which allows for ample tire and chainring clearance as well as a short rear end.

Johnny topped off the build with a bunch of amazing parts. Pike Ultimate for suspension, SRAM Eagle XX1 drivetrain for super crisp shifting, wheels from Enve, brakes from PAUL and cranks and a headset from White Industries.

Happy trails Johnny!

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Custom Steel All-Mountain bike for Blake

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!

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Titanium 27.5+ Mountain Bike for Bruce

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.

Happy trails, Bruce!

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The Chris King Openhouse Single Speed Mountain Bike

“Show bikes” are always tough. As a builder, you often get invited to show off some company’s new products on a carefully built frame. It is an opportunity to be seen with the latest and greatest, but also an opportunity to show off as a builder, what you have to offer. You’ve likely seen myself and other builders putting out the gorgeous builds at shows and on the internet, decked out in the most expensive parts that money can buy. Those parts no doubt ride wonderfully, but as someone with a small brand and a voice in the industry I really want to make cycling a more inviting place. That is a hard thing to do when all I ever show are $15,000 bikes like these show bikes I am talking about. For that reason I decided to bring a nice simple bike to the King openhouse.

This 29er “klunk” inspired singlespeed is a nice versatile bike that is going to last its’ new owner a lifetime. This bike is designed to be simple and easy. Low maintenance with no gears, no suspension and mechanical disc brakes form Paul Components. You can hop on with out a worry and be on your way. That said it is ready to see some more serious duty with the option for gears and different tires sizes. From exploring townie trails to towing kids in a chariot, to weeklong bikepacking trips this is a great one bike to have and cherish.

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David's 27.5 plus Steel Mountain Bike

With a big birthday on the horizon, David got in touch about a new custom mountain bike that he could take riding near his home in the Santa Monica mountains of California. David has been riding bikes for a while and knew what he wanted. Something that maintained a lot of the cross country efficiency of his current mountain bike, but something that would handle those chunky California downhills with a little more ease.

We went with 27.5 x 2.8 rubber to keep things nimble and cush. The rigid fork is suspension corrected so that David can easily swap it out for a 120-130mm fork when he decides he wants that. Sliding dropouts from Paragon Machine works also makes swapping between single speed and gears a breeze.

As David put it, he wanted a mountain bike to ride for the next 25 years and this is a great example of a versatile bike that can grow and change with you through different gearing, wheel sizes, suspension setups. A bike for the ages and something I am happy to put into the world.

The build was topped off with a killer fade from Spectrum Paint and Powderworks, Sram Eagle 12 speed, White industries cranks, Paul Boxcar stem, and that full bearing kit from Chris King in their new matte mango color option.

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Alex's Titanium 29 x 2.6" MTB

Alex is one of my best riding pals, so building bikes for him is always fun. We do really similar riding here in Bozema - a mix of long logging road climbs, super rough rocky descents, smooth flowy singletrack and everything in between really. Often we ride from town too, so some efficiency is nice. That is why we went with a Ti frame, for that ride livelieness and to save a little weight. The bike is built around 29x2.6” wheels. I love that wheel size. It has a lot of the advantages of a plus bike without the crazy rolling weight and excessive rolling resistance. If there is a happy medium, this is it.

The build on this bike is just what I would run on a bike like this too - great wheels from Industry Nine, the trail 270 is a nice width for this tire. I’ve found the stiffness and durability of these wheels to be really awesome and their pricepoint is sort of unbelieveable for the quality and the fact that they are made in the USA. This is my go-to for an alloy MTB wheelset.
We went with other good MUSA parts from White Industries on the cranks and headset, a Paul stem of course, Fox suspension and the Eagle GX Group from SRAM. Killer build.

Anyhow, it has been fun seeing this thing shredding around this summer! I think my next MTB will look a lot like this.

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