Kipp's Titanium 29er for 2.6" Tires

First it was 2.2's then 2.4's then 3.0's then 2.8's but now the future is here and it is 2.6" wide!

I've been having this conversation with customers a lot. The plus tire craze took the hardtail world by storm and those massive 3" treads are really fun. We found out that low PSI is amazing and traction is good. But also we found out that heavy tires do make a difference and that much rubber leads to vulnerable sidewalls. Those reasons are why I for one am really psyched to see more 2.6" tires out in the world. This size offers just enough of that high volume to run a very pleasant tire pressure but still maintain a reasonable weight and durability of a tire. Expect to see 2.6" tires on all of my mountain bikes for the foreseeable future and if you are ordering a MTB from me, expect me to talk you into a set as well.

Anyhow, this post is more about Kipp's new ride. A sweet Titanium hardtail designed around 29x2.6" tires, a 140mm travel fork and 12 speed drivetrain. Kipp is tall and so this frame is pretty large. He plans on riding everything from rough singletrack to smoother jeep roads and the occasional gravel path. We went with a more "all day XC" fit for comfort and handling, and hung some parts on the frame that should last Kipp a really, really long time.

Anyhow, if I were to have just one bike, it would look a lot like this, albeit a little smaller. Can't wait for Kipp to get it out on the dirt!

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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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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.
 

Monstercross!

Monstercross bikes have been around for a while, but the trend seems to have exploded in the last few years with more people wanting to get out and ride right from home, get off the road away from cars, and explore a greater variety of terrain.

Recently folks have also realized that tire manufacturers have a backlog of XC race tires that are only mildly heavier than a cross tire and share similar riding characteristics with the added benefit of high volume and tougher sidewalls - awesome stuff!

This bike was originally built for myself to try out the platform and it was a blast! Key features include cranks and an early prototype headset from White Industries, A 1x11 drive train with an 11-46T cassette - crucial for adventurizing. This bike also has a dropper post which is actuated by the modified left shifter lever - super trick.

This monstercross bike is running the Maxxis Aspen tires as pictured. The unicrown fork has a custom built "basket rack" to use for touring. I did a couple of multi-day tours on this bike and it was so good. The big tires provided awesome comfort and ease of mind when we found some rooty, rocky singletrack.

Monstercross is here to stay!

Yme's 27.5+ Steel Trail bike

Yme's new custom mountain bike is ready just in time for some fall riding!

This steel hardtail will be comfy on trails all day, but ready and confidence inspiring on the steep, rooty and rocky trails it should see out in Washington.

Classic build with Industry Nine wheels, King bearing, White Industries cranks and SRAM X1. I'm jealous! One of my favorite custom mountain bikes this year!