Alek's 29 x 2.6 Steel Hardtail Mountain Bike

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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The Sklunk Bar - A modern steel bullmoose handlebar stem combo

Call it retro, call it a throw back, we call it the Sklunk.

Though the look of this bar takes inspiration from the “bullmoose” handlebars of early mountain biking, the geometry and design are far from it. I built my first set of this style bar stem early in my framebuilding career, but a pair that adorned the famous “Sklunker” bike gained much attention and led to a flood of requests for this handlebar to be more widely available. For a long time I said no, as fabricating these one-off is a huge challenge thanks to the way the tubes connect on several different axis. A lot of thought and some smart design later, A bar for everyone has been born.

The Sklunk bar is made of 4130 Chromoly for durability, comfort and an approachable pricepoint.

The geometry of this bar is intended to favor mountain bikes, offroad tourers or anything with about a 70 degree head tube angle. The bar comes at 785mm width, which might be great for some. If that is too long, cut them to any length you like! At full width the “effective stem length” is 2mm. This is ideal for more stable handling on your dirt tourer, bike packer, townie bike or where ever you put your Sklunk bar to use.

The Sklunk bar comes at about 855mm wide, ready for you to cut down to whatever length you like as short as 550mm. The bar is optimized for a 70 degree head tube angle to give you 5 degrees of upsweep, a steeper or slacker headtube will change the upsweep of the bar slightly. See the drawing for full geometry specs. Raw/Patina bars will rust! Apply paste wax (included) when surface rust starts to appear.

Width: 550-855mm
Rise: 68mm from bottom of stem clamp to bar end
Backsweep: 14 degrees
Upsweep (70 degree head tube angle): 5 degrees
Effective stem length (785 width): 2mm

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Reilly's Custom Steel All-Road bike

When people ask, what is your favorite type of bike to build, it is a hard question to answer, but I think I could easily point at this bike as a prime example of what I love about building custom steel and Titanium frames.

Reilly rides a lot of road, but was inspired by Shige’s Monstercross bike, as a lot of my customers have been since. These bikes are so exciting because they can really open a lot of possibilities for riders, letting them go places they would not have ventured before. A chance to get away from cars or go out in the woods - that is a great thing to be able to provide someone.

With these Monstercross or all road bikes i like to start with a familiar fit and feel. We add a bit of stability to the handling geometry and a high volume tire. Next the tubing is hand selected just for the rider. In this case a combination of Colombus Life, NOS True Temper and some Vari-Wall too will provide a snappy and responsive ride with a bit of comfort for those rough surfaces.

Reilly picked out a top notch build with full bearings from Chris King, HED Belgium rims (one of my favorite alloy rims), White industries cranks and Sram Force drivetrain and brakes. We also topped it off with a Sklar Titanium Seatpost and some controls from SimWorks. I have to admit I am a little jealous. Reilly has good taste.

Anyway, this bike is headed to Sunny Los Angeles, so I had fun shooting photos in the snow knowing this might be the last time it ever gets to see some.

Learn more about Sklar All-Road and Monstercross bikes here

Dan's Performance Hybrid

Dan lives in Brooklyn, NY and he spends a lot of time on his bike. In fact, Dan works on his bike day in day out as a bike messenger in the city. Sounds like a dream job, am I right? Anyway, While he get's to ride every day, his work bikes take abuse and he wanted something nice that he could use on the weekends to go exploring with friends and do some more intentional riding. Something he could ride through the city and end up out in the sticks on dirt roads and trails.

We settled on a snappy light frame with some nice Colombus tubing. The bike is designed around 650 wheels. We built it up with the 48c Compass Switchback hills but it will clear a 2.3” knobby with ease. Dan picked out some choice American made components from the likes of Paul Components, White Industries, and ENVE. Top notch stuff.

This bike is pretty Sklar through and through. It has nice durable parts that will last a lifetime and work flawlessly while doing it. The material choice is thoughtful and intentional, a balance of weight and durability and performance. It’s no race bike though. Hop on this thing, hit the road with friends and get out there.

Learn more about Sklar Performance Hybrids and Flat Bar Gravel Bikes here.

Joe's Titanium Monstercross

This bike was built for my Japanese distributor, SimWorks.

The Monstercross category has been a big one for Sklar in the past few years. Perhaps it is my penchant for riding bikes on dirt and my disdain for getting in a car that attracted me to this style of bike and ultimately to designing and building so many of them. There is a really fun balance to strike between the pavement and single track ends of the spectrum when designing a gravel bike and tuning finding the perfect spot on that spectrum for each rider is a treat to be able to do.

In the case of Joe’s Titanium monstercross here, Joe had spent a lot of time riding track bikes in the city and this bike would help him to venture more off road, so we went with something a little more on the snappy and responsive side, which makes a really consistently handling bike and something that is equally fun on and off the dirt.

Titanium is a great material for this type of build. While the reduced weight is a nice perk, the subtle damping of titanium makes for a supremely comfortable ride and a very nicely tracking bike.

We went with 27.5 x 2.1” tires for this build, which look very proportional on this build. Simworks topped of the build with goodies from Enve, Paul Components, a Sklar Titanium seatpost and Chris King bearings.

All in all this bike is one that Joe can hop on and see where the day takes him, and that is what it is really all about.

Learn more about Sklar Monstercross and all road bikes here.

Ben's Steel Hybrid Flat Bar Gravel Bike

I have the privilege of building one-off, purpose build, custom bikes every day. As the industry has struggled to define the “gravel category” I have just been over here building bikes that make sense for their riders. In an attempt to show my discontent with the need to slap a label on every last thing, I have called these flat bar gravel bikes Hybrids, because that is silly and labels don’t matter.

Anyhow, on to Ben’s bike…

Ben is one of the pals who got me in to riding bicycles back in the day. Growing up in Boulder, he got to spend a lot of time training and racing to be a super fast cross country racer. Needless to say, Ben can ride a bike really, really well. Anyhow, when Ben’s gravel bike was stolen last fall he knew he wanted to replace it with something better suited for his riding style. We decided on this all arounder gravel bike with a flat bar (which he can swap out for drops and a shorter stem if he ever likes) and simple 1x11 gearing.

While its’ geometry and handlebar may be reminiscent of a mountain bike, the frame is constructed from beautifully butted tubing for a light and snappy ride that only steel can have.

The build is classic workhorse parts with an emphasis on American made goods from White Industries. He also went with a Sklar titanium seatpost and some polished bits from Paul Component.

I am happy to have been on this sweet ride and excited to have it take him anywhere he cares to go!