I shipped Josh’s new bike out last week. He’ll be using it mostly for training and riding dirt roads. The bike is currently set up with CX1 for racing cross. The frame uses a mix of Columbus Max, Life, and True Temper tubing. Internal rear brake, s bend seatstays, and headtube rings were added to the frame.

Josh picked the base color of Sky blue and then gave me permission to do whatever colors and layout I wanted. I knew that a classic set of white panels would really make the blue look timeless. Red logos outlined in silver jump off the two main colors far more than my photo skills can capture. This bike also uses my new font option. I spiced up the transition bands for some added detail. I bet all those thin lines were tough to paint, sorry Spectrum! A pearl top coat finishes it all off.

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Kent’s bike is headed off to Colorado this week.  I call this style of mountain bike a trail hardtail.  It has slack and modern geometry like a 68 degree head angle/51mm offset fork for a long front center, but light steering feel, short chainstays, low bb, 60mm stem, and a 785mm bar.  It also uses a 120mm Pike and stout tubing to keep up with the lines the bike will make you want to take.  It’s not a cross country bike because it’s more capable than that, but it hardly carries a weight penitaly other than the heavier front tire (2.35 Hans Dampf).  It’s not an all mountian hardtail either, both the frame and the parts kit are too light for that category.  I’ve also adjusted the fit and seating position for great climbing and not completely biased toward downhilling. Basically, this bike is for riding any sort of singletrack trail, hence the name.  The frame on this particular bike was 3.4lbs

Kent selected my Shimano XT kit and swapped out the brakes for Hope Race x2s, the handlebar for a 785mm RaceFace carbon sixc, and changed the seatpost and seat for a titanium post with a ti railed Gobi.  I also added a Hope seat quick release so Kent can drop his seat for the downhills.  Dropper seatposts are an obvious choice here, but Kent wanted maximum ride comfort from the flexy ti post.  He plans to do a bit of bike packing and needs the comfort for those long outings.  I currently have a dropper post on my hardtail, but I rode the ti post/seat quick release combo for years to get that silky ride.  Dropping the seat manually just isn’t that hard and it does reduce one moving part.  I can attest to that, as I’ve had to send my dropper back due to a faulty cartridge twice this year.  With all that being said, Kent did opt for a 30.9mm seattube for future compatibility with dropper posts.  He also upgraded the hubs on his Arch EX wheels to DT 240s.  A hand brushed finish, a copper headbadge, and some black decals finish off the package.

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First up is John’s titanium 27.5″. John went with my XX1 kit and sub’ed in Enve M60’s with DT hubs. A 100mm Sid and KS Lev dropper complete the package.

I also built a dirt road training bike for Josh Berry. He rides for team Smart Stop, which just had a strong showing at the tour of Utah. Nice job Josh! When he’s not required to ride the team bike, Josh will be logging some serious training miles on this new frame.

I used Columbus Max for the front triangle for extra torsional stiffness on rough roads. The bike was designed around an Enve cross fork with a traditional 1 1/8th headtube. The rear triangle uses a stout pair of chainstays and some house curved s bend seatstays. Clearance for 40mm tires all around. Paul Mini-Moto brakes provide the stopping power.

This titanium full suspension bike also snuck out the door without many pictures of it. I’ll track down some more photos of it in the wild. Here it is on the scale at a hair over 26.5 lbs. X01ish build, Pike, Stan’s wheels, Hans Dampf’s, Hope Race x2 with 203/180 rotors, 125mm dropper, 785mm bar. 130mm rear/150mm front for partying on the downhills, but still making it up without suffering like a dog.

Russ’s bike features a double butted tubeset and Paragon toggle dropouts. He will run the bike with both 700c or 650b wheels depending on how much tire volume he needs. He will also switch between Shimano Ui2 11 speed and a Gates belt drive setup. The bike is wired internally for the Ui2 components and has the new integrated hydro brake/shift levers.

Mose was down and out with no bike, so I assembled the raw frame to get him back out on the trails. I will send the frame to paint after the fall. It’s a steel 27.5″ with rocker dropouts. Mose will run it as a single speed or with a 1x drivetrain. It’s designed around a 130mm pike and has slack and low geometry with short chainstays.

Last up is Reed’s 29er full suspension. It’s got 100mm of travel out back and 120mm up front. Sram XX1, Enve XC wheels, Hope brakes, a KS Lev dropper, and a Rockshox pike keep this bike lightweight for it’s capability. Reed rode this bike as part of the bike patrol for the BC bike race. Here are some photos Reed sent of his bike out on a foggy Santa Cruz rip. There is also a picture taken by Todd Weselake from the BC bike race.

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Lena’s frame is a 26″ touring mtb. It’s built with extra rack and fender mounts and chainstay disk mount dropouts. The bike will be a matched pair along with her husband’s Carl Strong bike, which is pretty cool.

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I ordered some new decals for the titanium bikes. I figure the black and white will be most popular. I have some green and blue for the people that want to spice it up a bit. They are also great for sticking on toolboxes, car windows, etc. I had some “bicycles” decals made too.

A new batch of head badges just arrived. Unfortunately, the stainless ones are gone for the foreseeable future. I’ve added a copper/silver mix, which should look like an old penny once some miles are on it. The order below is yellow bronze, copper, and white bronze.

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