NAHBS 2011 – Signal Cycles: New Stock-Sized Saltzman and Custom MTB, Townie, Rando
Signal Cycles debuted their first ever “production” bike, the Saltzman, which brings their handmade craftsmanship down to a more affordable level by letting them produce in batches. True to their beginnings, though, their full custom work ended up winning Best City Bike, too.
Pictured above is their Randonneur Bike. It’s a lugged steel bike with Paul’s Racer brakes and built for light touring. Front rack is made specifically for Japanese Guu Watanabe pannier bags (sitting behind the bike). A dynamo front hub has a hidden wire that runs thru rack to front light, then thru the fender to the frame, inside the frame to rear fender then to the rear light. Price is $9,500 as shown, but you can get it with fewer fancy options.
Signal’s basic lugged bike is $2,200 and $250 for the fork. Brazed bikes start at $2,000. Check out tons of detail photos on all four of their display bikes, including a singlespeed 29er mountain bike, after the break…
Custom touches like polished lugs and the stem with integrated cable runs are what make this one so pricey.
The back of the bag has matching metal rods that slide into the upright poles on this rack and hold it in place. Below, wiring for the rear light drops out of the chainstay and runs into the fender.
The Saltzman Road Bike is their first production road bike and will be available in five stock sizes (52-60 even sizes). It’s a long reach road bike with room for fenders, will come with in-house hand built wheels with full Shimano 105 or Ultegra groups, including the hubs. Paint matched aluminum fenders are a $150 option and includes struts to keep the fenders straight. All Columbus tubing, comes with Chris King headset and uses their S-bend seat stays.
Pricing $3300 (105) and $3900 (Ultegra). Available April 1. They’ll have a size run in stock at all times. When they get an order it’ll go to paint in either the teal blue or cream white (like on the Rando bike above it), no custom paint options for now on these.
Signal’s Single Speed 29er curved seat stays that flow into the brake bridge, uses their own dropouts that are laser cut then machined out (detail below). This one, along with many of their frames, has a reinforced sleeve at the top of the seat tube since that tube is pretty thin. For the singlespeed models, they’re purpose-built to be single speed only.
The dropout starts as geared, but they cut off the derailleur tab to make it super clean. They use Bushnell EBBs because they’re light and clean looking. Internal cable routing for disk brake.
This one would be $5700 as a complete bike, and they prefer to sell it as a complete bike so that all parts can be taken into consideration during the build. Of course, the customer picks the parts so they get exactly what they want. Paint is usually powdercoat on brazed bikes like this one.
Their award-winning Singlespeed Townie Bike was built for a customer that wanted a simple around town bike. Built around the Paul Racer brakes, those are the only brakes that’ll fit this bike.
Stainless lugs were hand polished and ‘roughed’ to give it a unique finish, then the stem is a brushed nickel plated finish with an integrated routing stop for the front brake. Same finish is on the rear rack. Paint matched fenders.
Allen wrench on the water bottle cage is for the bolt-on rear hub.