NAHBS 2011 – Black Cat Cycles 29er Singlespeed, Touring Bike and Paul’s Cyclocross XC Bike
Black Cat Cycles had three new bicycles on display next to their standard 26″ mountain bike, which was decked out with some 2012-ish Truvativ components that were slightly visible in the video they shot on the way to Austin.
The touring bike, shown above, kept the classic aesthetic going, the cyclocross bike in the background was built for Paul of Paul Components and there was a new singlespeed 29er mountain bike, too. Jump past the break to see details and photos of ’em all, including the new Truvativ goodies…
The touring bike was built with oversized tubing to help carry the load and extra tire clearance. It handles a 45c tire w/o fenders, but smaller with ’em.
It has four water bottle bosses, custom racks and retro 9 speed gearing with bar end shifters.
Built for Paul of Paul Components, who calls it his CX XC bike. Swoopy seat stays with S-bends to keep it comfy. This one’s a bit more relaxed than their regular cross bikes, which are a bit more relaxed than euro ‘cross bikes with their taller BB and steeper head angle.
Their singlespeed 29er had handmade lugs made in-house. The frame had 140 hours of labor before paint. The tubes are butted True Temper tubing, even the bent ones.
Fork crown is brass fillet brazed with silver brazed fork legs and steerer tube. Silver has a minimal heat affection, so it comes out stronger than if it were all brass brazed. All of their segmented forks are made that way. They created a custom curved stem to match the frame’s aesthetic.
Swinger dropouts and 16.5″ chainstays, which is really short for a 29er and lets em keep a neutral head angle.
Custom chainring by RCR Fabrications that mounts directly to XO crank.
This is the mountain bike they rode in the video, and here are the new Truvativ components: