NAHBS 2011 – Engin Cycles’ Stainless 29er, New 29er, Dirt Road Bike and Brazed Steel Roadie
Before you even look at the bike (yeah, right), Check out the backdrop of Engin Cycles‘ booth…that’s their workshop, taken with a fish eye lens and blown up to create the back wall. The effect in person was really cool and gave a nice little view into the world of many custom bicycle fabricators.
OK, bikes: The gorgeous green 29er you see here is their “new” 29er and features all the latest standards, including: tapered head tube, press fit 30 (PF30) bottom bracket and 142×12 thru-axle rear. The latter standard is what Englis’ builder/designer Drew believes should be the way mountain bikes should be built moving forward.
They also had a stainless steel lugged 29er, a fillet brazed steel road bike and a light touring dirt road bike…all simply beautiful. Jump past the break to see ‘em all…
As usual, Engin’s paint was spot on. Frame set with these standards is $1895, plus $150 for PF30, $150 for tapered HT and $150 for axle. Lead time is currently just more than one year.
The other 29er in the booth was a lugged, stainless steel model. The main tubes are KVA stainless steel, a new tubing brand that launched along with this year’s show, and chromoly lugs, stays and fork.
The stem is also stainless steel, and it showed off their new 4-bolt stem design (versus the old two-bolt design on the right).
Thanks to the break in the seatstay, this frame is set up for belt drive, which is a $150 upcharge. This style has won them Best Off Road Bike in 2008 and 2010.
Frame starts at $3,800. Lugged Fork is $550, stem is $450 and seat post is $250.
This one is their fillet brazed steel road bike with integrated seatpost (ISP). It’s $6,200 as shown, frame set starts at $2,800 with ISP, fork, stem and frame. Fancy paint like ths one is About $500 more, standard is two color which includes the painted on logo (no stickers).
The seatmast and gravity lets the seat post simply rest in there, and a brass-tipped set screw keeps the seat from rotating left or right.
Engin Cycles’ Dirt Road Bike, also known as their Light Touring Bike, has a chromoly frame and is built for things like the Paris-Brest-Paris where you carry minimal stuff.
The front rack will carry up to 25lbs. It’s mounted by being countersunk into the brake bosses, which are then bolted in through the front of the rack. It’s also mounted into the bottom of the fork. It can be removed and show no trace of having a rack.
Tubing is Deda Replica steel. Down tube is bi-ovalized, top tube is tear drop shaped. Prices start at $2,800 for frame, fork, stem, post and fenders all painted to match. As shown here with Super Record is about $8,000. The rack is a huge undertaking in terms of built time and probably not something he’ll build regularly (Drew’s words).