NAHBS 2012 – Soulcraft Debuts Tradesmen Stock “Custom” Geared 29er Mountain Bike
Soulcraft Cycles showed up to NAHBS with their new Tradesmen this year. Sean Walling has developed a production geared 29er hardtail. The bike is built in their shop, by hand, the same way their other bikes are built, only without the custom options. It’s the same concept as the Satlzman road bike from Signal Cycles, and a cheaper option for those that want a Soulcraft, but can’t afford the full custom option.
The Tradesmen will come in three stock sizes, and each production run will only come in one color to help keep the cost down. Cost runs $1450 for the frame, and a complete build can be had for $4250.
Past the break you’ll find more photos of the Tradesman, plus a few other bikes from Soulcraft.
A rear dropout form Paragon is used for cost savings.
A wishbone rear end is used to save cost as well, as it is easier to manufacture.
I am all about a do-it-all bike, and the Soulcraft Groundskeeper is just that. This cyclocross bike has long reach brakes (in this case Paul braze on racer mediums), rack and fender mounts front and rear, and a tough as nails steel frame making it a great commuter, gravel road racer, and mudslinger on the cross course. Frames start at $1800, and the fork comes in at $475. Complete builds start at $4780.
The Soulcraft head badge reminds me of a door plate on a car.
Taking that do-it-all mentality even further is the Soulcraft Dirtbomb. It’s designed to clear the Panaracer Fire Cross 45c tire. The Dirtbomb would be at home built up as a commuter, or a monster cross bike. Flat bars? Sure. Dorp bars? Why not. Make it what you want it to be. And with custom build options, and deep pockets, you can do just that. Framesets start at $2250, with complete bikes coming at 4415.
The new Paul brakes, designed to work with drop bar levers. And they seem to have massive tire clearance to boot.