Found: 44 Bikes’ Handmade Gravel Road Bike & More! UPDATED

Forty Four Bikes huntsman gravel road bike handmade in the USA

44 Bikes is a small shop out of New England that builds custom steel road and mountain bikes and, in the case of the Huntsman shown here, bikes that serve a multitude of purposes.

The Huntsman is laid out to work equally well on pavement and off, for gravel or cyclocross. The build shown here is for exploring rougher stretches thanks to the splayed out bars and Retroshift brifters. The chainstays are flattened to add a bit of compliance, aided by the thinner seat tube/post spec. Once the bike is built, the headtube gets a 44 Bikes badge and the seat tube gets a special badge with your own lucky number.

UPDATE: Pricing, custom options and some prototype “fat packing” bike touring bags added to post.

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Forty Four Bikes huntsman gravel road bike handmade in the USA

The Huntsman can even be set up to run singlespeed. Founder Kristofer Henry has some starting geometries for the bikes, but each build is completely custom for the rider, built one at a time. His order form gives you the opportunity to measure your current favorite rig to help get it dialed to fit you (you can also provide data from a pro bike fit, too). You can also pick options like rack and fender mounts, extra bottle mounts, radius seat tube, internal cable routing, singlespeed dropouts, etc. The list is extensive, your imagination even more so.

Once built, you can choose paint or powdercoat color so it’s finished to your liking. Frames start at $2,000.

Forty Four Bikes huntsman gravel road bike handmade in the USA

Forty Four Bikes kid dangerous 29er mountain bike handmade in the USA

The Kid Dangerous is his 29er hardtail mountain bike. The multiple bends in the seatstays serve two purposes. First, they add a bit of compliance for a more forgiving ride. They also contact the seat tube lower, which allows for a more drastic top tube slope without messing with the aesthetics like some of the old KHS hardtails. BB height is designed around east coast riding…a bit taller for better obstacle clearance without getting so tall it ruins the center of gravity.

Forty Four Bikes kid dangerous 29er mountain bike handmade in the USA

Henry says he’s beginning to work with titanium, too, and that seatposts, handlebars and stems are in the works. Oh, and touring bags:

44 Bikes Fat Packing bicycle touring bags

44 Bikes Fat Packing bicycle touring bags

These are prototypes of dry bags he built this summer for the seat back and handlebar. More on these as they progress.

Thanks to Adam for leading us to 44!

Comments

Hank - 10/15/12 - 8:28am

Strange handlebar…. :S

dgaddis - 10/15/12 - 8:32am

Kris does fantastic work, would love to swing a leg over one of his bikes. Read more about him here:

http://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum/f22/44-bikes-29082.html

cory - 10/15/12 - 10:13am

should read: ‘multiple bends in the seat STAYS serve two purposes’

Tyler (Editor) - 10/15/12 - 10:16am

Cory- Good eye! Just fixed it.

??? - 10/15/12 - 2:20pm

badass

Ajax - 10/16/12 - 1:50am

That black gravel bike is awesome!

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