NAHBS 2013: Geekhouse w/ Road Builds, Commuters & Cross
Based in Boston, Geekhouse started in the pursuit track bike market and has gradually progressed to different parts of the industry, now offering a well-respected road and geared commuter selection. OX Platinum steel is Geekhouse’s go-to standard nowadays with their three showcase bikes sporting it this year at NAHBS.
The Hopedale shown above is a relaxed road frame that’s beefed up for some gravel riding. Built up on Son Delux dynamo hubs laced to an H Plus Son Archetype rim, it gets SRAM force and an FSA cockpit. More on the Hopedale along with Geekhouse’s two other builds after the break…
A handmade front rack bolts onto the fork that’ll hold many combinations of sandwiches and/or travel gear.
Cables for the dynamo run through the fork for a clean design. Equipped are thick Grand Bois 32c tires that have both a classic design and gravel riding functionality.
Routing is done cross-style on the top tube so the bike can be shouldered. Plus, it looks pretty smooth.
A Speen top pull adapter creates functionality between top pull cable routing and a bottom pull front derailleur.
Quite a few Geekhouse bikes have this hand designed stem. The stem on the Hopedale gets a -17 degree rise.
S bend seat stays add some stiffness to the bike, and allow plenty of clearance for thick tires. And yes, you can jam a 32c tire in a Force caliper.
The Mudville is Geekhouse’s cross build, with a belt drive and Avid BB7 discs. Jordan Low over at Seven Cycles did the black, pink, and blue paint job as a side project. Built single speed, it has an Enve carbon disc fork with Avid BB7 mech brakes, a SRAM Red crank, and a Luxe Wheelworks wheelset.
Pink Chris King ISO single speed hubs laced to Corima rims add a bit of flare. The downtube is 31.8 mm, though they generally do a much larger 35 mm tube for stiffness. Routing is internal for the rear brake cable with the cable emerginf rom the rear left seat stay.
The drive side seat stay splits to let you run a Gates carbon belt drive.
The Brentwood is Geekhouse’s city/porteur bike, built to handle anything with disc brakes, fenders, a large rack, and a SRAM XX groupset.
A custom chainguard is cut with a water jet and hand bent at Harvard University.
A segmented fork routes the brake cable.
The custom rack that bolts to the fork is rigged with a dynamo light. It’s quite a bit larger than the rack on the Hopedale and is designed in-house the same way.