NAHBS 2013: Blaze Cycles’ Fiery Spectrum & Ampeirce’s 29er Mountain Tandem
Blaze Bicycles divvied up their talent this year across a full line of bikes, from mountain, to classic road, to single speed, to ‘cross.
From Moab Utah, Blaze’s showstopper bike was a sweet 29’er with some plasma cut lugs. The tubeset is a true temper ox platinum steel. They’re considering making this bike a production model. Built as is with SRAM x9 gruppo, it’ll retail at $3750. Add $500 for those fancy lugs.
More Blaze cycles after the jump, and a monster 29’er tandem build by Ampeirce…
Head of Blaze bikes Pierre Chastain said the fiery lugs were inspired by the spirit of Utah.
At the back of the show, Blaze had a singlespeed ‘cross showbike on display. The rear triangle breaks for the Gates belt drive.
Blaze brought a couple road builds two. On top is Pierre’s personal road build. With a Columbus SL tubeset, it’s built up with classic Campy components.
The blue singlespeed gets a 4130 steel frame with a bent seat tube and some Paragon dropouts let you run gears and a derailleur if you’d prefer.
As soon as we walked onto the show floor, Ampeirce’s monster mountain tandem was hulking over the new builder’s isle. Top and lateral tubes are double butted and ovalized. The curving of these tubes shows some serious craftmanship. All other tubing is straight gauge. The titanium seatpost is by Kent Eriksen and Ampeirce crafted the rest of the cockpit in-house.
Components are Deore XT and it gets a bombproof Rohloff hub in the rear.
The fork’s designed to be interchangeable with a Maverick dual crown fork in case you and your partner want some suspension. The wheelset is a Pentetti 325 that’s tubeless friendly and Ampeirce had it sitting on some Surly Knard tires, the ones that come standard on the Krampus.
The rear stem is hand-made by Ampeirce for this build. Total weight ended up at 42lb 5 ounces, pretty respectable for such a large bike.