NAHBS 2013: Blaze Cycles’ Fiery Spectrum & Ampeirce’s 29er Mountain Tandem

Blaze Cycles Mountain Bike Lugged Steel

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…

Blaze Cycles Hardtail Mountain BIke Lugged Headtube and Logo

Blaze Cycles Hardtail Mountain BIkes Lugged Headtube Blaze Cycles Hardtail Mountain BIkes Lugged Rear

Head of Blaze bikes Pierre Chastain said the fiery lugs were inspired by the spirit of Utah.

Blaze Cycles Singlespeed Gates Belt Drive Cross Build

At the back of the show, Blaze had a singlespeed ‘cross showbike on display. The rear triangle breaks for the Gates belt drive.

Blaze Cycles Singlespeed Gates Belt Drive Cross Build Head BadgeIt’s a 4130 steel frame built with disc brakes and a Stan’s Tubeless wheelset. It gets some swept back mustache bars for comfort and style.

Blaze Cycles Singlespeed Gates Belt Drive Cross Build Dropouts Blaze Cycles Singlesleed Gates Belt Drive Cross Build BB

Blaze Cycles Classic Steel Frame Builds

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.

Blaze Cycles Campagnolo Groupset Classic Build

Blaze Cycles Campagnolo Droupouts

Blaze Cycles Dropouts Blue Blaze Cycles Curved Downtube Blue

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.

Ampeirce

Ampeirce mountain tandem

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.

Ampeirce Mountain Tandem Swinging Dropouts

Components are Deore XT and it gets a bombproof Rohloff hub in the rear.

Ampierce mountain tandem trussed fork

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.

Ampeirce mountain tandem handmade ti stem and bars Ampeirce mountain tandem handbent double butted tubes

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.

Comments

Sark - 02/25/13 - 2:23am

The Ampeirce tandem is a work of art.
Great stance and proportion.

TINKLEPANTS - 02/25/13 - 6:28am

“…said the fiery lugs were inspired by the spirit of Utah.”

What did he say the lumpy welds were inspired by?

JR Z - 02/25/13 - 9:23am

I see a full sus. fatty in the background of the top two Blaze ‘cross build pics. What is it already?

Colin - 02/25/13 - 9:59am

JR Z,
That’s a fantastic build by Ti Cycles. We’ll have some info up in the next couple of days.

jonas - 02/25/13 - 12:50pm

the head angle on the 29er looks to be a tad steep. great craftsmanship all around though.

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