NAHBS 2013: Appleman’s Italian Themed Roadie & Wood Inlay Carbon 29+ Fat Bike
Matt Appleman is known for his cut carbon logos and carbon fiber road bikes, but this year he brought along his debut mountain bike: a 29+ fat bike. Conveniently, it’s in his size, so guess who’ll be testing it?
Like his road bikes, it uses UD tubes with stitched-and-layered UD carbon fabric. And, it gets his usual unique cut logo, this time using a plaid fabric backdrop with wood veneer for the logo. The real eye catcher is the raw carbon fiber woven rim strip, though!
Check that and more details, plus his Italian themed road bike below…
Chainstay yoke is custom made to clear a standard BB30 crankset and use a 135mm rear hub. It’s about 22lbs complete, edging out the 38 Frameworks carbon fat bike for lightest-in-category at NAHBS.
This one has fabric with laser cut wood veneer for the logo. Just another way to make a bike truly custom and one-of-a-kind.
It can be built for any size and type of tire and wheel. $4,600 for frame and headset. Note the carbon wrap at the joint above (click to enlarge). Where most builders use woven or plain UD carbon, Appleman uses stitched sheets of carbon fabric for a unique look. On it’s own, it is so shiny it was really hard to photograph, but here’s an attempt:
We’ve found that most builders who work with carbon fiber like to find other ways to use the material. Here, Matt took non-prepreg sheets of woven material and made his own super lightweight rim strip.
While every bike he builds is unique, across the board all of his road bikes now get internal cable routing as a no-cost option.
This one is for a customer that wanted an Italian theme, so it gets green hued sections on the right, red on the left.
Note the slanted brake bridge, a trademark feature on Appleman’s bikes.