NAHBS 2013: True Fabrications’ Steel Road, City & Mountain Bikes
True Fabrications hails from Austin, TX, and has been building custom steel bikes since 2005. They started out just building 29er frames for themselves, but now offer road, cyclocross, mountain and commuter bikes. They also make stems.
The disc brake road bike shown here is for a customer in Dublin. It has all internal cable routing, which is done with super clean execution. The paint ain’t too shabby either!
Click through for closeups and their other booth bikes…
Cables enter through tight holes in the frame with no external (visible) buttressing.
All cable entries and exits are just as smooth.
The city bikes are for a husband and wife that wanted something they could use in the city and lock up without fear of catching too much attention or getting banged up.
The bikes, built with Shimano Deore and the racks and fenders, are out the door for around $2,200 each, a virtual steal among custom bikes.
Paint is hammer tone powder coat, which holds up well against bike racks.
Colorado Trail Race bike is for True co-owner Clark that wanted something lighter than last year’s bike. It has a non-suspension corrected fork, which saves a bit of weight and let’s them put a bit more space at the headtube between the top- and downtubes, which lets him fit a bigger frame bag inside the front triangle. He’ll be racing single speed, so rocker dropouts let him swap drivetrain types.