Wraith Fabrications Offers New Source for Affordable, Made in the US, Columbus Steel Bikes
What started as a custom bike building operation for Adam Eldridge in Columbus, OH, has turned into a full on production run. But instead of offering custom bikes, Adam’s new company Wraith Fabrications is offering stock, high quality, made in the US bikes for an incredible price. Over the past 5 years Adam has built bikes that have earned the top spot at the Red Hook Crit as well as taking podiums at road and cross races across the US. Adam wanted to open up the world of handmade bikes to more riders, so Wraith Fabrications has done away with most of the wait time, and only offers stock geometry made from what they consider the best possible steel tubing.
The result is an initial road and cross frame that will retail for under $1100 with a full carbon fork…
Called the Hustle, this steel road bike is the first model from Wraith with the Paycheck cross bike coming soon. Constructed from full Columbus Life tubing the Hustle differs from the Paycheck with upgraded Life S-bend stays while the Paycheck receives Zona S-bend stays. Both frames feature triple butted tubes where it counts* (likely the main frame), custom aluminum internal head tube cups, and the new Columbus FEL 1.5″ tapered carbon fork. Other details include 27.2mm seatposts and English threaded BBs on both frames, as well as internal Campy style headsets. The Hustle is listed as fitting “most 25c rubber” which may be a deal breaker if you ride 28s, while the Paycheck’s tire clearance is listed at 35mm, with Canti brakes.
Sold as a frame and fork only, both framesets will retail for $1090 which includes free shipping, and free help to fit the bike. Initially frames will only be offered in three sizes with small, medium, and large, with different measurements for the two bikes. Head over to Wraith’s site for more info on the geometry. With the first bikes expected to ship in June, pre-order deposits are being taken now meaning you can reserve your Wraith for $300. Though if you’re interested, you better act fast since there are already only a handful left in the first batch.