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NAHBS 2015: Cycle Monkey’s 29+ Black Sheep, Gates Belt Drive, Kish & Cysco Cycles

NAHBS 2015: Cycle Monkey's 29+ Black Sheep, Gates Belt Drive, Kish & Cysco Cycles

Cycle Monkey is the U.S. distributor and service center for Rohloff internally geared hubs, and what better way to show off the system than on a sweet custom project bike.

This one belong’s to CM’s Neil Flock and combines a standard 120mm travel Rockshox RS-1 shock with Maxxis Chronicle 29+ tires… which looks amazing, with side clearance to spare. As for bottom out clearance between the top of the tire and the fork’s crown? Well, I walked one of Rockshox’s PR managers over and he said they absolutely do not recommend this set up. Of course, folks were running 27.5 wheels on 26” forks long before the wheel size became dominant, the safety rule of thumb being to remove all the air from your fork and check clearance at bottom out. And then decide for yourself if you wanna run parts outside of their intended scope.

Check the details, plus bikes and parts from Gates Belt Drive, Kish and Cysco Cycles, below…


NAHBS 2015: Reeb Cycles Teams up with SMAC Innovations for New Bars, Introduces Titanium Seat Post

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On the bike side of things, REEB has been making noise with their own proprietary tubeset created with the help of True Temper Sports. First shown on the REEB Donkadonk fat bike at Interbike, the tubeset allows for the use of a 31.6mm dropper post as well as making tire clearance for the biggest tires and a stiffer down tube for improved rides all around. Now found on both the Donkadonk and the Reeb Dikyelous, REEB continues to blend their love of bikes, craft beer, and domestic manufacturing in a way that we can all appreciate.

Lesser known than their frames, REEB is adding to their line of components with a US made titanium seatpost, and a new handlebar collaboration with SMAC Innovations…


NAHBS 2015: Steel gravel, mountain bikes from Retrotec & Sycip


Retrotec had a few new designs on hand that maintain the curvy brand aesthetic but usher in the latest part and standards. The gravel bike above may look familiar, it was used to showcase the new Whisky No.9 carbon disc brake fork at Frostbike.

The orange bike in the background is another new one, a fully modern fat bike that he teased but didn’t show in our pre-NAHBS interview, and just after the show, builder Curtis Inglis sent over pics of another build he just finished that shows off a slightly different take on wide tire clearance…


NAHBS 2015: New Builder, Wiseman Frameworks

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Dave Wiseman, of Wiseman Frameworks, originally worked in pharmaceutical sales and architectural design before changing direction to apply his love of design and knowledge of structure to that of a small scale production. Namely, frame building.

Constructing his first mountain bike frame offered a unique experience – the opportunity to manufacture what he conceptualized. Several years and frames have passed since then, bringing Dave to 2015 where he showcased his skills on NAHBS new builder aisle… READ MORE ->

NAHBS 2015: Quiring boosts 29+ mountain bikes beyond 148 w/ clever parts use

Quiring 29er-plus titanium mountain bike with 157mm rear axle spacing and offset chainline

With all the hullabaloo surrounding the new Boost 148 rear axle standard, one could be tempted to think that was the only way to accomplish goals like improved wheel stiffness, more clearance and ideal chain lines, all while remaining lightweight.

Well, Scott Quiring thought differently, and he managed the hat trick without it, using off the shelf standards to create a 29+ bike with an insanely short chainstay of just 17″…with 29×3.0 tires!

Here’s how he did it…


NAHBS 2015: New HED 24″ fat bike rims have all the width, a little less height

HED’s rolling out a smaller brother for its fat bike rims, ushering in more options for smaller riders or those that just want a snappier ride.

“I think if fat bikes had not evolved from mountain bikes, they would have started with 24 inch,” said HED’s Andy Tetmeyer. “It provides the same outer diameter as a normal 26″ MTB tire, but has all the flotation and traction of a bigger fat bike tire.”

“The benefit is better handling because the bike’s geometry doesn’t have to be adjusted to accommodate the bigger wheels. Plus, for shorter people, it provides better stand over. That becomes particularly important if you’re stepping off the bike into deep snow.”


How To Build A NAHBS Bike – Part 6: Paint, Decals and Show!


The final step in bringing a bike to NAHBS is to give it a nice coat of paint, put it together, and get it to the show. For our project Matter BeneFat, form followed function so we covered it in a nice coat of matte black with some nice accent stickers. Plenty of the gorgeous bikes to be show there are covered in thousand dollar paint jobs, but in the case of this project bike, it has to look good, but also look OK when covered in a bit of dirt.

Owner Collin Schaafsma took the finished frame down to Spectrum Powder Works for the cosmetic coating. Take a look inside to see the progression…


Frostbike Roundup 2: Bikes, Clothes, Grips, and more

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Continuing on with Frostbike coverage, TRP was on hand with the final production version of their carbon cross fork. Most of the fork’s specifications were decided when we first wrote about the fork earlier in the year, but TRP has now settled on the production finish. Using a two tone matte/gloss finish, there is a tastefully simple TRP logo on the upper quadrant of each leg.

More on the fork plus Foundry, Cogburn, Mechanical Threads, One, Odi, Ergon and more next…


Upstart Rad Bicycle Company Offers Affordable Hand-Built Frames

Rad Bicycle Company's The Grizz fatbike

What do you get when you mix a lifetime of automotive manufacturing, years of bicycle racing experience and a newborn child? We get Rad Bicycle Company, the new passion of Michigan’s Matt Craig. Two years ago when his son was born, Craig decided to shift his focus away from racing and use his extensive manufacturing knowledge to start building bikes instead.

Rad Bicycle Company seeks to put people on high quality USA hand-made frames at a competitive price to overseas manufacturers. Craig’s 4130 chromoly frames are designed and welded in-house, with a balance of race-able light weight and daily thrashing durability in mind.

Check out more of Rad Bicycle Company’s craftsmanship after the break…