Steve Domahidy, who was the co-founder of Niner Bikes and designer of the recently introduced Factor Vis Vires road bike, has launched his own brand to get things back on the dirt.

Domahidy Designs is launching via Kickstarter with two hardtail 29er frames, one in Reynolds 853 steel and the other in 3/2.5 titanium. Both share the same geometry, which is somewhere near racy with a 71-72 degree head angle. That said, Domahidy says the bikes are meant to be “incredibly fun to ride.”

Roll past the break for pics, specs and the crowdfunding deal…


Both bikes use sliding dropouts and removable cable guides, letting you run them geared or single speed (and swap between the two with minimal effort). The titanium model uses triple butted 3/2.5 tubing with a tapered head tube and biovalized down tube to maximize stiffness at the steering and power transfer points. The stays are “S” curves to keep the spring in its step.


Bikes and frames will ship with two right side dropouts, one with a derailleur hanger, one without. They’re set up for 12×142 thru axles.


The steel frames use oversized Reynolds 853 DZB tubing and share the tapered head tube design. Both bikes build in a lot of tire clearance at the stays, too. Both are 29ers, but there are others in the works that may use different wheel sizes and designs.


To launch, Domahidy’s offering deals on frames and complete bikes, plus the usual assortment of schwag. Steel ones at $899 for the blue one, or $999 for this green one for KS backers only. Pony up $1,500 and you’ll get a steel frame custom painted in the color of your choice by Spectrum Powderworks.

The ti frames are up for grabs for $1,799 as shown or $2,400 for a Spectrum Powderworks custom paint job. Frames start delivering in August 2014.

Complete bikes start at $4,999 and deliver a month later. Want the ultimate experience with your new bike? For $10,000 you get this:

“A Domahidy Designs 29er XX1 equipped Reynolds 853 bike, a Sci-Con travel bag, and be flown to pick up your bike in person with Steve Domahidy and his wife in conjunction with a Project C.U.R.E. clinic. Project C.U.R.E. is the largest non-profit in the world delivering donated medical supplies, working in over 130 different countries. Spend a week with a Project C.U.R.E. clinic team in either Kenya or Ecuador, your choice, helping the local communities in that country, and then head out on the ultimate cycling adventure. Choose Kenya? We’ll help local communities in rural Kenya get the much needed medical attention they need and deserve, and then we’ll take you and your new Domahidy Designs bike to Mt. Kenya and ride the amazing trails surrounding this 17,000 ft. peak. How about Ecuador? Ride some of the most epic terrain in our world through the Andes of Ecuador while servicing the needs of the local populations in this impoverished country. All in country expenses are covered in this amazing package, including in-country airfare and transportation, lodging, meals, excursions, and other in-country expenses. INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED. See for more information about possible locations for this trip.>

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  1. I am fully digging these color schemes. Modern but not crazy. It could almost be called classy. At least there are no neon yellow stripes everywhere (ahem, Specialized… double ahem, Santa Cruz).

  2. So that’s where all the 142×12 sliding dropout inserts went. I’ve been trying to get my hands on a set for my new B-side frame, but they’re out of stock at Paragon.

  3. Surprised that they’re only at $140 of $80,000 so far- seems like people would be all over this. The buy-in is almost “custom bike” money, though.

  4. After reading through the kickstarter page it sounds like he did the paint and logos before even thinking about the bikes. That reflects the images, really cool looking paint on a frame that appears to have a serious fork crown issue.

    I’m totally gonna save up for the $10k trip to africa with him and his family. <-not really.

  5. Hey guys, thanks for chiming in. I just wanted to go on record as saying that the fork definitely DOES NOT hit the down tube. I’ve been around the block long enough to have figured that out. 😉 However, all of the frames pictured are still prototypes, and one thing that has changed for the production frames is the location of the down tube cable guide closest to the head tube. Not only is it too close to the head tube, but it also causes issues with the fork crown at 90 degrees. Tim A, I’m with you on the dollar amount, but I’m answering a lot of questions of interest. The buy in for production frames is actually lower priced than they will be at full retail, it’s only the custom painted ones that are closer to ‘custom bike’ money.

  6. I agree the crown fo the fork looks like it would be close to the down tube, but I think it is crazy to claim there is a “serious fork crown issue” based on a photo graph. Steve has designed dozens of frames, you might give the guy the benifit of the doubt and assume something as simple as fork crown clearance has been taken into account.

  7. I would add an affordable 29er HT with sliders to my stable in a heartbeat. But, i’m not sold on the graphics (mainly the brand name and font) or the fork crown clearance.

  8. Graphic design, much like beauty or art, is clearly in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I think that both the color palate and the logo art work is absolutely terrific. Kudos, Steve!

    And as for someone’s track record or ‘pedigree’ as far as bike design is concerned, I think that Steve Domahidy is a really, really safe bet. Perhaps somewhat akin to Kent Eriksen leaving Moots to start Eriksen cycles, except from a non-custom standpoint.

  9. I think the graphics and color schemes of the bikes look sharp. I’m completely gobsmacked though that the armchair engineers were wrong about the fork crown hitting the down tube. Man, it’s not like I saw that one coming from a mile away. I guess armchair engineering degrees aren’t as good as people claim.

  10. Shoot, the timing of all this is too early. I’m saving for a ti ss rigid belt, this fits the bill. Unfortunately my savings plan will far exceed the time restraints to catch the kickstarter.

What do you think?