Road to NAHBS 2017: Adam Sklar of Sklar Bikes

Six years since building his first frame, Adam Sklar, the young gun behind Sklar Bikes, seems to be settling in on a theme. His steel frames seem to be gelling – with main triangle tubing featuring gentle bends and subtly changing cross-sections, waisted seat stays, accompanied by the occasional super-straight blade segmented-crowned fork to help accentuate those curves. It is always fun to witness a builder focusing in on their style, but what makes this case so interesting is that Adam’s frames will be on display next to those of builders who have been refining a style longer than he’s been alive.

How young is Adam?

So young that he had to – real talk, here – Google the reference in my first question before he could respond to it. As he found out, the series ended the week before he was born…

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Six years since building his first frame, Adam Sklar, the young gun behind Sklar Bikes, seems to be settling in on a theme. His steel frames seem to be gelling – with main triangle tubing featuring gentle bends and subtly changing cross-sections, waisted seat stays, accompanied by the occasional super-straight blade segmented-crowned fork to help accentuate those curves. […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017 Long Interview: Dmitry Nechaev of Triton

With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember from our interview last year and who NAHBS 2016 show-goers will remember from the Soviet era military surplus hats he sold to help finance his trip.

As we learned from this entertaining interview with Dmitry over Skype last week, the Russian framebuilding landscape is unique- very different from the one builders take for granted in the US. The industrial infrastructure and manufacturing legacy from the USSR, as well as the economic repercussions as a result of its collapse, continue to both positively and negatively affect the every day lives of the few, though resilient, framebuilders in the country.

Because of this unique economic and cultural environment in Russia and despite being physically removed from the relatively accessible bicycle economies of Europe, Asia, and the US, Triton has found its place. The titanium company has designed and put into production several proprietary yokes to help to differentiate their frames in the global marketplace. They’ve also continued to expand their international presence, now selling to 37 countries worldwide. As Dmitry hints in this interview, big things are on the horizon for the Moscow company…

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With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Fatbike, Feature, Gravel Bikes, Interviews, Mountain Bike, NAHBS31 Comments

This Just In: 9:ZERO:7 Tundra aluminum trail fat bike

As I was writing this introduction my dad reminded me of my first cameo on BikeRumor. It was within the full review of the Borealis Echo and consisted of my first impressions of fat bike riding. At the end of my part I stated, “this will not be my last ride on a fat bike.” Since then, the past three years were filled with riding various rigs designed for a range of disciplines, and now I’m right back where I started with another fat bike. This time though, it’s the new 9:zero:7 Tundra. Not only does 9:zero:7’s newest aluminum bike make the jump to a suspension ready front end, but it also offers some big changes in geometry…

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As I was writing this introduction my dad reminded me of my first cameo on BikeRumor. It was within the full review of the Borealis Echo and consisted of my first impressions of fat bike riding. At the end of my part I stated, “this will not be my last ride on a fat bike.” Since then, the […]

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Wozo x Ireland: Taking Kona’s newest fat bike on a microadventure across the Irish landscape

Photo c. Kona

Think you need to take time off from work to have a true adventure by bike? That may be the case if you want to do something like ride the Continental Divide, but just because you don’t have a ton of time doesn’t mean you can’t do something epic in its own way. That seems to be the inspiration for Garry Davoren and William O’Connor’s recent ride through Ireland. After loading up their Kona Wozo fat bikes with camping gear and supplies for a 24 hour mission through the Irish countryside and the Slieve Aughty mountains, their microadventure shows that you don’t need a massive trip to completely escape from your day to day.

Check out the clip, and details on the Kona Wozo including actual weight after the jump…

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Think you need to take time off from work to have a true adventure by bike? That may be the case if you want to do something like ride the Continental Divide, but just because you don’t have a ton of time doesn’t mean you can’t do something epic in its own way. That seems […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017 Long Interview: James Bleakley of Black Sheep Bikes

Out on the front range of Colorado, there is a thriving pocket of builders who specialize in curvy, Klunker-derived mountain bikes. There is Chris Sulfrain at REEB, Cjell Money, Burnsey of Oddity, and Todd Heath of Moonmen. The bikes coming out of this crew are marked by their complex, three-dimensional forms and enthusiastic experimentation using new standards and technologies.

The Godfather to this talented and creative crew is the one and only James Bleakley, owner of Black Sheep Bikes and all-around nice guy. All of the aforementioned builders have apprenticed at his shop at one time or another (along with that talented up-and-comer, Corbin Brady). When I stopped by his shop, we talked about how he came into his distinctive, windy style as well as his building philosophy.

Also, for all those Black Sheep fans out there, James has treated us to a sneak peek of the Deathsplosion he’ll be showing in Salt Lake City.

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Out on the front range of Colorado, there is a thriving pocket of builders who specialize in curvy, Klunker-derived mountain bikes. There is Chris Sulfrain at REEB, Cjell Money, Burnsey of Oddity, and Todd Heath of Moonmen. The bikes coming out of this crew are marked by their complex, three-dimensional forms and enthusiastic experimentation using new standards […]

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USAMade Components makes smallest 104BCD chainring yet, 6mm GXP DM Adapter for Short Spindle rings

Looking for lower gearing without upgrading your crank? Until now, if you had a 104 BCD crankset, the smallest ring you could fit on it was a 30t. A few companies have made rings that fit on the smaller 64 BCD inner part of the spider, but now there’s another way to get those low low gears. USAMade Components is a revamped brand out of Vero Beach, Florida which is being run by industry veteran Chris Dupuis. As the name would suggest, their products are 100% made in the USA.

They also have a few unique components that may be exactly what certain riders are looking for. Their new ST Pro Integrated Guard Mountain Chainring combines the ability to run smaller chainrings on 104 BCD cranks while providing the extra protection of a bash guard. There’s also a GXP adapter which will allow you to run short spindle compatible chainrings on long spindle cranks…

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Looking for lower gearing without upgrading your crank? Until now, if you had a 104 BCD crankset, the smallest ring you could fit on it was a 30t. A few companies have made rings that fit on the smaller 64 BCD inner part of the spider, but now there’s another way to get those low […]

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Cold Weather Clothing Roundup Pt. 3: Warm up without the bulk with One Gore Thermium Jacket & Windstopper pants

Whatever the reason –  fat bikes, plus bikes, or just more riders overall, there seems to be an increase in the number of riders pedaling out in the cold. There seems to also be an equal rise in the number of clothing options as riders look for more purpose built pieces to keep them warm. Gore has always been one of the big names in outdoor apparel, so it should come as no surprise that they have a complete kit in their One Gore line. Between the One Gore Windstopper pants and the One Gore Thermium jacket, you’re almost guaranteed to be plenty warm…

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Whatever the reason –  fat bikes, plus bikes, or just more riders overall, there seems to be an increase in the number of riders pedaling out in the cold. There seems to also be an equal rise in the number of clothing options as riders look for more purpose built pieces to keep them warm. […]

Posted in Clothes-Gear, Clothing-Gear-Tools, Fatbike, Feature, Mountain Bike, Reviews8 Comments

Sun Ringle Mulefut 80 SL Rims: New life for an old Pugsley

It could be argued that the Surley Pugsley is to fat biking, as the Specialized Stumpjumper is to mountain biking. It is far from the first fat bike, but as the first mass produced version it opened up an entirely new segment of riding and played a big part in what fat bikes are today. The modern interpretation of the fat bike has changed drastically since the Pugsley first appeared in 2005, and the bike is now only sold as a frame set, but the bike still delivers the fat bike experience – even with its quirky offset design.

Which is why when it came time to decide what to do with my Pugsley Necromancer, I couldn’t force myself to get rid of it. You see, my personal Pugsley has essentially become my loaner fat bike. With up to four fat bikes on hand for various testing at most times, when conditions are good and friends want to ride – it’s there. However, due to the time frame that I built up my Pugsley (and my limited funds), I settled for the Vicious Graceful Fat Sheeba rims which did the trick, but were definitely not tubeless compatible. That turns out to be pretty important for a loaner, and after having it come back with flat tires way too many times, I decided it was time to lace up some new rims…

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It could be argued that the Surley Pugsley is to fat biking, as the Specialized Stumpjumper is to mountain biking. It is far from the first fat bike, but as the first mass produced version it opened up an entirely new segment of riding and played a big part in what fat bikes are today. […]

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When a TT bike and a fat bike have a baby… The Fat Trek Equinox is born

Rob McKillip and the Fat Equinox at the Iowa Bike Expo

When Rob McKillip’s venerable Trek TTX Equinox broke during warmups for the Iowa State time trial championship, he didn’t throw in the towel like some would have. Instead he simply hopped on the other bike he’d brought that day; his fat bike. After suffering through that TT, Rob’s broken Trek was relegated to wall-hanger status and forgotten until a while later when carbon fat bikes started popping up. Unimpressed with the offerings he’d seen, and with the memory of that brutal time-trial-on-a-fat-bike on his mind, Rob began chatting with Drew Wilson of Cyclocarbon; and thus the Fat Equinox was born.

Click past the break for details on this wild ride…

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When Rob McKillip’s venerable Trek TTX Equinox broke during warmups for the Iowa State time trial championship, he didn’t throw in the towel like some would have. Instead he simply hopped on the other bike he’d brought that day; his fat bike. After suffering through that TT, Rob’s broken Trek was relegated to wall-hanger status and […]

Posted in Fatbike, Feature, Prototype, Triathlon51 Comments