2014 NAHBS: 44 Bikes Murdered Out Rigid SS 29′r

This NAHBS I learned two things about 44 Bikes. The first being Kris and I are the exact same size – which comes in handy for any planned trips to New Hampshire I might have to make. Second, Kris doesn’t build anything that he can’t or wouldn’t ride himself. Although, I suppose if someone really wanted a road bike, he’d make an exception.

Regionally, the roads surrounding Kris’ shop and home are quite shitty. Rutted, washboarded, washed-out and rocky, the tracks and trails take quite the beating throughout the winter, so his bikes are tailored to this terrain. For NAHBS this year, Kris brought all three of his own bikes to show off, because, well. It just makes sense.

Here’s the show favorite from his booth: a murdered out singlespeed 29′r with a nice, fat Whisky Parts fork, Industry 9 wheels and a rear end so tight that it’d be hard to… No, wait, it’s so black metal that… Anyway, I digress.

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  • Ian

    want

  • Doug M.

    his garage journal thread is pretty epic… diy to the core: http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=112578

    • Sean Curran

      Ah, thanks for occupying the rest of my day.

    • Tyler Shannon

      Yes! i remember reading that and following along as he wrote and updated it. Love it

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson
    • Jamie McKeon

      yep! i’ve read that whole thread. it is insane.

  • PwetStar

    Sex on wheels.

  • naisemaj

    That rear end is tight! I would love to ride that thing, looks like my size too. I bet it’s hard to keep that front end down on climbs though!

  • boomforeal

    wow that thing looks like a beast. seat tube nice and steep, should climb just fine. shame about the tires, though

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      He rides those tires on his local trails just fine. I shredded them to pieces in a week here in Austin though.

      • Kristofer Henry

        The trails in NH are very loamy sprinkled with lots of granite. I’ve heard these tires are shredded elsewhere, but I have a set on another bike that have seen 2 full seasons with little to know signs of wear. Horses for courses.

  • Jake

    This bike is so perfect. Also, Kris and his wife Lynn were some of the nicest people I met all weekend.

  • DODGERDISCIPLE

    Clean. Simple. And dare I say, Badass!!!

  • Kristofer Henry

    Thanks for the kind words to all. Great show and wonderful to meet John in person. This bike climbs and descends. I build you “IN” the bike. That’s the beauty of building, riding and tweaking… constantly. -Kris @44 Bikes