Nathan’s Rock Lobster All Road

Big tires, disc brakes and thru-axles. Those parts of the equation are pretty standard issue these days when it comes to production bikes. Yet when you want something different. Something special and something with, I dunno, steez, sometimes you just gotta go custom. In the world of ‘cross and off-road bikes, there are many options out there, especially in California yet Nathan contacted Paul Sadoff of Rock Lobster to build him his new bike.

Nathan's Rock Lobster All Road-12

Why? Well, Rock Lobsters have a certain appeal, or legacy if you will and having feasted his eyes for years upon Paul’s handywork, when he finally had enough money for a deposit, Nathan could only think of one man for the job…

Granted he didn’t request a standard issue racing machine. He wanted something a little more unique. Again, steez. Fluro yellow, magenta and big. This bike pops after the sun goes down and screams down dirt roads with ease but style isn’t everything. Paul had to design a rigid steel fork with disc mounts and a thru-axle, something he doesn’t do a whole lot of.

Great custom bikes fit not only the rider themself, but their personality and riding style. When you meet Nathan, there’s no doubt that this bike is in fact a chip off the old block.

  • Goshdamn that is some proper steez. I cannot pull that off, but wish I could!

  • Tyler Shannon

    I love seeing White Industries cranks on builds, they look so good. I’ve only ever seen them paired with Shimano though, are they compatible with Sram?

    • Arekey

      Dosen’t John’s own Woodville have a White Ind. crank paired with SRAM drivetrain?

    • AdamBike99

      They work wonderfully with SRAM. When I converted my SS to SRAM 1×10, I left my ENO’s in place. Never dropped a chain even with the stock ENO 32t ring paired with an X9 Type 2.1 rear mech (with clutch). Now this setup is moving to my new, custom cycletruck for a continued beautiful working relationship!

    • Jared Jerome

      I’ve used them with Force with no complaints.

  • Jacob Samborski

    Love it!

  • kasual

    +1 for a bike that looks ridden and a steel fork.

  • Sretsok

    That bag on the downtube is pretty nifty. What kind of stuff does he carry in there?

  • Ham Sandwich

    when you say all road, do you mean that this bike can be on all the roads? ALL the roads? ALL OF THEM JOHN?

    • PGH_small_adventures

      Highway compatible.

  • stefanrohner

    beautiful bike, apart the White Industries retro look crank set.

    • Nathan Carballo

      Shit! They told me those cranks were NEW!!

  • Alex Wichman

    Ok, seriously, this is one of my favorite bikes you’ve put up, ever. This is just so me.

  • Nick Valdes

    Lookin’ good Nathan. Wish I were there to go take a ride on my matching one. Looks great!

    • Nathan Carballo

      Come visit ya goof!!

      • Nick Valdes

        Hopefully this year! Enjoy the bike man! Diggin’ the pink hues.

  • Felix

    nice sausage bag

  • Oh my fucking lord, this is so, so good.

  • Pat Smith

    How do you wrap the chainstay like that??!!!

    • D.J. Bolles

      You get some Newbaums bar tape and wrap it around the stay.I’m about to do the same to my Trek when I replace my shift cables.

  • camarones

    What is that saddlebag?

    • Phidel Declercq

      That saddlebag is a double want !

      • camarones

        Done a little searching and it I think it is a Yanco & Tracko Ramblin’ Roll. (Same as the bag on the downtube). It looks like you can find similar stuff buy searching for saddle roll on google.

    • Nathan Carballo

      Yup! It the ramblin’ roll made by Yanco at Jonesville Customs. This design was released by Team Dream.

  • hans

    hell yes carballo!

  • mr. apodaca APODACA

    that bike is hot like fire bolts from the sky!! please tell me where you got that bar wrap?!

  • Johnny Burrell

    I really prefer a non-tapered head tube on a steel road/cross bike like this bike has… it just looks right. Love the color as well.

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  • kermitonwheels

    The appeal of the Rock Lobsters is pretty obvious: that no-nonsense all nonsense stance.

  • Gordon

    What is the kit? Love the color blocks!

    • Nathan Carballo

      Old design done up by Super Domestik, I believe they still make ’em.

  • cork grips

    dang, that’s another vote for rock lobster in what bike i’m gettin next..

  • Robert Mead

    What bidon?