Sklar Bikes: He’s Got Curves – Morgan Taylor

Words and photos by Morgan Taylor.

Last year when we visited Scott at Porcelain Rocket, we were doing the usual: shooting the shit about the industry, and Instagram, and all of the opinionated yammering that goes along with that. The topic of Sklar’s top tubes came up. Yes, those top tubes that curve upward, reducing standover while making for an instantly recognizable silhouette. I was suspicious.

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Scott said he likes Adam’s choice to build his bikes that way because it makes for more room in your frame bag, and I liked that. He also said that Sklar was a really nice guy who shreds on a mountain bike, and I liked that too. When we set out to ride our bikes north to south through Montana and into Yellowstone this summer, Sklar was on the list of people we hoped to visit, but we really had no idea when we would make it to Bozeman.

When the time came, we gave Adam a few days’ heads up, and arranged to meet up near the Continental Divide. He and Colin took us to Evel Knievel Days in Butte, then for a sweet trail ride, and then we ended up spending five nights on his living room floor. We went for an overnight to a lake in the mountains with another sweet trail ride back to town, cooked dinners and ate ice cream, and drank lots of coffee – instant friends.

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Sklar only started seriously building bicycles by hand about five years ago. He honed his craft while working on his engineering degree, which is now complete. That’s not to say he wasn’t messing around with bikes before then – hacking things apart and putting them back together in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado and working out what he liked and didn’t like – but in the past few years in Bozeman he found focus and has developed a unique style quickly.

Like many of the well respected builders out there, Adam does more than just miter straight tubes and whack them together with off-the-shelf parts. That’s not meant as a dig to those builders who choose a more traditional silhouette, but Sklar’s style also goes beyond his signature curvalicious top tubes and seat stays. While he’s meticulous about bending and forming his tubes by hand, he isn’t afraid to modify available pieces to build custom dropouts or post mounts for disc brakes.

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We really enjoyed our days spent in Bozeman with Sklar, cruising around town to his usual spots and meeting the people that caused him to stay in Montana after finishing his degree. I have to admit I was surprised we stayed so long, but Adam and his roommate Joey were super welcoming and we were enamored with Montana. Maybe that’s why Sklar stayed too.
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  • http://mwynne.ca Michael Wynne

    Had a far too brief trip through Bozeman for work. 100% want to get back and visit properly.

    • http://mwynne.ca Michael Wynne

      Also love workshop photoshoots! I ain’t no mountain biker, but seriously dig the Sklar vibe.

  • Ham Sandwich

    good old doug sklar. i know him from the internet.

    • White Mike

      it’s the best way to know people

      • Ham Sandwich

        is that you, mike? mike from the internet?

        • Adam Sklar

          Would you guys knock it off, you’re embarrassing me in front of the internet.

      • breed007

        Yeah, I try to avoid eye contact with you two in real life. Real life is the worst.

  • Adam Sklar

    Thanks for the cool shop photos and nice words Morgan.

  • rick hunter

    Sklar is a force of nature.. Is that little white jammer a 26+ ?

    • http://theRadavist.com Morgan Taylor

      27.5+… full gallery coming tomorrow!

    • Adam Sklar

      Thanks Rick.. I think that’s a good thing? Are we allowed to say jammer again?

      • Scott Felter

        No…no jammer. Please stop.

  • John Friedrich

    Adam is a super rad dude making gorgeous bikes and I love seeing his work here. One little detail- his shop is shared with Alter Cycles, owned and run by Mason and Steve. Also shared- tools, kegerator, kegerator contents, LED mini disco lights, grill, and stoke. (http://www.alter-cycles.com/)
    Bonus: go for Friday Happy Hour at five, get some local beer, and meet Adam, Steve, Mason, Siri the dog, and half the Bozeman cycling community.

    • Adam Sklar

      Thanks John <3

  • tb

    In Pic #38, is that a repro Hite Rite or an original? Awesome either way.

    • Adam Sklar

      It’s a repro. I was going to do a batch at some point. So many projects…

  • adanpinto

    I love bikes with curved tubes, they look a lot like the ones from Caminade:
    http://caminade.eu/vtt.semi.suspendu.simpletrack.espresso-57900-9.php

  • Trevor H

    That full suspension is super cool, and all of Adam’s stuff is awesome. A fresh breath of change to the traditional tube shapes..

    Montana is on the list of places to visit with friends in Billings and Whitefish.. Bozeman seems like a good stop off for a night as well!

  • http://samh.net/ Sam Haraldson

    ADAM SKLAR BUILT MY POLO BIKE!!!!