Category Archives: Chris King
Signal Cycles: The Pulse Road Bike
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The Pulse is Signal’s third production bike but you could probably say it’s their fastest. This bike just exudes speed, even sitting in the photo studio.

Signal went with a tapered Enve fork with a tapered headtube, double oversize Columbus Life tubes and pulled it all together in a tight, zippy geometry.

Available in the stock sizes additional options to play with like paint colors, component kits, disc brakes and Di2.

Prices start at $2500 for frame, fork and Chris King headset. Completes from $4500.

Check out more below and contact Signal for ordering options.

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Jun 4, 2014 1 comment
Aaron’s Stinner Fundero 29′r Hardtail MTB with SRAM XO
Stinner Frameworks 29r Fundero MTB

During the Amgen Tour of California, I spent eight hours in Santa Barbara with Aaron Stinner. His framebuilding company, Stinner Frameworks has been on fire lately. From building the Mudfoot Elite cross bikes, to speaking at Mission Workshop and unveiling his newest model: the Fundero MTB.

Available in both 27.5 and 29′r these semi-custom frames are meant to take you to the trail and home again in (mostly) one piece, depending on how much you enjoy ripping. For this build, Aaron went with SRAM XO, Stan’s wheels, XT brakes and a White Brothers Loop 120mm fork but build kits are available in any group.

These frames are lightweight, come with a powdercoat, replaceable derailleur hanger and a tapered head tube. If you’re looking for a straight up, made in the USA shred sled, holler at Aaron!

After I shot photos of his workshop, I grabbed Aaron and his 29′r Fundero for a quick photoshoot at a trailhead down the block from his house… Next time, I need to actually shred this thing!

May 23, 2014 13 comments
Garrett’s Cinelli XCR Road with Campy Record 11
Garrett Chow's Custom XCR Cinelli Road

The Cinelli XCR embodies the ideologies representing the brand’s history of making performance steel racing bicycles. Much like the modern big brother to the Supercorsa, the XCR is made in Italy, individually, by hand.

It just so happens that every one of these frames is made to order. Custom if you will, because each frame is welded after an order is placed, which, to me, is pretty rad.

For people like Garrett Chow, the man responsible for many of MASH’s designs, the XCR was exactly what he was looking for after riding strictly carbon for years. He wanted some compliance with a livelier stride…

When the crew at Cinelli / Columbus offered to build him a bike, he gladly obliged and requested a white paint job with Mash insignia added in. Garrett spared no expense on the bike, building with with Campagnolo Record 11, 3T and Fulcrum Racing Lite XLR race wheels. Basically, everything on this bike is made in Italy, minus the Chris King headset and LOOK pedals.

I shoot a lot of nice bicycles, but this one made me nervous as we propped it up on the side of Diablo… See more in the Gallery and thanks to Garrett for thinking of me when it came to shooting this bike!

May 21, 2014 11 comments
Allan’s Hunqapillar Dirt Tourer
Allan's Hunqapillar Dirt Tourer

The Hunqapillar. A touring bike with massive clearances for mountain bike tires, tubing spec’d for off-road ripping (fully loaded) and a gorgeous green and cream paint job. Branded as a “Wooly Mammoth Bicycle”, this machine is meant to rip wakki 1-trakk and still make it to Poppi’s Pizza in time for a cold pint or a toke from the wizard’s pipe.

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May 8, 2014 61 comments
Losing the Front Derailleur: The Wolf Tooth Bit My Indy Fab
Independent Fabrication and a Wolf Tooth

At this point in the MTB game, probably one of the greatest inventions in the past few years has been the narrow wide chainring. Sure, there was a patent from a century ago, that called out a similar design but at a much larger scale but it was SRAM who first applied that technology to the cycling industry.

Later, companies like Wolf Tooth and Race Face adopted the narrow wide ring design, making it applicable to a wider platform. Basically, any system can use this ring design and work.

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May 6, 2014 16 comments
No Sus No Fuss
FUJI_Tests-IF

No matter what MTB I’m currently reviewing, I love getting out on my IF. Sure, I’ve gotta be mindful with my lines, but it’s a no-nonsense shred sled!

I’ve been shooting a lot with the Fuji X-T1 these days, so there will be a lot of little posts like this.

Apr 19, 2014 8 comments
Ben’s Moots Psychlo X RSL Cross
Ben's Moots Psychlo X RSL Cross

There are bikes that epitomize performance and style, but few carry the brand clout of Moots. Sure, your dentist, or doctor might have one, but chances are, they didn’t spring for the Psychlo X RSL. This frame is arguably the best cross offering to come from the brand, with its 44mm head tube, PF30 BB, oversized tubing, shouldering-friendly – formed top tube and more than enough mud clearance at the stays. This ain’t your everyday Moots!

Ben’s a mechanic at Mellow Johnny’s, the local Moots dealer here in Austin. He picked up this frame for a song and built it up over a six month period of time, from used parts and new, with no immediate deadline in mind. A few weeks ago, it was ready to roll with a mix of Force / Red 22, ENVE and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes.

We rode out to one of our favorite “hot laps” singletrack spots in south Austin and shot photos of the bike sitting in a field of Blue Bonnets, the Texas state flower. With Nationals in Austin this year, Ben’s starting to train for cross the best way possible: shredding trails!

Apr 17, 2014 9 comments