Category Archives: frame builders
Watch Out for the Hunter Cycles Bushmaster!
Hunter Cycles Bushmaster Tourer

Holy shit. Where do I even begin here? First off, we just saw where Rick Hunter builds his frames in Bonny Doon, just outside of Santa Cruz so we have context. Second off, the name of this bike is one of the deadliest vipers on Earth, the Bushmaster. These snakes are capable of multiple strikes in milliseconds and will deliver a fatal amount of venom without blinking an eye *snakes don’t have eyelids.*

Multiple strikes, multiple gears. No, wait. This is a singlespeed, right? Look again. (more…)

Oct 20, 2015 42 comments
Inside / Out at Hunter Cycles
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Kit builds aren’t Rick Hunter’s thing. You won’t find derailleur hangers ordered from a catalog in drawers, or your every day, run of the mill 44mm head tube waiting en queue for assemblage. Not at Hunter Cycles.

Rick Hunter is one of those builders that makes what I like to call utilitarian art. Utilitarian because each of his bikes are made to tackle one or many jobs efficiently and with a dash of fun. Or the other way around. Art because each bike is unique. Or rather, each run of production frames are unique. Be it a WoodRat, a Cyclo-Cross disc bike or a road frame. Rick will design, fabricate and finish his own cable stops, derailleur hangers and head tubes. There are a lotta hours put into each bike. More recently he’s been working on some feats of engineering and reverse practicality however with his completely insane Bushmaster bikes… (more…)

Oct 20, 2015 17 comments
Tomii Cycles Cable Hanger
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Weighing in at just 1 gram, this Tomii Cycles cable hanger is the minimalist’s dream straddle solution. No word on when it’ll be available for public consumption, or if he’ll be doing anodized colors, but you can sign me up! For now, keep on top of Tomii Cycles at their Instagram.

Oct 19, 2015 7 comments
My Rusty n Dusty Rat Rod Titanium Firefly Disc All Road
My Rusty Rat Rod  Titanium Firefly Disc All Road

Cycling is an experience that should continue to mature overtime. I’m weary of people who stand firm in their ideologies, rest on laurels and refuse to embrace the “new,” especially when it comes to riding bikes. Look, it’s not that hard to have fun. Opinions can change with experience, its normal. Embrace it.

For the past two years, I’ve been planning both financially and functionally for this bike. Something I’d encourage everyone to do with a custom machine. Don’t just jump in head first without doing research and saving your money. The last thing you want to do is to take a financial hit once the final invoice comes in.

You see, I knew I wanted a Firefly. I kind of felt like that brand and my own brand have grown together over the years. When Jamie, Tyler and Kevin started the company, it had a breath of energy, creativity and their final products all expressed experimentation. Those guys can make anyone a dream bike but deciding what kind of bike is a challenge. Part of my apprehension was not only where I felt like cycling’s technology was heading, but where my own riding would be taking me over the next few years. (more…)

Oct 19, 2015 74 comments
Black n Gold Black Cat Disc All Road
Black n Gold Black Cat Disc All Road

I gotta say, out of all the expo bikes at Grinduro, Todd from Black Cat‘s creation is most up my alley. Black bikes look mean, but then you add in a custom-machined lower headset cup, a beautiful stem, custom in-house gold paint details, those ENVE M‘s with RockNRoad tires and SRAM’s 10-42 rear cluster, resulting in one very dialed machine.

There’s nothing else to say, other than enjoy!

I also wanted to thank Todd from Black Cat for organizing the builder’s expo at Grinduro!

Oct 17, 2015 26 comments
Breadwinner Unleashes a 27.5+ Hardtail on the CommUtah Ride
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Photos by James Adamson

If you paid attention to the CommUtah ride on social media or read the post earlier today here on the site, you might have noticed James Adamson riding a Breadwinner hardtail that’s unlike anything currently available from the Portland-based brand. Well, I guess technically it’s an evolution of their Bad Otis hardtail, just with a lot more meat.

I can’t say much more about it at the time, but be on the lookout for a lot more from Breadwinner over the next few months… For now, check out more photos below.

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Oct 15, 2015 11 comments
Retrotec Disc All Road
Retrotec Disc All Road

Grinduro was a weekend-long event, filled with music, food, booze and a killer ride (or race, depending on how you party) but one of my favorite features was the expo, which featured a series of California-based frame builders, all designing what would be the ultimate “Grinduro bike.”

The first one to be featured here on this site is a unique Retrotec “all-road” which was built using signature Inglis details like a double, curved top tube, a seat tube cluster gusset, a hotrod-inspired paint job and extra sexy thru-axle dropouts.

It’s easy to swoon over a bike with such curves, but once you look at the build kit, the practicality really shines through. By using SRAM’s massive 10-42 cluster cassette and the CX-1 long cage rear derailleur, this bike can tackle anything, including China Grade’s intimidating average grade.

For the client, a Whisky thru-axle fork and wheels topped off the build… Which he then took right off the display shelf and rode the next day. If only I had gotten a post-race portrait.

Oct 15, 2015 14 comments
Leave it on the Road and Speedvagen
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Speedvagen and Leave it on the Road have once again teamed up for a charity ride down the PCH. They’ll be riding from Portland to Los Angeles in 12 days. This year, they’ll be raising money for City of Hope’s cancer fighting efforts. To help support LIOTR, Speedvagen once again made custom road bikes for the program leader Michael Tabtabai and six new riders, all of which ride for the Fireflies. You can follow them on their journey on Instagram.

These new bikes are beyond gorgeous, so check out some more of Bob Huff‘s photos below and if you’d like to order one of these special edition frames, holler at Speedvagen.

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Oct 15, 2015 9 comments
Dario Pegoretti by Derek Yarra for Above Category
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Photo by Derek Yarra

Dario Pegoretti is a true artist. A builder who’s known for his elaborate paintings as much as he’s regarded for his frame design and construction. His work evokes varied reactions spanning from awe to confusion and yet, there’s a beauty in each brush stroke.

Derek Yarra from Above Category recently visited Pegoretti’s shop in Italy and took some great photos, including this portrait. Head over to the AC Blog to see the rest!

Oct 14, 2015 2 comments