Originally founded in the early 1970’s by Stelio Belletti, the brand Stelbel has just risen from the dead with some exceptionally-designed frames. Stelbel brings their expertise of tig welding to offer everything from a modern road, to a track (don’t miss those track ends!) and cyclocross frame but that’s not all, there’s much more to see at Stelbel.
Twin Six’s affordable “do anything” frameset, the Standard Rando is now in stock at their site in gloss black or green. These frames tout a comfortable, yet non-sluggish wheelbase, a 45mm offset and come in sizing from 51cm to 59cm. Build them up as a cyclocross bike, or a light tourer / commuter with fenders and take your pick of 2x or 1x cable bosses.
Personally, I’m impressed with Twin Six’s bike lineup and for anyone looking for a $600 frame, the Standard Rando is a contender. Head over to see more information.
The JB Racer may be Breadwinner’s flagship MTB but it’s far from anything new for Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira. When the two framebuilders decided to join forces to create the Breadwinner label, Ira Brought his knowledge of road and cross bikes to the table, while Tony weighed in on the MTB game.
Truthfully, the JB Racer is a continuation of the way Tony Pereira has been building cross-country mountain bikes for years. Named after Jeff Bates, one of Tony’s best friends who died from skin cancer, the JB Racer is a true to form XC race machine. Racing mountain bikes is where Pereira Cycles first made an appearance and Jeff Bates was one of the first to race under the brand.
When Breadwinner formed, Tony used his singlespeed MTB as inspiration for the JB Racer and here we are today. This and the Bad Otis offer two sides to the MTB coin. After we shredded Brown’s Camp last week, I shot some photos of Ira Ryan’s personal JB Racer. While there’s more to come from that day, I really wanted to showcase this bike on its own.
If you’re interested in one of these machines, the JB Racer starts at $1795 for a frame.
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SOMA’s Juice 29er and B-Side 27.5 hardtail MTBs are now compatible with a Gates belt drive system, thanks to split Tange Sliding Dropouts. You can now choose to build them singlespeed or with Rohloff hub. For this run, they kept the same colors and adopted the Tange split dropout, but future 2015 models will utilize a split stay. As far as current stock, the only other change was incorporating a drive side chain stay yoke to ensure the frames will fit 2.4″ tires and the thick Gates front cog.
If you’re looking for a versatile, steel hard tail, these two bikes are great options. Check out more details at SOMA and holler at your local shop for ordering. You could even set it up as a mean dirt-dropper. Check out Golden Saddle’s latest Wolverine for inspiration!
London’s Kinoko Cycles has just received a couple of easy-on-the-eyes Nagasawa track frames in various colours (that’s British for “colors”) for your consumption. Now, whether you want to just look, or buy one, that’s up to you. Either way, check out more at Kinoko.
For 2015, Moots introduces a rather interesting model to their extensive lineup. The Moots Routt is made for expedition-style, ultra-lightweight bikepacking and backcountry touring. With disc brakes, 450mm chainstays and a nice bottom-bracket drop, this bike will sail with ease down fire and frontage roads and rip up singletrack. With clearance for up to a 44mm tire, it’ll take whatever you throw at it on trail and tarmac.
Since the Routt is titanium, it’s bound to offer a smoother ride than other materials and since it’s a Moots, it’s backed by their lifetime warranty. Made in Colorado where they know a thing or two about the wilderness.
See more at Moots and head to your local dealer for ordering.
It’s not everyday that you come across a handmade, Italian, carbon fiber track frame. By today’s internet offerings, the pricepoint is anything but cheap, but see above descriptors for rationale and see more at Cueva.
Colossi Cycling, is located in Shenzhen, China where Jan Cole has been building frames since 2005. Everything from custom, to production and even frames from some of your favorite companies, Colossi is well-versed in the practice of frame building.
Just as at home in the snow as it is on a dry and hot summer’s day, Twin Six’s new Standard Fat MTB is one fatbike not to be overlooked. Available as a frameset ($2000) or a SRAM X1 build kit (starting at $3,200), these bikes have options for through-axle, or quick release and cable guides for 1x or 2x systems. With a 70.5º head tube angle and full titanium tubing, the Standard Fat is make for shredding and slogging…
In stock now at Twin Six.
Known primarily for their track bikes, UK-based 14 Bike Co recently relaunched their website and along with it, a new lineup of frames. While staying true to their track roots with the 14R, the brand has dived into dirt with a new 29r hardtail and multiple cyclocross models.
I could go on about how great this lineup looks, but you should just go see the full UK-made range for yourself at the new 14 Bike Co.