… you’re over the Wednesday hump! Today was a hot, but fun one.
Photos by Matt Miller
Remember that slick Tiger Camo painted Stinner frame from the Inside / Out visit? Well, here it is in all its dirt-eating glory. Complete with SRAM 1x and Jones-built i9 to Easton wheels, this thing will be seeking and destroying the dirt in Los Angeles any day now. Check out more photos below and give Matt Miller a follow on Instagram! (more…)
Who gets the reference? It’s from the following: “These go to 11” – the hilarious excerpt from Spinaltap? Why not just make ten louder?
When SRAM’s new Eagle drivetrain was announced, it received mixed impressions. 12 speed on a mountain bike seems excessive and the pricepoint is pretty alienating. Needless to say, “the internet’s” opinion was divided. Personally, I find new tech when it comes to drivetrains the most interesting and relevant. Anything that can bring more versatility to my current rides is ok by me and hopefully, as we’ve seen in SRAM’s other products over the years, the tech will trickle down into more affordable groups like GX and NX.
These days, Stinners are everywhere, even all over the pages of this website and while it might feel like some kind of marketing conspiracy, with loads of money exchanged and bathtubs filled with gold coins, I can assure you it’s not. Since I moved to Los Angeles, I see more Stinners on the road and in the trails. Rightfully so, seeing as how their shop is located in Santa Barbara, just 90 miles north of LA and yeah, they make some pretty stellar bikes. (more…)
A week ago, I went up the coast here in Southern California to visit the shop of Stinner Frameworks. It’d been a few years since I’d visited Aaron and hadn’t yet been to their new shop. The intent of the trip was to check out a new rowdy 27.5+ hardtail they’ve been developing and document one frame’s journey from CAD to construction. When I get back from Sweden, the story will continue, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I just wanted to say, hot damn, Paragon!
Devin is the machinist at Stinner Frameworks and like many of us, grew up worshipping the heros of skateboaring, the culture and inevitably, the iconography surrounding the sport. One of which being Mark Rogowski and his famous “Gator” pattern. While things inevitably went south for Rogowski, his graphics, particularly a spiraling razzle pattern lived on, inspiring graphic artists for years to come. James, the paint designer at Stinner, used the pattern on the inside of the fork blades and under the fat, oversized Columbus downtube. Then, a subtle ombre blue to green fade was clear coated with a sparkle pearl, resulting in one mean looking street machine.
Cue the speech from Independence Day, mashed up with Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA with a few fireworks and explosions, playing on a bluetooth speaker aboard a Ritchey from the 90’s (any one will do, just not those Lite Beam frames.) That was what inspired the newest from Stinner Frameworks and Golden Saddle Cyclery.
When I returned from Spain with that Monster Cross Crema Duo, rolling on 27.5 wheels and Maxxis tires, Kyle’s eyes opened wide, sparking a conversation. “Do you like those wheels?” Or something of that nature. After a few rides together, he called Aaron at Stinner, just as they were about to get started on his ‘cross bike and told them to hold off on design and construction. The following few days were spent problem solving how to fit that size tire and a traditional 1x crank. It ain’t easy and there isn’t Boost available for road / cross yet, making it difficult to get the chainstay clearance you need.
Why would you want those wheels anyway? See, Kyle and myself enjoy riding our ‘cross bikes on singletrack and dirt roads probably more than racing itself. What is essentially an XC tire fits in with this riding more, especially in LA, where the sandy and loose trails need as much rubber contact as possible. With a tubeless tire, you can run a low pressure and still have a large contact patch. So the 27.5 platform allows that, with some extra cushion too, but it’s nice to have an option to race. That’s what’s so versatile about a bike like this. It’ll fit a 700 wheel with up to a 45mm tire for racing ‘cross or it’ll fit a 27.5″ mtb wheel for thrashing trails and fire roads. The bottom bracket is designed to ride similarly with either wheel size. Coupled with the SRAM 1x system and its 10-42t cassette, you don’t spin out while you’re riding to the trail either. For wheels, I’ve been riding the WTB Horizon Road Plus system on my Firefly on and off, so I wanted to let Kyle get some time in on it too.
So what about that paint? Well, why not? That frame is made in the USA and today is the 4th of July! Stinner’s in-house design and paint team killed it with this one. My mind was blown when I saw this one…
Enjoy your 4th!
This is the seventh layout of the Radavist 2016 Calendar, entitled “Sunset Chasing.” Shot with a Leica M240 and a 35mm Summicron in Santa Barbara, California.
Summer months bring the heat, forcing many cyclists to ride either early in the morning or late. In Southern California, I find myself taking on the latter, if only for the last fleeting moments of daylight… Yesterday in Santa Barbara with Stinner Frameworks was one of those days!
NEW: There’s also a mobile image uploaded for anyone wanting a mobile phone background each month. July’s image is from Japan and was one of my favorites from the Asuke Gourmet Century coverage. Click here to download July’s Mobile Wallpaper.
For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2016 Calendar – July. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)
Apologies for the lack of June wallpaper. I left the InDesign file in Los Angeles and had no way of getting it in Japan.
It has been scientifically proven that if you add a Death Spray Custom fork to any bike, it’s destined to get even more attention, even when it comes to a slick bike like this. Morgan’s Stinner Frameworks is brushed stainless, kitted with Jones wheels, PAUL Skewers, Chris King, Dura Ace and ENVE. A completely tricked out road bike by all accounts, yet he wanted to do something to spice up a completely mono-tone build so he contacted David at Death Spray Custom to do something special.
Visibility doesn’t have to end with your apparel, as evident by this 80’s geometric-inspired fluorescent disruptive pattern coated fork.
Suddenly this bike went from being a 10 to an 11! Nicely done fellas and great meeting you, Morgan!
The guys at Stinner Frameworks have been killing it in terms of their new bike models and projects, many of which we hope to dig a little deeper into over the next few months. Santa Barbara is a surfer hotspot and a beach town. Having grown up at the beach myself, I can say for certain the bicycle of choice where the land meets the ocean is the cruiser. Maybe that’s what inspired this new steel urban bike, dubbed the Cabrillo? I think it looks great, but needs some damn balloon tires! See more details at Stinner!