2015 NAHBS: Stinner Frameworks for True Temper – Disc Cross for Jenny

Each year, NAHBS presents challenges. Both to frame builders and believe it or not, me. As “media” it’s my job to document these bikes and deliver delicious galleries to you, the readers. Now, don’t interpret that in a negative light, because truthfully, it’s my favorite time of year.

Over the past few years, there have been plenty of spaces to photograph bikes, especially outside. This year however, mother nature dropped a blanket of ice and snow on NAHBS’ host city of Louisville, Kentucky. Which presented me with a problem…

Backtracking a bit… For the past few weeks, I’ve been checking out Google street view and photos of the convention center only to realize, I’d spend a lot of time photographing bikes indoors. Luckily, I’ve come prepared and while I don’t think everything is completely dialed in just yet, I’m a lot more confident with my setup.

Tonight, the kind people at Henry James allowed me to experiment some on their two beautiful Stinner Frameworks Disc Cross Bikes. The first one being Ryan from Henry James’ wife’s bike. Jenny’s an avid mountain biker and this will be her first “drop bar” bike. To give her confidence, Ryan decided to go with disc brakes and SRAM’s CX-1 group, the closest thing to her MTB kit. From there, Boyd‘s disc cross rims and Chris King’s components topped off this bike with ease.

As for the paint, there’s only one man who paints bikes like that: Jordan Low. His paint design and execution really brought Aaron from Stinner Frameworks’ craftsmanship… and those colors!

  • I like it a lot. Take it you’re digging the B2

  • I agree, those colors are to die for and amazingly laid out.

  • mm girl.

  • Jason

    Only in my dreams :(

  • mellowvelo

    Holy … Wow. Stunning. Does anyone know if matte finish paint jobs are any less durable than those with a glossy clearcoat? I found a 1984 Trek 520 lugged steel touring bike in a dumpster and would like to have it powdercoated. I think matte finishes are lovely.

    • tanner


    • Tommaso Gomez

      Yeah, if it is anodized properly, matte finish is very durable and probably more resistant to scratches than clearcoat. I have a ’00 Santa Cruz Superlight in matte blue and it still looks fresh after all these years.

      • Katherine Fuller

        Thank you! That’s reassuring.

  • Katherine Fuller

    Also, I want to say that I just love bikes like this—the personal and purposeful “up for whatever” bikes. It’s something I appreciate tremendously about custom frame builders, and I feel I see it more now than ever. So you want to be upright and have big tires and MTB gearing on your “roadie?” Okay! Let’s do it! You want water bottle bosses all over your all-mountain hardtail with a Brooks saddle so you can shred on the weekdays and tour on the weekends? No problemo. No need to hold fast to the standard idea of what a road or mountain bike is/should be. Some might say these bikes are freakish. I think they’re inspiring.

  • firmanfirdaus

    Looks small. What size is this?

  • Andrew Ratzke

    Matte seems to be the theme. Be sure to checkout Machine from Portland.

    • Mitch Lomacz

      Machine does make some killer bikes..

  • Brian Sims


    Curious if the sequence of your gallery is conducted with a certain flow? By this I mean the gallery sequence seems to generally start with beautiful close ups of need details, then flow into shots of the full bike. Is this done consciously as a means of telling a story?

    For me I like to get a photo of the full bike from a few different perspective then dive into the details. This gives me a sense for the overall design and layout of the bike. This also helps orient me and give perspective to the close up.

    Not says either is right just curious.

    • All my galleries begin with details and go into the full silhouette. I like to tell the story with the details first…

  • Richard Pool

    Im quite pumped to see more and more people embracing KCNC components, lightweight, quality stuff with a great price point.

  • I love your photo story telling, on all of your projects.The setup looks like it’s working pretty sweet with these Stinner bikes. Do you mind if I ask what you’re using?