Paul and His Oddity 29+ Hardtail MTB

People often ask what I love most about my job. After the obvious – riding bikes – comes watching projects like this unfold. Paul Price lives in Chico and is the man behind Paul Component Engineering. He’s been in this game for a while and has been to NAHBS countless times over the years. In that time, he’s watched a lot of new names pop up in the framebuilding circuit, most notably Sean from Oddity Cycles. Sean’s creations are whacky, fun and offer very unique riding characteristics. For one, they’re titanium, which at smaller diameters, can be flexy. Not in a bad way, just in a unique way. Next up, Sean bends the shit out of the tubes, making them swoopy and thus increasing the wow factor.

Paul was always intrigued by Sean’s frames, so when Sean wanted to place a rather large order of Paul Components, they worked out a deal. Paul gave Sean components and Sean built Paul this 29+ hardtail. Paul, like a lot of people in the industry, probably didn’t need a new mountain bike, but hey, what the hell?

This bike was at NAHBS this year and I was very tempted to photograph it, but I’m glad I held out for my visit to Chico. After all, it’s better to go on a ride with a bike, its owner, on the local trails it was designed for to photograph it and besides, a dirty bike just looks way radder.

I’m stoked to see these two coming together and even more stoked to see Paul shredding this thing.

25 responses to “Paul and His Oddity 29+ Hardtail MTB”

  1. Jared Jerome says:

    This thing is fucking awesome.

  2. AdamBike99 says:

    Twist shifter!
    And White Ind cranks and hubs- that’s a surprise on Paul’s personal rig… but I love how they go together with Paul Comp.

  3. Beau Street says:

    Behold the GOLD!!! One-off or here to stay??? Someone please tell me if anyone has a better head badge than Oddity. I love the handlebars too. There are two things I would do to make this bike slightly better: First I’d hack up an old checkerboard BMX style handlebar pad and slap it on the bars. Second, I’d get a clothespin and clamp the Ace of Spades in the spokes and ride it like I stole it. Listening to Motorhead may or may not be involved…Outstanding build.

  4. Alex Steadman says:

    Oh sure right after I take the gold wheels off of my mountain bike.

  5. TrailYeah says:

    Ggugu-guh, gushing! This thing looks like it can handle so much fun!

  6. Ryan says:

    @johnprolly:disqus,

    Any chance you’d get to shoot Paul’s personal collection of bikes? I know he’s got lots of killer bikes as seen in some of his videos, surely there’s enough bike porn and one-offs in his collection to merit a feature article.

  7. Todd Hancock says:

    A great bike.. damn. Any thoughts on the Klampers for 29er use? I am giving it strong consideration just don’t have a vehicle to try it easily at the moment.

    • John Watson says:

      I have used Klampers on everything from a rigid mtb to a 150mm long travel hardtail and I think they’re great, especially with compressionless housing.

  8. Hope Cyclery says:

    The machined face on those adjuster knobs! Wow.

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  11. C. M. says:

    What type of handlebars are these?