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Golden Saddle Rides: Saja’s Bodacious Brown Breadwinners

When you’ve got a good thing going, why change it? For Saja, he loved his Breadwinner Holeshot singlespeed ‘cross bike so much that when it came to buying a hardtail mountain bike, he looked to the Portland-based framebuilders yet again. Breadwinner has two mountain models, the Goodwater and the Bad Otis, with the latter being a more trail-ready and rowdy big brother to the slimmer, while still shreddy, cross country-oriented Goodwater. The difference between the two mountain models come down to head angles and fork travel. The Goodwater touts a 140mm fork and a 67.5º head angle, which delivers a more than capable bike, suitable for our mountains here in Los Angeles.

Since we’re talking about the mountain bike, let’s look at it in detail. Saja came to Golden Saddle Cyclery with an idea about the build and the team there helped him select components for this beautiful frame with a paint-matched stem. Fox’s dropper and fork were a good starting point, from there they selected SRAM XX1 1x drivetain with a 10-50t cassette, matte Chris King hubs laced to Derby rims, Onza Canis 2.8 tires, Hope Brakes, and some killer, limited edition Answer bars.

For his Holeshot, which has seen plenty of SoCal Cross races, Saja chose Chris King hubs, laced to Hed Belgium rims, with a SRAM 1x SS cranket, Paul Skewers, Paul Touring / Cross Cantis, Thomson stem / post and WTB’s cross boss tires.

Both of these bikes, set up side by side make for some bodacious brown bicycles.

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If you want a custom build like this and live in Los Angeles, hit up Golden Saddle Cyclery.