Steve Potts’ Personal Titanium All Road Bike

Jumping back a bit here, to this Steve Potts that was on display at the Chris King Swarm event in Bend

Bikes like this stir the turd that is cycling purists’ perceptions about a lot of things. Take for instance, what the definition of “comfort” means, and truthfully, there is no finite, objective definition of the word “comfort.” Look at everyone from Grant Petersen to Coppi and you’ll see various approaches to cycling fit and enjoyment. Some road racers are more comfortable with enormous stems, slammed to the head tubes. Endurance bikepackers and record breakers often prefer the aero TT-style bar extensions for long hours on the bike. Meanwhile, even in mountain biking, bike fit and comfort varies from 110mm drop stems to 35mm ill lil shorty stems. What I’m trying to say is this is Steve Potts‘ personal titanium all-road bike and this is comfortable to him.

Now I have no idea how old Steve is, but he is one of the original 1970’s Repack renegades who is largely responsible for the sport known as “mountain biking.” He’s been building for over 35 years and to this day, develops some of the most intriguing designs I’ve seen to date. At first glance, this bike might look “weird” but when you lower your broad scope and refine your vision, you can see some truly unique and beautiful details here. Bear in mind, Steve’s fit is probably different than yours, and if you’re like me, I wonder what this bike would look like with a more race-fit geometry and sizing. Even the fork is a thing of mystery. Ask Steve about it next time you see him, he rambled off so many engineering numbers to me that I could barely wrap my head around his design process. In short, it flexes just enough to make even the most washboarded roads a little more comfortable… Hell, when I’m Steve’s age, I hope I’m still riding and I hope my bike looks like this!

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  • DODGERDISCIPLE

    Holy gigantic head tube, Batman! Welds to die for!

    • AJ Tendick

      Yeah, this is probably what my next bike is gonna look like because I’d rather have a long head tube than a ton of steerer spacers and/or crazy stem.

  • steve potts can ride whatever steve potts fucking wants to ride. steve potts can weld the stem directly to his nippies if he wants. this bike fucking rules.

  • Steve Potts is too legit, and also very likely the nicest human ever.

    • Theodor Rzad

      So true. I got to meet him finally at the most recent California NAHBS. He seemed to have all the time in the world to chat with me.

  • Woah, left side of the fork is interesting with that disc brake mount running the length of it. I’d guess it’s to better distribute the braking stress, or is it related to the flexing/construction of it?

    • I believe the fork was designed by John Castellano who designed the Ibis Silk Ti and Ti Bow. Interesting stuff.

      • Theodor Rzad

        Man, the Ti Bow was so cool. Hope to ride one some day.

    • Theodor Rzad

      My guess is to resist the torsional moment about the axle when braking w/ more leverage. I imagine that could allow thinner walls on the blade too.

    • TH

      I got to hang out with Steve one night drinking and talking about anything and the next day for a couple hours talking bikes at his shop in Etna. That is a Ti fork and I understood it was Pott’s fork design (maybe I am wrong – Adam Sklar might know more). As I understood, the extra bracketry welded onto the fork was to offset the torsional forces of a disc brake with a single rotor that wants to pull to the one side the rotor is on. Steve communicated to me this was his attempt to go all Ti and avoid using a carbon fork as almost all other Ti manufacturers use or a heavier steel fork.

  • nothingfuture

    The welded construction at the crown of that fork is very, very cool. And the welds themselves are A+.
    Such a cool bike.

  • Theodor Rzad

    Just eyeballing, it appears to have an unusually steep head angle and very little rake. Curiously enough, I had the great honor of hanging out with one of my bike design heroes Joe Breeze last weekend (still stoked!). He mentioned a 78 deg head angle design he’s been experimenting with lately….

  • For me, aesthetically speaking, there is a lot to dislike about this bike. From an engineering viewpoint, this bike is just a straight A++. Those welds man, damn. And the disc mounts are very smart. What this bike reeks of is experience and skill. It’s a good smell.

  • Tranquillo

    Looks like it achieves a similar riding position to the LD stem/drop bar mtb setups on previous Cunninghams, Potts and others, with 700c wheels and executed flawlessly in completely exposed titanium. I think anyone that actually rode this (in their size) would quickly revere it in all aspects: form, function, longevity, low maintenance, aesthetics and entertainment value. Masterful!

  • Eric Hancock

    This is fascinating (and beautifully executed). I’d love to read a discussion of how he arrived at the geometry.

  • Serge-Emile Simpson

    This is vaguely reminiscent of the Cleland.

  • Adam Leddin

    Yeah, that fork crown, that’s how you do it, right there.

  • Daniel Pastrana

    Anyone heard from Steve lately? I’ve emailed and DM’d him about getting a fork and haven’t head anything in two weeks, which is odd for him.