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From The Pro’s Closet: The Wild Story Behind The 1992 Yeti Ultimate

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From The Pro’s Closet: The Wild Story Behind The 1992 Yeti Ultimate

Today, we’ve got an extraordinary treat, brought to you by Mike Wilk, Nick Martin, founder of The Pro’s Closet, with photographs by John Watson. At Sea Otter, John photographed Nick’s personal 22″ 1992 Yeti Ultimate. This one-off bike has such a unique story; aside from being the only bike this size made in that era, it also has a Tioga Disk Drive rear wheel. It’s not every day you get to feature such a rare bird as this Yeti Ultimate, so read on for an in-depth look at what makes this bike so unique!

Bikes and Hangs From The 2022 Chris King Guest House Event at Caletti Cycles

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Bikes and Hangs From The 2022 Chris King Guest House Event at Caletti Cycles

We’re here en route to the 2022 Sea Otter Classic after what feels like eons, and on our way to the event, we have been hanging out in Santa Cruz, California, at Caletti Cycles and the Chris King Guest House. This unique showcase features several framebuilders’ creations, all donning the new Chris King Wheelsets in road, gravel, and MTB. There’s a great mix of bikes from steel full suspensions, road bikes, a few tasty 29ers and a few surprises, so let’s check out the offerings below and a hefty gallery of the bikes and the hangs from the event…

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Beautiful Builds: John’s Starling Murmur 29er

When you think of steel full suspension bikes, you probably think of all the kooky and weird designs that came out in the late 90s that were awkward… to say the least. Yet there is a new wave of modern steel full suspension mountain bikes gaining hold, including the Starling Murmur. In the latest Beautiful Builds video, John showcases his personal Murmur, why he likes it, and what made him want a steel full suspension…

 

Project VA from Guy Stone of Relstone Cycles

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Project VA from Guy Stone of Relstone Cycles

Earlier this year, we featured Guy Stone’s Relstone New Trix mountain bike displayed at the 2021 Philly Bike Expo. When we interviewed Guy for that piece, he mentioned an adaptive bike he was building for a local veteran in collaboration with the VA in Chillocothe, OH. Guy recently sent over photos and a description of the completed Project VA bike and we wanted to share it here today. Thanks, Guy – keep up the awesome work!

Developing a Craft: A 35mm Look into Chumba Cycles Production

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Developing a Craft: A 35mm Look into Chumba Cycles Production

It has been a little over a year since we relocated Chumba Bikes to our new, bigger, and brighter shop space in South Austin. We have yet to host an open house here due to COVID and trying to keep our staff as safe as possible. I approached Vince about doing a 35mm photography project to share our new shop space along with the hands that have moved Chumba forward. To showcase our new shop I shot a month’s worth of photos and compiled this gallery. I’m excited to give you a peep into our world at Chumba!

Ride in Peace, Ewen Gellie, Australian Framebuilder

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Ride in Peace, Ewen Gellie, Australian Framebuilder

Photo by Andy White

Ewen Gellie, an icon of the Australian framebuilding community and early MTB scene has passed, far too soon at just 53; a suspected heart failure.

Ewen was instrumental in celebrating the custom frame building scene in Australia, he engaged with Andy White of FYXO to hold the first Australian Custom Bike Show in 2012, and both the show and framebuilding community have strengthened since. Always one to share his wealth of wisdom, from engineering, ecology, riding technical features – to tricks for setting up brake calipers, and everything in between.

The Gellie legacy lives on through his steel creations.

Tailwinds and wheelies, Ewen!

Ewen Gellie
15 Oct 1968 – 9 Mar 2022

If he had an impact on your life, share them in the comments.

Mid South 2022: Silver Delight – The Moots Routt ESC Neo Retro Build

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Mid South 2022: Silver Delight – The Moots Routt ESC Neo Retro Build

We already looked at Moots’ new adventure platform, the Routt ESC a while back, in a photo review and as a Beautiful Builds video, but having never seen the Neo-Retro build spec in person, I had to take the build Moots brought to Mid South outside of District Bicycles for some photos. This build kit looks amazing, with mostly silver parts, a bead-blasted ti Moots stem/seatpost, and yeah, that’s a barcon shifter. Let’s check it out below.

Mid South 2022: Keith is Riding His Scissortail Cycles Cargo Bike From Stillwater to Denver

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Mid South 2022: Keith is Riding His Scissortail Cycles Cargo Bike From Stillwater to Denver

When bike events promote inclusivity and welcome all sorts of riders, not just racers, wonderful things happen. If it seems like I’m still glowing from this weekend’s Mid South, well, it’s the truth. Those few days completely recharged over two years of dreary times and meeting Keith re-centered my own struggles by putting them in perspective. In a serendipitous way – ok, I was stalking him – I happened to catch him rolling into the expo area at Mid South on his Scissortail Cycles cargo bike. There’s so much going on with this one so let’s get to it…

Ruta Del Jefe 2022: Jordan’s Sklar 29er Touring Bike

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Ruta Del Jefe 2022: Jordan’s Sklar 29er Touring Bike

While I pull together our Ruta Del Jefe coverage for tomorrow’s post, I wanted to share with you a bike that has eluded me over the years. I’ve long admired Jordan’s Sklar Bikes 29er tourer but never got a chance to document it because before I could, it got stolen! Jordan got it replaced by an identical bike and in some form of celestial serendipity, my path crossed with Jordan this weekend and I got to relish the experience of photographing this lovely machine!

Moth Attack Moves to Tucson: A Shop Visit and Interview with Framebuilder Megan Dean

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Moth Attack Moves to Tucson: A Shop Visit and Interview with Framebuilder Megan Dean

Longtime readers of this site are likely very familiar with Megan Dean and her frame building operation Moth Attack. Her builds span the typology gamut – track, ‘cross, road, mountain, etc. – and she’s been doing it for quite some time now. Check out John’s visit to her space in LA back in 2012! Over the years she’s sponsored a cyclocross team, taught frame building, and has assumed ownership of Handlebar Mustache apparel company with her partner Wade. After moving around the western US, Megan and Wade recently settled in Tuscon, AZ. While I was in town for some riding earlier this year, I caught up with Megan in her home studio while she brazed and formed tubes for the gravel/adventure frame she’s building for Wade. Continue reading for an interview with Megan and a detailed look at two bikes in her personal collection: a 90s Klein Attitude commuter and Team Moth Attack CX…

Jarrod from Hope Cyclery and His Self-Made 160mm Raw and Rowdy Hardtail

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Jarrod from Hope Cyclery and His Self-Made 160mm Raw and Rowdy Hardtail

It’s easy to wax poetic about handmade bikes and makers. Hell, it’s one of the main motivations for me to start this website over 15 years ago. Documenting builders, makers, and creatives within the industry has long been a favorite project of mine but you don’t have to be a career framebuilder to build a bike frame.

Jarrod Bunk is co-owner of Hope Cyclery, hosts of the Higher Ground 100, and pillars of the Johnstown, PA cycling community. Jarrod wears many hats and one of the recent projects he helped foster was Megan Dean from Moth Attack teaching a framebuilding class at the Center for Metal Arts in Pennsylvania.

Jarrod facilitated this event, shot some photos of Megan’s classes, and afterward, Megan asked Jarrod if he’d want to build his own frame, to which he obliged…

Alex’s Tall, Lean, and Mean Custom Slug Bicycles Gasser Rigid Titanium 29er

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Alex’s Tall, Lean, and Mean Custom Slug Bicycles Gasser Rigid Titanium 29er

Slug Bicycles is based in the Bay Area and designs custom titanium frames that are built overseas in China, while also building upon, and growing, their community through supporting organizations including Outride nationally and locally with Trips for Kids Marin. Today we’re featuring Alex‘s custom 29er that he rode last year in Santa Fe. John met up with Alex to shoot this custom Gasser mountain bike and we’re stoked to share it in its bead-blasted glory! Read on below for some words by Alex, along with the full build kit breakdown…