Columbus, Ohio is the backdrop for this new video by Wraith Fabrications, featuring their $1390 Hustle road frameset.
Our friends down in the deep south at Rouler Cycling teamed up with Wraith Fabrication to make a video showcasing their Paycheck cross bike. This video, along with their blog post makes for a great supplement to the review we pulled together last year. Be sure to check out more at Rouler Cycling.
There’s nothing worse than the sting associated with paying a hefty shipping fee, especially for international purchases. Wraith Fabrication recently lowered their $250 rate to around $50 – $70 through switching to USPS. That’s enough money to make the cost of a brand new bike a bit easier to swallow.
Head over to Wraith to check out more specs on the Hustle, their road model.
This is the twelfth layout of the Radavist 2014 Calendar, entitled “Dirt Church”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.
Meditation comes in many forms. Some look to religion to clear their minds, others take to the sacred woods for a bit of dirt church…
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Confidence with the Wraith Fabrication Paycheck
Words by Andre Chelliah, photos by John Watson
This is a continuation of a series of reviews, beginning with the Initial Reaction to the Wraith Fabrication Paycheck…
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not the best off-road rider, but the Wraith Fabrication Paycheck had me feeling steezy. John says “Confidence is everything” when it comes to riding off-road, and I can now attest to that. Riding a bike you’re comfortable on, brings confidence. That makes it easy to go fast and take chances.
One of the things I’m trying to do here at the Radavist is get more people’s voices in the day to day content. That includes product testing, specifically bikes. This afternoon, I pulled my intern Andre out to some trails to rip on the Wraith Paycheck disc cyclocross bike.
Let’s just say, he didn’t complain! More to come…
There’s something special happening right now within the US framebuilding industry. Something that ought not to be overlooked, no matter how too good to be true it might seem. Before we go any further however, I must make one note: a production frame is not a custom frame. There’s a misconception that everything made by a framebuilder is custom. A production run is a series of sizes, made in an assembly-line process, which drastically reduces cost on both the builder’s end and the consumer’s end.
With that come a few issues: one of which being fit and others include – often times – paint choice, or adding extras like braze-ons, pump pegs, chain holders, etc. The most important factor however is fit. Many people are driven to a framebuilder due to fit issues, but a majority of the population can be fit on a stock geometry with a series of tweaks. That said, the geometry for these stock sizes has to be able to accommodate.
Enter Wraith Fabrication, one of these new US-made production companies, headed by an existing framebuilder, Adam Eldridge of Stanridge Speed. Now, why would a framebuilder make another brand to sell bikes? Because of their construction: Wraith is tig-welded, Stanridge is fillet brazed. Adam isn’t the first fillet-braze builder to move onto a brand reliant on tig welding, either.
There exist a series of tig-only framebuilders who build production bikes for various brands, including Wraith Fabrication. Wraith now offers a disc cyclocross bike, the Paycheck and a road bike, the Hustle. These frames are built from Columbus Life tubing, with Ohio-manufactured head tube cups in Oregon and then painted or powder coated in Ohio.
Adam designed the geometries, specs and brought the project to life… using magic? Nope. Just a solid production. I got to take one of these bikes, the Paycheck disc cross bike for a series of rides over the past week. Check out an initial reaction below…
Wraith Fabrication is the new project from Stanridge Speed’s Adam Eldridge. He plans on offering steel road and cross frames, at a production cost, while keeping production in Columbus Ohio. The Hustle road frame will use Columbus Life with upgraded Life S-bend stays and a Columbus tapered fork. There’s also a cross frame coming closer to season, the Paycheck.
For those who want to support Wraith in other ways, check out the Wraith Softgoods!
Read up more below.