The newest from offering from Victoire Cycles caught me off-guard. Introducing their new Columbus tubing MTB framesets:
“The first Victoire frames designed with a mountain biking use in mind are now available for order. After a long period of testing in our moutains and the purchase of some specific tools, we are now ready to produce MTB frames.
You can choose between three wheels sizes, 26′, 27.5′ and 29′. You can also configure your frame with a singlespeed or a multiple gear transmission. You can also choose your braking system (V-brakes or disc). All the Victoire frames are built with a mix of Columbus Zona or 29er tubes, Reynolds 853 DZB tubes being available as an upgrade.
Frames can be ordered alone or as a kit with headset and fork. The latter can be a handmade rigid one or any model of your choice. Complete bikes with your selection of components are also available.
Orders can be placed now, with a six weeks delivery time. Victoire MTB frames start at 1190 €.”
See more here!
The Yeti. A mythical beast, said to inhabit the Himalayan mountains, sought by Westerners with cameras. Or in this case, an American MTB company that began by selling hand made frames in the USA. The first frames of this purebred brand were crafted by Frank the Welder (FTW). Yeti’s early bikes are very much sought after by Westerners, much like their namesake spirit animal. But unlike blurry photos shot in snow-capped mountains, I managed to document one sharply in sunny Los Angeles.
This bike in particular is part of an ongoing collection from a Los Angeleian who knows where to take his bikes. His collection spans a few Chris Chance MTBs, various Yetis and this yellow Yeti Ultimate. Spec’d with period correct parts, a FTW stem and yes, built with care by Golden Saddle Cyclery, this beaut stared me down all last week while I was in LA…
See more in the Gallery!
No matter what, my friends are always goofing off. All I’m trying to do is compete with the bigger sites by offering video reviews of products!
… wait, no. I’m trying to goof off as well!
Don’t worry, a full review (in photos) is coming on the FOES f275!
Thanks to Ace Boogie of the Sleepers for the edit, Sean from Team Dream and Kyle from Golden Saddle!
Earlier last week, I showcased that red Cycles d’Autremont road bike and now, his 27.5 hardtail takes the stage. Much like the last bike, Hubert wanted to experiment with a simple, clean fillet-brazed frame.
Since it’s his own personal bike, he felt that it’d be the perfect platform to test out his geometry and construction. While he was in Arizona visiting family, he got to ride this thing on all his favorite trails. From what I gather, he’s pretty stoked on it.
After we shredded Pace Bend park while he was in town, I took some photos of this beaut on a crisp and clear Texas winter day. See more in the Gallery!
Our ride today was rad and very tough but we still stopped for some roostin’, GSC style.
We all have “roll models”. You know, people who ride that we either know or don’t know but for some reason, we look up to them and aspire to one day tap into their radness. Maybe we follow them on Instagram, or witness their riding on a website…
Over the years I’ve gotten to spend some time getting to know Ty Hathaway, co-owner of Golden Saddle Cyclery. His past exploits include finishing the Tour Divide, being a general ripper on anything with two wheels and exploiting his spontaneity through planning (or not planning) some pretty incredible rides.
Last year Ty bought a Surly Pugsley and started riding the shit out of it. After doing a few small excursions, he called up one of his best friends, Moi Medina to go on a two day ride in Arizona. The story and Guest Gallery inclosed below is all from Ty directly, in his words…
Read on below for what I consider one of the raddest Guest Galleries ever to grace this site!
Today I went over to Foes Racing USA to pick up a demo bike and to check out their operations. Brent has been making MTB frames from aluminum in Pasadena since the early 90′s, so it was an honor to see him at work. I’m still going through all the photos from today, but expect more shortly!
Right now, I’ll leave you with this portrait of the man himself at work.
Specifically, it’s what a titanium alloy frame from Empire Cycles looks like straight off the Renishaw 3D printer system. Nuts huh? Personally, I’m more stoked to find out these are all made in England but if you’re a numbers person, head over to Dezeen for the full technical data-breakdown and see more at Empire Cycles.
Don’t have a mountain bike? Want one? Along with tons of other rad gear? Get over to Kitsbow to join the obsessives and win $12,000 worth of gear!
Japanese painter Swamp did some incredible work on a Surly Pugsley for Above Bike Store. I love all these custom fatbikes in Japan!