Monthly ArchivesJune 2014

David’s Huntsman standard

Both Ron’s and David’s Huntsman builds are very similar. Both Force 22. Both Stan’s wheelsets and King and Thomson bits. Both sport racks and fenders. But Ron’s has a rear rack, David’s will have a front rack with a matching bag/tote. As I was waiting on fenders for both builds, I couldn’t finish up Ron’s until those came. The way fenders work, at least the ones I rely on, HONJO (IMO, these are THE best money can buy) they come un-drilled. So you can set them exactly where you want. But this also takes some care to make sure that the bridges are in the right locations balancing both tire clearance and fender balance visually. Form and function as they ...

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Ron’s Huntsman standard

A while back I received an enthusiastic email from Ron out in Portland, Oregon. Details were decided. Hands were shook. Specifications specified. His turn recently came up, so it was go time. Time to make some chips and build him his Huntsman. Room for 40mm tires if the desire should ever hit, it will live life mostly though with 32mm tires, fenders bobbed for a little flair when things get wet, a rear rack to carry heavy loads to and from work (or maybe for that beer run), Force 22 throughout with some Whisky No.7 up front for fork duties along with Thomson and King playing together nicely to round out this parts mix. Stan’s Iron Cross wheelset for the ...

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Swear to Shred… standard

44 Bikes Poster series 3 of 3. Available soon. I’m currently selecting paper and we’re deciding on quantities. Jason at Brainstorm has been a great help with this project. French Paper Co. will be providing the goods. Pop-Tone Whip Cream in a 100lb stock. Stoke levels are approaching critical mass on this project… More soon. Lot’s more soon. So don’t turn that dial kids. 44 Bikes is about to deliver. Big time.

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Long Travel 650b standard

Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Client came across the pond to pick it up. I couldn’t NOT take him out for a ride to break in his new custom 44 Bikes Long Travel 650b. I strung together a bunch of singletrack and made sure we hit some of the best DH runs local to the shop (saved a few for his next visit…). Here’s the finished product all spit shined. Enjoy. Sort of a mix of components: XTR Trail Brakes, XTR Cranks but built around Sram’s XD driver on Industry 9 hubs to mate up with Sram’s XX1 11 speed cassette, XX1 Shifter and XX1 rear derailleur. I9’s were laced by your truly to Stan’s ARCH EX 650b rims, 32 hole of ...

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Paul Components standard

I had the luck of “coming of age” during the 90’s and with that enjoyed the rise of the Mountain Bike with all of it’s anodized glory. My first mountain bike was a Trek 850 Antelope. My Dad took me over to T-Town Cycles in Trexlertown, PA. Popped in the door and I knew I had found my religion. The place oozed awesome. New bike smell and rubber poured from the depths. Of course this put the hurt on the want. You thrash your bike, you’re going to need to learn how to wrench it. I slowly began assembling a handful of tools. Trips back to T-Town and they invited me in the back for their head mechanic to show ...

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