Well, that was a good time. Turns out, when you get a select crew of builders together, bring a few choice partners, make a bunch of food, and hand around some beers, a good time follows close behind. It was nice to have folks back to the shop after a few years of video-only Open House fun. As usual, the bikes looked great, and our friends at Simworks, Biciclista, and Old Man Mountain, among others, trotted out their wares to make it a bike nerd's dream. If you couldn't make it in person, enjoy this gallery of bikes and snapshots from the event:
This year's exhibiting show bikes:
Titanium Full suspension 29" platform with 138mm rear travel and 160mm front. Custom geometry tailored to trail riding and versatility, 64.5 degree head angle, 78.5 degree seat angle, 470mm reach, 443mm chainstay. Parts include Chris King MTN30 wheelset, Shimano XTR drivetrain, 213mm Bikeyoke dropper, Hope Tech 4 brakes, Cane Creek eeWings, and 5Dev titanium stem. Brushed accents and 3 color liquid paint by Dark Matter Finishing.
We are thrilled to show off some cool frame updates at the Chris King Open House just in time for our 10th year as Breadwinner Cycles. Our new dropout design can accept multiple derailleur hangers, can accommodate modern flat mount brakes and has more crank arm and tire clearance. You can expect the same magic carpet ride quality that has made our custom frames the ideal bike for riding every day.
Soloist - The Everyday Breakway Bike. Soloist is a name from deep in our history, but immediately familiar to anyone with bike racing memories extending back to the early-2000s. It was the weapon of choice for top World Tour contenders on CSC and the Cervelo Test Team, and we’ve brought it back for a new generation. The new bike is lighter than the S5, faster than the R5, and ready to mix it up on any parcours.
The Terlingua Titanium SL is our brand new race focused titanium gravel bike. The frame features an S-bend rear triangle with double butted oval chainstays and is designed to go fast and far. We’ve maximized compatibility with tires up to 700x50 and typical 1x and 2x cranksets. The sliding dropouts offer a solid platform for adapting your ride style or can be set up singlespeed. At Chumba we believe in a holistic experience to deliver your dream bike, offering fit assessment, component selection and custom finishes.
DeSalvo Custom Cycles
I am happy to be returning to the Chris King open house for my fifth time. The bike I built this year to showcase the new King color is an example of my Titanium gravel bike. This bike is a great all around machine highlighted by the lively feel of the titanium. To insure versatility, this bike is built to accept a tire up to 700 x 50c. For overall durability of the finish bold graphics are painted on with much of the frame left as raw titanium. For many this really can be the ‘one’ bike.
SimWorks Doppo ATB
A versatile bike built for today’s wandering cyclist- with time-tested and accommodating features throughout to blend classic design with some of today’s industry standards. Sure-footed in both it’s abilities as a light tourer, or a backroad exploratory machine, it boasts stable operation while moderately loaded down. Configured here on the 700c platform with a drop handlebar and sporting a Shimano GRX gravel gruppo, the ATB can also be set up with 650b wheels to offer capacity for larger footprint tire, and equipped with a flat bar for more of a vintage ATB vibe. Giving riders confidence in a variety of environments, both on and off-road, the Doppo ATB meets the needs of today’s most discerning 2-wheeled wanderers looking for versatility, durability and timeless style.
Will asked for a comfortable, efficient 'forever' bike that could fit larger tires and fenders for dealing with the roads and weather in the UK. The frame is built from stainless steel tubing with custom geometry to achieve the position and handling desired. It turns out that Will and I attended the same high school, a detail included in the paint scheme.
The HELL CAT Hardtail is a 27.5+ All Mountain Ripper. 66 degree head tube angle compatible with 130-150 travel forks. Tapered head tube and room for 2.8” tires. A fully capable all mountain bike. Stable on steep, rocky, uneven decants and a strong climber. The HELL CAT will have you riding terrain otherwise off limits and keep you connected with that classic hardtail power and responsive trail feel. Made from the highest quality materials in the Catskill Mountains, NY.
Designed, built, and tested in Boulder, CO, the Mosaic MT-2 is exactly the bike we want to ride. Fast, efficient and highly capable, the MT-2 is a hardtail equally at home on the start line of a marathon mountain bike race, as on an all-day adventure or a weekend bike-packing trip in the desert. The MT-2 is designed with modern geometry and componentry in mind, making it the ultimate trail companion. Intended to be built with a 120mm suspension fork, and with ample clearance for 29x2.6 tires, the MT-2 is a modern XC hardtail, with a hint of rowdy trail shredding built in. A size-specific straight gauge titanium tubeset delivers a lightweight and exceptionally strong frameset that is built to be durable, comfortable, and exceptionally fun to ride.
"Designed as an aggressive handling gravel bike, this No. 22 Drifter X delivers on that promise in spades. Featuring a unique 3D printed titanium stem, bespoke headset and No. 6 carbon gravel fork with fully internal cable routing, this Drifter X is as capable as it is beautiful."
The “All Road” is designed to be smooth and fast on all road surfaces, dirt, gravel, asphalt, or whatever you might encounter.Custom carbon fiber modular monocoque construction, with custom ride tuned layup.Featuring the “Dr Boom” paint design by @BicycleCrumbs Designed, engineered, and manufactured in Bozeman MT.
This is a custom Retrotec Twin Funduro built around a 140mm fox fork and 27.5 wheels.
"The gravel bike that is made to go where the gravel ends. This Rizzo is an adventure 29x2.3" machine to take the bikepacking a step further, and your dream rides a bit closer. The 12 sp mechanical drivetrain by INGRID and the complete CKPC rolling parts gives this bike all the reliability you can get. Made in Madrid (Spain) Rubén builds this and other frames one by one, 100% custom in sizing and colors, just ask him about your dreambike."
“The Storm King is a catalyst to new adventures. It’s a drop-bar beast designed to fuel your exploration whether in stage races like the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder, or single day endurance races like Unbound or Grinduro. Storm King is a rock-gobbling animal with the geometry meant to go fast.”
Simple Bicycle Co.
Simple Bicycle Co. typically known as the builders builder AKA builder of private label custom frames for a few brands. This year Oscar decided to show a Simple hardtail trail bike with a modern geometry, fashioned in Ti. It is built around 27.5 tires and a 150mm travel fork.
Each year Speedvagen produces a one off custom paint scheme that is a surprise for the customers who elect to get it. The Surprise Me scheme is a snap shot of where our heads are, and what is inspiring us. This year's scheme has vibes of late 80s paint jobs and team cars. To spice it up even more we are showing it on a new prototype model.
Ti Gravel bike
The frame and stem is Titanium and hand made in Santa Rosa California and Anodizing by Gary land. Repeating S crown logos as a panel on the seat tube and down tube. It has Sram AXS components so there are no cables with just the exposed brake lines. All external for ease of replacement service. It's an all purpose gravel bike that fits up to a 48c tire.
You can see details of every bike on The Radavist. See you next year!