Since early in my life I’ve been attracted to bicycle touring, dreaming constantly of taking to the open road for an extended period. Starry nights spent cooking over an open fire in a remote location that I reached by pedaling. Getting up at day’s first light to do it again, like “Groundhogs Day,” but in a good way. I spent a lot of my younger days camping in the woods near home, backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains and learning just what I needed for survival and even comfort. Countless hours spent geeking out about lightweight and ultralight camping equipment, reading blogs and sites. This heavily influenced the way I approach designing frames and even how I tackle a route.
Enter bikepacking: The best of it all. Remote primitive roads and tracks, camping where few travel, route-finding and a grand physical and emotional challenge. Few make bikes specific for this type of travel and that’s where we come in. We designed this for Tour-Divide style touring and racing if that’s what you’re into. The geometry is spot on. A lot of careful thought went into how the geometry should affect the way the bike handles loaded up: Stable, yet responsive to a rapidly changing landscape. The kind of bike that disappears beneath you and let’s you focus on the beauty of the surrounding scenery.
To get the project started, I’m doing a low price pre-production offer. Frame, Fork, Cane Creek Headset and Porcelainrocket Framebag all for $1375. I’ve got 8 framesets left in this small batch run to the first takers. $775 secures a frame for you and the remainder is due on completion. Color is Forest Service Vehicle Green only, to keep the price down. Complete builds available as well starting around $3200. Delivery in May-June
23″ or 24″ effective top tube- a bit taller than most to optimize storage in the included Framebag.
73* Seat angle
69.5* Head angle and 50 offset
23″ should fit 5’6″-5’11”
24″ should fit 6’0″-6’5″
— or thereabouts
Clearances spot on for 650b Plus wheel size or 29x 2.3 if you wish to fit an existing wheelset. They share the same outer diameter, so they’ll be no handling compromise.
PF30 BB shell to use as is, or with an eccentric if you want to run an Internal Gear Hub or Single Speed, with provisions for a Rohloff OEM 2 plate.
Feel free to hit me up with any questions.
The website re-design is chugging along slowly, but in the meantime, some basic information for 2015 for those that are curious.
photo by john watson
FaTRoB pricing: $1950
- 3 sizes: 53, 56, and 59 in 650b only.
- current wait is about 3-4 months
- pink or black
NFD Pricing: $1850
- 2 sizes: Small and Large
- current wait is about 3-4 months
- brown or forest service vehicle green
- includes Porcelain Rocket frame-bag
Custom pricing starting at:
- Frame: $2400
- Fork: $400
- Front rando rack: $550
- Other racks: $375 starting price
- Stem: $350
- other items, please ask.
You can get in touch with me via the contact form below, or give me a call at 503-381-8989
National Forest Development roads are used to access our wilderness spaces and are often found in very wild and unkempt conditions that require a sturdy and reliable vehicle. My NFD was developed with these roads as inspiration for discovery and adventure well off the beaten path. Built for the B+ format tires for sure-footed and comfy travel.
I don’t know about you, but the size of these tires looks spot on. Then there’s the luggage, expertly crafted by Porcelain Rocket. The Alfine 501 8 speed rear hub and the Son generator hub wired to the B&M Luxos U for charging capabilities. Me? I may just go out on this beast and never return. Somebody feed my animals for me?
The frame is designed for backpacking, unapologetically. The suspension exists in the 27.5 x 3.25″ tires and will not fit a suspension fork. It is also designed around a PF30 BB to give options to run that BB, an eccentric for single or internal geared drivetrain, or Shimano 24mm with the right adapter.
Now through the end of the year, I’m offering special pricing on pre-orders. Frame, Fork and amazing luggage from Porcelain Rocket all for the low-low price of $1850. (pricing goes up on Jan 1) Framesets are going into production in January and February and should ship out in Spring. Get at me with any questions 503-233-8783 or use the contact form below.
3x sizes to choose from, S, M and L. I’ll get measurements up soon after a little BETA testing.
I’d love to build these up in rideable bikes for all of you, so don’t hesitate to start the conversation about complete builds.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the initial running of the Oregon Outback, a route schemed up by the fine folks at VeloDirt. The route traverses the central part of Oregon, from the south in Klamath Falls to the North in Deschutes River State Rec Area. 360 plus miles, 75% plus gravel, and about 18000′ of elevation. There’s the added challenge of long, remote stretches with no resupply and no water, treatable or otherwise. Planning is critical to success as well as maintaining a positive attitude.
I’m anxiously awaiting next year’s running.
We’re rebuilding the site soon. In the meantime check us out on FLICKR or INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK.
Some quick info tho:
Custom frame and forks start at $2900 and are only available in complete builds.
CF Project rando Framesets start at $3200
FaTRoB frame and fork in stock 650b sizes $1950
please don’t hesitate to get in touch below or phone me at 503-233-8783
I had a fantastic time hanging out with everybody being a part of this shoot. It turned out fantastic!
Madras Mountain Views