November 17th, 2011 scottk
One of the benefits of True North’s new location in the country is the ease in which we can enjoy the world around us. Being located in Canada, we are far enough north that gazing into the night sky sometimes yields a little more than just stars. Check out this amazing photo of the Aurora Borealis taken from the front door of the workshop.
We’ve been busy as of late, both refining and organizing the new shop and of course, building lots of beautiful bikes. Elise’s flat bar road bike features long reach brakes which will allow her the ability to run larger tires and fenders, but still retain the sporty and effortless ride quality of a road bike. Her bike features a 3×10 Shimano SLX drivetrain and durable hand built wheels.
Frank’s new road bike is optimized for his height and will fit better than any off the rack option. Frank’s new bike features a Campagnolo 11 speed drivetrain, Campagnolo Zonda wheels, ENVE fork and Alpha Q Stem and Post.
George’s new bike is another road bike designed around long reach brakes; a very popular option here at True North. George’s bike features a slightly upright geometry which will allow him to attain a comfortable position while riding. His bike features a trusty Brooks saddle, Shimano 3×10 105 drive train and of course hand built wheels shod in Cadence rubber.
June’s new road bike features S&S couplings to allow it to pack down easily for travel. The beautiful paint job comes courtesy of our friend Noah at Velocolour. June’s bike features 3×10 Shimano 105 shifting, Mavic Ksyrium wheels, as well as a Thomson post and stem.
Melanie’s road bike is another bike making use of long-reach brakes. The extra clearance allows her the room to run the slightly larger Grand Bois tires we are so fond of here at True North. Not only does the extra volume smooth out even the roughest of roads, but the tan sidewalls look amazing! Melanie’s bike features a 3×10 Campagnolo drivetrain, hand built wheels featuring Campy hubs and Ambrosio rims and of course, a venerable Brooks saddle.
Richard’s new bike is another road bike optimized for use with a flat bar. Many people enjoy the efficiency and speed of a road bike, but prefer an upright position. With a custom bike this is never an issue, as you can have your cake and eat it too! Richard’s bike features a 3×10 drivetrain that boasts a mix of Shimano SLX and XT components. Again, this bike is built with long reach brakes which allow for the larger volume Grand Bois tires as well as fenders.
One of the best things about building custom bikes are the bikes we build for people who really do require a custom bike. They could be too small to fit on a stock bike or in Jefferson’s case, there is no bike on the market big enough to fit his large proportions. Those are 29er wheels to put things in perspective. Jefferson’s bike features S&S couplings to allow it to break down for travel, a Shimano 3×10 105 drivetrain with Pauls ‘Thumbie’ shifters and Avid cable actuated disc brakes for powerful and reliable braking. A Thomson post, Brooks saddle and Chris King headset round out this very nice (and very large) bike.
With custom bikes there is the potential to build very complicated and ornate bikes, but in John’s case, there is also the ability to build a very beautiful and simple bike. John’s single speed features handbuilt wheels, Conti Contact tires, a Shimano SLX crank and a Brooks saddle. John has the ultimate do-it-all city bike, but retains the ability to toss on some more aggressive rubber and hit the trails if he desires.
We’ll leave you with a parting photo of the construction of Graydon’s new mixte-style frame. In case you’re wondering; yes that is a mixte made from titanium.
September 13th, 2011 scottk
One of the best things about a bicycle is the different places it can take you. Whether on a long self-supported tour through South America or for a weekend out east, a bike is simply one of the best tools for exploring the world around us.
John’s new touring bike is both comfortable and reliable; perfect for long rides through remote locales. The bar end shifters provide consistent shifts and the Shimano 105 drivetrain is reliable and boasts a wide gearing range suited for both long grinding hills and quick descents. The Avid BB7 disc brakes provide surefire braking in all conditions and the Tubus racks will allow John to carry large panniers loaded with clothes and equipment.
James’ new Ti S&S coupling equipped road bike is a travel bike of another sort. Perfect for bringing along on a business trip or for a spur of the moment weekend escape; the great thing about S&S coupling equipped bike is that it can be packed up into a bag small enough to avoid excess airline luggage charges. This bike features a Campagnolo Chorus 11 gruppo, an Eriksen ‘Sweet Post”, Enve Fork and Campagnolo Zonda wheels.
August 25th, 2011 scottk
Mari just picked up her S&S coupling equipped mountain bike.We featured it’s sibling bike in our last blog post.
Mari’s bike features an XT Dyna-sys 10 speed drivetrain, Fox 29 Fit RLC fork complete with Kashima coat, Chris King headset and Eriksen ‘Sweet Post’. Mari and her husband love to travel and this bike will enable them to hit up the trails all around the globe in style and comfort.
Cathy just picked up a new step-through city bike that she received as a gift for her birthday.
Cathy’s bike features an Shimano Alfine internally geared drive train, Avid BB7 Cable actuated disc brakes, Brooks saddle, Velo Orange fenders and a colour-matched rear rack. These parts mean that this bike is as durable as it is classy looking. A beautiful birthday present that will last a lifetime!
August 9th, 2011 scottk
Dave stopped by recently to pick up his new Ti S&S coupling equipped 29er. This bike is going to feel amazing on the trails and still pack down into a box small enough to avoid those pesky airline bicycle fees.
Dave’s bike features Chris King to Stans hand built wheels, a Shimano XT drivetrain, Eriksen sweetpost and a Fox F29 Thru Axle Fork with a tapered steerer and Chris King 1.5 headset.
Dave’s better half Mari also got herself a Ti S&S equipped 29er. We will feature that bike in our next blog post.
Jennie got a new S&S equipped 29er as well. This 29er is made of steel as opposed to Titanium and will be heading home with Jennie to Sweden.
Boasting much the same build as Dave’s bike, Jennie’s True North features Chris King to Stans hand built wheels, a Shimano XT drivetrain and a Fox F29 Thru Axle Fork with a tapered steerer and Chris King 1.5 headset.
Marc stopped by with his S&S equipped steel road bike he got from us in January. The smile on his face says it all.
Stephen got himself a very large disc brake equipped cross bike. When you are this tall, often a custom bike is the only option.
Here is a photo of Hunter’s new all-purpose road bike. This bike can be outfitted with fast rolling 23mm road tires or larger more durable tires like the Schwalbe’s pictured. The disc brakes will stop in all different weather conditions and the Shimano drivetrain will provide reliable smooth shifting for years to come.
Finally we have Brian’s new Cross frame. Black on Black with a carbon rear end. This bike is going to look amazing when it is all built up.