your bikes fucking rock; they're my favorite mountain bikes from a visual standpoint and i like your take on geometry and design. i can't ride one of those things for shit- but whatever i'll get on board sooner or later.
so- as bike guy when it comes to frame design for given uses, or conditions- it seems like the full suspension thing, the twenty niner thing, and the increasing polarization of "mountain biking" into distinct categories has helped ruin mountain bikes mass appeal- at least here in the local bike shop. fact of the matter is, few of us "down hill" "race cross country" "free ride" or whatever to exclusion of all other types of riding. most mountain bikers i know just ride- and bikes used to reflect that. i think a similar attempt at niche marketing and specialization of design helped kill road bikes in the usa at one point- the industry has finally agreed with the euros and reality that the best road bike is the best at every discipline of road bike riding and racing, crits, long distance riding, grand tours, sprinting, climbing etc. will mountain bikes get there?
what are your thoughts? new england woods bikes used to be different than west coast bikes which were different than bikes coming out of colorado- but they were all general purpose mountain bikes. what to you is a do everything "mountain bike" if it exists at all?
Hey Steve, I've been a fan since the old frame forum days (post .net but pre banisment era) It's cool to watch a style really get polished as time goes on. What would you say drives your creative changes the most? Do you feel locked to your style by the wait list or do you still find time to tweak things here and there? I know your bikes are no bullshit rides but they are beautiful too and that tells me that you care about the details, what is the one area that you take the most care with aestheticly on your bikes.
Hope that this dosent' come across like i'm asking for state secrets and I'm fine if you dont' wish to answer any or all of my questions but I dig the creative process and Like to hear about others.
It's pretty clear to me from the previous posts that you have a lot of fans in the bike building world. I want you to know that Signal Cycles has been a fan since before we were Signal Cycles. Your willingness to help us out and to engage with us has made a big impression. Your story is inspirational. I know the road has been rough, but you are making a lot of people happy and contributing in a big way to the conversation that is frame building. Thank you.
What kind of beer should I have with me when I finally make it up to Flagstaff and knock on your door?
What I like about your bikes is that they have a sense of style created through actual craft rather than resorting to some subcontractor to laser cut this or engrave that. This seems increasingly rare lately. Well done! I also like that your style considerations don't detract from the core function- a bicycle that's meant to be ridden.
Talk about your take on 650B in the mountain bike world. What are the advantages and applications for this wheel size?
As a fellow chef/cook, do you see any parallels with food and frames?
and I will be as harsh to say
I read many times some postee going all go gah about a bike
and one can see some thing like a grain of rice size frame pump pip and you know it is useless and all the paint will rub off from the pump rattling, if it stays on at all
super thin slender drop outs that the lifetimers know will be breaking after five years of use
things like this do my head in.....................
pretty things on bikes are not a mortal sin
pretty things must never take any thing away from the bike's performance and or life span or practicality
Steve Garro looks and observes and it registers and he outs this into his selection, design and metal work
Steve's bikes are to be ridden intensley
huge amounts of enjoyment from them
and thus they are cherished
The rock star is dying. And it's a small tragedy. Rock stars have blogs now. I have no use for that kind of rock star.
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I also thank you for that little tidbit of info that will no doubt be put into use when my girlfriend get her touring bike:) I'll bring some Okie beer if I ever make it out to Flagstaff.
This Smoked Out nonsense has to STOP now!!!
Garro, I've wanted to replace my Wicked F.C. forever becuase Chris didn't think anyone should ride a bike as big as I asked for!!!!
I crushed three of his frames racing...your comments ring a bell ;)
YOU are not helping matter you eff'r. My mtn bike racing days are over becuase my hands can't take the abuse but I still ride dirt
and love fat tyres very much. Of all the builders in all the bars I'd pick you to build something around a Schwalbe Big Apple 29 x 2.35
And their eyes wide open. and ears too, and your mind. It certainly shows in your work, and all your damn sweet frame bits. Thank You for double cast eyelets! - Garro.