Four funky mountain bikes from NAHBS 2018

Quirky off-road wonders from Sklar, Olivetti, Boo and Groovy

We’ve covered some of the best gravel bikes as well as traditional road bikes on display at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle show. Last but not least, let’s take look at four interesting mountain bikes.

Sklar

Sklar's signature lines
Sklar's signature lines

Adam Sklar starting building frames as a teenager, and although he’s only 24 years old, he already has a strong following.

Based in Bozeman, Montana, Sklar builds mountain, cyclocross, gravel and all-road bikes with his signature arcing top tube. He primarily crafts his bikes from steel, but has recently added titanium to his repertoire. 

This particular bike was made for a Kitsbow employee. The TIG-welded steel frame features long and slack geometry, a 150m-travel fork and meaty 29x2.6in tires

Adam Sklar starting building frames while still in his teens
Adam Sklar starting building frames while still in his teens

The White Industries crankset is one of many US-made components on this build
The White Industries crankset is one of many US-made components on this build

Details abound on this mountain bike
Details abound on this mountain bike

A tidy seat tube brace
A tidy seat tube brace

Visit Sklar Bikes for more information.

Olivetti

Olivetti's Thunder Pig
Olivetti's Thunder Pig

Pete Olivetti is a new builder hailing from Boulder, Colorado. His “Thunder Pig” is constructed from straight-gauge 4130 steel tubing with some artful bends. This rigid singlespeed 29er was designed around 29+ tires.

The Thunder Pig has a bit of a bikepacking theme to it. The segmented fork has plenty of braze-ons for cargo cages. A custom Porcelain Rocket frame bag fits perfectly between the two curved top tubes.

Triple mounts on the fork legs for mounting cargo cages
Triple mounts on the fork legs for mounting cargo cages

Triple bottle mounts increase the bike's bikepacking potential
Triple bottle mounts increase the bike's bikepacking potential

Custom bags featured prominently on many show bikes, like this partial frame bag from Porcelain Rocket
Custom bags featured prominently on many show bikes, like this partial frame bag from Porcelain Rocket

Visit Olivetti Bicycles for more information.

Boo Bicycles

Boo blends carbon and bamboo
Boo blends carbon and bamboo

Most custom builders work in steel, aluminum or titanium. A handful work in carbon. Boo melds carbon and bamboo.

According to Boo, bamboo has some similar properties to carbon fiber, such as impressive stiffness from the unidirectional fibers of the plant’s vascular system and excellent vibration-damping qualities.

The most striking feature of this 27.5+ singlespeed is how clean the transition from the bamboo tubes to carbon lugs is. It’s virtually seamless.

The Colorado-based builder makes road, cyclocross and mountain bikes
The Colorado-based builder makes road, cyclocross and mountain bikes

The Colorado-based builder makes road, cyclocross and mountain bikes
The Colorado-based builder makes road, cyclocross and mountain bikes

Despite the different materials, Boo manages to make some very clean transitions
Despite the different materials, Boo manages to make some very clean transitions

Is that a divot for crank clearance or a panda nibble?
Is that a divot for crank clearance or a panda nibble?

Visit Boo Bicycles for more information.

Groovy Cycleworks

Groovy doesn't skimp on color
Groovy doesn't skimp on color

Rody Walter has been building frames for more than 20 years. The Ohioan does his best to bring fun to all the bikes he creates. Unlike many of this fellow frame builders, Walter also paints his own frames. As if building and painting his frames wasn’t enough, Walter also builds matching stems, “Luv Handle” handlebars and “Hot Rod” crankarms.

This particular 27.5+ hardtail is about as color-coordinated as it gets. Walter’s cranks and stem are pained to match and let's not forget about the MRP Ribbon fork that ties the build together.

The Luv Handle handlebar has plenty of sweep
The Luv Handle handlebar has plenty of sweep

The matching Hot Rod crankset
The matching Hot Rod crankset

The splatter and fade extends all the way to the MRP fork
The splatter and fade extends all the way to the MRP fork

Industry Nine really knows how to bring a build together
Industry Nine really knows how to bring a build together

Visit Groovy Cycleworks for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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