As most you know by now, I got to be part of a very fun project with the Mudfoot crew, and I have had a lot of questions coming my way about the frames. So here’s a little insight on the builds, the bikes and the riders.
I’ve been pretty lucky to be surrounded and influenced by the dudes over at Golden Saddle. They are a great group and have supported me a lot as I have grown. Its been a fun ride so far. So when Ty asked me last year to build up some team bikes for the 2013-2014 CX season, it was hard to say no. At first I didn’t really know what was going to come of it, but I knew it would be something special.
We were building a total of five bikes. Four of them were very much the same, while one is completely different. Each frame is designed specifically for the individual, so each frame has its own selected tubeset. One question I keep getting is, “what tubeset did you use?” If you have ever asked me that question before, no matter what frame, I give you the same generic answer: “Its a custom bike, why would I use an off the shelf tubeset for a custom frame?”Anyway, most of the frames have some combination of True Temper OX Plat and Columbus Life. If you know tubing, you know that can be a lot of variations.
Other people have been asking about component selection: if we designed the bikes around anything in particular, etc. A lot of “team” bikes that are built up are built around a select group set. If you know the Mudfoot guys, they don’t play by the same rules everyone else does. They pretty much do what they want. For these frames, everyone was riding something different, or wanted the option of using it for different things. The one outlier frame has a tapered headtube, internal routing for electronic, external routing for mechanical, and a PF30 shell for single speed application. That bike is a hybrid! The other four are similar, but I think each one of them is set up differently. Its awesome! The one things we knew for certain going into the builds was that we were going to be using ENVE parts, Chris King parts and Vittoria tires.
“Can I get my frame painted like the Mudfoot bikes?” Sorry, but no. This is probably the most commonly asked questions and while I think we would all love to have a frame painted with Geoff’s artwork and Kelli’s hands, it just isn’t going to happen. Enjoy them for what they are, the process that went into them, and that its never going to happen again! I didn’t even get one, so don’t feel bad.
That being said, how rad is that paint job?! So cool!
If you would like to see more photos of the bike, please head over to PiNP Stinner X Mudfoot Gallery and check it out. All photos credit for the photos below go to John Watson and Sean Talkington. If you aren’t already, you should probably follow these guys on Instagram to see these bikes in their true habitat, not racing, just riding.
If you have any more questions about the build or the process, feel free to get in touch. I will be happy to answer any questions you have. Also, if you are thinking about getting a CX bike for the 2014-2015 season, now is the time to put that deposit down. Currently, we are scheduling frame deliveries for September.
Beck, love it.