As you could probably guess, I’m pretty darn excited to now be helming a company that makes mountain bikes, and a really great one at that. In that spirit I wanted to share this awesome photo of Mr. Ultra Romance taken by Brendan O’Shafer of him putting the Log Lady through her paces in Durango.
Super stoked on this photo of David from Golden Saddle Cyclery wearing a one-off apron I printed a few years back. The apron was made in Wisconsin and purchased from an energetic 84 year old named Gladys.
As always, stellar photo work by John Watson of The Radavist. Totally made my day.
And the winter project is finished…
Meet the newest addition to the Bike Jerks fleet. A New Old Stock lugged Croll mountain bike made right here in lovely Minneapolis. Croll was a local frame builder who operated throughout the 90’s. Their bikes are both highly regarded and much sought-after in the Midwest and beyond. This is a lugged model, I believe most likely made from Reynolds 531, though if you have differing info, I’d love to hear it. I already own a Croll road bike, welded by Erik Noren of Peacock Groove, and have been seeking a mtb for some time. While this one lacks the traditional Croll paint job, it’s still a fine example of their earlier lugged handiwork. My best guess on the date of it is ’95ish, though again, if anyone has any more info on it..
This particular frameset was NOS and I had been lusting after it in One on One’s basement for years. Fortuitously a visit this Fall revealed that Gene had recently lowered the price, which was all the incentive I needed to finally pull the trigger.
The build is all period correct (except for the lock on grips), and the parts were sourced locally and via the Vintage MTB Trading Post on Facebook. I almost opted for a straight M-950 build, but decided it would ultimately be way cooler to do something a bit more eclectic. I had the cranks lying around, although they were in terrible condition due to being ridden by the previous owner through 8 winters, and a few hours spent polishing has them looking presentable. With the centerpiece of the build in hand, it only made sense to find matching wheels and to go with as much silver as possible.
Shifter: Deore XT Thumbies 7 Speed (with hidden click)
Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR M-900
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR M-900
Cassette: Shimano XTR M950
Brake Levers: Paul Component (early vintage), NOS
Handelbar: White Brothers Ti, NOS
Stem: unknown steel
Headset: Chris King, No Logo
Cranks: White Industries
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB UN-91
Pedals: Time World Cup
Wheels: White Industries laced to Mavic SUP217, blue alloy nips
Quick Release: Ringle Holey
Tires: Onza Aggro 2.1, front NOS
Seatpost: Control Tech, NOS
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo
Hope you dig it!