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Having a custom bike built generally is not something most people jump into. I know that it is a process, and as a bike fanatic myself, I share your enthusiasm for the end result. I ride a super-sweet one of a kind custom bike myself!

Give me a call: 541. 910. 7433
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and we can talk about the bike you’ve always wanted. Before you pick up the phone, here are a few things to consider:

A general overview of bicycle anatomy and geometry.

These are some of the most important specifications to consider when designing your bike. It is very important to choose these measurements in accordance with the specifications of the components to be used on the bicycle. Some examples: Stem length/rise; crank length; tire size; suspension fork height, rake, and travel. If this jargon seems overwhelming, don’t worry, it is ultimately my job to make sure all of this is right. We can work through all of the details easily through conversation. If you are a well-versed student of the dynamics of the bicycle, please forgive the monotony, send me some numbers and let’s move on!

Effective Top Tube

The horizontal distance from the center of the headtube/ top tube junction to the center of the seat tube. Considered by many to be the most important measurement of a bicycle, the length of the top tube is the most important element of fitting you to the bike. In addition, this measurement should be chosen in consideration with the stem and seat post options used. This will ultimately determine the overall cockpit length, and therefore the rider’s position on the bike.

Cockpit length

The horizontal distance from the center of the handlebar to the center of the seat. The ultimate determinant of how the rider fits on the bike.

Chain stay Length

The distance from the center of the bottom bracket to the center of the rear axle. A short chain stay produces a quick, responsive ride, and makes it easier to pull up the front end, as well as getting around tight switchbacks. Freeride and Jumping style bikes generally have shorter chain stays. A longer chain stay produces a very stable, smooth ride, excelling in situations such as fire road descents.

Bottom Bracket Height

The vertical distance from the center of the bottom bracket to the ground. A high bottom bracket produces good ground clearance and can make the bike easier to bunny-hop and get over obstacles. Low bottom brackets produce a low center of gravity and make the bike corner well. A bottom bracket that is too low with cause issues with pedal clearance, while a bottom bracket that is too high won’t corner well.

Wheel base

When discussing the wheel base, we’re referring to the distance from axle center to axle center. This measurement is most greatly affected by top tube and chain stay lengths. A bike with a short wheelbase steers quicker; longer wheelbases are more stable at high speeds. This is one of the most crucial measurements when designing a bike because it cannot be significantly manipulated with different components, although some will compromise by incorporating an adjustable dropout design into the frame itself. (this is an option I offer as well if you are interested.)

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