2018 Klickitat Small Batch Bike 

Ships March 1st 2018

Gallery of Mark's Personal Klickitat Pass

 

The Klickitat Pass is our first production bike. They will be made in small batches with what we feel is the optimal geometry, and tubing selection. It's all brass brazed with high quality Columbus tubes and available lugs, drop outs and braze ons. They will all be hand made by us here in Portland and ride awesome, but for a lot less than the cost of a full custom bike.

This first batch will be ready, and shipped March 1st 2018 and will be very small. 

Full build kits will be available as well as just frame and fork sets. We will also build the bike with whatever group you like!

All photos by Anthony from Velo Cult!

 

Our Philosophy on the Klickitat

We love custom bikes, but not custom pricing. Don’t get me wrong, we’d love to get paid enough to not only make frame building sustainable, maybe even profitable. Heck we’d love to get rich doing what we love, but, that’s never going to happen, and we want to get really nice bikes in as many people’s hands as possible. We’d love to make them as affordable as possible and still be able to pay rent, hence the small batch. Full custom bikes take soooooo much time to build, design, and talk with the customer to find out not only what they think they want, but what they actually want.

We’re building the same full custom bike over and over, because most of our custom customers want pretty much the same things out of a bike. Light, but not too much of a noodle, and classic looking with lugs. So we designed that bike in a more sensible and affordable package. So we decided why not just build it as a batch to save a lot of time and speed up the process. So we’re not trying to make the most specialized single purpose bike, or the heaviest duty most brazed on bike. This is a true do all bike, that’s never not enough without ever being annoyingly too much for most everything else.

The Klickitat is not a pared down ultra light race bike with the tightest geometry ever. Because it’s not meant to be the lightest fasted bike ever, just light and fast enough to fall in love with. It doesn’t have five thousand braze ons, so it can be way overloaded. It has just enough for smart set ups.

As for the great debate on tubing sizes and wall thickness the Klickitat is right in the middle. It doesn’t use the scary lightest frame tubes available. Because that would be a huge mistake as it would be to light duty for most people and situations, and it would dent up to easy. We also didn’t use the heaviest tubes ever because we want it to still ride awesome and be fun even when it’s not fully loaded down. Could we go smaller and lighter, yes! Would it make sense for us, or any small batch builder to do that, no! I’m constantly interviewing people about their bike and how they feel about it and almost no one feels like there bike is to heavy duty or dead feeling, but man if a bike is two light and flexi people describe it as scary, and usually end up selling their bikes pretty quickly.

We don’t believe in this. We want people to love our bikes. We want you to reach for your Klickitat 9 times out of 10 no matter how many bikes you have to choose from. And we sure as heck don’t want our customers to ever sell them! We want you to get a great deal on an amazing bike from us, not on a used bike someone else decided to sell because it wasn’t all that awesome.

Klickitat small batch bikes are only available as a pre-order! We will not be making any extras, and we may never do a batch again. So don't miss out!

 

Now excepting deposits for the 2018 Klickitat Batch. These are available only as a pre-order. And no more than 10 will be available. Order now!

Details:

We will be using Columbus standard sized tubes on these bikes. They will be for quill stems and road hubs (130mm rear spacing). Forks will made using the Pacenti PBP twin plate crown and Columbus blades. The wheel size is 650b (584mm), and will fit up to  Sim Works 43mm Homage tires and fender, or a Compass Switchback Hill 48mm tires without fenders! Brake options are standard canti bosses for Cantilever/V-brakes or hard mount studs for Paul Components Racer center pull brakes.

They will be available in only three sizes, 54cm, 56cm, and 58cm.

Base price will be $2,000 + shipping and handling. Or $2,200 with dynamo routing and Compass Tail light mount.

Base deposit is $500. This reserves your spot. There are only 10 total spots available. This is non refundable (but worst case can be transferable, to in store credit/gift certificates.)

You may pay the rest at your leisure. This means you can pay it all off right now, make a few random lump payments or pay us $100 every pay check till it's paid off. All bikes must be paid off by March 1st 2018.

If you are interested in this bike but don't want to wait a year, we do offer full custom bikes to your specks and size with a very short wait. Typicaly 30 to 90 days from time of order until ready to paint. We don't paint or chrome so we have no control over those times. We can recomend a Painter or Powder Coater, or you can source your own.

Base Price will include frame fork, and pump, all powder coated Green Gold flip, and our special Norther Klickitat decal set and signature head-badge. They will also have an individually numbered brass tag brazed to the seat tube.

 

Specifications:

Tubes:

Full Columbus stander sized tubes throughout in light but sturdy 9.6.9. (measured in tenths of a mm).

Top tube: 25.4

Seat tube: 28.6 (for 27.2 seatpost).

Down tube: 28.6

Steer tube: 1 inch threaded (for quill stem).

Standard Braze ons:

Every frame will come equipped with the following braze ons:  Canti bosses or Paul Racer studs. Three sets of water bottle bosses. Split stops on the top tube for rear brake housing. A drilled and tapped bottom bracket shell for a plastic cable guide. A single rear split stop for the rear derailleur housing. A pump peg on the seat stay (for the included and painted to match pump). And, a pair of  standard down tube shifter bosses. The rear drop outs will have one eyelet for fenders. The fork will have double eyelets and mid fork mounts for lowriders.

A Dynamo upgrade package will be available for $200 that will including wiring guides for head and tail light as well as a Compass tail light mount for their tailight.

Will even wire it up free if you buy the lights through us! If not we will make a blog post demonstraighting the best way to run the wires through the frame.

 

Sizes and specification:

 

54cm, 56cm, 58cm.

 

54cm:

Top tube: 54cm

Seat tube: 54cm

Head tube angle: 73 degrees

Seat tube angle: 73 degrees

BB drop: 66mm

Fork rake: 55mm (46mm trail)

Chainstay length: 435mm

Stand over Height: 79.8cm (distance from the ground to the top of the top tube).

Axle to crown: 376mm (distance from the center of the front axle to the crown race seat on the fork)

Seat post size: 27.2

Standard ISO and English threading.

 

56cm:

Top tube: 56cm

Seat tube: 56cm

Head tube angle: 73 degrees

Seat tube angle: 73 degrees

BB drop: 66mm

Fork rake: 55mm (46mm trail)

Chainstay length: 435mm

Stand over Height: 81.8cm (distance from the ground to the top of the top tube).

Axle to crown: 376mm (distance from the center of the front axle to the crown race seat on the fork)

Seat post size: 27.2

Standard ISO and English threading.

 

58cm:

Top tube: 58cm

Seat tube: 58cm

Head tube angle: 73 degrees

Seat tube angle: 73 degrees

BB drop: 66mm

Fork rake: 55mm (46mm trail)

Chain-stay length: 435mm

Stand over Height: 83.5cm (distance from the ground to the top of the top tube).

Axle to crown: 376mm (distance from the center of the front axle to the crown race seat on the fork)

Seat post size: 27.2

Standard ISO and English threading.

Check out some sweet build up shots from Anthony at Velo Cult.

Please feel free to email me about the bike, question and requests for opinions on parts groups will be happily answered.

We will also be updating our blog with with information on building these bike, installing the dynamo wiring and or anything else we can think of to make it easier to build this frame set up yourself.