2018  Norther Klickitat 

 

Gallery of Mark's Personal Klickitat 

 
 

Now Available for order any time!

We're now accepting orders all the time, year round, with an expected turn around time of between 60-90 days from order to shipping day. Klickitats will still be made in small batches of between one and four frame sets of any available size. 

We've just finished a batch and have started another one!

We are currently taking orders for the next batch, and have an extra 54cm and 58cm we're building in this batch. If you want one, let us know! 

 

About the Klickitat!

The Klickitat is our first "small batch semi production" bike. They are all hand made by us in house with high quality Columbus tubes and our favorite available lugs, drop outs and braze ons. They will be and ride awesome, but for a lot less than the cost of a full custom bike as they are standardized with no options. Just pick your size.

The Prototype has over a year of daily use and adventuring on it and has been lent out to several people with great reviews! The first batch has already shipped and the results have been positive!*

Full build kits will be available as well as just frame and fork sets (see build kits on the lower section of this page). We will also build the bike with whatever group you like!

All studio photos by Anthony from Velo Cult!

*In the effort for full transparency we've had one complaint. It's not about the bike itself but the placement of the light mount on the rack. Tucking in the light causes the tire to cast a shadow on the road. The shadow will be to the left of your tire and stick out 4 to 7 feet in front of your bike. This can often seem weird at first, but really if you are looking down at the shadow you aren't looking forward where you need to be looking to avoid obsticles and obstructions in the road. Most people simply stop stairing at the shadow and never notice it again once this is pointed out.

 

Our Philosophy on the Klickitat

     We love the built to do one thing well, instead of several things poorly, no compromise custom bikes, but not the 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. We really do want to get our nice bikes in as many people’s hands as possible. We 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 especially plan with the customer.

We keep building very similar 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, classic looking with standard sized tubes and simple traditional lugs, but able to fit 650b x 42mm tires and fenders correctly. So we designed that bike in a more sensible and affordable package. This saves us a lot of time by not having the same dozen or so conversations on every aspect of a build over and over again. It should save you time and a lot of money too. 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 road 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 the thickest tubes and five thousand braze ons either, so it can be poorly overloaded and ride like a rock. It has just enough for thoughtful rando and weekend camping 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 it would be a huge mistake to be too light duty for most people and situations. 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 lighter, yes! Would it make sense for us, or any small batch builder to do that, no! I’m constantly interviewing people about their, non Norther, bikes and how they feel about them Almost no one feels like their bike is to heavy duty or dead feeling, but man if a bike is too light and flexible people describe it as "scary" and usually end up getting rid of it pretty quickly. Ironically this is the opposite of what most people think.

We want people to love their Klickitat! 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! And, so far this is exactly what we've been hearing from Klickitat owners! 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 really only available as a pre-order! We will try to build extras when we can, but margins on custom and high end bikes are thin, so we'd prefer if you'd pre order them. We do several small batches per year. So if you miss this one it shouldn't be more than a few months till the next one. Put down your deposit now so you don't miss out!

 

Klickitat prototype build for Lana.

Check out this rebuild of Mark's Klickitat. Same great Klickitat, but with a silver drop bar build. This build was done for one of our favorite friends, Lana, so she could take the Klickitat on a weekend camping trip. And then off to a Rapha Prestige ride.

For Lana's trip we removed the fenders, and added the Compass Switchback Hill tires. That's right, not only does the Klickitat fit all 650B X 42mm tires with most fenders, it also fits 650b X 48mm tires with room for some narrower flatter fenders (we actually haven't found a good fender that fits, we feel, safely on 48s. We'll update you all when a good option exists, we're excited to try the new Velo-Orange Wavy Fenders)! Then we swapped out the riser bars for a compact modern bar and brake/shift levers. Lana also had us swap out the seat and post for something she's more used to.

James also demonstrates proper posture during the test ride phase of this build!

 

Below, Lana with the Klickitat at the Rapha Prestige ride. We know lots more photos are out there of Lana during the Rapha ride. If you have some or know of anyone with some please let us know.

 
 

how to order:

 

The price is be $2,250 + shipping and handling (add $950 for optional matching Custom handle bar bag and detachable low-rider racks. Racks must be ordered at the same time as the frame/fork (as we use the bike as the jig to build on).This includes the internal dynamo wiring guides and Compass tail light mount.

This 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 serial number tag silver brazed to the seat tube.

Base deposit is $500 (non refundable). This reserves your spot. There are only up to 4 total spots available per batch. 

You may pay the rest at your leisure. This means you can pay it all off with your deposit, make a few random lump payments or pay a little bit every pay check till it's paid off. All bikes must be paid off before they ship, and preferably within 60 days of completion. (We will update this page with each batch start and ship dates as we decide on them). Full builds could take a little bit longer, and will require further deposits to get your parts ordered and wheels built. 

If you are interested in this bike but it just isn't quite what you want we do offer full custom bikes to your specks and size with a very short wait. Typically 90 days from time of order until ready to paint. We don't paint or chrome so we have no control over those times. But they typically take two to four weeks for paint or powder, but chrome can take 3 to 9 months, (We won't deal with the chrome anymore, but will ship your racks to the chromer, but you will have to deal with and pay for it directly). We can recommend, and ship to a Painter or we can send vector files of our art and logos along with the custom frame to a painter of your choosing.

Click here to go to our Klickitat Payments page to put down your deposit!

 

Specifications:

We use Columbus standard sized Cromor tubes on these frames and forks. That means one inch top tubes! Silver brazed lugs and most braze ons, brass brazed drop outs and some joints/braze ons as we feel appropriate. They are one inch threaded for quill stems and 130mm rear spacing for cassette road hubs. They're built for the 650b (584mm) wheel size, and will fit up to  Sim Works 43mm Homage tires and some fender, or a Compass Switchback Hill 48mm tires without fenders (Possibly some flatter fenders will fit tight with 48mm, we know some of you will do it, but we don't recommend it. Brake bosses are standard canti bosses for Cantilever/V-brakes. The bikes can be built with Compass Tail light mount (if you choose not to go with the Compass light many battery lights can be fit in this mount). (*longer seat posts will need to be cut down to not hit the Compass tailight braze on and wire.)

They are available in five sizes, 54cm, 56cm, 58, and 60cm. 

Tubes:

Full Columbus Chromor stander sized butted tubes throughout in light but sturdy 9.6.9. (measured in tenths of a mm). These tubes have had a long history that includes Touring frames for Schwinn in the 80's and 90's with Prelude and Tempo models. Schwinn manufactured approximately 25,000 of these frames during this time using the name Tenax. They are a great Columbus entry level pro tubes and also used as a successful MTB tubeset with MTB chainstays as an entry level pro set.

Top tube: 25.4

Seat tube: 28.6 (for 27.2 seatpost).

Down tube: 28.6

Steer tube: 1 inch threaded (for standard 22.2 quill stem).

Standard Braze ons:

Every frame will come equipped with the following braze ons: Canti bosses. Three sets of water bottle bosses (including an extra one on the seat tube so you can an Anything or Manythings cages. Split stops on the top tube for rear brake housing. A drilled and tapped bottom bracket shell for a replaceable cable guide. A single rear split stop for the rear derailleur housing. A pump peg on the seat stay (for the included and powdered 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 a lowrider rack and fenders/other front racks.

And internal Dynamo wiring guides for both any dynamo head light and the Compass tail light. Dynamo lights are the truth, and if you do any night riding at all we strongly recommend a dynamo build.

We recomend having us wire it up for you. We charge $40 per light. We also made a thorough photo essay  blog post demonstrating the best way to run the wires through the frame if you plan on wiring it up youself.

 

Sizes and specification:

 

54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm.

54cm:

Top tube: 54cm ctc

Seat tube: 54cm ctc

Head tube angle: 73 degrees

Seat tube angle: 73 degrees

BB drop: 66mm

Fork rake: 55mm (46mm medium 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 ctc

Seat tube: 56cm ctc

Head tube angle: 73 degrees

Seat tube angle: 73 degrees

BB drop: 66mm

Fork rake: 55mm (46mm meduim 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 ctc

Seat tube: 58cm ctc

Head tube angle: 73 degrees

Seat tube angle: 73 degrees

BB drop: 66mm

Fork rake: 55mm (46mm medium 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.

 

60cm:

Top tube: 60cm ctc

Seat tube: 60cm ctc

Head tube angle: 73 degrees

Seat tube angle: 73 degrees

BB drop: 66mm

Fork rake: 55mm (46mm medium trail)

Chain-stay length: 435mm

Stand over Height: 85.5cm (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.

 

*You might have noticed that all these bikes are square, meaning that the top tube and the seat tube are the same length measured ctc, (center to center). Some people will think this is weird and think they want/like/need short top tubes and longer stem. We make these bikes to fit short stems for a reason and recommend a 70 to 90mm stem. Longer top tubes and shorter stems mean more room for the front load such as the handle bar bag. It's more important to keep the bag as close to the head tube and especially behind the front hub's center as possible. Much more important that the aesthetic desire to have a certain proportionate look to a stem length.

 

Check out some sweet raw steel 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.

 

Build Kits:

We offer three build kit options. You can either have us build up the complete bike, do a partial build, or just include all the parts for the build kit so you can build it up yourself or have your local bike shop do it.

A complete build will include everything leaving your klickitat a fully functional rideable bike! This will make it very hard to ship. We recommend this only if you plan on picking it up from our shop.

A Partial build is the most common way we ship our bikes. This usually consists of the headset, bottom bracket, fenders and lights installed. Then when it arrives you can set up the derailleurs, bar and stem, and brakes yourself. Or have your local bike shop do it.

All of these groups are just recommendations of compatible good looking groups. You can use whatever parts you like on the builds really. If you have your heard set on a different set up let us know and we can figure out some sweet options for you! Some mixing and matching is compatible and some is not. So let us know what your dream build is and we will let you know if it will all work together, and give you your best options.

We will of coarse match all prices on parts with the manufactures web sites, such as Paul, V/O, Compass SON, and SP.

 

Economy Kit:

Micro shift medium cage rear derailleur, (can handle up to a 28 tooth rear cassette), Micro shift braze on front derailleur for either double or triple and 28.6 braze on adapter.  Either a Sugino xd600 triple crank set with 26, 36, 46, or Sugino Double crank set in 110 with your choice of rings, or Velo Orange compact double cranks with 46, 30 chainrings. All cranks available in 165, 170, or 175mm length. Correct length for your cranks Shimano UN55 bottom bracket. This set up is compatible with 8 and 9 speed set ups. your choice of 8 speed Shimano down tube or bar end shiffters, or Shimano 9 speed bar end shifters. (9 speed Shimano down tube shifters are still available Nos on ebay). Choice of available head sets, usually Tange Passage, Velo Orange, or IRD needle bearing headsets. Tektro cr720 canti brakes. Choice of Nitto stems. Choice of Dajia, or Grand Cru seatpost. Optional wheel set with Velo-Orange Diagonale 650b rims and their touring hub set or a mix of their touring rear hub and an Sp dynamo front. All wheels will be hand build in house by Stoic Wheels with Phil wood, or DT Swiss double butted spokes and Chrome plated Brass nipples. Choice of Velo Orange bars, plus your preferred saddle and levers! (Options subject to change based on availability).

 

New old Stock Shimano 105 Kit:

Our Shimano 105 Kit includes new old stock Shimano 5500 105 GS rear derailleur, (can handle up to a 28 tooth rear cassette), and front braze on derailleur and 28.6 adapter. Either a Sugino xd600 triple crank set with 26, 36, 46, or Sugino Double crank set in 110 with your choice of rings or Velo Orange compact double cranks with 46, 30 chainrings. All cranks available 165, 170, or 175mm length. Correct length for your cranks Shimano UN55 bottom bracket. This set up is compatible with 8 and 9 speed set ups. your choise of 8 speed Shimano down tube or bar end shiffters, or Shimano 9 speed bar end shifters. (9 speed Shimano down tube shifters are still available on ebay). Choice of available headsets, usually Tange Passage, Velo Orange, or IRD needle bearing headsets. Choice of Kmc 8 or 9 speed chain and Sram or Shimano 8 or 9 speed cassette in 11-28 teeth. Tektro cr720 canti brakes. Choice of Nitto stems. Choice of Dajia, or Grand Cru seatpost, or Nos American Classic. Optional wheel set with Velo-Orange Diagonale 650b rims or Velocity Atlas rims, and either Nos 5500 105 hub set or a mix of their rear hub and an Sp or SON dynamo front. All wheels will be hand build in house by Stoic Wheels with Phil wood, or DT Swiss double butted spokes and chrome plated Brass nipples. (Options subject to change based on availability).

 

Sun XCD Kit:

long cage Sun XCD rear derailleur, (can handle up to a 34 tooth rear cassette), with braze on Sun XCD front Derailleur and 28.6 clamp on adapter. Sun XCD 50.4 bcd crank set in 165, 170, or 172.5 lengths. Choice of Sun XCD or T.A. Pro 5 Vis compact double rings in 48-32, 46-30, or 44-28. (Sun rings come with their proprietary hardware, T.A. rings will come with Velo-Orange hardware).  Correct length for your cranks Shimano UN55 bottom bracket. This set up is compatible with 8 and 9 speed set ups. your choice of 8 speed Shimano down tube or bar end shiffters, or Shimano 9 speed bar end shifters. (9 speed Shimano down tube shifters are still available Nos on ebay). Choice of available headsets, usually Tange Passage, Velo Orange, or IRD needle bearing headsets. Choice of Kmc 8 or 9 speed chain and Sram or shimano 8 or 9 speed cassette in either 11-28 or 11-34 teeth. Tektro cr720 canti brakes. Choice of Nitto stems. Choise of Dajia, or Grand Cru seatpost, or Nos American Classic. Optional wheel set with Velo-Orange Diagonale 650b rims or Velocity Atlas rims, and either Sun XCD hub set or a mix of their rear hub and an Sp or SON dynamo front. All wheels will be hand build in house by Stoic Wheels with Phil wood, or DT Swiss double butted spokes and chrome plated Brass nipples. (Options subject to change based on availability).

 

Complete price brake down for all parts listed above:

(Options subject to change based on availability). Prices subject to change without notice. We will match any of these Companies retail prices.

Micro shift rear derailleur $60

Micro shift front derailleur $35 double, $39 tripple

105 rear derailleur $120

105 front derailleur $89

Sun XCD rear derailleur $129

Sun XCD front derailleur $69

28.6 clamp on front derailleur adapter $15

Sugino triple crank set with rings$169

Sugino double crank set with rings$169

Sun XCD Compact double crank set with Sun XCD rings $285

Sun XCD Compact double crank set with T.A. rings $245 (recommended option)

Shimano Un55 bottom bracket $35

Shimano 8 speed down tube shifters $60

Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters $100

Shimano 9 speed bar end shifters $160

Shimano or Sram 8 speed cassette $35 and up

Shimano or Sram 9 speed cassette $49 and up

KMC 8 speed chain $25

KMC 9 speed chain $49 and up

Tange Passage headset $35

IRD needle bearing headset $89, $120 double needle bearing

Velo Orange standard headset $28

Velo Orange polished cartridge bearing headset $55

Tektro cr720 canti brakes $89

Norther modified cr 720 canti brakes $149 (polished off logos, and with Kool Stop silver Cross pads and holders with Polished off logos)

Son Deluxe dynamo front hub polished $257

Son wide body deluxe dynamo front hub polished $285

SP-8 dynamo front hub silver anodized $139

Velo Orange rear cassette hub $160

Velo Orange front hub $75

Nos 105 rear hub $140

Nos 105 front hub $59

Sun XCD rear hub $165

Sun XCD front hub $85

Velo Orange 650b rim each $69

Velocity Atlas rim each $88

Velocity Atlas polished rim each $118

Dajia seat post $25

Daija tall/heavy duty seat post $28

Crand Cru set back seat post $55

Nitto Dynamic Forged Aluminum 27.2mm x 300mm Seatpost $129

Nos American Classic seat post $89

Edelux 2 front light $176

B&M front light $79

Compass Rear light $169

Surly rear cable hanger $12

Surly rear cable hanger polished $20

Velo-Orange front cable hanger $6

Dia-Compe front cable hanger $15

Full Build Labor $299

Wheel build labor $60 each wheel

Spokes $1.25 each

All Paul prices can be found on their web site here.

And be sure to leave a little room in your budgets for all the misc little stuff, like cable stops, cables and housing, tires, tubes, fenders, racks and assessors.

 

Racks:

We're now offering some rack options. We Make custom racks just for the Klickitat. They consist of a handlebar bag with light mount and integrated wiring for the dynamo. And, a set of detachable low rider racks. These come in handy for taking off when not being used to keep your fork supple, or easily and quickly installing when you need a little more luggage for some longer rides or just hitting the grocery store. All the bolts are matching and out of the way where they wont rub holes in your bags! They will come as seen above on Mark's personal Klickitat. Powdered clear coat over raw steal. The powdered clear is the same one as on the the Klickitat and has the green gold flip in it for a little hint of color and sparkle.

Powdered clear w/gold flip to match Custom rack set $950

These must be ordered at the same time as your Klickitat as we make them custom to fit the specific bike and aren't gauranteed to be interchangeable.

Other Options we like are the Velo Orange Campeur front rack for when you want a full rack with the ability to use front panniers. The Velo Orange Randonneur front rack for Cantis, or the Randonneur rack with built in Decaleur. If you are doing a flat bar city build a big Porter rack such as the Soma Fab rack can be fun. We can get you set up with and even install these for you, and will match the retail price from the makers.

 

Check out these shots of Drew P's Klickitat all the way out in Rhode Island! Picks stolen from his Instagram @dhpflaumer.

 

Check out this Klickitat ready to ship off to Austrailia. Hopefuly we'll get some build shots soon!