2018 Klickitat Small Batch Bike

Gallery of Mark's Personal Klickitat Pass

 

We're now taking pre-orders for the Klickitat. There are only a few spaces left, and we're only accepting deposit through the first week of November. So reserve yours asap!

The Klickitat Pass is our first attempt at a "production" bike. They will be 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. They're only available as a pre-order. There are only a few spaces left, so drop a deposit to reserve yours.

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 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, 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 plan with the customer.

We’re 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, and 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 to save a lot of time for us and a lot of money for you. 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 the thickest tubes and five thousand braze ons, 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 to light duty for most people and situations, and it would dent easily. 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 flexible people describe it as "scary", and usually end up getting rid of it 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!

 

Drop bar build. Same great Klickitat frame with a silver drop bar build. This build was done for Lana so she could take the Klickitat on a weekend camping trip.

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! 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 set up for a weekend bike camping trip and then 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.

 

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 cromor 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 five sizes, 54cm, 56cm, 58, and 60cm.

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 the time they ship on March 1st 2018 (unless getting a full build). Full builds could take a little bit longer and don't need to be payed off until ready to ship.

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 to 356 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. We can recommend, and ship to a Painter or Powder Coater, or we can send vector files along with the custom frame to a painter of your choosing.)

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 silver brazed to the seat tube.

 

Specifications:

Tubes:

Full Columbus cromor stander sized butted 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 standard 22.2 quill stem).

Standard Braze ons:

Every frame will come equipped with the following braze ons: Your choice of 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 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.

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. Some other M6 threaded dynamo and non dynamo lights will also work with this braze on.

Will even wire it up free if you buy the lights through us! We will also be making 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

Seat tube: 54cm ctc

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 ctc

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 ctc

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.

 

60cm:

Top tube: 60cm

Seat tube: 60cm ctc

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: 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.

 

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.

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.

 

Build Kits:

We will be offering 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 differen't 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, 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 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 on ebay). Choice of 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. Choice of Tektro cr720 canti brakes, or Paul Racer hard mounted brake. Choice of Nitto technomic or Deluxe stem. Choise of Dajia, or Grand Cru seatpost. Optional wheel set with Velo-Orange Diagonale 650b rims and either their touring hub set or a mix of their touring rear hub and an Sp dynamo front. Or for those that like a quieter rear cassette body we have Formula rear hubs. All wheels will be hand build in house by Stoic Wheels with Phil wood, or DT Swiss spokes and Brass nipples.

 

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 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 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 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. Choice of Tektro cr720 canti brakes, or Paul Racer hard mounted brake.Choice of Nitto technomic or Deluxe stem. 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 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 spokes and Brass nipples.

 

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, 160, 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 on ebay). Choice of 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. Choice of Tektro cr720 canti brakes, or Paul Racer hard mounted brake.Choice of Nitto technomic or Deluxe stem. 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 spokes and Brass nipples.

 

Paul Components Kit:

The Paul Components Kit would include Pretty much everything Paul makes that will fit on this bike! Paul Cantilever or hard mount racer brakes, Paul seatpost, cable hanger, and cranks.

The rest of the group would pretty much be form one of the options above or or a mix of stuff. Such as using the Sun XCD rear hub, rear derailleur and Son Front hub to make a sweet 1x 8, 9, or 10 drive train.

 

Complete price brake down for all parts listed above:

Micro shift rear derailleur $45

Micro shift front derailleur $29

105 rear derailleur $79

105 front derailleur $59

Sun XCD rear derailleur $115

Sun XCD front derailleur $69

28.6 clamp on front derailleur adapter $15

Sugino triple crank set $169

Sugino double crankset $169

Sun XCD Compact double crankset with Sun XCD rings $285

Sun XCD Compact double crankset with T.A. rings $245

Shimano Un55 bottom bracket $35

Shimano 8 speed down tube shifters $60

Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters

Shimano 9 speed bar end shifters

Shimano or Sram 8 speed cassette $35

Shimano or Sram 9 speed cassette $49

KMC 8 speed chain $20

KMC 9 speed chain $49

Tange Passage headset $35

IRD needle bearing headset $89

Velo Orange standard headset $28

Velo Orange polished cartridge bearing headset $55

Tektro cr720 canti brakes $89

Norther modified cr 720 canti brakes $125

Son Deluxe dynamo front hub $257

Son wide body deluxe dynamo front hub $271

SP-8 dynamo front hub $139

Formula rear cassette hub $45

Velo Orange rear cassette hub $160

Velo Orange front hub $75

Nos 105 rear hub $99

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 $400

Partial build labor $200

Wheel build labor $50 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.