Sam raced last year's Gravity Enduro series on a Kona Explosif hardtail, and while it cemented a love for steel hardtails that had been a long time in the wings, there were a few things about the bike that he wanted to change. Namely, more tyre clearance and bigger front travel - both of which came to light in the new-for-2017 Bombtrack Beyond Plus.
Silver came to us with two bikes and a problem - neither of them really worked for her. A Rivendell that had the build she wanted but was too big, and this Rawland Sogn that was the perfect size but with older parts that didn't suit her riding style. We managed to get the majority of the very nice stuff from the Riv onto the Rawland, and so this Sogn build was born!
Craig had a pretty vivid image of what he wanted when he got in touch with Tarn at Primate - visions of old Malvern Star dragsters with all the trimmings he could think of and plenty of orange. The curved double top tube is a testament to Tarn's gift with steel, a gift he's since turned to making bike-part-themed espresso machines.
While Zane has been gallivanting at Mt Buller Victoria for the ski season we have been swooning over this custom Soma Wolverine build eagerly awaiting his return. As far as do-it-all bikes are concerned, we're pretty sure he's got most of the bases covered.
Occasionally-but-all-too-often, our friends get hit by cars while riding their bikes. Just in the last month Sam had his Rogers totaled by a fellow cyclist who happened to be driving a car that day, Graeme from The Sticky Bidon took a serious dive into the pool of cold steel (we're wishing him a speedy recovery!), and Seal (of #treadlycx fame) had her now unreplaceable fancy carbon race bike destroyed in a fistfight with a 2-tonne demon that also left her with a fractured hand and unable to work for weeks on end.
A year ago, we built a bike for a friend based on a plan to go to Japan and ride around for a couple of weeks. Among other things we needed tyre clearance, plenty of eyelet mounts and a steel frame and fork - so we settled on a Velo Orange Campeur frameset after much deliberation.
It's only natural that being so immersed in cycling for so long has led to our own personal riding spreading from ripping around the CBD on track bikes in the early days to everything from racing the local gravity enduro and cyclocross seasons to doing double centuries in our days off to find more of our excellent South Australian roads to ride. We love to go fast - we know that some of you do too - so it made sense for us to start a relationship with a brand that allows us to do what we do best in a not-quite-completely-new-to-us category that is road cycling - build custom bikes to suit our customers from the ground up.
We've had a mixed bag of paint jobs over the years, and it doesn't speak to the quality of the painter - bicycle frames, with their thin, round tubes and complete lack of flat surfaces, are notoriously hard to paint well.