Wyvern, XL, Yellow

I’m pretty damn excited about this bike because it’s for one of my best friends. I made the frame for him a while back, and we powder coated it, but we only got it built it up a few days ago and now he finally has a Myth!

Interestingly, this is the first XL frame that’s gone out the door, and I think it’s going to be perfect for him. The build kit is a variation on our base build kit, with Sram everything but the brakes. These parts were selected for being a great value, but also not cheapo stuff.

The powdercoat is our Yellow offering, and it’s a totally awesome fun yellow. It’s bright, with just barely a hint of green in it. You can see this bike coming from a mile away. The accents are purple, including the decals, handlebars, seatpost clamp and pedals. I personally love it.

Full Custom Enduro Hardtail, Pink/black

I’ll just say it: this is the coolest bike I’ve ever built. There are a lot of reasons I’m willing to say that, and the first, obvious one is self evident: it looks incredibly badass. However, there’s more even than meets the eye. First off, this bike is for my wife, who absolutely shreds every bike I hand her, so I really wanted to make her something truly aggressive that fit her riding style. 66 degree HA normalized, with short 415mm chainstays. Built for a 130mm fork, and rocking 170 cranks.

The tubing was carefully selected to be strong, without being unreasonably heavy. The seat tube was bent in house. The top tube started life as a 4130 straight gauge .9 wall tube. It was centerless ground until it was .8 wall, then externally butted to .6 wall for 6 inches at the front of the bike. Then bent in house as well. I bent the chainstays as well, and machined a yoke that plugged into one end of the round tubing. All tubes on this bike were bent in house, except for the downtube.

_MG_1645The rear post mount brake mount was a first, and proudly one of my own design. I call it the Snail-Eyes post mount system! With the brake off, they look like eyes on long stalks. I plan to offer this on all my custom bikes in the future, as well as on custom forks.

The powdercoat was also done in-house, and is a flat pink to flat black fade. Both very low-gloss finishes, and I think they go with the components extremely well. This is a fade we plan to offer as a finish upgrade to any of our custom or stock bikes.

Anyway, I think the photos speak for themselves!

New Tool Friday: Post mount jig

I’ve been wanting to do post mount brakes on my frames and forks since day one, but I haven’t taken the plunge on a post mount jig. I just didn’t love the options available for purchase, and they’re a couple hundred dollars each. So I looked up the standard dimensions of post mount brakes, and rummaged around in my stock of metal and found some suitable material. A few hours on the machines, and it was done!


I included all the features I wanted, and it was pretty simple. It does 160 and 180 brake mounts, and it’s pretty burly. I didn’t want it flexing at all while I weld. The spacer is for either frame or fork use, but you unbolt the arm and flip it around for use on a fork. This brings the mounts 3mm further out, which is how they work. I thought drawing it up would be confusing, but once I just sat down and did it, it was one of the more simple jigs I’ve built.

I’ve also come up with a system for post mounts that I’m very, very excited about. You’ll start seeing it on my custom frames now, but until then, here’s a sneak preview.


I love building tools. Have a great weekend!

Wyvern, L, Flat orange

Here’s a Wyvern build in size L, color: flat orange. It’s a lower gloss level powder coat, about 20-30%. This was for a return customer who originally bought one for his fiance. This is the mid range build kit with a couple custom tweaks for him since he was a repeat customer.

New Tool Friday: Powder coat oven

20171222_122315It’s been a little while since I’ve done a NTF post, but here it is. A powder coating oven! This beast was a little over 2 months in the making, and it was actually a really interesting build. I’ve known I wanted to bring powdercoating in-house since the beginning, but I also knew it’s it’s own huge project. In addition to this oven, I had to make a sandblasting cabinet as well, and make sure my air compressor was up to the task. But all is functional now, and I’ve been powdercoating everything I can get my hands on.

Some nerdy numbers:
The oven is built from galvanized sheet metal and metal studs. Insulated with yellow fiberglass insulation, and it has two 2.5 kilowatt oven elements for a total of 5 kilowatts. I used a PID temperature controller with a K thermocouple from Auber instruments. The inside dimensions are about 28 x 32 x 82 inches, and it’ll fit 2 bike frames or one tandem. It warms up from cold in about 20 minutes, and in about another 20 minutes the oven walls are fully warmed up. If I open the door to stick a bike frame in, it takes about 5 minutes to warm back up to 400 F. I’ve calculated the energy it uses, and it’s astonishingly small. Once it’s up to temp, the elements run at about 50% power to keep the whole thing at 400F. So if I’m just powdercoating one or two bike frames it’s on for about 2 hours, which uses around 6.25 Kilowatt hours, or $0.75.

Why powder coating?
One of the reasons I chose powdercoating, aside from being such a durable and long-lasting coating, is that I believe it to be more environmentally friendly. Wet paints have large amounts of VOCs which are released into the atmosphere during use. Powdercoat releases no VOCs during curing. However, the ovens used in powdercoating must be powered, so using electricity is the main environmental impact. Durango’s power comes from the Four Corners Generating Station which is a coal power plant. Pretty much a worst-case scenario for emissions. However, coal generates just over two lbs of CO2 per Kilowatt-hour produced, so during a 2-hour powdercoating session, I’m producing about 12.5 lbs of CO2. Roughly the amount your car produces driving 16 miles. In the grand scheme of things, that’s pretty damn good.

_MG_0062In the next few months I’ll be experimenting with quite a few color and fading options. These will gradually become available as color options on the Colors page. I’m looking forward to some absolutely rad looking bikes coming out of the Myth shop this year. Keep an eye out on Instagram, and this blog.


Also, we’re collaborating with King Cage and offering powder coated King Cages. These are now available in the Online Shop.