We are having an epic winter here in Durango, so I was excited to build this Chimera fat bike for my friend Brendan.
The build went great. Any details about geometry can be found at the Chimera page, but the build kit on this bike turned out really awesome. He spent money where it counted, and saved money where he could. The wheels are the awesome DT Swiss Big Rides, saving a ton of weight where you notice it most. Mated up with the Surly Bud and Lou combo, which is incredible in the snow. We went with Race Face Turbine cranks which allowed us to flip the Cinch chainring and run a narrower q-factor crank on a 197mm rear end fat bike; the best of both worlds. Then keeping it simple with Shimano Deore brakes and an 11-speed SRAM GX drivetrain really pulled it all together. Not pictured here are the ENVE carbon bars he got to help keep his hands warmer, but they didn’t come in in time for these pictures.
I was able to get this built up in time for the annual fat bike race in Silverton, the Silverton Whiteout. It’s a great route, and with on-course coffee bar, bee-bee gun range, and bacon station, it’s my favorite race of the year. The unbelievable amount of snow we’re getting this year doesn’t hurt either.
One slight difference with this Chimera over past builds is that it features Fender mounts. I believe I’ll be including this with all future Chimera builds, as it’s an incredibly useful thing to have if there is any amount of water, sand or other fluids getting on your tires.
It was bound to happen eventually; I built a titanium frame.
I came into framebuilding with about 6 years of professional welding experience behind me, and this is a fact I’ve always been proud of. Back when I went to trade school, I learned TIG welding with the intention to build bike frames. After getting a job, I sort of forgot about my ambitions to be a framebuilder and began learning the art of metalcraft. During this time, I welded quite a bit of titanium, and so learned the ins and outs of titanium as a material to work with. This gave me a really good basis of knowledge for delving into titanium framebuilding. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a very new project, but I felt prepared for taking on this build.
This frame is a full custom build for my friend Sam. Sam bought a Wyvern from me last year and has been riding the piss out of it, and even won a race on it! This bike is made to measure for his sizing, and we changed up to geometry to handle exactly like he wanted it. It’s got a 67 head angle, 73.5 seat angle, 416 chainstays (effective) and a bit longer reach than his Wyvern. All geo while sagged with his 120 travel Fox 34 Step Cast fork. It’s got Paragon Sliding dropouts, S-bent stays, and a plated chainstay yoke with tire clearance for 2.6, and chainring clearance for a whopping 38t chainring.
Sam is the first Myth Cycles sponsored rider, and I’m really excited to have him ripping around on the first Myth Ti bike. I’m stoked to see what trouble he gets himself into with this thing, and also excited for the possibility of more ti bikes in the future.
I’m very excited to announce that Myth has officially partnered up with Bedrock Bags! I’ve actually known Andrew and Joey for years, and watched their company grow from a tiny startup to an industry-leading manufacturer of sewn bikepacking bags. The best part is that they’re another Durango company, based just across town from us. It just made a lot of sense to offer their excellent products with our bikes.
There’s complete info about our partnership at the new Bedrock Bags page. Please feel free to send me any and all questions, and start thinking about adding a frame bag to your Myth!
I just shipped out this Wyvern, size Medium, with Rocker dropouts and the Iris Burgundy powdercoat. This might be one of my favorite colors right now, it’s so incredible. I suspect it might become a very popular color in the future. The rocker dropouts really rounded this build out, and I hope I get to see it fully built up someday.
This frame is the third Pinion frame I’ve built. It’s a 29+ mountain bike with a 67 head angle, and 62 BB drop. The customer wanted to run belt drive so it’s got a mid seat stay splitter made out of stainless steel. The powdercoat is a Turquoise to Indigo fade, and it’s got triple braze-ons inside the main triangle and below the downtube.
This bike came out so great, I can’t wait to see it completely built up.
Turquoise & Indigo Bi-color