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A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er

A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er

For NAHBS newbies — that is, first-time builders — there’s a special table. It’s called the New Builder’s Table and entrants can only display one bike. Alex Cook is a Minneapolis native who has been building frames for about 5 years as A-Train Bicycles. This is his astounding NAHBS masterpiece: a candy-colored stainless steel 29er.

Alex went all out on this, there’s no doubt he’ll be invited back to future Shows. He started by building a fillet-brazed front triangle out of 4130 sleeve tubing, then cut it apart and took the joints. Those joints were then shaped by hand into a set of lugs, which he then used to join together a KVA stainless steel front triangle. The rear triangle is Columbus Life and the fork is a matching Niner carbon fork.

We’ve featured one of Alex’s bikes before, a stainless steel tourer, but you can chat with him in person at the 2013 NAHBS — he’s on Booth #9. If you can’t make it along, head to his website instead. Massive thanks to Dan Bailey of Pallas Athena Custom Bicycles for the scoop.

A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er
A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er
A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er
A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er
A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er
A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er
A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er
A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er
A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er
A-Train Cycles NAHBS 29er

  • http://twitter.com/snapoutovit Andrew R Hyde

    Stunning piece of work with well-chosen componentry.

  • Sebastian

    Whoa.

  • BigHank53

    Completely useless brace on the rear triangle. The slider dropouts can’t put any load into the stays that it will help with.

    Other than that, lovely work.

    • Dan B.

      No, but it provides a certain amount of symmetry.

    • Getreal

      For the life of me I can’t figure out why they put that there??? It doesn’t appear to have any use? I have noticed that on more than a few bikes.

  • Alex

    Where can I get a fork like that?

    • Dan B.

      That’s a standard Niner carbon fork, just (carefully) sanded and repainted.

  • Fernando

    Frame looks beautiful with all the details, but the fork ruins it.

  • Mister Dangerpants

    Really great to see a lugged mountain bike! Looks fantastic!