MAP Pass Hunter

MAP Pass Hunter

The latest build by Mitch Pryor of Portland-based MAP Bicycles has been categorized on their website as ‘Special Purpose’. The Pass Hunter isn’t strictly a cyclocross bike, as it’s listed here. But I guess there’s a rider out there who fancies a leisurely tramp through the hills and dales, and requires a portage strap to assist with hefting it over the odd stile.

Mitch is an artisan, building singular bikes with a challenging amount of detail and features, but a browse through his gallery will reveal his masterful ability. The portage strap is a nifty number produced by Geoff at the Etsy store, Walnut. Walnut came to light early last year with some beautifully crafted leather U-Lock holsters and a cyclist’s equivalent of a coffee cup holder: a leather can cage designed to safely carry your can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

The Pass Hunter is a fillet-brazed beauty, with internal cable routing and a double crown fork. The seat tube cluster is a work of art. Mitch has built it up with TA Pro V cranks, running a 44/28 ratio. There’s a tasty blend of Campagnolo in there too, with what looks to be a NOS seat post and headset. Rolling rotation is via Suzue Classica hubs and Mavic Open Pros. The bars are NOS Belleri Randonneur, and give a gracious curve to the front end — always a good thing.

Check out more MAP Bicycles on Mitch’s website, and keep an eye on his blog and flickr stream for the latest happenings around the Portland workshop.

MAP Pass Hunter
MAP Pass Hunter
MAP Pass Hunter
MAP Pass Hunter
MAP Pass Hunter
MAP Pass Hunter
MAP Pass Hunter
MAP Pass Hunter