Pereira Cycles Roaring 29er

Pereira Cycles Roaring 29er

Tony Pereira has a long affinity with the twin-top tubed mountain bike. The ‘Roaring 29er’ is a stock frameset that has been offered by Pereira Cycles since it won the ‘Best Off-Road Bicycle’ award at the 2007 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. This is the latest version to emerge from Tony’s workshop and it still looks ready to rock and roll.

The initial inspiration for the first Roaring 29er was an Elgin cruiser from 1923 — the girder forks and twin top tube are the stuff American boyhood dreams used to be made of. Tony actually keeps one on his mantel shelf. The geometry has been updated to accommodate 29″ wheels, naturally, but the silhouette is the same as the original.

A Shimano XTR group set graces the frame, a favorite of Tony’s that he’s combined with hubs from Chris King, a Thomson seat post and his own custom stem. The real star of the show, however, is the frame: a mustard and chocolate concoction filled with bi-laminated joins, internal cable routing and that esteemed brass pear on the head tube.

Contact Tony through the Pereira Cycles website and see more details of the Roaring 29er his flickr.

Pereira Cycles Roaring 29er
Pereira Cycles Roaring 29er
Pereira Cycles Roaring 29er
Pereira Cycles Roaring 29er
Pereira Cycles Roaring 29er

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neil-Fenton/510186736 Neil Fenton

    Yes, please.

  • Now&Zen

    OK ! I’m confused . The ‘ Girder ‘ fork in fact is a ruse . The double top tube serves no real purpose . So other than the paint job . There’s nothing unique , original or different about this bike . Just another hard tail , hard nosed 29er .

    • http://twitter.com/pereiracycles Tony Pereira

      Yes, you are confused. The fork struts add strength to the lightweight fork structure. How could they not? The double top tube serves a certain purpose: it looks like an old cruiser bike from the 20s, which were styled after motorcycles of the day. Don’t aesthetics count on your list of “purpose” or should all bikes look the same?

      I’ve only built four of these bikes. The first was built for NAHBS in 2007, where it won “Best Off-Road Bicycle”. Since then I’ve ridden in thousands of miles and I’ve raced it at 24 hours of Moab and local XC and short track races. It’s an absolute blast to ride. It’s fairly flexy, so it doesn’t beat the heck out of you, but the fork tracks great and it corners really well. And it looks sweet, which is valuable to a lot of folks.

      Maybe it’s not your thing, but “just another hard tail, hard nosed 29er”? I disagree.

      • itsmefool

        Nice work and rebuttal, Tony! BTW, you are secretly working on a tank to go between the top tubes just like the aforementioned cruisers of yore, right? It would be perfect for hydration or maybe storing a bottle of wine for after-race parties!

  • sam davidson

    It won best off road bicycle for a reason. that color combo is awesome and i love that stem too, the little details really make this frame pop, like the slight fade to a point of the seat tube meeting the seat post, or the crown on the forks. also that twin top tube is just asking for a custom bikepacking/tool bag. And i’m sure it shreds singletrack better than most “Hard tail, hard nosed 29er” Nice Work Mr Pereira, keep it up.

  • James

    that is a tidy tucked-in rear wheel, nimble much?

  • Matt Self

    that is a really beautiful bike

  • http://www.facebook.com/dimypap Dim-itri’os Ev-angelos Pap’the

    i like it. first starting with the color choice, then the fork & finally the small touch details on the frame. i have no clue wether twin top tubes serve efficiency, but despite “older” looks, my intuition tells me they should have an impact on ride behaviour as well. good level of equipment too i’d say :-p . only thing that doesn’t sit well with me (or that i wouldn’t sit on it well :-D ) is the saddle. looks too worn off & contrasts too much with the shining/pristine/new state of the whole bike. it’s one thing going back to other times beauty & another having a patina. my idea would be a rubber one same as the grips. more bikes of this kind should be made.