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.