Morpheus VSlope 2016

Morpheus VSlope 2016

It is easy to be so close to something great; without being able to see it clearly. This may have been the case when we asked our riders to investigate what they needed in a slope style bike to be competitive and feel confident on. Most of the feedback was related to adjustments that they were being requesting to our then current slope bike; the Skyla. At a certain moment in time management had to step back and say “Guys, I think we are looking toward the wrong bike for inspiration.” Once the focus was shifted toward our hardtail, the Vimana. It became clear the next slope style bike would be based around that platform. Now, after two full successful seasons on the world tour, we are in stock with a production unit that is nearly as compact the award winning Vimana.Bring on the V-Slope.

VSlope
VSlope
Key Features:
– Shortest chain stay option of any slope bike at 14.8 inches (376mm)
– 3.4 inches/86mm travel from custom tuned Fox CTD Evo
– 44-56mm tapered head tube
– Proprietary telescopic rear dropouts (TRD) provides excellent chain tension, alignment, and precise wheel base position
– Low 2.3:1 leverage ratio provides excellent compression and reduced abuse on custom fox rear shock
– Concentric BB pivot design provides single speed compatible without a tensioner
– Proprietary Hydro Form tubing and forged bottom bracket
– ISCG05 chain guide tabs
– Value orientated pricing with frame sets including fox shocks starting at $1295
– Completes starting at $2295
– Sizes regular and Long
– Available in blue, red or black in anodized finish
– Order directly from our website, www.morpheusbikes.com / @morpheus-bikes
– Available now
VSlope
Geometry:
SEAT POST: 30.9mm
SEAT POST CLAMP: 34.9mm
HEAD TUBE: 110mm with 44-56mm cups
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 68 DEGREES
CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 14.8 TO 15.8 INCHES/376 to 400mm
BOTTOM BRACKET: 73mm
BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT: 12.3 INCHES/312mm
TOP TUBE LENGTH:
– REGULAR: 21.3 INCHES/541mm
– LONG: 22.7 INCHES/577mm
TRAVEL: 3.4inches/86mm
VSlope
VSlope
VSlope
Morpheus bikes were founded in the Bronx New York in 2008. Forged from a love and passion for riding, the company strives to design and build bikes competitive on the world stage, at competitive prices.
BTR Fabrications’ New 650B Ranger Demo Bike

BTR Fabrications’ New 650B Ranger Demo Bike

BTR Fabrications Ranger 650B Demo Bike

The 650B Ranger frame features Burf and Tam’s choice of components; selected for their excellent performance, durability, and value.

Check out the demo Ranger 650B bike gallery
Check out the Ranger frame

Up front are a set of Marzocchi 350 CR forks, set at 120mm travel for the Ranger. Their great performance, strength, low weight and flawless reliability make them a perfect match for the Ranger frame.

The bike rolls on a set of custom hand built wheels from August Wheelworks. These are hand assembled, tensioned and trued in the UK using August’s own hubs, Sapim Race spokes, and Ryde Trace Enduro 650B rims.

Complete build specs:

– BTR Ranger 650B frame, large, with integrated seat clamp
– Marzocchi 350 CR forks @ 120mm
– August Wheelworks custom wheels; Ryde Trace Enduro rims/Sapim Race spokes/August hubs
– Renthal Fatbar Lite, Kevlar push-on grips and 40mm Duo stem
– Shimano Deore brakes with 160mm discs
– Sram GX 1×11 drivetrain, 32t chainring
– Maxxis High Roller II 27.5 x 2.3″ EXO TR front and Ardent 27.5 x 2.25″ EXO TR rear tyres
– Rockshox Reverb 125mm dropper post
– Fabric Scoop Race saddle
– Nukeproof warhead headset
– Shimano Saint flat pedals, or Deore SPD pedals

For more information on the demo Ranger, or anything else, contact us. @BTRfabrications

Ellsworth is Back on Track

Ellsworth is Back on Track

Ellsworth. The name conjures memories of the rise of the Southern California boutique mountain bike culture. There were others, of course, but Ellsworth was the one that elicited some of the most passionate advocates. But where emotions run high, you’ll always find both ends of the love-it or hate-it spectrum. And there was Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles.

They have a long history of making high performance, full-suspension mountain bikes. The founder, Tony Ellsworth, created the brand with a precept to utilize U.S. manufacturing with U.S. sourced materials. He was successful for many years, and his aluminum bicycle frames were highly regarded throughout the world. As the bicycle industry shifted from traditional frame-building materials, like steel, titanium and aluminum, towards carbon fiber composites, the Ellsworth brand was compelled to follow the industry trend and sought resources outside the U.S. borders for its composites production.

2016 Epiphany 29

In reality, Ellsworth was a bit late to the carbon fiber game, and the market had moved on. Sales weren’t as brisk as they had been in the salad days of smoke ano and ICT dominance. And as with too many small-ish bike companies, one too many small setbacks can have disastrous consequences. A devastating wildfire, the economic recession, and poor capitalization created a pitfall that Ellsworth could not escape.

With declining sales in a very competitive market landscape, Tony Ellsworth sought out a solution to highlight his bikes and return to his longtime commitment to U.S manufacturing. He orchestrated a deal to sell Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles to BST Nano Carbon of Rancho Bernardo, California. With new capitol and resources to resuscitate his long-time vision, BST and Ellsworth plan to bring their bicycle manufacturing back to California for the 2016 model range.

While all of Ellsworth’s aluminum frame production has remained in California, the first new product planned for the Rancho Bernardo facility is the newly revised ICT seatstay assembly. Next on the list are bicycle frames, but they have a reasonable, planned manufacturing timeline to start frame production in Southern California for the 2017 range.

Ellsworth PR images

Ellsworth is effectively a new company, with new management, some interesting new products, and with what seems like a tight-knit group of enthusiastic and dedicated people. Here’s to hoping that they can steward Mr. Ellsworth’s original vision of American manufacturing, high performance products, and the promise of great customer service.

History Notes:

• Ellsworth founded in 1991 in Southern California
• ICT rear suspension patented in 1997
• Always focused on best practices/environmental stewardship
• Long-term commitment to US manufacturing and US sourced materials
• Highly regarded active suspension (Instant Center Tracking)
• Always known for excellent craftsmanship and production quality
• Started full carbon fiber frame development 2011
• Resorted to outsourced Asian manufacturing for carbon fiber frames/frame components for 2012 model range
• Continued US aluminum frame manufacturing and production
• BST Nano Carbon of San Diego acquired Ellsworth in September 2014
• BST Nano Carbon and Ellsworth will be manufacturing the new ICT seatstays in their San Diego facility for the 2016 model range
• New designs for the 2017 range will be manufactured in San Diego
• Lots of new hires and new management
• Ellsworth has a stacked design and engineering team that has the technical capabilities to create bikes to compete in the market with any brand
• They will be able to respond more quickly to market trends and emerging ideas than all of the outsourcing brands
• Lead times for production will be cut drastically
• Ellsworth has the resources to be a leader in laminate design
• With a new revision for 2016, ICT has been modernized, yet still retains all of the active bump compliance and pedaling efficiency that so many riders have appreciated for so many years
• Ellsworth will support the Independent Bike Dealer network
• Ellsworth is effectively a new company with new management, new products, and a small, but enthusiastic team
• “America’s Bike

www.ellsworthbikes.com

Ellsworth PR images

MENTIONS: @ellsworthbikes

Morpheus VSlope 2016

Morpheus VSlope 2016

It is easy to be so close to something great; without being able to see it clearly. This may have been the case when we asked our riders to investigate what they needed in a slope style bike to be competitive and feel confident on. Most of the feedback was related to adjustments that they were being requesting to our then current slope bike; the Skyla. At a certain moment in time management had to step back and say “Guys, I think we are looking toward the wrong bike for inspiration.” Once the focus was shifted toward our hardtail, the Vimana. It became clear the next slope style bike would be based around that platform. Now, after two full successful seasons on the world tour, we are in stock with a production unit that is nearly as compact the award winning Vimana.Bring on the V-Slope.

VSlope
VSlope
Key Features:
– Shortest chain stay option of any slope bike at 14.8 inches (376mm)
– 3.4 inches/86mm travel from custom tuned Fox CTD Evo
– 44-56mm tapered head tube
– Proprietary telescopic rear dropouts (TRD) provides excellent chain tension, alignment, and precise wheel base position
– Low 2.3:1 leverage ratio provides excellent compression and reduced abuse on custom fox rear shock
– Concentric BB pivot design provides single speed compatible without a tensioner
– Proprietary Hydro Form tubing and forged bottom bracket
– ISCG05 chain guide tabs
– Value orientated pricing with frame sets including fox shocks starting at $1295
– Completes starting at $2295
– Sizes regular and Long
– Available in blue, red or black in anodized finish
– Order directly from our website, www.morpheusbikes.com / @morpheus-bikes
– Available now
VSlope
Geometry:
SEAT POST: 30.9mm
SEAT POST CLAMP: 34.9mm
HEAD TUBE: 110mm with 44-56mm cups
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 68 DEGREES
CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 14.8 TO 15.8 INCHES/376 to 400mm
BOTTOM BRACKET: 73mm
BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT: 12.3 INCHES/312mm
TOP TUBE LENGTH:
– REGULAR: 21.3 INCHES/541mm
– LONG: 22.7 INCHES/577mm
TRAVEL: 3.4inches/86mm
VSlope
VSlope
VSlope
Morpheus bikes were founded in the Bronx New York in 2008. Forged from a love and passion for riding, the company strives to design and build bikes competitive on the world stage, at competitive prices.
BTR Fabrications’ New 650B Ranger Demo Bike

BTR Fabrications’ New 650B Ranger Demo Bike

BTR Fabrications Ranger 650B Demo Bike

The 650B Ranger frame features Burf and Tam’s choice of components; selected for their excellent performance, durability, and value.

Check out the demo Ranger 650B bike gallery
Check out the Ranger frame

Up front are a set of Marzocchi 350 CR forks, set at 120mm travel for the Ranger. Their great performance, strength, low weight and flawless reliability make them a perfect match for the Ranger frame.

The bike rolls on a set of custom hand built wheels from August Wheelworks. These are hand assembled, tensioned and trued in the UK using August’s own hubs, Sapim Race spokes, and Ryde Trace Enduro 650B rims.

Complete build specs:

– BTR Ranger 650B frame, large, with integrated seat clamp
– Marzocchi 350 CR forks @ 120mm
– August Wheelworks custom wheels; Ryde Trace Enduro rims/Sapim Race spokes/August hubs
– Renthal Fatbar Lite, Kevlar push-on grips and 40mm Duo stem
– Shimano Deore brakes with 160mm discs
– Sram GX 1×11 drivetrain, 32t chainring
– Maxxis High Roller II 27.5 x 2.3″ EXO TR front and Ardent 27.5 x 2.25″ EXO TR rear tyres
– Rockshox Reverb 125mm dropper post
– Fabric Scoop Race saddle
– Nukeproof warhead headset
– Shimano Saint flat pedals, or Deore SPD pedals

For more information on the demo Ranger, or anything else, contact us. @BTRfabrications