One of the benefits of True North’s new location in the country is the ease in which we can enjoy the world around us. Being located in Canada, we are far enough north that gazing into the night sky sometimes yields a little more than just stars. Check out this amazing photo of the Aurora Borealis taken from the front door of the workshop.
We’ve been busy as of late, both refining and organizing the new shop and of course, building lots of beautiful bikes. Elise’s flat bar road bike features long reach brakes which will allow her the ability to run larger tires and fenders, but still retain the sporty and effortless ride quality of a road bike. Her bike features a 3×10 Shimano SLX drivetrain and durable hand built wheels.
Frank’s new road bike is optimized for his height and will fit better than any off the rack option. Frank’s new bike features a Campagnolo 11 speed drivetrain, Campagnolo Zonda wheels, ENVE fork and Alpha Q Stem and Post.
George’s new bike is another road bike designed around long reach brakes; a very popular option here at True North. George’s bike features a slightly upright geometry which will allow him to attain a comfortable position while riding. His bike features a trusty Brooks saddle, Shimano 3×10 105 drive train and of course hand built wheels shod in Cadence rubber.
June’s new road bike features S&S couplings to allow it to pack down easily for travel. The beautiful paint job comes courtesy of our friend Noah at Velocolour. June’s bike features 3×10 Shimano 105 shifting, Mavic Ksyrium wheels, as well as a Thomson post and stem.
Melanie’s road bike is another bike making use of long-reach brakes. The extra clearance allows her the room to run the slightly larger Grand Bois tires we are so fond of here at True North. Not only does the extra volume smooth out even the roughest of roads, but the tan sidewalls look amazing! Melanie’s bike features a 3×10 Campagnolo drivetrain, hand built wheels featuring Campy hubs and Ambrosio rims and of course, a venerable Brooks saddle.
Richard’s new bike is another road bike optimized for use with a flat bar. Many people enjoy the efficiency and speed of a road bike, but prefer an upright position. With a custom bike this is never an issue, as you can have your cake and eat it too! Richard’s bike features a 3×10 drivetrain that boasts a mix of Shimano SLX and XT components. Again, this bike is built with long reach brakes which allow for the larger volume Grand Bois tires as well as fenders.
One of the best things about building custom bikes are the bikes we build for people who really do require a custom bike. They could be too small to fit on a stock bike or in Jefferson’s case, there is no bike on the market big enough to fit his large proportions. Those are 29er wheels to put things in perspective. Jefferson’s bike features S&S couplings to allow it to break down for travel, a Shimano 3×10 105 drivetrain with Pauls ‘Thumbie’ shifters and Avid cable actuated disc brakes for powerful and reliable braking. A Thomson post, Brooks saddle and Chris King headset round out this very nice (and very large) bike.
With custom bikes there is the potential to build very complicated and ornate bikes, but in John’s case, there is also the ability to build a very beautiful and simple bike. John’s single speed features handbuilt wheels, Conti Contact tires, a Shimano SLX crank and a Brooks saddle. John has the ultimate do-it-all city bike, but retains the ability to toss on some more aggressive rubber and hit the trails if he desires.
We’ll leave you with a parting photo of the construction of Graydon’s new mixte-style frame. In case you’re wondering; yes that is a mixte made from titanium.