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Old 01-26-17, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
I'd for sure make the trek to his shop if i were anywhere in the bay area for a couple days.
Me too, if I ever make it out that way, I will stop by to shake his hand.

After building up his road frame last June, I got hooked on his frames. This time around I decided to get one built by the man himself.

Thanks again to @dr_lha for turning me on to them.
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Old 01-26-17, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Me too, if I ever make it out that way, I will stop by to shake his hand.

After building up his road frame last June, I got hooked on his frames. This time around I decided to get one built by the man himself.

Thanks again to @dr_lha for turning me on to them.


Mike Varley should be sending me a commission.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
I don't see them talked about too much around here. @dr_lha turned me on to the company/Mike Varley when he did his MonsterCross build.

That led me to do a road bike build of my own which has turned into my favorite bike I've ever owned.
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I like it so much that I've decided to sell off my gravel bike and my touring bike to fund building up a single gravel/touring bike next using his forthcoming MonsterCross frames.
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Anyone else out there own one of Mike's cool bikes?
What will be the difference between your orange MonsterCross build and this new red one?
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Old 01-26-17, 03:14 PM
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Check out the frame differences here:

Frames - Black Mountain Cycles

Aside from the differences in the frame, it has gravel tires, more climbing gears, mini-V brakes, racks, possible fenders, etc.
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Old 01-26-17, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post



Got a leftover 65cm frame last fall and built it up over a month's time.
Such a beautiful coloured frame.
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Old 01-26-17, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Such a beautiful coloured frame.


Isn't it?

Years ago I almost bought an emerald green Torelli with chromed fork crowns. It was $650 for the frame. I was on the verge of buying it but didn't. Now I kick myself as it was a beautiful paint job and lugged steel frame.

Looking at the black cherry paint sure reminds me of how I screwed up.
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Old 01-27-17, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Got a leftover 65cm frame last fall and built it up over a month's time.
Looks nice. Any idea what the writing on the top tube says?
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Old 01-27-17, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Looks nice. Any idea what the writing on the top tube says?
Thanks!

The script says 'Black Mountain Cycles' in (i believe) Mandarin. He put it on there to recognize where the frames are built and show appreciation to the group who makes the frames.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Thanks!

The script says 'Black Mountain Cycles' in (i believe) Mandarin. He put it on there to recognize where the frames are built and show appreciation to the group who makes the frames.
So these are foreign made frames? Though it was not posted, I got the wrong impression thinking they were domestic.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Thanks!

The script says 'Black Mountain Cycles' in (i believe) Mandarin. He put it on there to recognize where the frames are built and show appreciation to the group who makes the frames.
That's pretty cool. I don't think mine has the same. Guess I'll find out Tuesday.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
That's pretty cool. I don't think mine has the same. Guess I'll find out Tuesday.
Huh, I thought all of them came with the top tube script. Interesting, I hadnt even noticed, but just based on a couple bikes in this thread it looks like not all versions have the script.

So mine is a V4. The V5 came stateside March or so of '16 with the Pacenti fork crown and different geometry sizing. The newest frames(yours, i would guess) is apparently called V5.2 and from what I read last year, they would effectively be the same as V5 but with different colors.
Interesting that the script was used up until V5. Wonder if it was on all the earlier versions or introduced after a version or two?

Ive read that the script literally translates to 'Black Mountain Self Propelled Vehicle'. Not sure if there is no word on Mandarin for 'Cycles' or what.
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Originally Posted by ClydeTim View Post
So these are foreign made frames? Though it was not posted, I got the wrong impression thinking they were domestic.
They're made in Taiwan, much like most of the bikes you can buy today. He also sells USA made versions of the frames, but unsurprisingly they cost a lot more.
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Old 01-27-17, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
That's pretty cool. I don't think mine has the same. Guess I'll find out Tuesday.
Mine doesn't. I'm guessing yours won't either.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
They're made in Taiwan, much like most of the bikes you can buy today. He also sells USA made versions of the frames, but unsurprisingly they cost a lot more.
Yeah, just about everything is made in Taiwan or other foreign places these days.

I read something about his shop in the bay area and assumed they were made here figuring it was a frame building shop.
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Originally Posted by ClydeTim View Post
Yeah, just about everything is made in Taiwan or other foreign places these days.

I read something about the bay area and assumed they were made here.
Just like Apple, but better: Designed in California, Made in Taiwan.
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Originally Posted by ClydeTim View Post
So these are foreign made frames? Though it was not posted, I got the wrong impression thinking they were domestic.
Yeah, for sure foreign made. That was the Maxway reference on pg1...Maxway is a good steel frame builder in Taiwan.

As mentioned, they have a domestic frame that costs something like 3.5xmore money. Domestic steel, domestic machined bits, domestic built.

No chance the frame could be made domestically for the price they are sold.

I grew up riding japanese and taiwan built bikes and have a fascination and love for japanese frame building and component history. Because of that, i have no issue buying a frame made over there. Especially when its designed and sold by a small business owner here stateside.

But i get the desire to buy something thats built here.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
As mentioned, they have a domestic frame that costs something like 3.5xmore money. Domestic steel, domestic machined bits, domestic built.
I realise a USA made frame would be dearer, but 3.5x dearer?
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Yeah, for sure foreign made. That was the Maxway reference.
I saw that and should have looked it up. Never heard of it and after seeing so many riders on Strava from so many cities I have never heard of, I just assumed it was another domestic city. Now I know!
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Those are some really nice bikes. Myself....I am a big Soma fan and looking at these bikes on this thread reminds me of certain models on the Soma Blog with their fancy vintage racks etc. Soma also has their frames manufactured in Taiwan and it is my understanding that other than USA made customs, Taiwan builds the better frames by far compared to China which usually builds frames for cheaper models. If I was in the market and had the money I most certainly would consider a Black Mountain frame just for some variety. Beautiful!!!!
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
But i get the desire to buy something that's built here.
In general, I like to buy US-built products when I can. So with cycling, I got hooked on that concept for a while too. I bought and rode a few US-built frames. Then comparing them to the Black Mountain Taiwan-built road frame, I liked the Taiwanese stuff better and they are considerably less expensive. So I sold off my US built stuff and kept the Black Mountain Cycles road frame and bought one of their cross bikes as well.
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My new 2017 Black Mountain Cycles MonsterCross build:

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That's it? Just one drive side pic?
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That's it? Just one drive side pic?
Don't post anymore pics Jarret or I might have to buy a BMC monstercross in addition to my road frame.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
My new 2017 Black Mountain Cycles MonsterCross build:

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Come on now- lets see more! How bout the Pacenti fork crown?
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