“The whole ethic is do-it-yourself…that is what really makes these challenges fascinating.”
REEB Cycles is an extension Oskar Blues brewery, started in 2011 by Dale Katechis (founder of Oskar Blues) after his bike was stolen out of the back of his truck. The natural conclusion? Start a bike brand that manufactures small-batch steel and titanium bikes right out of Colorado. American made, slacked out and lacking in restraint, REEB Cycles are not only a pleasure to gawk at but are clearly purpose-made for ripping front range Colorado trail.
We visited the CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina in Longmont, Colorado in early March to meet up with Tim Moore, Director of “REEBdikulousness” for REEB. We were joined by REEB-sponsored athlete Joe Grant, who brought in the bike that took him on the “Tour De 14ers”, an epic bikepacking adventure to ride to and scale all of Colorado’s 14ers that he started right from his front door in Gold Hill, CO. After a brief tour of the restaurant, we set up shop – in the middle of the shop – to record an episode of the podcast. While recording, resident REEB mechanic Todd Buck kept busy with tube swaps and cantilever pad replacements for the steady stream of customers that were visiting the shop that Saturday morning.
After the interview, Tim invited us by the weld shop to see where REEB frames are made, each handcrafted by frame builder Chris Sulfrain. Since Chris was busy prepping for NAHBS, Tim showed us around a shop chalk-full with frame building machinery, each station looking as if it had witnessed the cutting of a section of steel tubing or application of a powder coat just minutes prior. We left the shop stoked on hardtails, american-made bikes and the prospect of chasing the REEB crew on an upcoming weeknight ride in Lyons Colorado.
See pictures from our trip to the REEB / CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina and REEB weld shop below. Then, subscribe to the Dropper Post Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or our RSS Feed to get the next episode delivered right to your device.
Mentioned during the show:
- REEB Cycles
- Alpine Works
- Follow REEB Cycles and Joe Grant on Instagram
- Joe Grant – #tourde14ers Talk
Podcast intro and outro music is “Chroma” by Broke For Free, from the album XXVII, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License.