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REEB Cycles NEW Cyclocross Race Rig

Aug 21, 2014
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We’ve added a 100% American Made True Temper OX Platinum Cyclocross race rig to the gaggle of REEB Options.  This baby comes in under 20lbs & hangs Sram Force CX drivetrain along with the Industry Nine ULCX Disc Wheelset.  The frame retails at $1600, in-line with all of our Hand Welded True Temper Steel options (September 1st 2014 pricing, with the introduction of ABT frames), complete build vary depending on how you want to build your ride up.  We’re small & we give a shit, give us a shout & we’ll build to you wallet size.  All REEB frames are Gates Carbon Drive compatible.

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Come & check out the bike at the full service REEB Cycles bikes shop at our CyclHOPS Bike Cantina at 600 S. Airport Road, Longmont, CO  80501.  reebme@reebcycles.com  720-600-5964

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Chris has recently created a REEB BMX #ReeBMX with the help of ripper Zak Earley, 650B & 26″ Destroyer Dirt Jump #DestroyerDJ frames and a track bike to add to the already existing SFP Mountain Bikes (New ABT Models set to Launch at Interbike), TyREEB Mountain Bikes, The Sam’s Pants Gravel Grinder & REEBDonkadonk (ABT Model set to Launch at Interbike) #reebdonkadonk Fatbikes.

 


THE BEST OF BMX DIRT HEADS TO OSKAR BLUES REEB RANCH

Jun 25, 2014
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THE BEST OF BMX DIRT HEADS EAST TO ASHEVILLE, NC
By the Riders, for the Riders Contest Returns

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June 25, 2014 – (Asheville, NC) – Red Bull Dreamline is back for its third year this fall just south of Asheville, NC, at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch #obREEBranch, with a bigger course, bold athlete list and some of the most challenging jumps seen in BMX history.  On October 10-11, 2014, the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Parkway will be converted into a dream downhill BMX dirt course, with bigger jumps than last year from top to bottom.

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Conceived by pro athlete Anthony Napolitan, Red Bull Dreamline is a way to showcase the best of dirt riding, by the riders, for the riders.  Given six weeks and the freedom to develop concept into course, builder Adam Aloise promises to groom a next level dirt playground.  While some elements will be under wraps until riders arrive on site, the course guarantees to be the most challenging to date, including 10 jumps, with the largest sending athletes up to 35 feet in the air.

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The jam session format of the contest has been developed to benefit the riders. The contest has invited 28 riders, who will be joined by four alternates selected during the practice sessions. The 32 riders will compete in two heats of 16 in the qualifiers. When the athletes are not competing in a heat, they will be judging their fellow riders. The top six from each heat will move on to Saturday’s final and will be judged by a randomly drawn group of non-qualifying riders from Friday.

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“Red Bull Dreamline is an event that BMX riders can show up to, ride, have a great time, progress, and feel completely comfortable without the pressures of a normal contest setting. We’re excited to head east where dirt BMX was born,” says creator Anthony Napolitan.  The contest shines a light on what BMXers enjoy most about riding – the freedom of pushing the limits with their friends, on a course that has no rules or constraints.

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Invited Riders
Alejandro Caro
Anthony Napolitan
Ben Wallace
Brian Foster
Cam White
Chris Doyle
Corey Bohan
Cory Nastazio
Dawid Godziek
Dennis Enarson
Diogo Canina
Drew Bezanson
Gary Young
Hucker Clark
Jaie Toohey
Joey Cordova
Kye Forte
Kyle Baldock
Mark Mulville
Morgan Wade
Pat Casey
Ronnie Napolitan
Ryan Nyquist
Sebastian Keep
Seth Klinger
TJ Ellis
Tyler Fernengel
Zak Earley

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Alternates
Bob Manchester
Brandon Dosch
Chase Hawk
James Foster
Kris Fox
Lima Eltham
Luke Parslow
Matt Cordova
Matt Priest
Sergio Layos

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Visit www.redbull.com/dreamline for updates and join the conversation: @redbullNC #dreamline.

Fans can tune-in to NBC on Saturday, November 8 at 5 pm ET to watch the full-length broadcast of Red Bull Dreamline, presented by Dodge Dart in partnership with GoPro and Polaris RZR.  The show airs as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the most progressive action sports event series in the world, featuring snowboarding, free skiing, surfing, motocross, off-road truck racing, mountain biking, BMX and enduro competition.  For more information, please visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.

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For media inquiries, please contact Whitney Gonzales at whitney.gonzales@us.redbull.com or 512.705.6762.

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PSBMX Interview with Zak Earley

Jun 23, 2014
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Below is a short teaser……Read the entire article via PSbmx  http://psbmx.com/2014/06/20/interview-zak-earley/

Maine-iac trail boss Zak Earley

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Zak Earley (REEB Cycles) may fly under a lot of BMX followers radar. Actually I guess it would be more accurate to say he flys over it! The chill, unassuming rider from New England absolutely kills it at the trails and anywhere big flowy lines can be found. We were stoked to hear that he recently signed with REEB Cycles as his new frame sponsor. After hanging out with Zak in ColoRADo recently during Outlaws of Dirt we caught up with him and knocked out this quick interview….and make sure to follow him on instagram: @zakaryearley …

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How did you get started riding?

I grew up watching motocross all the time with my dad, and I never had a dirtbike, but I always just built dirt jumps and pretended my bike was a dirtbike. Then I just started doing little tricks, and it kinda just kept going from there. I found Rye Airfiled right when it was opening which is a local indoor skatepark and I started going there almost everyday. That’s when bmx really took off for me.

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What keeps you motivated to ride?

It changes from day to day on what gets me amped to ride at that moment. But really the base of it is I just love the feeling of going fast and ripping a bowl corner and just flowing. Every time I drop in it just feels so good. I love it.

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What’s Your Preference? Street, Park, Dirt, DH, Vert, Flat?

Dirt, or a big cement park.

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Zak turning one down at Outlaws of Dirt in Lyons, Colorado.

Zak turning one down at Outlaws of Dirt in Lyons, Colorado.

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Zak took the hands on approach to building his REEB Prototype by working with REEB builder Chris Sulfrian.

Zak took the hands on approach to building his REEB Prototype by working with REEB builder Chris Sulfrian.

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Whats the process been like for designing your own frame?

The process of designing Reeb’s first ever bmx bike has been really rad. I have never been that involved before. Usually I just got asked like 1 or 2 questions about what I liked and then just was asked what size top tube I wanted. This was literally completely from scratch and Reeb just let me build exactly what I wanted. I’m still researching and figuring out what different tweeks will do. Its a pretty amazing process. I got to actually go to Reeb, sit down with the welder and designer chris and we looked at my bike, drew lines from it and took some notes and then just started cutting tubes the same day. It was a really cool experience.

 


Oskar Blues REEB Ranch Launches World-Class Beer & Bike Destination in Western North Carolina

Jun 16, 2014
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Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC– Oskar Blues Brewery’s new 145-acre farm will serve Western North Carolina as an epic beer and bike-fueled destination. Located about 8 miles from the Brevard-based Oskar Blues brewery, which opened in December 2012, the former Shoal Falls Farm soon will be a haven for mountain bikers, a place to grow hops, pasture land for spent grain-fed cows, and a music & event space, all against the beautiful backdrop of Dupont State Forest.

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The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch will be home to The Bike Farm (http://www.bikefarmpisgah.com), an established bike guide and concierge service, owned by Cashion Smith and Eva Surls. The REEB Ranch/Bike Farm team envisions creating a world-class biking destination for the whole family at the site, which will offer a bike park and direct trail access to Dupont’s miles of single track.

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Cycling has always been a large part of Oskar Blues’ culture and was a huge reason that soul-founder Dale Katechis chose Western North Carolina as the home for a second brewery. “Western North Carolina rings true with the same eclectic mountain energy that inspired Oskar Blues to put Dale’s Pale Ale in a can,” Katechis says.

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The name REEB Ranch pays homage to REEB Cycles (http://www.reebcycles.com), Oskar Blues hand-made bike company based in ColoRADo. A stable of demo REEB Mountain Bikes & Dirt Jump rigs are available at the REEB Ranch.

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“It’s important to us to keep that trail-side camaraderie in the community,” Katechis says. “We’ve been able to integrate our passions of the brewery, farm, restaurants and REEB Cycles into much of what we do–the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch continues that effort.”

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Oskar Blues has kept a grassroots, hands-on feel with ColoRADo projects such as REEB Cycles and the Hops & Heifers Farm, which provides home-grown beef, pork and vegetables to four Oskar Blues restaurants, including a new CHUBurger at Coors Field in Denver. The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch continues that grassroots path in Western North Carolina.

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Construction on the REEB Ranch bike park has already begun, and rides from the property will start rolling soon.

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The ranch creates a ride-in, ride-out experience with direct Dupont State Park single-track access, pump track sessions, dirt jump progression lines and post ride beers alongside the swimming hole. On-site lodging includes a 1940s cabin at the base of two 43-foot waterfalls and an apartment on the top floor of a venue-perfect barn, while tent camping is also available.

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“Whether it’s brewing beer, building bikes, or creating one of the East Coast’s most impressive bike parks, Dale likes to dream big and enable big dreams for his partners,” Smith says.

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For the past two years, Oskar Blues has offered the Oskar Blues Ordeal bus tours for a backstage view into all Oskar Blues ColoRADo locations including the brewery, farm, restaurants & bike company during the Great American Beer Festival in the fall. Check out a chance to win a trip to the 2014 Oskar Blues Ordeal (ColoRADo) by signing up & recycling at http://www.obordeal.com/.

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About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale’s Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth—packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged 119,000 barrels of beer in 2013, and now distribute their trailblazing craft brews to 35 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.

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About REEB Cycles

Bikes and bloody elbows have always been at the heart of Oskar Blues culture.  Dale’s bike was stolen and REEB Cycles was born out of a middle finger to bike thieves and bikes made overseas.  We use 100% American Made, True Temper OX Platinum tubing and hand weld them one at a time here in the Rocky Mountains of ColoRADo craft beer country.  REEB is the smile that comes from having a post-ride beer around a campfire.  RIDE BIKES.  DRINK BEER.  REPEAT.

www.REEBCYCLES.com

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Twitter – @REEBcycles

Instagram – @reebcycles

Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzoA3XjwYYBjH9AQYuFP0vA 

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About The Bike Farm

A destination like none other, The Bike Farm is North America’s premier bike resort. With equally stunning single track and scenery, The Bike Farm caters to the entire family, and to their every need. From dirt jumps and pump tracks in the park, downhill shuttle runs, and guided cross country epics right from the farm, there is truly something for everyone. Whether you choose the seclusion of the waterfall cabin, the pasture and bike park views of the barn apartment, car camping or tent camping, The Bike Farm is the place to stay and play in Western NC. At the end of a long day in the saddle enjoy a dip in the swimming hole at the base of twin 43′ waterfalls, a massage, a cold Oskar Blues brew and a campfire to tell the day’s story by. From jump jams and celebrity skills clinics, to weddings, festivals, and gatherings of all sorts, you don’t have to be a cyclist to fall in love with The Bike Farm.

www.thebikefarmpisgah.com

cashionsmith@gmail.com

facebook.com/thebikefarmpisgah


“The Sam’s Pants” Love from Trans Iowa

May 02, 2014
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From: Alex Roberts
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 8:00 AM
To: Chad Melis; Tim Moore; Chris Soultrain
Subject: REEB Sam’s Pants

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Chad, just a quick intro.  Tim knows most of this, but you probably don’t.  Last year, to keep up winter motivation, I signed up for Trans Iowa.  Trans Iowa is a 330 plus mile gravel race that travels over 95% gravel with some B Maintenance (unmaintained and muddy) roads thrown in.  I didn’t have a gravel or even cross bike when I signed up for this, but knew I really wanted to get one over the winter.  I had decided that I wanted one that was both Gates Carbon Drive and Rohloff compatible.  I spent months searching for that “just right” one.  I finally found it in the form of The Sam’s Pants #thesamspants.  And man, what a good choice!

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Since being built in March, I have put thousands of miles on the Sam’s Pants training and racing in prep for Trans Iowa.  We are blessed with some truly spectacular gravel roads around here, and I have quite an abundant playground for Dale (what else could I name it right?).  I have been so impressed with the bike and have been sharing the love on social media.  I built it around reliability and comfort.  I have a Rohloff, Gates Carbon Drive a Schmidt dynamo and Son Edelux II light, a fat Whiskey No 9 through axle fork, and am running tubeless 2.0s.  It’s the ultimate monstercross set-up.

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I am a somewhat shy person, but it’s hard to be with that bike.  I have gotten so many questions and compliments everywhere I go.  I even got the “that’s the best looking bike I have seen” compliment by a volunteer at Checkpoint 1 in Trans Iowa.

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Speaking of, this year’s was the 10th anniversary.  For that, the organizer added more B roads than usual (10 total) and made the course longer (337 miles) and tougher.  We raced through a constant headwind with sustained winds of 30 mph at times.  We raced through rain.  We raced through too close for comfort lightening.  We raced through hail.

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We started at 4 AM Saturday and had until 2 PM Sunday to finish to be listed as official finishers.

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The weather devastated the field.  The headwind from the first checkpoint on wore many down, and the overnight storms finished them off.  Dale and I persevered.  My training buddy and I decided to stick together.  That was a good choice.  We ended up finishing tied for 6th!

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I was so proud and happy.  Only 19 people of the 104 that started were able to complete the ride.

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Dale was and is a blast.  I couldn’t have finished such a race on a lesser bike.  He may not be the trimmest race machine, but comfort trumps light-weight on rides like this.  I look forward to thousands more miles on what I honestly believe is my “if I could only have one bike” bike.

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Chad, I was given your contact info from Matt Gersib.  I had the pleasure of riding many-a-mile with him in Iowa.  Class for sure.

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I am taking my mom on a vacation to Jackson Hole this summer.  We will be passing close by on the way out.  Dale will be along. Hopefully I can stop by and raise a glass with you guys.

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Thanks again.  Please spread the word to everyone else there.

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I have attached some pics of my set-up and here is a link to a short video of my Trans Iowa.  https://vimeo.com/93388211  Feel free to share for marketing if you would like.

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Trans Iowa V10 from Alex Roberts on Vimeo.

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Ride on and REEB me.

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Cheers,

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Dirt Rag Magazine – 25th Anniversary Issue – Bikes & Craft Beer

Mar 27, 2014
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As someone interested in mountain biking and reading this magazine, it’s a safe bet that sometime today, you popped open Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and saw at least one image or post of some riding buddies posing unclipped from their bikes, holding aloft a few bottles or cans of fine beer.  While it’s quite a ubiquitous scene that might seem cliché to some people, there’s no denying the relationship between craft beers and mountain biking is a strong…and delicious…one.

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Oskar Blues Brewery recently opened the CyclHOPS Bike CANtina in Longmont, Colorado.  CyclHOPS is a busy taco and tequila sit-down restaurant that also houses a full-service bike shop and retail base for the Oskar Blues brand of mountain bikes known as REEB Cycles.

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Dale Katechis started REEB Cycles in 2011 after his bike was stolen.  Offering at least four dirt-specific handmade steel or titanium bicycles, the REEB brand is no marketing gimmick hack.  Hand-welded by Chris “Soultrain” Sulfrian, REEB Cycles are high-end frames that manifest the independent & innovative spirit running through Oskar Blues at a micro level as well as all of the mountain biking and brewing on a macro level.

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“There is a commonality and an adventurous spirit that inspired people to follow their soul to a place that fits.  That adventurous spirit brings people together in general.  It’s not a marketing plan.  It’s not a business plan.  We live it.  People are drawn to that passion,” explains Chad Melis, marketing guy for Oskar Blues Brewery.

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PHOTOS:  Yann Photo Video  http://www.yannphotovideo.com/

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2014 NAHBS Bike #4 – SFPinion+

Mar 12, 2014
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The SFPinion + was designed and hand welded by REEB welder Chris Sulfrian in Longmont, ColoRADo, just a stone’s throw away from Oskar Blues Brewery. Working with Pinion, we created a bike that has the tire clearance for the 29+ platform & is a very capable 18-speed trail bike. We build each bike to be ridden and this Gates Carbon Drive & Pinion P1.18 geared project is no different.   We use a stout 44mm Paragon Machine Works  Headtube with a unique hand mounted REEB Head Badge in tandem with the Whiskey No.9 CARBON Fork to create a stable front end.  The Frame is Gates Carbon Drive compatible and the Paragon Machine Works dropouts round out the high quality build.  #REEBpinion


2014 NAHBS Bike #3 – The Sam’s Pants Alfine Di2

Mar 11, 2014
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The Sam’s Pants Alfine Di2 bike continues our theme of alternative drive train bikes. Featuring an all-electric shifting system coupled with the Gates Carbon Drive belt system, this bike is made to be dead reliable & a fast ass commuter while also being incredibly low maintenance. The #NAHBS14 version is a slightly adjusted frame to encompass the Alfine Di2 design.  It’s a sleek build based on our Sam’s Pants gravel grinder model but still able to house a 32mm tire.  Designed and welded by REEB’s man behind the stick, Chris Sulfrian, just a stone’s throw from Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, ColoRADo.  The Frame is made with Chris’s choice of  True Temper OX Platinum tubing, along with Paragon Machine Works bits which means it’s 100% American Made.   We use a stout 44mm Paragon Head tube with a REEB Head Badge to house the stiff & light front end.


2014 NAHBS Bike #2 – Destroyer 650B DJ

Mar 11, 2014
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The need to soak up large rollers & still boost lip to berm transitions at the Oskar Blues Hops & Heifers Farm created REEB’s first 650B bike.   The Destroyer’s short chainstays create the quick & flickable rear end while the DJ inspired tubeset gives you confidence to huck ze gnar.   The Frame is welded locally by Chris “Soultrain” Sulfrian with True Temper OX Platinum tubing, which means it’s 100% American Made.   We use a stout 44mm Paragon Head tube with a unique hand mounted REEB Head Badge.  The Frame is Gates Carbon Drive compatible, the Paragon Machine Works dropouts keep everything 100% American and allows derailleur hanger options along with standard quick release or 12mm X 142mm rear axle.  The new MRP Stage Fork takes care of the front end on this CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina inspired green 650B DJer.