“What is fascinating is the way it has been folded.  You don’t even know how it had been folded.  But when I saw this, I’m sure that the owner of the bike was a passionate cyclist.” – Richard Leon That quote comes from a video/story done by, a website I discovered following writer James […]

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Clearance Pt. II – Road Frames

While I do get questions about just how big a tire can be stuffed into the monster cross frame, I don’t get the same question about the road frames.  Last week, however, I asked that question.  I designed the road frame to fit a Jack Brown 33mm tire.  At the time, 10 years ago or […]

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Now That’s What I’m Talking About

When I set out designing the Monster Cross frames 9 years ago, the tire I designed it around was the Panaracer Firecross 700×45.  At the time, it was the biggest “cross” tire available.  There were some that had short product cycles, like WTB’s MutanoRaptor 44, but the FireCross 45 had an actual knob-to-knob measurement of […]

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Bike of The Year!

Bike of The Year!  Yes, you read that right.  Guitar Ted bestowed the honor on his Orange Crush, his orange Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross frame he bought from the very first run of frames back in February of 2011 – almost 6 years ago.  When I think to ask a buyer of one of […]

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Salsa Ala Carte SM609

In its first life, this frame was painted purple and had yellow decals.  I bought it through Ebay about 12 years ago.  Maybe 11.  It was pretty worked over and, back then, there were a lot of really good deals still to be had in the vintage mountain bike scene on Ebay.  I don’t think […]

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State of the Frame Availability

Since we last spoke, there’s been a few changes to the availability of framesets.  The short story is that today, the 54cm monster cross frames are out of stock as of today.  Here’s what’s available on the monster cross front: 52cm:  one pink 60cm:  a few each in both Pink and British Racing Green 62cm: […]

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The Bike

I’ve posted a few teaser shots of this bike off and on over the past several months.  It’s a 64cm Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross frame.  With a twist.  For almost all of 2015, I had experienced back/shoulder/neck pain as a result of a slow-motion, over the bars, digger on my road bike trying to […]

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Grind-uro?  Grin-duro?  Is it a grind?  Is it a grin?  Yes.  The Grinduro! is a race that’s more ride that race.  It’s the type of event that I’ll keep coming back to because it’s so damn fun.  It’s a race with 4 different timed sections that total about 16 miles spread out over 63 miles […]

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The Wave

I’ve got a theory about the wave.  More specifically, the lack of the wave.  I’m a waver.  It’s just part of what I do when I ride.  Wave to other cyclists on the road.  It’s an acknowledgement of other members of this community we’re members of – cyclists.  In the grand scheme of things, it’s […]

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Black Mountain Cycles on The Radavist

It happened with an email.  Someone in Canada inquiring about a Monster Cross frame because he had just seen a profile of a customer’s road bike on The Radavist.  Hmmm, news to me.  I’ll have to check that out to find out what’s up.  Well, what do you know!  A really nice profile of the […]

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Fast Forward Friday – Mammoth Mountain Bikes

I’m not 100% certain how it started, but I imagine it went a little something like this:  so, do you think this mountain bike thing is going to really take off?  Can we do something different that would be rad?  Probably something like that. Several years before that conversation took place, I remember meeting Russ Callahan […]

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Black Mountain Cycles Frame Availability Update

You’re rolling along, getting stuff done, and then you realize “dang, I’m almost out of frames.”  But you’ve got at least one or two available in each size and it doesn’t seem urgent to order more.  Yet.  Yeah, that pretty much happens every time framesets start to get in short supply.  I try to be […]

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