Black Mountain Cycles Road V3

Blackx Mountain Cycles

I like to go on long rides.  The longer I’m in the saddle, the more important comfort is to the ride experience.  This is a major factor in how I came to the final design of the road frame.  Geometry traits might be described as low bottom bracket, long chainstays, moderate angles and fork rake.  This geometry, combined with supple, large volume road tires, give a magic carpet-like ride, gobbling up back-country roads like a bonked rider going after a Snickers bar and Coke. 

The spring-like quality of steel means that the effort put into the pedals works with you.  The frame rewards that effort by chomping at the bit to go.  The geometry is tame when you want it to be, but the bike is ready to carve up twisty descents without any nervousness.  

The steel used in the road frame is a heat-treated, double butted, 4130 chrome-moly tubing made by the leading steel tubing supplier in Taiwan.  It’s tubing I specified for the ride quality I want and it rides great.  

Some of the key features of the road frame are clearance for up to 33mm tires, an Eddy Merckx inspired graphic package, braze-ons for direct fender mounting for a perfect fender line (because fenders are the best in wet weather), and it’s orange.  

More information on the road frame, including geometry, is available on the road tech page.  Price for the road frameset is $595 and can be ordered at the shop page.

And don’t take my word for these frames, read the review by Bicycling Magazine.  When I spoke with the editor, he said it was one of the more popular bikes that other magazine employees like to check out for rides.