This is the frame I designed for the type of riding I love. Steel frame that gives back when you put power down, clearance for big road tires, ability to fit fenders for year-round riding, geometry that will get you down the hills fast and be comfortable all day. This frame used to be readily available – in the 1970s and ’80s as a classic steel frame that did it all. Yeah, did it all. You’ve seen the photos of the infamous “Jobst Rides” of the ’70s where Jobst Brandt led a cadre of racers over hill and dale and dirt road and no road and then went on to ride another day. This is the bike I would take on a Jobst Ride.
It’s no secret, I’m a big fan or Eddy Merckx. When I was considering colors for this run or frames, I wanted to find that perfect orange. The orange everyone knows. And then I thought, why not stop at the orange? Why not adapt the old Merckx panel graphics to the Black Mountain Cycles name. Easy. Well, not really. In the early ’70s there were no computer generated graphics. You didn’t choose a font form the list pre-installed on your computer. Kenji Designs was enlisted to recreate the classic Merckx frame graphic for the Black Mountain Cycles road frames. Nailed it.