My obsession to purchase local products has now lead me to a new experience. Spot Brand bikes are located a mere 15 minute drive south to Golden, CO. Part of their business does involve importing frames but if you are willing to invest a little more coin you can be riding a light, smooth and classic steel or titanium frame hand made right here in Colorado. With over 20 years of welding experience, Spot Brand produces high quality 29er, Cross, and Town bikes.
Their introduction of a Titanium 29er frame this fall got me thinking. Titanium frames are stronger than steel with a very similar ride quality. Of course with most top end frame makers they only make ti frames in limited runs so I made it a point to join in on the first batch. The aesthetics are up to you. Most titanium fanatics go with a brushed finish with simple decals. For something with a bit more class and uniqueness, you can have logos and even your name bead polished into the finish. I went with the later.
Dressed with the finest Shimano XTR and a Maverick SC32 fork, my new Spot Brand should be riding sometime in the spring. Oh yea, it takes a few months so order one now if your looking for the perfect cross country racer. Available in single speed belt drive, geared or both? Yes, paragon dropouts lets you change from geared to the Gates Carbon Belt Drive System.