[2013 NAHBS] DeSalvo Custom Cycles – Titanium 650B Mountain Bike

photos by: Jake Moore

Mike DeSalvo creates some very clean looking bikes. He is based out of Ashland, Oregon specializing in steel and titanium frames. Mike had a very nice looking titanium 650B mountain bike on display at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

DeSalvo 650B titanium mountain bike

DeSalvo 650B titanium mountain bike

The bike featured the full SRAM XX1 drivetrain and some other nice components from ENVE and White Brothers.

White Brothers Loop fork

White Brothers Loop fork

SRAM XX1 drivetrain

SRAM XX1 drivetrain

The bike is belt drive compatible thanks to the coupler in the seat stay.

notice the coupler detail

notice the coupler detail

The sliding dropouts turned out very nice on this bike.

sliding dropout detail

sliding dropout detail

Mike DeSalvo Interview

Do you make more steel or titanium bikes?

“I do both titanium and steel. I do a lot more titanium lately. Customer demand for it is high.”

high end ENVE cockpit

high end ENVE cockpit

Were you going for anything special with your 650B mountain bike design?

“This bike has a curved top tube. Not special to my building style, but nice looking. I try to balance adding performance vs cool factor to keep cost in check with my frames.”

clean looking headtube badge

clean looking headtube badge

Do you do powdercoat or paint?

“Steel bikes are powdercoated. I use Spectrum Powderworks.”

no doubt where this bike was made

no doubt where this bike was made

What would you do if not building bikes?

“I don’t know.”

How did you start?

“I took a frame building class at the United Bicycle Institute in 1990. I then Worked there for a few years and continue to teach.”

What is your favorite trail?

“Since I’m in Colorado I’d say Monarch Cross Trail”

What was your first sweet childhood bike?

“First real bike was a road bike Centurion Lemonds. First “mountainish” bike was a converted 24” cruiser.”

SRAM or Shimano?

“Little bit of each.”

Burrito or taco?

“Little bit of each.”

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