[2013 NAHBS] Engin Cycles – Steel And Titanium Hardtails With A Fat Bike Tandem

Drew Guldalian - Engin Cycles

Drew Guldalian – Engin Cycles

photos by: Jake Moore

Drew Guldalian is the builder, designer, owner of Engin Cycles based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Drew doesn’t build super flashy bikes but his frame details really shine. We got to catch up with Drew at his booth during  the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show to see what new creations he had cooked up and do a little interview.

Do you have a favorite tubing material you like to work with?

“I like to work with whatever I can get my hands on. I build both steel and titanium. I try to make my bikes ride the same whether they are made of steel or titanium. I build my bikes with custom chainstays bent by me. Deda makes custom seatstays for me. I use chromoly for curved top tubes because it works better.”

Engin Cycles booth at 2013 NAHBS

Engin Cycles booth at 2013 NAHBS

custom 650B steel hardtail

Batmobile inspired custom 650B steel hardtail

What things do you do that make you a bit different than other builders?

“I really control everything. I make all my own headtubes and bottom brackets. I do all the tube bending custom for each bike. My dropouts are all custom machined.”

rear view

rear view

what a curvy rear end...

what a curvy rear end…

Do you do powdercoat or paint?

“I really love wet paint. You get better luster out of it.”

cockpit

cockpit

drivetrain detail

drivetrain detail

What would you do if you were not building bikes?

“I’d be unemployed”

custom machined dropouts

custom machined dropouts

finished product looks spectacular

finished product looks spectacular

How did you start building bikes?

“I started a bike shop after college in 1995 and it kind of took off from there.”

 

custom titanium hardtail 29er

front view

Engin Cycles custom titanium hardtail 29er

custom titanium hardtail 29er

custom titanium hardtail 29er

rear view

What was your first sweet childhood bike?

“I was a younger brother so I had hand me downs. I don’t have that “pinnacle” youth bike memory.”

headtube detail

headtube detail

cockpit

cockpit

Engin custom titanium seatpost

Engin custom titanium seatpost

Favorite trail?

“The one a half mile from my house.”

tons of fun to be had on this fat bike

tons of fun to be had on this fat bike

fat bike tandem

Engin Cycles made this fat bike tandem for the owner of Paragon Machine Works

SRAM or Shimano?

“All Shimano”

sick custom paint work

sick custom paint work

custom machined dropout

custom machined dropout

dropouts look so trick

dropouts look so trick

Burrito or Taco?

“Taco – corn tortilla”

 

the steerer tube on the custom fork is the first steel tapered design made

the steerer tube on the custom fork is the first steel tapered design made

cockpit detail

cockpit detail

the chainstay yoke on the fat bike tandem was also custom machined in two pieces

the chainstay yoke on the fat bike tandem was also custom machined in two pieces

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