[2013 NAHBS] Castle Frameworks – 650B Hardtail and Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

Eric Coury is at the helm of Castle Frameworks in Hailey, Idaho. He was an entrant in the Best Steel Construction category at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Check out his bike that was up for the award and a little interview we did with him.

Castle Frameworks - entrant for Best Steel Construction at 2013 NAHBS
Castle Frameworks – entrant for Best Steel Construction at 2013 NAHBS
Entrant for Best Steel Construction

“This bike is kind of a two trick pony. Weighing in at a mere 21.5lbs, this bike is up for racing as well as powering through a 5hr ride. I attribute it’s versatility to the longer travel provided by the 120mm fork and the use of 27.5″ wheels. I chose to build with steel because it’s durability as well as it’s flexibility. I internally routed the cable housing of the Sram xx1 group in order to keep a clean front triangle. I chose a simple paint scheme which allowed me play with the pin striping detail. Conceptually, the combination of the longer travel coupled with the light weight is what makes this bike special.”

SRAM XX1 drivetain detail
SRAM XX1 drivetain detail
Interview with Eric Coury
Eric Coury - Castle Frameworks
Eric Coury – Castle Frameworks

What tubing to do mainly use?

“I mainly use American made True Temper tubing and Paragon Machine Works parts.”


Do you do powdercoat or paint?

“I do powdercoat.”

headtube detail
headtube detail

If you didn’t build bikes what would you do?

“Work in metal fabrication”

full suspension 650B
full suspension 650B

How did you get started?

“Bike mechanic for 10 years and then got into metal fabrication.”

rear end detail
rear end detail

First sweet childhood bike?

“PK Ripper”


Favorite trail?

“Castle Creek”

Shimano or SRAM


Burrito or Taco

“Taco – soft”

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