[2015 NAHBS] Vlad Cycles 27.5/29 Custom

I got to meet up with Vlad from Vlad Cycles out of Boonton, New Jersey to check out his custom steel 27.5″/29″ hardtail mountain bike at the 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. The bike features all 27.5″/29″ specific steel tubing from Dedacciai. This particular bike was designed to be used with both 27.5″ and 29″ wheelsets. At the show he had it set up with 27.5″ x 2.8 tires.   The rack on this bike is the first one that Vlad has ever built. I think it turned out very slick and the slight upslope it has matches well with the top tube of the frame.

Vlad Cycles 2015
Vlad Cycles 27.5″ custom

The rear thru-axle is a Paragon unit featuring a Syntace axle. The axle and the dropout are made to be eccentric which is nice if a frame isn’t exactly aligned this axle can work with it very easily.

Vlad Cycles 2015
Syntace dropout detail

Vlad was really interested in the challenge of building with the Dedacciai tubeset because it was new and features lots of interesting shapes. Almost all the tubing has varying diameter along the tube with flares and bends.

Vlad Cycles 2015
rack mount detail – notice the tubing shapes at the seattube junction

The headtube is a tapered Dedacciai model with custom Jen Green headtube badge.

Vlad Cycles 2015
headtube badge

The bike features 430mm chainstays.

Vlad Cycles 2015
brake mount detail

Carl from Vicious Cycles did the custom paintjob on this bike.

Vlad Cycles 2015
custom paint detail
Vlad Cycles 2015
front view

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