A few years ago I had a local shop build me a bike. I took that excel spreadsheet and filled it out with glee! I was so excited to pick parts, fill in those blanks. All the best of the best! The shop owner took that list, made some tweaks to things that didn't or wouldn't work...heck, what did I know, I just build race cars long ago, bikes were different?
Anyway, it wasn't cheap...but the end result? PHENOMENAL! Perfect! Balanced. Fast. Smooth! I was shocked, daily, at how good that bike felt. It was Gravel Death Project: SOMA Wolverine. My first custom bike. And it was exceptional. I could never buy an 'off the shelf bike' again...which has cost me a small fortune, but the smiles and joy in return? Priceless!
It wasn't that long ago that I build my first custom, one-off, "MY bike"! The COTIC Solaris Max! I hadn't planned on doing it myself, but one thing led to another and I figured, WTH! And I built that beast of a bike!
And you know what? It just rode better. Looked better. Felt better. Why? Because. I picked the best of the best...or at least the best for the money. Sometimes you don't need to spend tons to get the best either.
I did research, lots of it! I found parts that I could cut back on in cost, and still get the same results as the high-end stuff, but then save that money for the REAL high-end stuff that mattered.
I scoured the internet. Read reviews. Made notes. Trial and error'd things. Put parts on, took them off, and replaced them with better? Cooler? Just...different.
So you want to feel "THAT" way about a bike? Give me a shout. I have a shortlist of components and frames I really like but am open to anything as, well, it's YOUR bike, not mine.
Drop me an email? Give me a call? It's all on you. But one thing is for sure? It will be amazing! That I promise you. Why? Because "YOU" built it. Well, with my help of course, but it is your bike! So enjoy the process and the end results.
Below is a list of everything I currently carry. The store is coming along slowly but surely. Until it's up and running fully, drop me a line, and ask about pricing on anything below. Or make a list and send it to me for that ULTIMATE BUILD!
Some of the lightest carbon components out there and a full lineup of products that I've had the pleasure of testing out for some time now. Wheelsets, cranks, droppers, cassettes, you name it, they have it!
ExtremeRacingShox mountain bike products are the best performing suspension systems on the market. One of the most appreciated racing shocks was chosen by the best athletes and teams. EXT R&D department has developed this shock for one reason: create the best mtb shock in the world, implement the most sophisticated technologies, developing new ones by enclosing in a single product the essence of our experience.
ARMA and STORIA are developed for race use.
Kinda known for their dropper triggers, Wolftooth makes a complete line of some great, made in the USA stuff! I use them exclusively for quite a few things now!
My exclusive source for headsets. They know how to make them, and quite well! Although they have some of the best forks and shocks out there as well...the underdog for sure!
Probably one of THE best bikes money can buy? From what I've read, yes. And it's all right here along with parts and accessories.
Very cool Chris King colored valve stems, sealants, rim tape, and cleaners/lubricants
Secure landings for your feet somewhere between flats and clip pedals. Innovative and super cool!
There are a lot of these out there. But these RIMPACT inserts are not only affordable but come from the UK! And they know a bit about harsh terrain on MTB's! My GO TO for tire inserts!
Italian cream of the crop! Complete with 30-day money-back guarantee. They are so confident that of the hundreds they sold, NONE have ever come back! They are pricey, for a reason!
My bikepacking bag of choice for years! LOVE THESE GUYS! And their masks are pretty cool too!
The 2020 bars are fantastic! And the lineup is looking hotter by the day! Check out the whole line of Protaper bars.
Mondraker makes the LIGHTEST XC frame in the world. Which is how I found them. Who knew? Well guess what? They make some amazing DH an XC winning frames as well! These are truly some of the best of the best!
Known worldwide for their amazing pedals as well as tons of other top-notch components and equipment!
My personal favorite and some of the best all-around tires in the world!
If you haven't used Knog lights, you don't know what your missing! So see it all with these incredible lights!
Coolest saddles and awesome bars!
One of the lesser-known spokes brands doesn't mean less spoke. Probably some of the best stuff you can buy out there today.
Always have been some of the best of the best! From Road to Gravel to Mountain! Reynolds carbon is top-notch!
This has been my GO-TO for tools and Bottom Brackets. They just work, are affordable, and made right here in the USA!
I love TRP brakes for amazing modulation and power! They are one of the highest-rated out there as well for overall performance. But now they offer Drivetrains! The TR12 is...spectacular and will be my new GO-TO for builds!
Never giving into gimmicks, SUNringlé has stayed true to our roots since 1982. The result? Highly engineered hubs, rims, and wheelsets that riders can 100% depend on without a second thought.
Want some badass pedals? These are the BOMB!
Something new and powerful!? We’ll test these out in the near future.
This one is special. It's what truly started this whole thing! I can easily say that what I'm doing with bike builds started because of a simple bell.
"budget" forks? Low-end shocks? Not really...Mezzer Pro is a true contender. But the budget part is a great option as well.
What a great brand! And made right here in the USA! Some of the most sought after cranks and hubs around!
Working with Wolftooth I came across OTSO sort of my accident. "Oh, hey, can I Get those?" I talked to them and brought in a frame. VERY Nice stuff that is well received by tons of reviewers!
I found these guys looking for 'lightweight' stuff for my Podium build. And stuff they have! Some of the best around!
Silent. Instant engagement. Probably the best hub on the market!
Super custom premium wheelsets
Designed and manufactured bicycle transmissions with the aim of offering a niche alternative to the big three, working on build quality, reliability and functionality.
I love TwinSix. I have tons of their T’s, stem caps, socks...but their bikes are out of reach as they are..JUST TOOO small for me. But damn if they aren’t drool worthy! Well guess what? YOU can have. TWINSIX Rondo or Ti frame! As long as you aren’t a giant like me! Can’t wait to build one, they are really THAT GOOD.
When you want the best, come to The Death Projects! When you want the best parts and compoenents? We use Ridfast racing wheels and hubs...just the best!
By far the best and my favorite elliptical ring! Just the best of the best!
So what is CBD doing on a custom build site you ask? Well, I've been using it for years to help my 'old' hands and the joint pain that came with age, and it's gone now, for years! And what better way to 'relax and recover' from a long grueling day in the saddle! Yup. Just what I said!
Super cool and from the UK! The ONLY Dealer in OHIO to have these!
Working with a world-renowned builder, the GHOST hard-core hardtail is coming into production soon. LONG, LOW, Slack! A trail-eating monster with TONS of travel and a super slack 64-degree head angle. The GHOST, bt The Death Projects...coming soon!
COTIC makes some of the best frames money can buy! Award-winning steel steads! I don't sell them, but they are my go to for a great platform for a great bike! I'd be happy to build YOUR COTIC to your specs! I'll happily point you in the right direction to get that ultimate build going!
These hand-built frames come from Poland. Yeah, who would have thought!? When I first saw this bike I said to myself "I'm getting one of those!" It was my dream bike. And I did! And now can get them for you. One reviewer said this was probably the best frame he's ever ridden! Find out for yourself.
Mondraker has not only the world's lightest XC frame, but they have quite a few DH and XC victories under their belts! They know what they are doing. And so do I. Which is why I went to no end to work with Mondraker on my higher end custom builds. Try one, you won't be disappointed!
I've eyed Twin Six for sometime. They have killer clothing and accessories. But their frames? Unique and super cool! I'm fortunate to be able to offer these now for that radical road/gravel/off-road build!
Otso is the spirit of the bear in Finnish mythology, the most important, revered, and respected animal of all. Otso is the noble king of the forest and a symbol of strength and courage. The bear spirit is also a relative, an ethereal forest cousin or brother. He can be seen in the freezing snow and blowing leaves or the bright sunshine and moonlit skies of the wilderness. On forest trails, gravel roads, or urban streets, an Otso™ bike will inspire you to achieve your best in whatever way you ride.
Do you have a frame or the eyes on a builder of choice? Just let me know and I'll work with that as well. Making YOUR favorite frame, YOUR favorite bike!
TRP, Hayes Dominion, MTX Braking (pads)
Cane Creek eeWings, e*thirteen, White Industries
e*thirteen, White Industries, Wolftooth, Absolute Black
Wheels Mfg, e*thirteen, Cane Creek
Cane Creek, Wolftooth
e*thirteen, Unite Co, Antidote/Candy Ray, ProTaper, Wren Sports, Joystick
Unite Co., e*thirteen, ProTaper, Wren Sports, Joystick
Reynolds, e*thirteen, Sunringle, RideFast Racing, Nextie, NOBL, We Are One, The Death Projects Branded
e*thirteen, Sunringle, White Industries, Onyx Racing
Crankbrothers, e*thirteen (dropper), Wren Sports
DVO, Manitou, Cane Creek HELM, Wren Sports
e*thirteen, Continental, Rene Herse, Vittoria
Unite, CrankBrothers, MagPed, e*thirteen
TRP TR12 and TR7
e*thirteen 12/11 speed Helix R
Wolftooth bits, Peaty Valve Stems and sealant, EVOC, 100%, STUX Gloves