Blake's Custom 1146
From the mountain to the city...
Coming from a mountain biking background, Blake wanted a commuter bike that would still be capable when he ventured off the road. We lengthened the rear end of our 1146 design to make room for bigger tires, and raised the bottom bracket for clearance over obstacles.
The Sram Rival 1by drivetrain is the perfect crossover for a mountain biker, providing the simplicity of 11 gears with enough of a spread to climb steep hills on the low end and keep up with traffic in the higher gears. The Ritchie Trail and Venturemax parts make for an intuitive hybrid cockpit. The Trail parts come from Ritchie's mountain bike division and the new Venturemax drop bars are designed with off roaders in mind.
The FSA Afterburner wheelset is designed for XC mountain bikes. It works on this bike due to its stiffness and light weight. The Challenge Strada Bianca tires are a perfect choice for rough roads.
Blake wanted to match the gum walls of his handmade Challenge tires with his Brooks gum rubber bar tape, to make sure people know that he is a dad.
While all of our bikes are designed for fun, this one especially will be an absolute blast on or off the dirt!