Nate Zukas has been making frame for only about a year and a half, but has been painting, repairing and modifying them for a while. His last name is Lithuanian for white rabbit, and somewhere on each frame you’ll find a painted white rabbit or two hiding somewhere. He makes custom steel road, mountain, cyclocross and other style bikes in Augusta, GA. He paints all the frames, too, and they’re really, really well done.
For a relatively young builder, his bikes showed an awfully high degree of finish quality and unique touches. The single speed/fixed gear city bike above is a fabulous example of “other” and has a hidden brake cable for the front disc. Check out more on this and his other bikes after the break…
This red and black road bike is for a shop owner who’s very particular.
The bottom bracket shell uses a Z shaped drain hole with mesh to keep debris and such out. It’s a super nice touch that most people will never see.
Many small custom builders will bring the cable out of the downtube, around the BB shell and back into the stays, but Nate said he thought that ruined the aesthetic so he keeps it internal as far as he can.
The ISP frame uses a Thomson seatpost cut extra short to give it a bit of adjustment. The Campagnolo cable housing was cut so that the logo was centered exactly at the seatmast.
A very nice cyclocross bike.
Note the brake noodle and integrated guide on the bottom of the stem!
…and a 29er mountain bike.
For this bike, the rear derailleur cable had to jump out of the frame to get around the seatpost.
Another example of the bottom bracket…
…with a very slick front derailleur cable exit poking out of the lug. Nice use of an old cable condom, too!
Check them out at ZukasCycles.com