New Builder Matter Cycles has been around for only about a year, making steel frames in Boulder, Colorado. With interesting bike names like BeneFat, WolfBeard and SlayRide, owner Collin Schaafsma believes that riding a bike is a creative venture.
Blending a mix of aircraft grade 4130, True Temper and Columbus cromoly steels in his 400 square foot shop, Schaafsma reminds his customers that when you order one of his bikes, it doesn’t exist yet. He spends time creating a connection and getting to know you, but since he is small, the lead time is pretty short. There are Matter Cycles of all riding styles, jump past the break to see.
GhostCat is a single speed, belt drive, all mountain style hardtail that is designed for a 29″ front wheel and a 27.5″ rear wheel. All Matter bikes use Paragon Machine Works dropouts, and the GhostCat uses the Rocker for keeping belt tension.
BeneFat is the Rockshox Bluto compatible fat bike that also clears the largest 26×5″ fat tires, yet has an impossibly short 420mm chainstay length. Impressive, because its not just the shortest we have seen on a fat bike, it is considerable shorter since most fat bikes are 440-460mm long.
UrbanAssault features belt drive and internal gearing, but most impressive is that Matter builds their own steel fork with a 15mm through-axle. Using the split Paragon Poly Drop to fit the belt drive, the UrbanAssault has an eccentric BB to allow for tensioning.
All bikes are hand made in Boulder, and prices start around $2,000.