Matter Cycles Builds 4130 Into Clean Rides In Boulder Colorado

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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.

Matter-Cycles-GhostCat-Top-Front-Side_1024x1024GhostCat 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.

Matter-Cycles-Benefat-Front-Side-2_1024x1024BeneFat 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.

Matter-Cycles-CogFight-Steel-Road-Bike-4_1024x1024CogFight is an awesome play on words that combines an ENVE Carbon fiber fork, disc brakes, internal Di2 routing and True Temper S3 steel.

Matter-Cycles-UrbanAssault-Belt_1024x1024UrbanAssault 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.

www.mattercycles.com

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topmounter
topmounter
8 years ago

I’m glad to see another small builder on the front range.

I’m just impressed that it is still legal to build and sell mountain bikes in Boulder.

PTymn Wolfe
PTymn Wolfe
8 years ago

@topmounter. Lol. It is within the law to build and sell mountain bikes in Boulder. However, it is illegal to ride them. Zing!

All kidding aside, those are sweet looking frames.

beenatittoolong
beenatittoolong
8 years ago

why does the matter? HA!

dlub
dlub
8 years ago

Wait, whats all this nonsense about building in boulder?

Greg
Greg
8 years ago

Nice work

Rabid Frameworks
Rabid Frameworks
8 years ago

As a Frint Range frame builder myself, I can assure you that while the photos might look good, they do not do Collin’s work justice. A perfect mixture of form, function and a sweet spot for creative engineering. Some brands focus on gimmicks, artistry or flamboyant pain jobs. Matter builds no nonsense bikes that look like they are meant to be ridden.

topmounter
topmounter
8 years ago

I couldn’t resist, Boulder & Mountain Biking is such low-hanging fruit 🙂 Fortunately for Boulderites things are far better now than when I “lived” there as the surrounding areas develop trails.

jm
jm
8 years ago

Yup zero riding in Boulder……

( while everyone here nods and winks….)

Jake
Jake
8 years ago

Zero riding IN Boulder… outside of Boulder, on the other hand… Those frames look amazing, BTW. The SlayRide looks to be the perfect HT for aggressive high country stuff (thinking specifically of South St. Vrain…)

Lu
Lu
8 years ago

I own that white GhostCat and it’s the best mountain bike I’ve ever ridden.

Dave
Dave
8 years ago

Wow. I really want a GhostCat now. That looks like a riotously fun bike.
@ Lu – What’s your’s weigh, ballpark?

3G
3G
8 years ago

No way! I used to ride/race with Colin…then he disappeared. Now I know! rad

Collin Schaafsma
8 years ago

Hi everyone! Just wanted to say thanks for all the kind words. Really appreciate it. Brent / Rabid Frameworks, thanks man. Means a lot coming from you.

As for riding in boulder… what @jm said. 🙂

Ian
Ian
7 years ago

Would a GhostCat be possible with an 83mm BB and room for 27.5+ tires? (thinking 27.5×3.25 Trax Fatty)