Having transitioned ownership and staff this year, Cysco Cycles will be coming to NAHBS this year with a fresh face. Look forward to compelling titanium builds with lovely masking work. New owner, Clay Ellison, talks new projects after the jump.
BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?
Clay: Cysco Cycles’ main building material is titanium
BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?
Clay: New owner with fresh employees with over 60 years combined building experience.
BIKERUMOR: Any killer custom bike builds in that time?
Clay: We’re building a full custom cross bike for a retired army sergeant first class that’s done over 10 tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’ s received two purple hearts and a bronze star. Due to his combat injuries we had to really change some of the geometry around on his bike to facilitate his rehabilitation process. He will be using the bike for Ride to Recovery rides and competing in the millennium races.
BIKERUMOR: What were some of your newer inspirations for recent bikes?
Clay: The most inspiration we have had has come from army client that retired from the military. Learning new ways to adapt to building bikes and different geometry for riders that do suffer from combat injuries.
BIKERUMOR: What are you building this year that’ll draw a crowd?
Clay: Hopefully the cross bike that will be themed after his tour of duty.
BIKERUMOR:If you had to build a bike for a Kentucky Derby style race (think short, all out effort on deep, loose dirt), what would you build and why?
Clay: I would build a titanium frame that’s is light and stiff. 1×10 gearing, cross style setup.
BIKERUMOR: Bourbon or beer?