When it comes to the East coast bike scene, few brands elicit as much emotion as Spooky Cycles. Started in 1992, Spooky frames were known for their legendary build and ride qualities which left many riders lusting after their frames. Riders like Brandon Elliot who so desperately wanted a Skeletor for years during his time as a shop owner, that he began scouring the used bike market in 2014 to try to find one. Coming up empty, that led him to a search for the original guys behind the brand which led him to “a DH course in New England, a dojo in New York, and then to a law firm in Colorado Springs. It was a wild goose chase.”
Finally, Brandon made contact with Adam Mitchell who gave him the unabridged history of the brand from ’92 to the present. With the last Skeletor and Havocstaff frames rolling out sometime around 2012, the Spooky mark was currently in limbo. Wanting to bring Spooky back to its roots, Brandon decided he wanted to bring the brand back to life with the blessing of Kevin Hopkins and Adam Mitchell who were two of the original founders. That meant more Spooky bikes built by Frank the Welder, which starts with the new Mulholland which was announced on Friday the 13th…
We’ll have more details on the new bike in the future, but Spooky is staring with an aluminum road frame which will all be made by FTW along with all of their future aluminum bikes. Brandon mentioned they plan to do a few steel one-off builds which will be welded by Chris Hardy who was a builder for Spooky in the early 2000’s. For their production frames though, the first batch will be 25 road bikes which are almost completed. Offered in four sizes, the Dedacciai aluminum bikes will have clearance for about 28mm tires, and will be finished to order for your preferred shifting system. Shipped with an Enve 2.0 tapered fork and a Chris King Inset8 headset, the frameset will retail for $2,100.
Future plans include a cross bike which is still being finalized, but it will likely have a 142×12 rear end and clearance for 40mm tires. Along with the cross bikes, Brandon hopes to support a Spooky cross team so keep an eye out at the races this fall. Apparently Frank has a few other ideas up his sleeve, while Brandon and graphic designer Grayson Smith are working to restore the brand to its former glory.
Spooky is back.