Custom Built Bicycles Blog

Welcome to our Custom Bicycle Blog!

Basically, this is where we will display our some of the custom projects we've put together in the past. The purpose being to showcase our handiwork, and maybe we can inspire people to put together their own dream bikes. Pictured below is our basement workshop. It's where the magic happens. 


The basement workroom at Eddie's Bicycles, where we build the magic bikes.

WeThePeople Custom BMX bike

posted Oct 21, 2015, 2:33 PM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 22, 2015, 9:05 AM ]

Custom WTP BMX Build

WeThePeople Frenzy frame with 20.5" Top Tube

$1199 (Or make us an offer!)

Here is a bike we put together ourselves with some choice equipment lying around the shop. We think it turned out pretty rad! Like this bike? It is still for sale! Stop by our shop and take a closer look at this finely tuned machine. 
Take it home today!

WTP Frenzy frame 20.5" top tube
FSA Impact integrated headset
TRP FX950 brakes
Odyssey mono lever
Odyssey CS2 3/8" fork
Odyssey Twombolt cranks 175mm
Animal bob bars
KMC chain 410NP silver
Fly Media grips
Primo Euro BB 22mm
Primo Balance pedals
Tires: Demolition Trail Slayer, Fly Reuben
Shadow Stun front wheel 36h, handbuilt rear wheel, KHE hub, Primo rim 48h
Subrosa pivotal seatpost

custom wethepeople bmx bike for sale at Eddie's Bikes

Gunnar Roadie 853/OX Platinum Road Bicycle

posted Oct 20, 2015, 10:54 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 22, 2015, 9:02 AM ]

Gunnar Roadie - 853/OX Platinum steel frame Road bike

What a beautiful Gunnar Roadie! We just love the orange steel frame! This is a project we worked on last Spring for a guy who knew exactly what he wanted. He had been dreaming about a solid, lightweight steel road bike for a long time. The color scheme was something he had been longing for ever since childhood. Last Spring his dreams came true, and we put together this magnificent Gunnar Roadie for him. 

In this case, our job was easy, he already knew what he wanted. He had a few questions, and asked for a few recommendations, but he already had the vision. We advised him in selecting the best frame to suit his needs, and we did a proper fitting, utilizing the Fit Kit bicycle fitting system, which comes highly recommended by Gunnar. Then, we placed the order for a frame. In this case, the Gunnar stock size frame was perfect; no custom geometry. Although the paint color, and panel with the pin stripes was chosen by he customer.

The build on this bike is pretty solid. Campagnolo Athena derailleurs, shifters, and crankset, cassette and Campy chain. Mavic Ksyrium wheelset. Ritchey stem, seatpost and bars. Cane Creek headset. The total bike weight was not much more than 18.5#  On the test ride, it felt like a rocket! And so smooth! The Gunnar Roadie is one lively, fast bike.

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custom gunnar roadie steel frame road bike

campagnolo drivetrain on custom steel bicycle

Gunnar Rockhound 853/OX Platinum Steel 29er Mountain Bike

posted Oct 20, 2015, 10:35 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 2:31 PM ]

Gunnar Rockhound

Reynolds 853/ OX Platinum air-hardened, 
heat-treated steel frame, handmade in the USA by Waterford Precision cycles. 100mm REBA, 2x10 Deore, Shimano Deore hydros, Stan's/SRAM X9 wheels.

The Gunnar Rockhound is a classic cross country mountain bike. If you're looking for one bike to do it all, and do it all well, then a steel 29er hardtail is a great choice. Especially a Gunnar steel hardtail. These frames are handmade in the USA, in Waterford, WI. The frames are constructed out of Reynolds 853 and OX Platinum, the two very best steel alloys around. These are air-hardened, heat-treated steels with incredibly low strength to weight ratios, yielding lightweight, strong, and resilient riding mountain bikes that last forever. The frames are also TIG-welded. When air-hardened, heat-treated steel is TIG-welded, it creates an incredibly strong joint, much stronger than conventional low grade steel alloys. Because of these design features, Gunnar is widely recognized as one of the best steel frames available anywhere in the world today.

The Rock Hound is no exception to Gunnar's legacy. Boasting an exceptional balance between climbing and descending, this bike rides exceptionally well on even the most technical trails. The geometry is designed to keep your weight back on descents, and push your weight forward on the climbs. The lively feel of this steel bike should keep you grinning from ear to ear.


  • Frame/fork: Gunnar Rock Hound 29er w/ Rock Shox REBA RL 100mm 15QR
  • Wheels: SRAM X9 hubs, Stans' Flow EX 32h rims 
  • Tires: WTB Bronsons
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40
  • Derailleurs: Shimano Deore 10spd dyna-sys
  • Shiftlevers: Shimano Deore 
  • Cassette: Shimano SLX 10spd 11-36
  • Chain: Shimano
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore 2x10, 24/38  175mm
  • BB set: Shimano Deore
  • Pedals: DMR V8 flat pedals
  • Brakeset: Shimano Deore M615 hydraulic brakes, Avid G2
  • Handlebars: TruVativ T40 720mm 0mm rise
  • Stem: TruVativ Stylo T20 100mm
  • Seatpost: TruVativ Stylo T40 27.2x400mm
  • Seatpost Binder: Gunnar OEM
  • Saddle: WTB SpeedV 
  • Grips: Ritchey Truegrip
  • Weight: TBA
Gunnar Rockhound
Typically, a custom build on a Gunnar can get a bit pricey, so we went a different route with this particular bike. Shimano's new Deore 10spd Dyna-sys group is so impressive that we decided to build this Gunnar Rock Hound up with full Deore kit. It sounds funny, but we feel Deore is back in a big way. Especially, since the rear Deore mech is available with Shadow plus clutch technology.

custom gunnar roackhound 29er mountain bike

custom gunnar rockhound for sale in state college

Jamis Dragon 650B 853 Steel 1x10 Mountain Bike

posted Oct 20, 2015, 10:28 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 20, 2015, 10:30 AM ]

Jamis Dragon 650B Trail Bike

Reynolds 853  Air-hardened, Heat-treated Steel 
130mm - 1x10spd- 34t x 12-36

We really like 650B wheeled mountain bikes here at Eddie's!  In fact, our entire staff is currently riding 650B mountain bikes, which is a fantastic endorsement for the emerging "tweener" wheel size. The 650B mountain bikes have indeed proven themselves to us to be more agile and more nimble than their 29er counterparts, especially in dirt single-track and pump track-style trails.  Conversely, 650B wheels have a lot of "big wheel" advantages over 26" wheels; better traction, better roll-over, and more tire volume with a larger traction footprint. This custom spec'd Jamis Dragon 650B Trail bike is nearly a mirror image of the same bike I have been riding for 9 months now; so, I know it works!  I have tested this bike at Rothrock, Allegrippis, Scotia, even Ray's Indoor MTB Park in Cleveland, and it has exceeded my expectations in every type of terrain and trail.  It can handle the rockiest terrain easily, but it really excels in the dirt singletrack.  The 27.5" wheels eat up roots and rocks exceptionally well, while maintaining traction on sharp turns, and proving its agility advantage in tight switchbacks.  It also lofts off of jumps much nicer than a 29er...especially in the pump track stuff.

Highlights on the Dragon 650B include: a hand built wheelset, SRAM X9 6-bolt disc hubs, 9/10sp rear, 15QR front, laced with Wheelsmith double butted spokes and brass nipples to Velocity Blunt SL rims, 32H.  1x10spd drivetrain, SRAM X9 Type II rear mech. and a Reynolds 853 air-hardened, heat-treated steel frame.

Frame/fork: Jamis Dragon 650B Reynolds 853 main tubes w/ an XFusion Velvet 15QR suspension fork, approx 130mm travel
Wheels: hand built w/ SRAM X9 hubs, Velocity Blunt SL rims and Wheelsmith double-butted spokes w/ brass nipples
Tires: WTB Wolverines 650B
Headset: FSA Orbit MX, green  1-1/8"
Derailleurs: SRAM X9 Type II 10spd. rear mech. only
Shiftlevers: SRAM X9 ball bearing trigger shifter
Cassette: SRAM 1050 12-36t
Chain: SRAM 10spd PC1051
Crankset: TruVativ Stylo Singlespeed cranks, 34t EThirteen Guide ring, ano green w/ bashguard
BB set: TruVativ GXP
Pedals: DMR V8 flat pedals
Brakeset: Shimano Deore M596 hydraulic brakes, Avid G2
Handlebars: TruVativ Husselfelt 700mm 20mm rise, white
Stem: TruVativ Stylo T20 90mm
Seatpost: TruVativ Stylo T30 27.2x400mm
Seatpost Binder: Thomson 29.8
Saddle: WTB Rocket V Comp
Grips: Ritchey SpeedMax Pro Lock on
Weight: 26.75# w/ pedals
Dragon 650B trail mountain bike custom built by eddie's bicycles in State College PA 16801

Gunnar Ruffian Single Speed Mountain Bike 29er

posted Oct 20, 2015, 10:12 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 20, 2015, 10:16 AM ]

Gunnar Ruffian Single Speed 29er

853/OX Platinum steel 1x1spd

The Gunnar Ruffian is your ticket to single-speed paradise.  A single-speed mountain bike is a joy to ride because it relieves your mind from shifting, so you can just enjoy the ride.    Single-speeding is pure and simple.  Its about getting back to the basics, and doing those things well.  It is all about keeping your momentum and learning to 'flow.'  Its about crunching through rock gardens without worrying about mashing your derailleur.  Its about light-weight mechanical simplicity, and it is beautiful.  It is especially beautiful whenever you are riding a buttery smooth steel frame handcrafted by one the best frame makers in the business, Gunnar Cycles.

The Ruffian we have here is very nicely spec'd without going over the top.  Highlights include: A hand-built wheel-set on Paul hubs, with a White Industries freewheel - single speeding in style.  Chain stays on this frame measure 17.75" in its current position(sliding dropouts).  The effective top tube measures approx. 27" w/100mm stem.

Frame/fork: Gunnar Ruffian/ RockShox REBA 80mm
Wheels: hand-built, Paul hubs, WTB Speeddisc rims 32h, w/ White Industries ENO 20t FW
Tires: WTB, Exiwolf Ft, Mutano Raptor Rr.
Headset: Chris King
Derailleurs: NA
Shiftlevers: NA
Freewheel: White Industries ENO 20t red FW
Chain: SRAM PC-50
Crankset: RaceFace Evolve XC, 33t w/ bashguard
BB set: RaceFace, out board bearing
Pedals: NA
Brakeset: Avid Elixir 1
Handlebars: Easton
Stem: Thomson Elite 25.4 100mm 15^
Seatpost: Thomson Elite 27.2
Saddle: WTB Laser V
Grips: Oury
Weight: 24.3#

Custom Gunnar Ruffian, singlespeed mountainbike with steel frame handmade in the USA

Surly Troll Mountain Bike 1x10 with 650B wheels

posted Oct 20, 2015, 10:07 AM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 20, 2015, 10:22 AM ]

Surly Troll 650B

4130 Steel 1x10spd

The Surly Troll is one of our favorite bikes available from Surly for many reasons, but mainly because of its versatility. This bike was very popular while it was on our sales floor, and two 650B Trolls have already came and gone through here already. While this bike is no longer on the sales floor, we could build another one up right quick. The Troll can be run geared or singlespeed, and it can accommodate 26" wheels (which it was designed for), and 650B wheels (as seen here), or even with 700c disc wheels, if you really want to push the limits! A 29er wheel clears the fork just fine, but does not fit in the rear. Split wheel options are certainly possible, too. The Troll also has frame mounts for a Rohloff hub, Surly trailer, or B.O.B. trailer. It can be built up with canti's or v-brakes, or disc brakes. The frameset includes the rigid fork, but a suspension fork can be added easily. The Troll is all about being simple and effective and burly. Its a really fun bike that could hold its own anywhere no matter how you decide to build it.

Highlights on the Troll include: P35 Velocity rims are super wide, 35mm wide, so the tires on this bike look huge and provide excellent traction and volume for stomping singletrack! Also, the 1x10spd drivetrain really simplifies things out on the trail, while still providing a wide range of gears.

Surly Troll's make great 650B mountain bikes.

We build custom mountain bikes with Surly frames.

Kona Big Unit - Singlespeed 29er Mountain Bike

posted Oct 19, 2015, 3:45 PM by Employee EddiesBikes   [ updated Oct 19, 2015, 3:49 PM ]

Kona Big Unit

29er Trail Bike
Kona Scandium 6069 frame

The Kona Big Unit is a frame that Kona has specifically engineered and refined, based on rider input, to provide some of the best features that contemporary mountain bikes have to offer. This custom spec'd Kona frame is one of the nicest custom rides to grace our sales floor.

It all starts with Kona Scandium 6069, which is boasting about 40% higher yield strengths than previous Kona Scandium alloys. Strength to weight ratio is reduced greatly, creating a super-light, strong, tight-handling, stiff frame. 

Added to that, are great frame features like a tapered headtube with a zero-stack headset, which strengthens the front end of the bike, giving you that 'point and shoot' feel that improves the bike's handling and inspires confidence in its rider. The Big Unit also has a compact rear triangle.  Short stays improve the handling characteristics of the 29" wheels, for better traction, acceleration, and tight-handling in switchbacks. The sliding rear dropouts are 12x142 thru-axle, with four 6mm bolts, and allow the use of a derailleur, or single speed set ups. The compact rear triangle and the 12x142 thru-axle on a hardtail mean all out trail handling performance like you have never known before.

An X Fusion Slide 29 fork w/ 140mm of travel and Stan's ZTR Arch rims on SRAM X9 hubs compliment the ferocity of the frame. TruVativ Stylo single speed cranks and a Surly 20t cog make for a solid, dependable drivetrain. Its not an over-the-top build, but the bike weight came out to be only about 24.5-lbs. 

This bike is capable of tackling anything you can ride. Geared or single speed, with 140mm up front, an ultra stiff, lightweight frame with excellent handling characteristics, and a parts package that will never let you down.

Our retail price on this build is $2999
  • Frame/fork: Kona Big Unit Scandium, tapered headtube, internal headset, sliding rear dropouts w/ 12x142mm thru-axle; X Fusion Slide 29 140mm
  • Wheels: Stans ZTR Arch 32h rims on SRAM X9 hubs, 15mm & 12x142mm
  • Tires: WTB Bronson's 29x2.2
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40 Zero-stack
  • Derailleurs: NA
  • Shift levers: NA
  • Cassette: Surly 20t cog
  • Chain: SRAM 8spd
  • Crankset: TruVativ Stylo Singlespeed cranks, 32t 
  • BB set: TruVativ GXP
  • Pedals: 
  • Brakeset: Shimano Deore M615 hydraulic brakes, Avid G2
  • Handlebars: Race Face Evolve 720 x 31.8 x 0
  • Stem: Thomson 90mm
  • Seatpost: TruVativ Stylo T20
  • Seatpost Binder: Kona
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado
  • Grips: Ergon GA1 Evo
  • Weight: 24.5# w/o pedals
Kona Big Unit 29er singlespeed mountain bike built for customer, full custom spec'd bike

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