Here, we'll showcase some bikes we have built up to our own specs. The bikes found on this page are meant to offer our customers something a little different from the mainstream box bike. You may find a bike here that you '...just got to have,' or maybe you'll generate some good ideas from a bike you see on this page, or maybe you're just like us, and you just love lookin' at sweet bikes... either way, we're thrilled you are here. Enjoy.
The process of building a bike from the frame up is an exciting one. After a fitting, if necessary, choosing the right frame is the first step. And, we have some fantastic frames to offer you! First off, there is Gunnar Cycles. Gunnar Cycles provides some of the finest handmade steel frames made in the USA today. Yes, you read that right, Gunnars are made in Waterford, Wisconsin USA. We are very proud to offer our customers frames from Gunnar Cycles- they are some of the nicest steel frames you will find anywhere in the world. In addition to Gunnar Cycles, we also have frames available from Jamis Bicycles and Surly Bikes.
Jamis also offers some amazing frames for custom builds. Jamis Bicycles offers a few different high-end framesets from their 2013 line-up. Available 2013 framesets include: Xenith SL, Xenith Team, Xenith T2, Supernova Team, Dakar XCR 29 Team, Dakar XCR 29 Race, Dakota d29 Team, and the Dragon One, which is only available as a frameset. In addition to the 2013 framesets, we still have access to left-over framesets from 2012, 2011, 2010, ...and all the way back to 2008 or so.
If you are curious about what's available, then give us a call and we'll check it out what's available in your size.
814-234-3111 (ask for Ben) Click Here to See Jamis Available 2013 Framesets
Surly Bikes offers all of its bicycles as framesets. Surly encourages creativity when building their frames. Most all of their framesets are loaded with options so that you can build one Surly frame up a number of different ways. Some of their frames work well with two, or even three different wheel sizes. Surly also encourages the use of fat tires, which is nice. They even offer fat-bikes with whopping 4.7" wide tires, and they've come out with a sort of-fat 29er as well, the Krampus (click here to learn more), which we are anxiously awaiting. Surly encourages riding singlespeed, too, so most frames can be run singlespeed or multi-speed, with only a few frames being only singlespeed compatible.(unless a internally geared hub is used)
Currently, we have a few custom bikes on the sales floor, and more on the way. Here are some photos and specs to check out.
Jamis Dragon 650B Trail Bike
853 Steel 1x10spd
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 be
more agile and more nimble than their 29er counterparts,
especially in dirt singletrack. 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. In our humble opinion, 650B is the
new 26". Test ride one and you will clearly see
This custom spec'd Jamis Dragon 650B Trail bike is nearly a mirror image of the same bike I (Ben) have been riding for 7 months now; so, I know it works. I have tested this bike at Rothrock, Allegrippis, and Scotia, and it has exceeded my expectations in every type of terrain and trail. It can handle the rockiest terrain, 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 Dragon650B include: 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.
Hand built 650B wheels, 130mm XFusion Velvet fork, and legendary Dragon steel frame.
1x10spd drivetrain. Simple. Efficient. Smart.
SRAM X9 Type II rear mech virtually eliminates chain slap...which is a really nice feature on a bike with no front derailleur.
Surly Troll 650B
4130 Steel 1x10spd
The Surly Troll is one of our favorite bikes available from Surly, and for many reasons, but mainly because of its versatility.
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 wanna go a little crazy! 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.
This Just In!
~2013 Surly Troll frames are available in black and eggplant, below right is a n eggplant flavored Troll we are working on for another custom build. Its going to have a Moonlander fork w/a Knard tire - should be pretty sweet.
Above: The first iteration of the Surly Troll 650B. One very nice looking rig. Although this bike is no longer available, we could build one up right quick. Give us a call, and we'll help you build your dream bike.
Shop employee, Garret Smedley, built up a single speed version of the Surly Troll 650B for himself. He is running some Profile BMX cranks, and Velocity P35's laced to Shimano XT hubs, as well as two singlespeed cogs, which split his chain-line evenly on the 9/10s XT freehub body.
Dragon 650B Trail Bike
853 Steel 1x10spd
Dragon 650B is arguably the sweetest hardtail 650B mountain
bike readily available today. The 853 Reynolds steel
frame is the big draw here; nothing beats the feel of steel on
the trails. A TIG-welded Reynolds 853 heat-treated, air
hardened, steel frame is lightweight, supple and very strong,
all of which leads to an amazing feel on the
My name is
Ben Swab, I am the Service Manager here at Eddie's, and this is
my bike. I was very excited to try the 650B wheels on the
Jamis Dragon since I was so pleased with Jamis's Dragon 29
Race. The Jamis Dragons are such capable trail-handling
machines, it is no small wonder that Jamis is so well known for
I have been
riding 650B wheels for about 7 months now, and I have tested
the 650B wheels on all kinds of terrain with great
success. This wheel size excels in tight, twisty
singletrack, and does reasonably well in the rocks. If
you are riding primarily in rocks, like Rothrock State Forest,
I would recommend a 29er. 650B wheels handle themselves
well in Rothrock, but its a bit more challenging than riding a
29er. Conversely, 29ers can also get a little boring
since they roll over every damned thing in your way, so 650B's
are great to mix it up a little bit.
All things considered. 650B wheels have certainly replaced their 26" predecessors, and are a nice change from the traditional 29er. But 650B's are great 'second' bikes, but by no means, in this rider's opinion, will they completely replace 29ers, ever. If you can afford both bikes, then do it. You won't regret it. If you can only have one, well then, good luck making that decision.
Highlights on this rig
include the following: hand-built wheelset, Profile
Elite MTB hubs, the rear 9/10spd hub has 204 points of
engagement, almost 3X more than a Chris King hub, the front hub
is 15QR. The fork is an XFusion Velvet with on-the-fly
adjustable travel, 110mm to 140mm by flicking a
the 650B Jamis Dragon
650B is the new 26!
Profile Elite MTB rear hub has 204 points of engagement. Absolutely Unreal.
Gunnar Ruffian Singlespeed 29er
853/OX Platinum steel
The Gunnar Ruffian is your ticket to singlespeed paradise. A singlespeed 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.
The Ruffian we have here is very nicely spec'd without going over the top.
The Gunnar Roadie is an amazingly lightweight steel road
bike. This particular bike sold very recently, and is no
longer available, but we felt it was worth having on the page
to see a Roadie fully assembled.