This bike is certainly not your typical weight weenies fare (skinny ultra-light weight carbon). But variety is the spice of life, as they say, and one thing that makes this forum great is our shared passion for individuality in our bikes, and an appreciation of others’ bikes that might not be what we ride ourselves. As such, I wanted to share what I’ve been working on with you all, in hopes that it resonates with some!
Over the past 4-5 years, I’ve been peripherally involved in the custom titanium frame business, including innovating the finishing work for an existing Colorado builder for a couple of years (polishing / anodizing / custom-decaling). This new project started a year or so ago as a collaboration between me and a friend - who is a very talented and experienced custom Ti fabricator - to design and build the ultimate fat bike: nimble geometry, light weight, purposeful lines, and beautiful finishing. Basically, the bike that we wanted for ourselves, but that didn't exist. The result exceeded our expectations in every way, and a couple other friends talked us into the endeavor of making the bike available to others - Rise Bikes is the result. Right now the fat bike is our only model, but we will soon make a (somewhat) thinner 29+ variety, and in the future…who knows, perhaps even a gravel road bike!
So without further ado, here is my own Rise Grizzly Fat Bike. She weighs in at 10.9kg / 24lbs as pictured, since slimmed down to 10.4kg / 23.4 lbs with lighter Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 4.8F/4.4R tires. Weight weenie aficionados may notice the awesome Berk saddle on there.
(More detailed studio photos here
In her natural element:
And a few in the studio:
One of the finish:
Grizzly paw print: