I’ve never met Rob. In fact, I’ve never even talked to him, yet he’s ordered 3 bikes. His super stiff mango road bike, the 29′r mountain bike below, and a gravel bike in the queue. Having owned more than a few custom bikes, Rob knows what he wants out of a frame. He recognized that the engineering, design, and versatility that goes into an Appleman is superior to his Parlee, Moots, Baum, and Lynskey.
Rob is a big, strong sprinter. I developed the stiffest and strongest Appleman tube set for each of his frames. Rob always has well thought out wants and needs for his bikes. The new mountain bike features clearance for a 2.4″ tire AND a 38t chainring for his XX1 setup. Thanks to the custom made chain stays, we can squeeze in this request. Rob loved the look of the chain stays and requested the serial number be prominently on the side of the chain stay. Beyond the no-nonsense engineering of this frame, the stunning titanium logos are incredible!
My favorite detail of the bike is the dropouts. I’ve been making carbon fiber dropouts since day 1 of Appleman Bicycles, but never for a 142×12 thru-axle! One of my favorite parts of the bike is the “apple” reinforcement on the non-drive side dropout!