Rob’s Mountain Bike


Aussie Rob loved the ride of his Appleman road bike so much, he ordered a 29′r mountain bike!

Rob needed a stiff mountain bike that could keep up with his power.  Appleman Bicycles developed new dropouts to accept 142x12mm rear axle and a host of other great requests.  Rob rides rocky trails near an old gold mining town that are full of sharp quartz rock.   A ballistic Kevlar reinforcement was added to the down tube to protect it from rocks and abrasion.


  • Titanium logos and head badge
  • Custom, oversized, tough carbon fiber tubing
  • Carbon fiber 142×12 thru axle dropouts with “apple” logo reinforcement
  • Custom chain stays for 29 x 2.4″ tire clearance and 38t XX1 chain ring
  • “Chevron” style seat stay bridge
  • Integrated carbon disc tab
  • Internal cable routing
  • Kevlar down tube reinforcement
  • Prominent serial # on chain stay, “Built for Rob Southgate, 11/2013 #2, By Matt Appleman”
  • Read more about Rob and his bike