Posted by: Brendan | September 21, 2009

Jason’s Fifty-Five

Jason’s Custom Fifty-Five

Jason’s Fifty-Five features custom fit, custom tubing, and custom geometry.

His typical trails are in and around Half Moon Bay, California. They tend to have short, steep ups, and the corresponding downs.

Jason’s, who writes the 20 Dollar Wine Blog, is a big dude. We started planning with a tubeset in mind, featuring elegant Columbus stays and some choice main tubing from Easton. Add to that a great fit, derived from our Homework Assignment (Jason coined the term, by the way) and low standover clearance to accommodate his needs.

His bike inspired a new, sturdier, bent top tube we can now offer on other custom builds. The new tube sports the same angle of bend as our standard bent TT, but on a softer, 8″ radius and a sturdier tube.

We also worked through a solid, low maintenance components build with an eye for a unifying look. A lot of Sram X9 and Shimano XT drivetrain components paired with Juicy brakes, a Reba fork, and a NoTubes ZTR Flow wheelset.

It came together nicely:


Jason’s stays in detail- very sturdy, but elegant & smooth:


Drivetrain. I dig the red accents.


We finished the cockpit off with a matching stem- a Syntace F139 powdercoated to match the rest of the bike. Paired with a Syntace Vector Lowrider bar this makes for a sturdy, lightweight, and comfortable setup.


Jason put on a track benefit not long ago at Hellyer Velodrome, a benefit for World Bicycle Relief. By the sounds of it we might be getting together in the next few days at Interbike… can’t wait!


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