Article and photos by Terry McKall
The Maverick issue. Great article by Andrew Findlay and photos by Kari Medig!
In December I took delivery of a custom steel frame from Naked Bicycles……bike review by Ryan Kereliuk of SpokeService
The folks at 7Mesh visited our little island for a cyclocross adventure.
Mical’s Naked X was featured in CX Magazine :)
An article/pics about Craig’s custom Naked fully rigid 29+ MTB.
On the Eve of the World ‘Cross Championships in Zolder, Canada’s Mical Dyck reflects on 2015-2016
The folks at Handcraftedstories.ca and Gab Films visited us on Quadra Island this past summer. Here’s the finished product of “The Bike Maker” film
“Canada’s Mical Dyck does it differently, and it’s working. The newly-crowned Canadian Cyclocross Champion is riding a handmade Naked Bicycles steel frame. See Dyck’s unique rig in http://www.cxmagazine.com/mical-dyck-naked-bicycles-cross-adventure-cyclocross-bike “- John Proppe, Cyclocross Magazine
Three nakedites head to Paris Brest Paris. This is Jim’s account on BC Randoneurs Cycling Club page.
Her past racing accomplishments, this year’s new sponsors (including us!!! ) and her upcoming cross racing season. Photo by Keith Leifley
5 Commuter and City Bikes with Gates Carbon Drive
In late spring we had a visit with a very fun, creative duo from the CV Collective out of the Comox Valley.
A great blog post by Paul Tolme of Gates Carbon Belt Drive on one of our custom belted touring bikes. http://blog.gatescarbondrive.com/?p=8990
Fault Line TV was in our neighbourhood a couple months ago. These guys are uber talented. Great shot choices. This video features some of the Quadra Island trails that we helped build and certainly help ride!! The rider in the video is Dexter Robson. Trails featured are Crikey Creek and Silk Stockings.
Riley Mcintosh has been doing some wonderful “Characters” profiles for Pinkbike. Sam is segment #12’s “the Rare man”. Great photos by Dave Silver of Dave Silver Photography
http://aptn.ca/fullepisodes/underexposed/ Naked bikes starts at 5:59
Outside Magazine’s GEAR OF THE SHOW Award at Interbike. !
Thanks Bicycle Times!! Nice article. What happens to a NAHBS show bike, 1 year later….Click on the picture for the article.
Best Mountain Bike at NAHBS 2012
“Sam/Andrea–Though I was not allowed to put my gift under the tree I did get to take it on a ten mile ride this AM in 10f weather–too much snow in the woods so had to stick to the dirt roads but none the less it was a revelation. Extremely quick, responsive and well balanced–feels like my seven when I hit the pedals–just goes. Not only that, it is gorgeous. Can’t wait for the snow to melt so I can hit my favorite trails.
“OK – so my expectations are generally pretty high – I’ve owned a lot of pretty nice frames – in lots of
different materials – but OMG this is by far the best ride I’ve ever had the priveledge of being on !!!
The frame is literally without fault ! It’s visually stunning (perfectly matches my aesthetics) and rides
like a dream. It’s all of like 1.7lbs more than my Parlee Z5 … but that stainless is pretty sweet :-)
Seriously – even the build was just super-smooth – and everything was just perfect on the first ride.
I literally didn’t need to adjust ANYTHING ! Totally quiet, perfectly smooth, just incredible. That never
happens. So call me a super happy customer. Thank you Sam – what an amazing frame !!!” – Tim’s Stainless Roadbike, California USA.
“I would say the honeymoon is over and I am still loving the bike. Your design easily carves turns and leaps off the ground. The tube manipulation and aesthetics are amazing. Overall it is an incredible bike.” -Matt’s MTB Stainless singlespeed 29er, Missouri USA.
“Hi Andrea and Sam, Love the new bike. Can feel the springyness of the titanium, how gobsmackingly amazing to have such a good fit, and the seat is fine even without padded cycling shorts. It’s name is Freya Stark, and, it does not need a fish.” -Georgina’s Ti LightAdventure – Courtenay, BC.
“Just wanted to say thank-you once again. I love my bike and have enjoyed it tones! Thanks again for your great work!” -Darlene’s Steel LightAdventure – Edmonton, AB.
“You built me one beautiful bike that travels with me lots…..but let tell you that it is also a strong Mother too. Over the past year I have really tested it several times, both here in BC and in Europe again this Summer. Result of all this? Bike great, me a little wiser and scars to show. Did I tell you that it also handles like a dream at 95kmph? Love it. I also put 4 more clasps on the travel case and its now virtually bomb proof.” -John’s Roadbike – Vancouver, CA and New Zealand.
“…had an inaugural five hour ride on Sunday through lots of climbs, downhills and rocks. Rode so smooth and handles better than anything I’ve ever ridden. Seriously, the first downhill was this sweeping, rocky descent and I was just like “whoa!” Felt really, really nice.” -Jeremy’s MTB singlespeed 29er – Pennsylvania, USA.
“Hi Sam, Andrea, Misha, Sophie and Aran.
Three cheers to Team Naked for making my dream come true. I had my ‘recreation’ out for it’s first trial a week ago. It was a charmed ride. Whisper quiet. Imagine a bubble of youthful exuberance in an endless tailwind. Remarkable fit and finish. Beyond new and truly unique. Sam, the personal treatment will be a cherished memory for life. Impossible not to go wild and imagine the next Naked dreamliner!!”.” -Kim Weberg– Nelson, BC.
“I just wanted to send a note thanking you all once again for my bike. I’ve been riding it lots in the Beaver Lodge and Snowden and have had time to get to know it. I love the way those big 29er wheels roll! And the arc you put in the top tube and stays makes the cro-moly seem even springier….Snappy and nimble, I feel good on the descents and am climbing better than ever. It’s just great to finally have a bike that really fits. Very, very happy.” -Scott MacNab – . Vancouver Island BC.
“It’s so badass. It’s amazing!” -Lance Armstrong – talking about his new naked bicycle. Austin, TX
“Lovin’ the bikes!! They’re amazing – I feel like I’ve been riding the thing all my life.” – Barney and Kath Bentall – Vancouver, BC.
“Holy crap! Holy crap! Holy crap! Holy crap! Really, really, nice! Such attention to detail! A true piece of art, that will be ridden.”- Rivercity Dave, Oregon USA.
“A few hundred kilometers later, a climb up and ride down Alison Pass (1342m), and there is no doubt this bike was made for me. Stable on the downhills, steady on rough road, solid in HUGE cross winds, but still responsive riding on the flats or on an uphill. Sure it isn’t an “over the top” racer, but it wasn’t suppose to be. I am amazed that I can comfortably keep up to Jana riding her road bike. That’s all I need to be able to do!.” –Bruce, Vancouver BC.
“I absolutely LOVE it!!!! It is beautiful. Of course I knew it would be great in terms of frame, components, etc. but I was wondering if I had managed to convey my ideas re: the paint/design…. and it’s perfect! Love the “wouds” or “claves” or whatever you people are calling them…. and the shade of blue is fantastic…. Thanks again, it was a pleasure doing business with you and I just KNOW that I will be sending more people your way when they see my new ride!”- Ursula, Vancouver BC
“Hi Sam and Annie, I’ve been meaning to drop you a line to mention how much I love my new bike. I can’t believe how it can be so fast, but also so comfortable and forgiving on the crappy roads here in Kingston, Ontario. The first time I rode it, I was amazed at how well it fits, and how natural it felt to ride. That hasn’t changed. Plus, of course, it’s a lovely thing to look at. So thanks again! I’m looking forward to a lot more miles.”-Nick, Ontario.
“The new bike is performing in a stellar fashion. Every time I take it to an event I find that the other riders take a lot of interest in it. I really enjoy the ride – stiff and precise. I can look over either shoulder and the bike tracks straight as an arrow. I can also pedal no hands with the same effect. The reach is great and noticeably more comfortable. The bicycle is definitely faster than my last. I love the way I can make quick descents on curvy sections of road. The steering is so accurate and invites ”aiming” for sporty turns.”-Bob Boonstra, Rando rider and Organizer, Kamloops, BC
“”THE BIKE IS WONDERFUL!!!! I really enjoyed riding it. It fit like a charm and I didn’t have to make any adjustments….The best thing was NO neck and shoulder pain due to the more upright position and consequently I didn’t feel nearly so tired at the end of the day.”
-Val, Delta BC
“This bike exceeded all my expectations: it’s more responsive, better fitting, and pure bling than I thought it would be; it was well worth the wait. I have ridden this set-up on local trails usually reserved for full-suspension mountain bikes and managed to pick my way nimbly through the tight sections with confidence. But, above all else, it’s sturdy and reliable feel has made me ride further and more agressively than I have in a while, which has put a big grin on my face on every ride. Many thanks Naked Bicycles! -Kim, Victoria BC
“Ottawatians who see the Naked, worship it” -Sarah, Ottawa ON
“LOVE the bike. It rode very smoothly. Thanks again! ….. it was a great ride and I was so pleased to have it. And was surrounded by a gaggle of guys at our break stop who all wanted to know…… I sent them to your website so who knows….”-Allison, Calgary AB.
“Your bike was a HUGE hit. I mean, WOW, that thing is awesome. The rack, the stem w/ integrated light, the branch motif. Everyone was very impressed. The brochures you gave us were gone in under 2 hours. There were people all over the show floor talking about your Bike.” -Ben Pye, Shimano Canada
I LOVE my bike – it is fabulous – thank you so much……. It is the envy of my biking buddies – in fact another colleague is wanting one like it for next winter.” -Raewynn, Vancouver BC
“I went for my first ride on my sweet new bike yesterday. Wow – that was fun – and…I don’t suck anymore! I can bunny hop, turn tight corners, ride no hands, hop over stuff…. I used to think I was a big geek flailer on a mtn bike, but at least part of the problem was the bike.My new ride feels sooooo different and sooooo much better. ” -Leigh Anne, Colorado USA
“OUTSTANDING !!!! Super comfortable, light, responsive and perfectly balanced. Everything I was looking for and more. Thank you so much. This is going to be a great summer !!!!” -John O’C, Vancouver BC.
“WOW, it looks better than I thought it would, you do great work! The bike rocks, you did a great job……. it climbs fast, isn’t twitchy on the down hill, and it rails turns, I will be telling many people about you, thank you again” -Mike Morgan, California USA
“It is nothing short of wonderful. It is beautiful…It rides beautifully … it is everything I expected and more. Thanks very much for a bike that does so much with essentially no compromises.” -Chip Stone, Vermont, USA
“I couldn’t stop staring at my bike on the way home. I am so happy with the way it turned out. It is brilliant! You are an artist!”
– Glenn, Vancouver BC
“I received my custom built rolhoff equiped Naked Bike in April 09. Since then I done about 4000 KM. This includes a fully loaded self support 2300 Km tour. I’m extremely please with the bikes performance. I’ve classed it as the ” BENZ OF BIKES” If your interested in my trip go the: crazyguyonabike.com web page and search Bruce Williamsom / western canada tour. Thanks again Sam and Andreafor a great bike and great service!” – Bruce, Campbell River, BC
“I took a good long ride on the bike yesterday and loved it! The bike feels very comfortable…………this is a great bike and I am most pleased.” -Michel, Quadra Island, BC