Cal Poly Steel Downhill Bike - NAHBS 2019
In my experience, adding more people to the creative process simply adds more problems. The Cal Poly Bike Builders club may have proven me wrong. Their steel framed downhill bike is so far, my favorite from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. My first compliment is that the team designed the bike with relatively slender tube diameters. Steel's density is too great to allow for excess in the name of fashion. Modern builders who have grown up with fat-aluminum or carbon pipes typically overbuild their frames because they "look right." I also liked the box section swingarm reinforcements. I would have gone even lighter, but the concept is well executed. The design is intelligent and the team didn't fall prey to the steel-is-real idealism. They used aluminum in places, like the rocker arms, where steel simply isn't the right choice.