McCalla has been a friend of mine since middle school. We bonded initially because we were both (sorry Mike, it’s true) huge losers, drifted apart when we went away to (NMSU and Colorado) college, then found each other again at a bike race in our hometown. 10 years later, we’ve been roommates, earned graduate degrees, played endless hours of Perfect Dark, attended a lot of mediocre CU Opera, been on a national championship podium, and even beat some of our heroes riding together.
These days, he rides a ton and races, and I am slow (er) and have a cute baby. So when he decided he wanted a longer-travel 29er that would actually be fun to throw around, I was psyched to take on the project.
This is pretty much my dream job – build bikes for people who are really going to ride them fast and hard. I don’t do a lot of fancy paint jobs, I don’t do a whole lot of pretty little touches, I just want to make bikes that (pardon my cliche) tear it up on the trails. Enter the McKiller. Did I just write that? Man, I’m going to have to start throwing around attitude more often!
For now, just a few pictures of my progress. The end result will be a sub-25 pound 29er with 43cm chainstays and 5″ of travel. More details and pictures as I make progress.