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Steve Potts has been called one of the best bicycle frame builders of the past 35 years. In fact, Steve is the only one of the original mountain bike pioneering Repack group of the late 1970s who still builds his own framesets. His refinement of steel and titanium tubing is legendary. Steve himself is a product of Marin County, California, birthplace of the modern mountain bike and the epicenter for innovation for over 30 years. Today, Steve crafts his signature road, cyclocross and mountain frames from grade-select titanium in his meticulous shop in Petaluma, California.
A consummate machinist since the early 1970s, Steve prides himself on his thorough approach to building the ideal frame for each customer, starting with the best machinery, custom fixtures, and complete understanding of the materials used to craft mountain bike frames. There's a reason he was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Contact Steve to discuss your next cross terrain bike.
Whether your idea of riding is 10 miles around town or 100 miles through the countryside, a comfortable, strong, lightweight bicycle improves every excursion. Ideally every cyclist should have a made-to-measure bicycle in the stable, and Steve Potts' creations represent the best in class. The grade-select titanium tubing, meticulous mitering, and pinpoint welding that define all Steve Potts bicycles contribute to a final product that is both aesthetically pleasing and predictably comfortable.
Regarded by many as the finest rigid fork ever built, the Type II fork is an original Charlie Cunningham design. Steve and Charlie are lifelong friends and have worked together on many projects that helped shape what mountain biking is today. The Type II has undergone a few updates that make it even more desirable than before; now offered with suspension adjusted geometry (leg length) and disc brake compatibility.
There are many schools of thought regarding mountain bike forks: How much travel? Suspension or rigid? Spring or oil? Lock-out or not? Like most Marin County residents, Steve knows the terrain can be unforgiving, and a suspension fork can take the edge off a longer ride. But it was Charlie's Type II fork that created a cult following among rigid riders back in the day when suspension forks were in their infancy, and the Type II fork is still attracting devoted rigid off-road riders today. The proprietary fork crown and blade-to-tip taper provides a ride so smooth and lively you'll forgot what a suspension fork even does. The Type II fork certainly looks old-school in this day and age of motocross-looking suspension forks, but the ride proves otherwise. Ask Steve to build his signature fork for your Potts 29er, or consider having him build a replacement for an existing bike in your stable. The Type II is still available in a 1-inch threaded steerer with roller cam studs and extra wide spacing for the old-schoolers.
If you are interested in ordering a Steve Potts bicycle or have any questions please feel free to email steve directly: