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Spying a nice Stout build

1 03 2016

Matt at STOUT Bikes has been producing great custom frames (as well as forks and handlebars) out of his Texas shop for some time now.

We’ve featured his work before…Buddy Sardenga‘s super-cool Beelzebike, The 20 666’er was the first time…and more recently…Joshua “Lurch” Gittere’s custom 26-inch.

In both cases I was blown away by the build quality and attention to detail. Both owners were both pretty stoked on their respective bikes too.

And who could blame them? They’re both great bikes (I’ve ridden both.)

So the other day, I was surfing the net — flitting between bike sites — as I’m wont to do.

And I found myself over at the STOUT Bikes website.

After spending way too much time checking out all the custom frames, forks and bars, I caught myself checking out a build simply called “Ron’s 24”.

The bike looked huge!

I don’t know the specs but that front end appears plenty roomy.

The back end looks tight though…so it definitely looks like it would be great to shred on.

Rons Stout 24According to the writeup:

Ron is like eight feet tall. He is one of the guys I met in Oregon that helps build a kickass local dirt park. I hope he’s liking this thing better than that tiny P24 that he broke.

I’m super curious about the specs/geo now! If the other STOUT Bikes I’ve ridden are anything to go on (and I think they are) this is probably a rad bike to ride.

I hope I have a chance to test ride this bike some day.

Here’s a pic of the fork and bars.

Rons 24inch forks & barsDang…as if I’m not feeling those bars too!

If these pictures have whet your appetite for some more custom bike porn…mosey on over to the STOUT bikes website, I know you won’t be disappointed.

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Lurch’s custom Stout 26-inch

30 04 2015

This sweet ride caught my attention during my last trip to Ray’s MTB in Cleveland.

The owner of the bike, Joshua “Lurch” Gittere, was tearing up the jumps on it so I chased him down to get the scoop.

Very much in the MTB or BMX? category, his custom-built bike seems to combine elements of both styles of riding to make something very distinctive.

Lurch custom stout

Manufactured by Matt at Stout Bikes (you might remember the eye-catching Beelzebike was also made by Stout) this bike is big and strong.

Lurch had originally asked to have it built up for a 100mm suspension fork, which is how he rode it for a little bit.

Then he decided he wanted to see what it rode like when it was built up like a “true” bmx bike with rigid forks and big bars.

According to Lurch, the new setup,

“Feels amazing!! Rides soooo smooth and works for me…anything that keeps me riding is whats up in my book.”

Lurch manual r

Here’s the specs of the custom frame:

Head Angle: 69 deg.
Seat Angle: 74 deg.
Top Tube: 23.5″
Chain Stay: 15.25″ slammed
Finish:  Black with silver flake
 Lurch custom Stout fv r
Lurch’s setup:
Fork: S&M Pitchfork XLT 26″
Handlebars:  S&M Hoder Bars
Grips:  DUO Corey Martinez
Bar Ends:  Kind Ideal
Stem:  Colony TLD Flatland Stem
Seat:  United X Cinema Pivotal
Seat Post:  Shadow Pivotal
Cranks:  Profile Madera 180mm
Sprocket:  Kink Sound Sprocket 28 T
Pedals:  Deity Compound Pedals (plastic)
Chain:  KMC
Headset: Kink Integrated
Front Rim:  Sun Ringle MTX 33 36 Hole
Front Hub:  Profile Elite
Rear Rim:  Sun Ringle MTX33  36 Hole
Rear Hub:  Halo DJD Singlespeed Cassette, 11 T
Spokes: DT Swiss
Tires: Geax Booze 26 x 2.3
Brakes:  Hayes
Pegs:  Sunday Pipe Pegs (not shown)
All in all, a pretty interesting mix of both BMX and MTB elements in this bike.
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Lurch said he had dealt with some back problems in the past and this setup really made it easy for him to ride and be comfortable on his bike again.  Who can argue with that?