Local matters. Here in the Pacific Northwest we're a different breed. Our every day trail rides combine what everyone else considers epic XC with their gnarly DH, and products from local companies are built with this in mind.
A quick plug: Check out our Slim Fit and Athletic Fit Mountain Bike Shorts. We're proudly based in Seattle and spend our free time riding and building trails in the hills of Washington.
Companies Based in the PNW
Here's a map and list of Cascadia-based mountain bike and component companies, or those employing people here.
B.C. MTB companies
- Chromag Bikes - Whistler, bikes and components
- Evolve Bikes - Squamish, bikes
- Forbidden Bike Co - Cumberland, bikes
- Knolly - Burnaby, bikes
- NOBL Wheels - Yarrow
- Norco - Port Coquitlam, bikes
- North Shore Billet - Whistler, components
- Race Face - Vancouver, owned by Fox Factory, in Georgia
- Rocky Mountain Bicycles - North Vancouver, owned by Industries RAD, in Quebec
- Spawn Cycles - Squamish, kids bikes
- OneUp - Squamish, components
- Vorsprung - Whistler, suspension tuning and parts
- We Are One Composites - Kamloops, wheels and components
Washington MTB companies
- Cascade Components - Kent, suspension linkages
- Cascade Racing Designs - Bellingham, wheels and components
- Evil Bikes - Bellingham, bikes
- FSA - Full Speed Ahead - Mukilteo, headquarters in Italy
- High Above - Bellingham, packs
- Kona - Bellingham, bikes and components
- PNW Components - Seattle, components
- Raleigh & Diamond Back - Kent, owned by an international corporation
- Tenet Components - Bellingham
- Transition Bikes/ANVL Components - Bellingham
Oregon MTB companies
- Chris King Precision Components - Portland
- Cush Core - Bend, tire inserts
- Project 321 - Bend, hubs
- Robert Axle Project - Bend
- Tonic Fabrications - Portland, steel hardtails
Idaho MTB companies
- Deity Components - Nampa
Cascadia Transition Patrol
My personal ride is a 2019 Transition Patrol. I use it on everything from sufferfests to DH laps (usually a combo of the two). A second wheelset allows this to be a one-bike quiver. I'm shooting to make this build as local as possible, without any compromises.
The biggest thing lacking here is a wheelset from local companies, and we've got the best of the best in our corner of the world. Eventually, as my "I'm building up a small business" budget allows, I'd like to add the drool-worthy We Are One carbon rims with Project 321 hubs.
Dropper: PNW Components Bachelor with Loam Lever. Super smooth, the lever is a massive upgrade over the Reverb plunger, and you can get up to 200mm drop that fits easily in my XL frame with room to spare. They're killing the dropper game, super nice stuff at a great price. Install was easy, too.
Stem: Also from PNW, the Range Stem. A stem is a stem is a stem, but this has a GoPro mount for my light, which is clean and holds my light more securely than the stock rubber band bar mount. The mount will come off in summer when night riding isn't on the menu.
PNW Components Bachelor Dropper, Loam Lever and Range Stem set up for night riding.
|Fork Manitou Mezzer 170.||Shock RockShock Super Deluxe with MegNeg and custom valving from ShockHowse.|
|Drivetrain SRAM Eagle. GX with their awesomely durable XO1 cassette||
Brakes Code RSC, with 200mm front and 180mm rear rotors
|Cranks Canfield AM/DH cranks, they sadly bailed on the PNW||Pedals OneUp Composite|
|Bash/Guide OneUp Underbash||Grips Ergon GA2|
|Handlebar SQ Labs 30X with sweet, sweet 12° sweep.||Stem PNW Components Range with GoPro mount for light|
|Pump OneUp EDC.||Tools OneUp EDC in the steer tube with chain pliers and tire plug add-ons. Best. Tool. Ever!|
|Dropper Post PNW Components Bachelor dropper, with Loam Lever. Smooth!||Saddle Fabric Line S Elite Flat or SQ Labs 611 (I swap between them)|
|Rims Light Bicycle carbon, 31.6mm internal width. Strong-ish but harsh.||Hubs Hope Pro2 Evo|
|Rear Tire It varies, but usually DHRii 3C MaxxTerra EXO+ or Aggressor.||Front Tire The right tool for the particular job, but always MaxxGrip, Ultra-soft or equivalent rubber.|
|DH Wheelset WTB i29 rims laced to old Hadley hubs and Cush Core inserts||DH Tires Magic Mary SugerGravity Ultra-Soft front, DHRii Double Down 3C MaxxTerra rear|
Parts from Cascadia companies are in blue. Let's see how dank, mossy and pure PNW I can make this bike!