Posted by Logan Watts
It only make sense — local companies coming together to support local trails. That said, people come from all over the eastern seaboard and beyond to ride Pisgah’s legendary rooty and gnarly trails. That’s why Cane Creek, Industry Nine, REEB Cycles, Thomson, Maxxis, and Oskar Blues have teamed up with The Pisgah Conservancy to support their local forest and trail system — more particularly, where a lot of the magic happens, the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest.
This endeavor, called The Pisgah Project, is a one-off bike build with each component handpicked by these collaborating companies. The bike will be raffled off on April 9th to one lucky winner. The Pisgah Project bike is capable of handling anything Pisgah can throw at it (including bikepacking the Appalachian Beer Trail). Enter the drawing and help support these trails. Here are some photos of the bike as well as specs and a info about it below:
The Pisgah REEB Sixfiddy
The Pisgah Project bike is a REEB Sixfiddy, hand-welded from OX platinum steel in Lyons Colorado. The frame features a 44mm head tube, Paragon slider dropouts, and “trail style” geometry. Looks like the perfect rig for trail riding and bikepacking alike.
Thomson / Elite X4 Stem (40mm) machined in Macon, Georgia from 7000 series aluminum mated with Thomson’s All-Mtn. 750mm bar and Cane Creek’s 110 Series ZS44/28.6|EC44/40 headset
Suspension (Cane Creek – Fletcher, NC)
Cycling Components new Launch Edition HELM fork (#20 out of 300) featuring 7 different adjustments, 35mm black stanchions, and superb ride quality.
Wheels (Industry Nine – Asheville, NC)
Industry Nine’s Backcountry360 wheelset, with a 36mm inner width — the perfect choice for the new breed of Plus and Wide Trail tires. Utilizing their signature System spoke and hub technology they have created a stiff, strong and lightweight trail wheelset. Industry 9 offers 100% customization with 11 colors to choose from and a handy website called the AnoLab to help you design your dream wheels.
Tires (Maxxis – Atlanta, GA)
Maxxis supplied a new set of 27.5×2.6 wide trail tires. The recently launched Forekaster insures grip up front and the fast-rolling Rekon protects against pinch flats and sidewall slashes out back.
Seatpost (Thompson – Macon, GA)
Thomson sent over an Elite External Dropper post (125mm) and a beautiful machined aluminum collar to compliment REEB’s traditional cable routing.
Shimano’s full XT group is a tried and true workhorse that shows no signs of slowing down. We’ve included a 34-tooth front chain ring paired with an 11-42 rear cassette.
Shimano’s XT 180mm front hydraulic disc and 160mm rear is the industry standard all others try and measure up to.
In recent years Pisgah has become a key destination for mountain bikers, offering some of the most challenging terrain in the country. The mission for this Pisgah Project is to team up cycling companies based in the Southeast region of the United States, build a bike with top-notch components, and raffle it off — with all of the proceeds benefiting The Pisgah Conservancy.
The Pisgah Conservancy is a relatively new organization and is somewhat unique to other non-profits. “TPC” operates through an “Advisory Council” composed of representatives from each user group found in Pisgah. Their decision-making method ensures that each user group is able to participate in all key decisions. It’s a great example of hikers, equestrians, cyclists, fishermen, climbers, runners, wildlife conservationists, and the USFS working together toward common goals.
Enter the drawing and help support Pisgah. There are plenty of other trail centers across the US facing a similar situation. We hope to see more projects like this where private companies step up to support their trails.