There are a lot of plusbikes coming from small frame builders lately. So when I ran into my buddy Asian Bob on a road trip in Southern Illinois, I had to check out his new ride from new Arizona builder, MG Cycles. Bob is a fixture in the Arizona riding community and he knows a ting or two about bikes. I reached out to the builder Mike Gutierrez and asked him to give me the low-down on this good looking machine.
It’s made from US made steel from TrueTemper. Its a mix of OX Platinum and Versus. The dropouts and headtube are U.S. made from Paragon Machine Works. The dropouts are stainless steel Rocker drops, which have replaceable inserts. He can run QR, 142X12, single speed, or even a Rohloff if he wants to down the road. One of his request was to make it fit his Thule hitch rack, so an internal routed shift cable in the toptube was done. I’m not doing forks yet, so I used a Salsa for his build.
The paint was done by my friend Keith Atkins. Bob gave him total freedom, but wanted to have an Arizona feel to it. I think Keith nailed it with the copper and turquoise colors, and the panda was special for Asian MF’n Bob! I’ve been building for a little over a year and Bob’s bike is lucky #7.
So there ya have it. A nice bike from a new frame builder. Do you have a plusbike that you want to show us? Hit us up through the Contact Form.