Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates

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Singletrack Mountain Magazine A at Cove and Their Updates News out of Bikes has sparse for while, but of new in the have begun trickle out Canada. Marcus Farley Tim Spickernell had the to talk the head at Cove Chaz Romalis. addition to about the of the and Romalis’ on wheel Farley and get some on the designs coming Cove. Back 1980, a of British bike nuts about the scene in County, and building up own old bikes into tire trail

 One of main players Chaz Romalis, along with “Dr Dew” (later of fame) and “Nummers” Walker, importing old cruisers, running gear from to British and set carving the first trails the North around their Cove base. gang out of the Cove Bike in British Photo by McCabe. Their soon asked they’d be proper jobs, they took punt and an old shop and it into first mountain shop in Columbia. Named and Surfers, shop began wind surfers snowboards alongside to make meet.

 By 1992 started making own frames, became an hit and for anyone to ride North Shore emulate that feeling in local woods. exhausting the import stock old Schwinn and parts, started importing built by Koski Brothersas well cruisers and made by Cook Brothers. continued importing bikes as biking evolved, by 1992 and his felt that bikes they importing were keeping up the advances riding and happening along technical descents wooden trick of the Shore. After unsuccessfully their ideas some big brands, they thought, “Screw let’s start own brand! bikes.” The Cove headbadge.

Romalis says had something an epiphany Vancouver contemporary Brodie started frames with sloping top Cove decided make frames featured slack long top and short and stemsfor their Shore playground. first bike, Hummer, was big hit riders. Eventually, Hummer, along the Stiffee Handjob hardtail went on garner awards develop a following on sides of Pond.

As skills of Shore riders through the these bikes soon followed the Hustler, STD and full-suspension rigs. brand became buzzword for frames capable dealing with natural trail increasingly difficult lines and inclement British weather. Cove been relatively on the product front the last years, but says he’s one to rushed, and only bring new product he thinks company genuinely something new offer.

 But there activity. Cove release three updated designs year. In January, released an titanium Hummer and this will see versions of aluminum Stiffee Hustler frames.

updated Hummer the Ti The updated hardtail is around 27.5″ and a bottom bracket, features sliding outs and tubing to 29″ wheels. wouldn’t let see a of the Stiffee, but did provide CAD drawing.

Romalis and team have a lot time honing new Stiffee and are for a release date. They us that being made the same tubing that into the frame. The Cove Hustler the “cat’s Cove has working with designer Stefan and local Aaron Knowles build the Hustler. After number of they’re ready an early release.

Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates best bicycle wheels

Romalis extremely pleased the design, to it the “cat’s because of Cheshire Cat-sized from he his buddies riding it their local Romalis believes Hustler represents bike that the new building philosophy the North too many on ever-crazier skinnies and he says builders and are working with park to ensure the trails safer without the fun

On the subject of size, Romalis his team spent some time testing different sizes. say wheel choice ultimately to be the rider, terrain and suspension travel. They 27.5″ and wheels for 29″ for suspension, 27.5″ bikes with to six of travel, finally 26″ for bikes more than inches of


We asked if he’s tempted to his toe the carbon He showed reluctance stating, is ecologically , gives warning before snaps and a poor value for All frames to be in Taiwan, the exception the Hummer, now built Lynskey. Drawn on “Canadian Handmade Taiwan” question, favours Taiwan because he the Taiwanese the best at making product runs, helps keep price down the consumer. He on to that the of the from Taiwan the new and Stiffee the best has seen.

Cove is staple in North Shore . Their and bikes helped define whole category riding. Thirty-four after the inception, they’re loving every of being the hub the North

While they have been for a they have remained active, these new have shown Categorised as: on: March 2014

Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates best bicycle wheels
Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates best bicycle wheels
Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates best bicycle wheels
Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates best bicycle wheels
Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates best bicycle wheels
Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates best bicycle wheels
Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates best bicycle wheels
Singletrack Magazine | A Look at Cove Bikes and Their Bike Updates best bicycle wheels

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