Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Albion Drake Frame Is Ready For Action

We started posting photos of the prototype Drake early last year, because we loved how it turned out.
However we took our sweet time test riding it and we only received our first production run this month.

So let's take some time explaining what you can do with a Drake.
We call it a 650b (27.5") wheel adventure tourer.
We designed it with a wheel base length between a cyclo-cross bike and a fully loaded touring rig, to offer the stability desired when you're 'packing, but without taking away too much spirit when you want to just rip around gravel roads and dirt trails.

It will fit 42mm Soma Cazadero or WTB Resolute tires with fenders or 2.0" mountain knobbies without fenders. You can also put on WTB Byways or Panaracer PariMotos for velvety road cruising.
Can you or should you run 700c tires? Depends on what you want to achieve. We gave it 10mm more BB height than your average road bike, because we wanted to make it more dirt-capable, so don't expect it carve downhill corners like our Homebrew road frame.

While you can't ride this as fast over gnarly trails as a bike packing hardtail, its front triangle will fit a larger frame bag than a hardtail.

Other features:

  • Beefy cast dropouts that allow for separate rack and fender mounting. And though not Rohloff-specif, it is friendly to Rohloff set ups.
  • Chainstay-located IS disc tabs doesn't interfere with most rear racks.
  • PF30 Bottom Bracket offers a bottom bracket option with larger cartridge bearings and stiffer platform. If you choose to run geared hubs or single speed, you can get an eccentric bottom bracket, which allows you to adjust chain tension.
  • Tange Champion CrMo tubing throughout
  • Front mini rack mounts and pannier rack mount on optional matching fork
  • Rear mini rack mount and pannier rack mount
  • S-Bend chainstays
  • Downtube shifter compatibility
  • Optional lugged crown disc fork

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Homebrew Has Returned

The original Homebrew was arguably the most handsome bike in our small line with it Town Red paint job and traditional lugged construction. The complete bike also featured downtube shifters instead of modern integrated brake/shift levers. The frame also used a high tensile steel instead of more desirable and lighter Chromoly Steel in order to lower the costs created by using investment cast lugs. Those factors might have made it a bike that was harder for managers to put on the shop floor.

We have rethought the model. Gone are the lugs that drove up the price of what we wanted to be a budget roadster. Instead we are using TIG-welding which is just as strong as lugs. This allows us to spec a super tough Tange Champion #2 chromoly tubeset. And we have adopted a threadless 1-1/8" steerer to allow for more stem and headset options. So it loses a little vintage vibe, in order to make it easier for budget cyclists to collect parts.  It retains the hot red look and the skinny road tubes of the 70's.

The Homebrew still has the retro touches like downtube shifter bosses, a lugged seat collag, and cool dropouts with double eyelets for mounting fenders or racks.

Our photo build features Rivendell 57mm reach Silver brakes, Soma Shikoro 700x33c tires, IRD Drillium ZST aero levers, IRD 46-30t Defiant cranks which offers decent climbing gears when matched with an 11-28t cassette. The mechs are Sun Race which are affordable and just plain work. Wheels were Suzue/Ukai. The bell is a Crane Suzu that mounts to your headset spacer stack.

The Homebrew is available as a frame only with lugged fork as an option. Lugged fork has mounts for fenders and mini-rack.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Albion Helps Raise Funds for Lady Craft Brewers

Grissette Nouveaux organized this homebrew contest. Awards ceremony as well as a craft brew talk were held at the Local Brewery Co. in San Francisco's SoMa district.

Benefiting Pink Boots Society.

Lucky raffle winner of our Homebrew road bike.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Albion Bikes Around Social Media

Sometimes we wonder if company blogs are still worth keeping up, if said company is already on Facebook and Twitter, etc.  Sometimes even we get tired of finding ways to toot our own horn. But still we must, if only to let folks know we haven't gone on a permanent vacation.

Here are some photos from around the web of our bikes for use as proof of life.

Starling on the cover of Momentum Magazine

Sera picked up a Starling from Glady Bikes in Portland. #newbikeday

Kim Horgan borrowed this Homebrew from Volker Cycles to
photograph Kansas City, MO. She couldn't resist taking
a few photos of the bike as well.

A Privateer build for Bicycle Times Magazine to review.
Currently our cover image on the Facebook.
Yasmine with her customized Homebrew courtesy of Swell Cycles.
Christopher U. hashtags....bikecamping....outside is free!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Albion Cycles Dealers

Here is a list of great bike shops who have ordered New Albion bikes or frames.
Not all these shops will have bikes on the floor, but all will be able order and fit you on one.
We will post this on the main site eventually.

Transit Cycles, Tucson, AZ

Stone's Cyclery, Alameda, CA
Village Professional Bicycle Parts, Fallbrook, CA

Bike Connection, Palo Alto, CA
Motostano, Redwood City, CA
Ikon Cycles, Sacramento, CA
A Bicycle Odyssey, Sausalito, CA
American Cyclery, SF, CA
Citizen Chain SF, CA 
Pedal Revolution SF, CA
Swell Cycles, SF, CA  

Jinji Cycles, Denver, CO
Peak Cycles, Golden, CO

All Bicycles, Deerfield Beach. FL


Rapid Transit Cycle Shop, Chicago
Ciclo Urbano, Chicago
Bikesmiths, Bloomington, IN

Gravel and Grind, Frederick, MD

Laughing Dog Bicycles, Amherst, MA
Hub Bicycle, Cambridge, MA

Bikes Not Bombs, Jamaica Plain, MA
The Spoke, Williamstown, MA

Treefort Bikes, Ypsilanti, MI

Hartsburg Cycle Dept, Jefferson City, MO
Polkadot Bicycles, Lincoln NE

New Jersey
Bikemania.biz, NJ

New York:
Sid's Bike Shop NYC
North Carolina:
Island Hopper's Bike Shop, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Crank Bicycles, Portland, OR
Gladys Bikes, Portland, OR

Green Bike Coop, Waldport, OR
Cyclotopia, Corvalis, OR

South Dakota: 
Cranky Jeff's Bicycle Shop, Rapid City, SD

Ozone Bikes, Austin, TX
PhatTire.com, Richardson, TX
Bicycles and Smoothies, Houston, TX

Saturday Cycles, Salt Lake City, UT 

Onion River Sports. Montpelier, VT

Lucky's, Richmond, VA

Aaron's Bicycle Repair, Seattle, WA
Alki Bike and Board, Seattle, WA
Counterbalance Cycles, Seattle, WA
Recycled Cycles, Seattle, WA
School of Bike, Seattle, WA


British Columbia:
Dream Cycle, Vancouver BC 
Union Street Cycle, Vancouver BC
The Bike Kitchen, Vancouver, BC
The Lions Cyclery, Kelowna, BC

Fitz & Fowell, Montreal
Revolution Bikurious, Montreal

Natural Cycle Co-op, Winnepeg

TR Bikes

Velostatt, Wabern

Other Dealers: If you don't see your name listed here and you are stocking us, let us know. Bike shops can purchase New Albion through one our distributors.
Retail Customers: If you walk into one of the shops and don't see a New Albion, don't be afraid to ask them to order one for you.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Alex's Recovery Gift - A New Albion Bicycle

Vanessa won a New Albion Starling mixte frame in our contest with Momentum Magazine. She had it built up (by Seven Stars Cycles) for her wife Alex as a gift. Alex was diagnosed with thyroid cancer back in May. She had her thyroid removed in June and is recovering. We wish them both well.

New Albion Privateer Matching Forks

Optional matching forks are now available. While it is not hard at all to find black CX fork these days, we wanted to create a fork that best suits the original sport touring concept we had in mind when dreaming up the Privateer.
Cureved CrMo blades and 1-1/8" steerer. Lugged sloping crown. Fits 700c tires up to 41mm wide, cantis or V-brakes. Double eyelets at the dropouts. Mid-blade low rider pannier bosses. 50mm rake. 390mm axle to crown.