Matter Cycles GhostCat

Matter Cycles – Boulder, Colorado

Collin Schaafsma from Matter Cycles sent me an email letting me know about his bike company out of Boulder, Colorado. He says “I’m a relatively new builder based out of Boulder, CO working with steel primarily. All my bikes are made to order. I’m a one man shop making bikes I would like to ride myself. I mostly focus on all things dirt and I have three bikes I think you might really like.”

Below I’ve posted his three mountain oriented bike models. They all look really good and have nice features. If you’re in the market for a Colorado made bike, check out Matter Cycles.

SlayRide

Matter Cycles SlayRide
Matter Cycles SlayRide

Steel, burly, slack, long travel hardcore hardtail. It’s a mountain bike made to Slay and it’s a ton of fun!. A SlayRide is built around slacker angles, super short chain stays, front travel in the 150mm to 160mm range on 27.5 wheels and a healthy front center. If you want to shred on a hardtail this is the one.

  • Handmade in Boulder, CO
  • Custom sized
  • Custom tubing profiles
  • US made True Temper butted steel tubing, the good stuff
  • Hand formed s-bend stays
  • 27.5 tire platform, clearance for 2.4s with custom yoke
  • Low profile chain stay disk brake post mount
  • 142 x 12 thru axle
  • Full length cable housing cable guides
  • 73mm english thread bottom bracket / PF30 optional
  • Matter approved hardcore hardtail geometry
  • Paragon Stainless steel dropouts with replaceable inserts
  • Spectrum Powder Works powder coat with clear
  • Bolt on cable guides
  • Stainless steel head badge
  • 44mm ID head tube for 1.5 tapered fork steerer
  • 31.6 seat post size for dropper post compatibility
  • Seat tube exit port for internal routed dropper post
  • TIG welded construction
  • Stout as all get out

Benefat

Matter Cycles Benefat
Matter Cycles Benefat

The Benefat was created out of the want for a fat bike that handled like a agile trail bike. Big tires are fun, a lot of fun, but typical fat bikes feel a bit sluggish and are not exactly playful and snappy. They’re hard to hop, flick, and manual. Fat bikes should be fun to ride year-round on the same trails you blast with your non-fatty whether it’s dry and dusty or full of snow. The geometry is derived from the SlayRide with the head tube angle dialed in for a 100mm travel Bluto fork and a sensible amount of bottom bracket drop for the big tires. The rear end of the bike is short, very short, and this really helps give the Benefat that playful feeling. Equipped with a 197mm x 12 thru axle to allow for more clearance and an ideal chain line even with the biggest tires and rims you can buy! You can also run 29 x 3in tires on 50mm rims for a little less wheel girth when speed is more important.  To pull all this off the frame features a custom yoke, curved seat tube and down tube. It also comes standard with internal routing for a dropper post, after all this is a big wheel bike made for getting rad. It’s silly fun.

  • Handmade in Boulder, CO
  • Custom sized just for you
  • US made True Temper butted steel tubing, the good stuff
  • Hand formed stays
  • Clearance for 26 x 5in and 29 x 3in tires
  • Low profile chain stay disk brake post mount
  • 197 x 12 thru axle
  • Full length cable housing cable guides
  • 100mm english thread bottom bracket
  • Compact trail geometry designed for the Bluto fork
  • Paragon Stainless steel PolyDrops with replaceable inserts
  • Spectrum Powder Works powder coat with clear
  • Stainless steel cable guides and stops
  • Stainless steel head badge
  • 44mm head tube for 1.5 tapered fork steerer
  • 31.6 seat post size for dropper post compatibility
  • Seat tube exit port for internal routed dropper post
  • Curved seat tube to allow clearance with shorter chain stays
  • Cable routing on underside of down tube
  • Curved down tube to allow Bluto fork crown clearance
  • TIG welded construction
  • Stout as all get out

GhostCat

Matter Cycles GhostCat
Matter Cycles GhostCat

The GhostCat is a single speed, belt drive ready fully rigid beast. It’s fast and very illusive! The geometry is based around a 29in front tire and a 27.5 rear tire. Yes you read that correctly. You won’t believe the stuff you can go through and how much fun you’ll have doing it. The back end is quick and short with just enough slack in the front to make you feel invincible. The big tire in the front will eat and grip everything while the smaller rear end gives the bike an awesome snap and playful feeling. It’s so much fun!! You can also run it with a 29+ front tire (as pictured) or a 100mm travel suspension fork, and if you feel like quitting some day I’ll add the cable stops for gears.

  • Handmade in Boulder, CO
  • Custom sized just for you
  • US made True Temper butted steel tubing, the good stuff
  • Hand formed stays
  • 29 front, 27.5 rear tire platform, clearance for 2.4s
  • Low profile chain stay disk brake post mount
  • 142 x 12 thru axle
  • Full length cable housing cable guides
  • 73mm english thread bottom bracket / PF30 optional
  • Belt drive ready
  • Paragon Stainless steel rocker dropouts with replaceable inserts
  • Spectrum Powder Works powder coat with clear
  • Stainless steel cable guides and stops
  • Stainless steel head badge
  • 44mm head tube for 1.5 tapered fork steerer
  • 31.6 seat post size for dropper post compatibility
  • Seat tube exit port for internal routed dropper post
  • Cable routing on underside of down tube
  • TIG welded construction
  • Stout as all get out

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