US Custom Builder Sklar Introduces Sweet Spot – for those with deep pockets.

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US custom frame builder Adam Sklar introduces an off-the-peg steel do-it-all hardtail.

Perhaps better known for custom made titanium and steel mountain bikes and all-road bikes, US builder Sklar Bikes is going a little more mainstream with a stock build, trail-focused mountain bike: the Sklar Sweet Spot.

Checking for trolls.
Goes up and down trails, and round corners.

The marketing proclaims “It is not a 6in trailbike that flies down hills but drags going up, nor is it an XC race rig that climbs like a breeze but lacks stability in descent.”

Well, what is it then?

Takes you to amazing places.
Is unaffected by hayfever. Standover height looks interesting though.

The answer is no more clear, and no less Dr Seuss: “It can be a lot of things. For example, the amazing places that this bike will take you to. Or the well balanced design that makes for efficient climbing and confident descending on rides short and long.”

Works with flats…
…or clips.
Sweet spot
Sweet spot
Flies (may require rider talent)

Hence ‘The Sweet Spot’ – it’s a bike that will apparently do it all. Including perhaps some birth control if you have short legs?

Made in the USA “from the finest 4130 tubing available”, each Sweet Spot is built to order with a three month approximate lead time, less than a quarter of Sklar’s normal custom frame lead time – custom frames are only for the very patient. It’s also about $1,000 cheaper that a custom frame…but don’t be fooled into thinking that will make this a bargain. It’s $2,850 for a Sweet Spot frame.

How Much?

Yes, $2,850 for the frame. And you’ll still wait 3 months for it. It certainly makes some of the UK builders look like a bargain. You can get a whole Stanton, made in the UK, for about that. Or a Shand frame and fork for a whole lot less. Or an 18 Bikes frame for little enough you could probably add the US airfare on and still have enough left for a coffee at the airport.

120mm of travel.
Sklar, might also be an Ikea rug.
Paul components
Who else?
White industries
Sexy cranks and chain ring.
Making room for sexy chainrings.

But I Still Want It

Maybe the price isn’t the point, and you just want one. It’s the bike for you, you like the curvy top tube, you just enjoy saying ‘Sklar’.

Of course, ‘progressive geometry’ is claimed, but perhaps more unusually the suggested fork travel varies depending on the size of bike you go for. Here’s the run down:

  • 487mm reach, 427mm stays, 65.5º HTA (med)
  • 150mm travel (M, L) / 130mm travel (S)
  • 148mm Boost rear end
  • 3D printed Stainless steel chainstay yoke allows for up to 29×2.8in tires with a standard Boost chainline
  • 3 bottle cage bosses (Seat tube, inside down tube, under down tube)
  • 180mm post mount rear brake
Sklar Montana
Montana. Quite a lot of terrain there.
Also comes in red.
Frame only is $2850

If this takes your fancy you  build options are:

  • Frame only ($2850)
  • Alloy Build” featuring SRAM GX and a Rockshox Pike ($7,430)
  • “Carbon build” fully kitted with XX1 Enve Composites components ($11,110)

Intrigued? Maybe. If you’ve got deep pockets and a thing for niche-ish steel. Though we admit we’re a little more intrigued by this single pivot number, which we believe to be a prototype, spotted in the offices of Adam Sklar’s PR company. So much skinny tubing!

Sklar single pivot
What’s this then?

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (10)

    Pass the eye bleach. They are having a laugh right? Accidental 0 on the end of the price?

    11k for a steel hardtail to dick about in the woods for a couple of hours?

    US mtbiking really has disappeared up its own arse (ass)

    Shand / BTR / Curtis any day over a ball crushing vomit inducing wallet sucking wall art that this will end up being

    ^^^ You could have one of each.

    Moving on………………………..

    11k for a steel hardtail to dick about in the woods for a couple of hours?

    Donald Trump rides one, apparently…

    The issue for me is less about being able to afford one, and more a simple why would I

    Their local trails are amazing! Great mountain town, Bozeman. Epic place.

    So it’s 5 holidays in Bozeman, or one of these bikes…

    Nope doesnt do it for me. Personally my 7 year old enigma custom mtb made for up to 140mm forks fillet brazed colombus life is much nicer, lighter faster but then i am biased.

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