Paul Component Unveils the Sierra Klunker

Mar 13, 2019
by Paul Component  

PRESS RELEASE: Paul Components

Last year Sierra Nevada Brewery asked us to build them a sweet custom bike to show off at their beer garden at the Sea Otter Classic. Them being our favorite brewery of all time (and where Paul himself gets lunch EVERY day), we jumped at the chance and created the “Sierra Shredder”. It was a hit!



“The Sierra Klunker is a bike that pays homage to the simple, fun, and rowdy birth of Mountain Biking while honoring its roots in Northern California”



When they asked us to build them a bike again this year, we thought long and hard about it for a while, then went deep. It’s a little known fact that Chico’s own Bidwell Park (our backyard and product testing grounds) was host to the first mountain bike race in America, predating the first Repack race in Marin by two months. Chico was also host to early mountain bike frame building pioneers Mountain Goat and Retrotec.



So, we drew inspiration from everything we loved about old school Klunker mountain bikes and created a tribute to the bikes that started it all, using as many of our own modern parts and other American manufacturers as possible. Curtis Inglis cut his teeth here in Chico at Retrotec Cycles, and his swoopy elegant frames are a perfect fit for the classic Klunker aesthetic we were looking for, so he built us a beautiful and shred-worthy frame and fork. Oddity made us an extra-wide-very-moto custom handlebar from scratch. Pass and Stow in Oakland sent us the latest version of their front rack to use as a base for Paul’s one-off beer rack, which he made from copper (to match the prominent copper kettles at the Sierra Nevada Brewery) and Chinese Pistachio wood (a tree found all over Chico neighborhoods). White Industries in Petaluma supplied the single speed freewheel, cranks, and headset. Oner supplied an eccentric bottom bracket, and Velocity USA in Michigan made the rims.



We sent all the aluminum parts to the anodizer together and had them color-match everything to a six-pack of Pale Ale beer. Rounding out the American made parts are Oury Grips and Wheelsmith spokes. The rigid frame and fork coupled with one-speed gearing means it’s a rough ride like the good old days, but at least the modern disc brakes stop better than the old coaster brakes did.



We'll be showing it off at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, taking it to the party at the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden at the Sea Otter Classic, and letting Ken Grossman himself take it for a ride in Bidwell Park.


Check out the full gallery here.


109 Comments

  • + 106
 Wish there was a good clear profile picture of the bike.
  • - 24
flag dstroud70 (Mar 13, 2019 at 5:03) (Below Threshold)
 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????
  • + 5
 I scrolled down excited to see more angles....none. Disappointed at no side angle My exact thought. I love color matching my bikes, I've built and painted a bunch too..... and the green in this is fantastic...I may have to swap the red on my new Scout to green!
  • + 2
 @GlassGuy: Reminds me strongly of Hope's Candy Apple Green!
  • + 4
 Still half a letdown, but: www.pinkbike.com/photo/16957733.

Has Pinkbike been properly introduced to weld porn?

I'm holding out for the Torpedo variant.
  • + 10
 Check the gallery link at the bottom of the article. Adding a ton of photos right now. It'll be like you're HERE. Ok, maybe TOO many photos now haha......
  • + 7
 @GlassGuy: Just added maybe way too many more photos to the gallery link at the bottom of the article, cheers
  • + 1
 @zoobab2: Thanks!
  • + 1
 edited a repeat
  • + 40
 I feel like I'd need to grow a handlebar moustache, wear a beanie, skinny jeans, Wayfarers, and flanel all the time as a prerequisite to ride this thing.
  • + 28
 I would opt for full on race pyjama, moto helmet and the neck brace.
  • + 5
 Don’t forget having a nice fade and side part in your hair
  • - 4
flag reverend27 (Mar 13, 2019 at 9:16) (Below Threshold)
 Beanies and wayfarers are hipster now?
Are my favorite pair of broken in luckies hipster too?

I feel like any fashion aware guy who doesn't look like he crawled out of the dumpster behind Bass pro shop falls under this term now.

I say bust your ass get in shape wear clothes that accentuate your body and then you'll know how amazing it feels to have beautiful women stare at you like a piece of meat.
  • + 1
 @reverend27: I must say your last sentence... yes... but at the same time, if you take a DJ instead, make sure she notices that you checking her out in return, and pull a few simple tricks. Then do a handstand or flag on a light post, front lever from a railing. The only good motivation to get into caliesthenics: becoming meat. yes. Oh yes. And the men around will be so quiet...
  • - 2
 @WAKIdesigns: quiet with hateful looks on their faces..
And I don't have to do monkey tricks they are already so taken I feel sorry for them..shooting down 19 year old cheerleaders who say they pay for everything is terribly painful for me.
  • - 3
 @WAKIdesigns: but I must warn when I take my shirt off at the pool to get some sun and look up to see more then 10 women all staring and flipping their hair at me it kind of spooky.

Like a bunch of lioness waiting to see which one of them the lion wants to ****.
  • + 2
 @reverend27: I am not as consistent with my results... but I like acrobatic tricks. It kind of gives credibility to the muscles and the bike itself, that they are not just for looks Smile There's enough beatifully sculpted boys out there who can't do sht, and males can identify a breeder rather quickly.
  • + 17
 WTAF, is this a real conversation?
  • + 30
 doesn't look very aero, won't be doing any draughting on this bike.
  • + 2
 I see what you did there.
  • + 4
 What a canned response
  • + 2
 @kjjohnson: I see what you did there
  • + 13
 It’s so good to see all these USA-made brands featured on PB! The handbuilt scene is strong in Northern California. I can’t wait to check this thing out in person at NAHBS!
  • + 8
 Cool bike, but the real question is: is there space for a full size water bottle?
  • + 56
 24 of them, looks like
  • + 10
 bottle opener??
  • + 0
 I have a Ballast Point one we can screw on the front of the rack.
  • + 5
 I have always known that when I have more money than I know what to do with I will buy Paul components
  • + 6
 Where's the gratuitous slow motion huck to flat?
  • + 3
 The only type of race I would be interested in would be on retro single speed bikes like this. #Klunkduro
  • + 2
 Nice one but why there is no Suspension for the beer, so you can open it immediately after riding? it shakes to mutch like that :O
  • + 1
 Not bad, but as a french piece of man, I`d rather ride a good Bourgogne bike and occasionnaly a Champagne bike because beer makes me fart and burp. That would be nicer for my fellow riders Smile
  • + 2
 Serious question. Has anyone ever used Paul brakes for a trail bike? I'm so sick of dealing with hydro brakes I would love to try them but they're pricey.
  • + 4
 What don’t you like about hydro brakes? Do you suck at bleeding them or something?
  • + 0
 @BCtrailrider: I just don't like doing it. It's a hassle, especially with DOT.
  • - 4
flag connorjuliusjohnson (Mar 13, 2019 at 7:58) (Below Threshold)
 sick of hydraulic brakes...? said maybe only you, ever?

have fun with your bb7's.
  • + 10
 @connorjuliusjohnson: guy asks a serious and you give him a douchebag answer?
  • + 2
 @BCtrailrider: not everyone has a snazzy 08' Devinci like you..
  • + 1
 @connorjuliusjohnson: That's why I'm asking about Paul brakes. Is there a huge difference between them and BB7's?.
  • + 2
 @Endurahbrah: I was just being a dick, yeah. Sorry. Don't have an answer on Paul brakes. SLX brakes are cheap and use mineral oil.
  • + 2
 Direct experience- they're significantly worse than hydraulic brakes. Power, modulation, consistency- all decidedly worse than almost any hydraulic brake. Get some cheap mineral oil brakes (SLX is great,) bleed it really well once and be done with it.
  • + 2
 Theyre not as good as hydro brakes, but they are MUCH better than every other cable disc brake on the market IMO.
  • + 2
 @zeberoni: Damn, I was hoping they would be as good as a hydro. Thank you guys.

Now where is my Shimano funnel? Lol
  • + 1
 @Beez177: actually, thanks for reminding me of that, I forgot to update my profile when I got my new bike
  • + 1
 @BCtrailrider: just busting your balls! Lol
  • + 1
 @Beez177: yeah, I know. Check out my new bike though, I just posted a picture
  • + 2
 BIke is rad! It’s not a hipster bike you idiots. Is it a skinny tired fixie tall bike? I love how on PB if it’s not a sick dh bike or a dj bike it’s a hipster bike.
  • + 2
 Learned how to ride mountain bikes in Chico on North Rim in 1988. 35lb fully rigid GT with friction thumb shifters. Failed out of school, but still ride!
  • + 2
 Love the bike, the fabrication, the machined bits, and the colors. Although that pale ale is complete shitte IMO. Tried to like it, never could.
  • + 2
 It's a good party beer. If you want a kick in the face, try their Hoptimum.
  • + 2
 @Poulsbojohnny: I like a beer that can kick me in the face and not call me back.
  • + 6
 If you think SNPA is bad then you just don't like Pale Ales. It's one of the best examples of the style. Also a huge reason for the craft beer boom of the past 20 years
  • - 1
 @chrisclifford: nah I like pale ales, I just don't like SNV. Everyone's got different taste buds, bud.
  • + 3
 The want is so strong on this one.
  • + 1
 Awesome paint/powder work by Darkmatter Finishing. I share a shop with him and got to see it in progress. Super cool to see it all buttoned up.
  • + 2
 Work of art! be too afraid to ride it for real and wreck it, nor get it stolen in a pub crawl.
  • + 3
 Wow, I can taste the hops! Nice job, guys!
  • + 2
 I like the beers stand kick stands!
  • + 2
 Sweet bike!old school is cool!
  • + 1
 while everyone loves a nice rack, I'd have to loose the rack... but otherwise what a cool bike
  • + 2
 #dontfakethefunkonanastyklunk
  • + 1
 Brazing! Much easier then TIG welding it seems!

Love the green, Hope does it as well, so #bikeporn
  • + 2
 So sweet... best pub crawl bike ever!
  • + 2
 Bring back the Yeti Zephyr
  • + 2
 Finally more klunkers on Pinkbike! Sweet ride and components!
  • + 2
 Hard to see a green and black bike against a green background....
  • + 1
 Forgot the headset when they sent everything for anodising, I guess. Lovely bike though.
  • + 2
 As always, Paul's work is pure art! I'm always amazed by what they do.
  • + 1
 The toe clips are period, in a way, but I'd prefer some One Up green flats on that bike. Overall, lovely though!
  • + 2
 Fantastic! Thats what we want
  • + 0
 I am sure is a bottle opener somewhere on that bike, but dont drink and ride?
Nice bike as long as no hills far less mountains?
  • + 4
 Bottle opener is for making friends along the ride Wink
  • + 2
 @rmalexan: That thing is a bike festival king. Load it up, ride around and pass out beers. Bottle opener should be under the seat. haha!
  • + 1
 I cannot decide what is more controversial - an E-Bike or a Hipster-bike.
  • + 1
 This is as hipster as it gets
  • + 1
 i would trade my Bronson for this bike!!!
  • + 1
 It's Dope ! And it carries beer. What's not to love.?
  • + 1
 Make it $4k and I'll take 3.
  • + 1
 It cant be a klunker without the coaster brake.
  • + 1
 WOW Nothing Like Some Good Ol Craft Beer Sic Bike time to crack a Cold one
  • + 2
 Toe clips baby!
  • + 1
 Counting down the minutes until we see the PUBESMOBILE
  • + 2
 sounds like a hairy proposition
  • + 1
 Perfect timing, just drank a 6 pack of the Resilience IPA!
  • + 16
 Its like 5am in AZ. You may have a problem
  • + 19
 @LaXcarp: yeah, he'll probably find it hard to get more beer at that hour.
  • + 11
 @LaXcarp: But that means its 5pm somewhere else. I dont see a problem here.
  • + 2
 @celticdavey: Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he thought of that, and that he bought at least a full case.
  • - 1
 @LaXcarp: He sure does...where do you buy more beer at 5 AM?
  • + 2
 Awsome looking klunker!
  • + 1
 This bike is beautiful . Amazing labor of love.
  • + 1
 How many kegs of Sierra Nevada could you buy for the cost of that bike?!
  • + 2
 Hops tech team green
  • + 1
 So DVO acquired Paul Components?
  • + 1
 Shut up and take my money!
  • + 1
 Finally one for all the hipsters.
  • + 1
 For someone who does enjoy a good Sierra beer now and again, this is neat!
  • + 1
 Too bad the anodization on the headset and spacers don't match the rest.
  • + 0
 Any chance this will be budget friendly? Jk
  • + 1
 Oh hell fu**ing yeah!
  • + 0
 Ouch! Salsa gets the cold shoulder.Spicy!
  • + 0
 Tasty!
  • + 0
 RAD
  • - 1
 I'd be afraid to break my beer bottles in that basket.
  • - 6
flag darkmuncan (Mar 13, 2019 at 4:28) (Below Threshold)
 real beer comes in cans!
  • + 3
 @darkmuncan: you probably meaned tanks
  • - 2
 Sexy beers bike!!!l
  • - 1
 I want one.

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