Behind The Scenes At Gamut

Apr 16, 2011 at 0:03
by Brett Hornfelt  
Our good buddy and long time Pinkbike member Brett Hornfelt was in sunny California recently and met up with the good folks and his friends at Gamut USA. It's cool to see the beginnings of where they started and where a lot of things still take shape from.Our good buddy and long time Pinkbike member Brett Hornfelt was in sunny California recently and met up with the good folks and his friends at Gamut USA. It's cool to see the beginnings of where they started and where a lot of things still take shape from.
It's awesome to be able to see behind the scenes of bike companies. During our southern travels the guys at Gamut let us come in and see what makes them tick. These guys are a smaller company, based around four people and one dream; to make high quality, affordable products. They have a small machining setup in their garage, consisting of a cnc machine, a manual lathe, a manual turret lathe and a manual mill. They started out making parts for themselves in their garage. They then moved on to prototyping, and producing in their home based factory. In a few short years they have become a leading chainguide and chainring company. They have been committed to making high quality products at a great price, and they are working on a few new things that look promising.

Here is a short video tour and some photos of the guy's shop:

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This is the cnc machine that got everything started.  Along with a plethora of Specialized bikes.
This is the cnc machine that got everything started. Along with a plethora of Specialized bikes.
The smaller, manual mill that helps make the parts.
The smaller, manual mill that helps make the parts.
Here is their manual lathe, waiting to be used.
Here is their manual lathe, waiting to be used.
The assembly cart, with all the goodies needed to build your guide of choice.
The assembly cart, with all the goodies needed to build your guide of choice.
Here is the shipping department, along with a Greg Minnaar wall of fame, and I think that the guys had a secret crush on April Lawyer back in the day.
Here is the shipping department, along with a Greg Minnaar wall of fame, and I think that the guys had a secret crush on April Lawyer back in the day.
The guides waiting to be bought up and installed.
The guides waiting to be bought up and installed.
Here are bashrings waiting for you to order them.
Here are bashrings waiting for you to order them.


There you have it, a short tour of the shop that Gamut calls home. It's always great to see the smaller guy making it big.

Stay tuned at www.gamutusa.com for the low down on the company and riders they support.

Until next time... Keep fit and have fun.

Brett


20 Comments

  • 42 0
 Whole new respect for gamut,always thought it was just another big corp kinda company.
  • 1 0
 Always ran Gamut, always will
  • 1 0
 Yea same here marquis. Just assumed it was a big warehouse sorta deal. This is pretty cool though.
  • 1 0
 Love the little companies,it feels more personal.
  • 1 0
 Looks way cooler than the manufacturing in Life Cycles And i trust these guys more because they take time to make the products
  • 19 0
 pretty sweet how its just run out of a house
  • 7 0
 C'mon...seriously? Who DIDN'T have a crush on April Lawyer back in the day???
  • 4 0
 I still have a crush on her. Even better in person.
  • 7 0
 crazy how such a small, homegrown company's products come standard on bikes from a company as monstrous as Specialized
  • 1 0
 That's pretty cool. Nice to see the small shops. I wonder how profitable they are and how much volume? I have to wonder if these guys have other sources of income or if chain guides alone provide a solid income?
  • 4 0
 haha Large Campus.
  • 2 0
 exactly how i want to build my frames. Gamut has a Solid setup and solid parts.
  • 1 0
 Also curious where the plastic bash rings are made, I assume they come from another source? Also the plastic top guide plate and roller...
  • 1 0
 Looks like they are not manufacturing there as he said they outgrew the CNC, so only prototypes and assembly being done there. Where are they made far east?
  • 2 0
 probably one of my favourite biking companies
  • 2 0
 Ha ha I use to have that maxxis April Lawyer poster.
  • 3 1
 is this cool or what ,
  • 1 0
 One of my fave companies. That sliding board is pure genius!
  • 2 0
 That was rad..
  • 2 0
 Awesome Factory! RidEOn!

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