Fixed Gear MTB

I've been riding a fixed gear almost exclusively for the past few years. I mostly ride on paved roads or hard packed gravel where even a 35mm Gravel King SK feels mostly overkill.

But I do enjoy riding my single speed vintage MTB on some easy singletrack. A fixed gear MTB is something that I've been thinking about, and I just stumbled on Heroux Cycles.

Heroux Cycles is a Swedish micro-brand specializing in fixed gear and single speed 29er Plus frames and a few more items to build them up nicely.

Heroux Cycles

Fixed gear titanium MTB's from Sweden. Now I've seen it all :) I'm definitely going to keep a close eye on this.


Waiting for the Spring

Spring is late this year. There was so much snow this winter that it is taking time for it all to melt away.

Just a few weeks ago I was riding through a foggy winter landscape. Today it's almost +10C and snow is rapidly melting away. I've already strated to put my Surly Steamroller in summer mode with a few upgraded parts (more on that later).

Summer 2021

While waiting for the summer, I was just browsing through some photos from last summer. Here's one of my favourites:

Vintage MTB Monstercross with Carradice Bags

This my old mountain bike from the early 1990's. I got it when I was 10 or 11 years old. Last summer I repainted the frame and replaced all the parts except the headset.

Here it is in full touring mode. It turned out to be a really capable and super stable all terrain touring bike. I was going to put some bullmoose handlebars on it, but this Nitto randonneur bar works perfectly on it.

It's really comfortable for long days in the saddle. Last summer my longest day was about 145km in about nine hours.


Foggy Winter Ride

Vintage 26 inch MTB turned Monstercross

Had a nice morning ride a few weeks ago on my early 90's Kuwahara MTB turned into a monstercross. Last summer I repainted the frame (Tange steel) and replaced pretty much all the parts except the headset.

It's a great bike for leisurely gravel rides or long distance touring. It's super comfortable and stable. It's not much of a mountain bike in modern standards, but as a bomb proof touring bike I think it's getting close to a Surly Long Haul Trucker.


Jaakko Naakka

Bikes and photography and general ramblings. In the middle of nowhere in southern Finland. CTO / Head of Development at Intunex, founder of Innota.