EUGENE, Ore. – A Northwest bike company picked a frame and parts especially for this region, labeling the limited-edition ride “Special Edition Eugene, Oregon.”
The bikes, built on Kona’s Big Unit platform, feature larger-diameter wheels, plenty of clearance for mud, disc brakes and a wide range of gears for getting up the hill – and speeding back down it.
Geoff Huber at Life Cycle in Eugene said the people at Kona ride the same kind of trails as riders in Eugene.
“So they know exactly how a bike needs to be set up in order to have the most fun on the trails,” Huber said. “This bike is designed specifically for how the trails are designed out in Oakridge and this area.”
Huber said the 29-inch wheel smooths out the trail and gives the rider more traction. In the past decade, the wheel diamater has gained in popularity against the 26-inch wheel.
The cost for a finished “Eugene, Oregon” bike is around $2,000.
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