Wednesday, November 17, 2010


We had this spec frame built up by Curtis Inglis and just got it back from Russ @ AirArt. I originally was going to do a bright red but Russ talked me in to the maroon color and I think it looks fantastic. We are going be be building it up with some vintage-themed parts and will try to post some "in progress" pictures. This is going to be a very cool bike!









Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ti Route 29 resplendent in bamboo!

This has been a fun bike to do. We have been working with the new owner for awhile now and have picked out everything on the bike. He wanted to do a Ti Route 29 but wanted to paint it with the classic bamboo paint. I have always thought that one of the best things about titanium was the lack of the "need" to finish it. You can always go back and brush/polish it to a like new finish. Slap on some new decals and your 5 year old bike looks factory fresh. I guess the problem can be that damn near every Ti bike looks like the next one. I don't think that will be a problem with this bike. I really like the way Russ left a little bit of unpainted Ti in the sliding drop outs. Anyway, this one will be crossing the ocean in the next day or two and I hope to be able to post pictures of the build and maybe even a couple of action shots. And oh yeah, how cool are those bamboo painted Ti Goat Horn handlebars!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Vintage 1983 Escape Goat

Just copying this one from the blog. Figured it fit pretty easily in both places!

The early Mountain Goats used oval tubing and beautifully finished fillet brazed joints. All of the tubing manipulation and finish work drove the cost of the frames up. The Escape Goat was an effort to bring theses costs down. The frames featured standard round tubing and unfiled fillets. Parts were often less expensive as well with items such as the fork being an off-the-shelf part as opposed to the custom Mountain Goat forks found on the top models. For more pictures, see 1983 Escape Goat page.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Vintage Mountain Goat Deluxe circa 1992

All of the first Mountain Goat frames used the ovalized Phil Wood tandem boom tubes for the top and down tubes. Later, when the Escape Goat and Whiskeytown Racer models were added, this model became the Deluxe. The idea was to give the frame a little more "give" for a little more comfortable ride. This was the "RAD" or Ride All Day philosophy.

More pictures and details @ 1992 Deluxe page (Twitter and Facebook "share" links)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Goat updates

Quite a bit going on in Goat-land which makes it a little tough to post more frequently. Anyway, here are a couple of quick updates.
-The Ti Goat is at paint right now. Russ is applying a fresh coat of Bamboo pain to a Ti frame, Rock Shox and Ti Goat Horn handlebars. This one should be sweet!

-Curtis has finished up 2 F-K-R frames which are also heading to AirArt. One will be a root beer brown with cream head and fork panels while the other will be the same except in bright red. We also had to convince Russ to pain and pinstripe some rims for the brown bike. Once this one is assembled, it is off to Mountain Bike Action for some testing! The red bike is a spec bike and is available for purchase. We'll probably build it up for display at the shop.

-Jeremy has another couple of frames in line as well. One will be Team Orange and heading to England while the other is (possibly) slated for a bright Kermit green.

-The whole imported Escape Route frame has been a supreme headache. The first sample frames were pretty close but we changed a handful of dimensions after riding them. The troublesome part was the drop outs, both frames ended up with distorted sliders pretty quickly. Supposedly, they were 4130 cro-moly which should have been fine so I am unsure as to what happened. It is enough to make me wonder what direction to take next. Doesn't seem to be a clear cut direction yet.

Anyway, that is what has been happening. As the temperatures drop a bit, the shop will likley slow a bit and we'll do a better job of keeping everyone up to date.

1992 Deluxe Goat

This bike was listed on Craigslist in Asheville last week. I generally don't bother looking at the bike listings since very little of interest pops up locally. This ad was forwarded to me by several friends who apparently DO have time to look at Craigslist! I contacted the owner and was able to arrange a pickup at his place of business. He picked this up years ago in trade for a 1970's era tandem and hadn't used it much since then. It was missing the top of the seat which was a little odd. Once we got it home, we figured out it had a stuck seat post which likely explains the missing seat. Someone tried to free up the post by using the seat as leverage and the post was more stuck to the frame than the seat was to its rails! After a liberal dose of Kroil, the seat post finally gave up and came out but probably gave its life in the process. The drivetrain is mostly Suntour XC Pro with Syncros accessories and Sun rims. It also uses Ringle Cam Twist quick releases and a Kona titanium bottom bracket. Not sure what the paint would be called but it has the Nuovo Flames over some type of camoflage pattern.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Goat Horns in Japan

Just got an email from Japan with pictures of a Goat Horn installation! Looking good.


Sounds like a satisfied customer "Nice present back sweep, comfortable width, and style with it.
I loved it.


Send us your picture of Goats in the wild (bikes, bars, shirts, bottles......)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Escape Route Update

We've been getting inquiries about the status of the upcoming imported Escape Route frames. So, here we go.

-We have been riding the initial frames and have made a handful of changes.
-New sample frames with the changes are on order and once we inspect those, we should be ready to order.
-Colors are set. Team Orange with Team Green panels and New Black with Eggshell panels. Sizes will be 17", 19" and 21".
-Working on a metal head badge for the frames.
-May end up using a clear coat over the decals for a more durable finish.
-Once we get new samples, we'll post the pictures.
-If the new samples are acceptable, we'll post the dimensioned frame drawings.

We've heard production should take about 6 weeks after the final samples are approved.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mountain Goat permission slip (cool!)

We were told by Jonathan's wife that he wasn't able to buy his new Mountain Goat F-K-R until we had a signed permission slip in hand. Well, looks like we are good to go.


She did give permission for others to use this as well. If you need a blank copy, drop me and email and we'll get it on the way!

Here is the test if you have trouble reading it.

Mountain Goat Permission Slip

I suppose that ________________________ has my permission to buy a Mountain Goat bike.
Rules tied to this permission include:
 A maximum expenditure of $_________. Anything above this requires an additional permission slip.
 All part selections must be approved by the permission giver below to ensure the completed bike is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
 This bike replaces all Christmas, birthday, and anniversary gifts for the next ___ year(s).
 __________________ shall be extra nice to the permission giver below for _________________ for agreeing to provide permission.

Should any of the above rules be broken, the permission giver below must be provided a sincere apology in the form of _______________________.

Signed _________________________________________ Date __________________

Mountain Goat interview

Mark, of did a nice interview with Wes and I for his blog.

Check it out!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

More Goat Horns on the ole www.

Mark has started up the review of the Goat Horns on the TwentyNineInches Blog

Looks good on the OS Blackbuck bike:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Goat Horns in the news

Guitar Ted is testing as set of the Goat Horn bars, can't wait to see what he thinks of them.

Twenty Nice blog

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mountain Goat Ti

Here is the latest Goat to hit the shop. This is our first frame from David at Pride Cycles and it looks great. Once we get the fork for the frame, we'll be shipping the fork, frame and Ti Goat Horns to AirArt for a new coat of Bamboo paint! Should be a pretty slick ride. Can't wait to get this one back from paint!




Thursday, May 13, 2010

Whiskeytown Racer pictures

Here are some better pictures of the bike from the latest installment of the Specialty Files in Dirt Rag. We recently redid the bike in something of a "neo-retro" style. Phil Wood hubs, Paul Thumbies with carbon SRAM 10 speed shifter, home made 2 x 10, Panaracer Timbuk IIs, silver hubs/rims/spokes, Grab On MTN grip, Ti Goat Horn bars, team orange/green paint, polished crank and brakes, Eriksen Ti post...........I think it came out great and has a neat blend of new/old.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Whiskeytown Racer in Dirt Rag #149

I've been writing a series of articles for Dirt Rag magazines which they call "The Specialty Files". Each month features a different vintage bike from the MOMBAT collection. I try to come up with a story for each bike. This month, I chose my Whiskeytown Racer which was the first bike from the "new" Mountain Goat Cycles, circa 2006. We chose parts that combined the new and old with thumbshifters on Paul Component mounts which shifts a 10 speed cassette. It also features our reissue Panaracer Timbuk II tires, Grab On MTN1 grips and titanium bull-moose style handlebars.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Imported steel Goat Horn bars IN STOCK!

Well, the have finally arrived in the shop......steel Goat Horn handlebars. Relive the glory of yesteryear with the glowing chrome of your very own bullmoose-style handlebars. Specs are as follows: roomy 675mm width, 10 degree rise, 95mm extension (c-c)with a 10 degree sweep.

We originally did some of these bars in USA-made titanium but they ran $425 which priced a few of us out of the market. The imported cro-moly bars come in at an easier to swallow $60. Order on the Mountain Goat Parts page.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Smokin' Goat

We took a couple of bike to Crider's Photography and they came out nice. Here are a couple of our early Mountain Goat with a smoked green finish.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

1984 Mountain Goat Whiskeytown Racer

The Whiskeytown Racer was introduced as the higher performance companion to the Mountain Goat Deluxe model. Named after the famed Whiskeytown Downhill race, the new model featured a more aggressive geometry. The earliest bikes, such as this one, were fillet brazed while the later bikes switched to the lighter TIG welding. One of the stand out features of the early bikes was the Henry James fork crown with custom Mountain Goat inlays. This bike is one of the earliest we have seen with the team orange and green paint scheme which really accents the fork crown.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Escape Route prototype frames

Here are a couple of pictures of the built Escape Route prototype frames. We just built them out of extra parts that we had lying around so we could ride them. Full ride report soon but the first couple of rides were great!