As long as I’ve known Tyler he’s always had some sort of wild color scheme going on his bike, so I expected nothing less when he said he was going to be building up one of the new Pennsylvania made Deluxe PA Model frames. That said, I was pretty taken aback when he sent me a pic of his new build. Gone were the bright colors and splatter paint that myself and anyone else who knows Tyler have grown so accustomed to. Instead, his new ride boast all the color and setup characteristics of what I would consider to be a classic trails bike build. I might even say that I’m a tad bit jealous of it! There’s no telling how long his bike will remain looking this pristine, so I figured now would be a better time than ever to catch up with him to find out more about his current setup.
Ever since my first complete bike I got 6 years ago, my bike has always had bright colors. It’s been a combination of blue and orange since then, so this one is quite a change, but I couldn’t be more psyched on how this thing turned out. The new Deluxe PA Model is the cleanest looking frame I’ve seen. The Trans Gold really accents the welds and the attention to detail. The dropouts have built in chain tensioners, which are very convenient. The only thing I changed was the brakes, and I put them on the chainstays where they belong. With a 21” top tube, 74 degree head tube and 13.8” rear end, it’s ready to roast a set of trails near you.
I’m running the 9” rise Deluxe Welcome Bars, which are a bit bigger than my previous bars, but I really like how they feel. They’re bolted to a Credence stem and S&M Pitchfork XLT’s to accommodate to a fatter front tire. I run the Profile 22mm Column Cranks and a 29 tooth Deluxe Sprocket with a 9 tooth Elite laced to G-Sport Birdcages. My wheels are on the lighter side but they handle the occasional case just fine. The Deluxe pedals are some of the cleanest looking pedals and grip like no other, but will leave your shins on high alert. The Deluxe seat, seatpost and bar ends are icing on the cake.
This is by far the most dialed bike I’ve ever had, and I can’t thank the guys at Deluxe, Profile and Rich Bartlett from Block Bikes enough for making it happen!