Tony Pereira, a custom frame builder based in Portland, builds quite a number of cyclocross framesets. When not catering to the mudder, he also builds fully rigid 29er singlespeeds that would make fine monster cross bikes. Pereira is raffling off one such creation, plus a trip to Portland for a custom fitting, to one lucky winner who buys a raffle ticket to support Pereira’s long-time cycling friend, Jeff Bates. Bates is currently battling a severe case of melanoma. Ticket sales end Wednesday noon MST. Press release below:
Tony Pereira has been handcrafting fillet-brazed bicycles for nearly a decade. Even though he’s widely known as a Portland, Oregon builder, Pereira Cycles was founded right here in Salt Lake City. Even before he picked up the torch, Tony was immersed in the bicycle industry as a mechanic and salesperson, and he loved to ride the trails of the Wasatch Mountains. In 2003 Tony started making bike frames in his garage by night while he wrenched at Wild Rose during the day.
That’s when Jeff Bates, Tony’s longtime friend and cohort at the Rose, anted up for one of the first frames to come out of the Pereira Cycles shop. The resulting singlespeed 29er, which they called the Jeff Bates Racer, became Jeff’s trusted ride for everything from weekend rides on the Crest Trail to podium finishes at the 24 Hours of Moab and Intermountain Cup races. Jeff still considers the JBR to be one of his finest bicycles, and he rides it all the time.
Today you have the chance to join this legacy of frame building, racing, friendship and ripping it up, by bidding on your own Jeff Bates Racer. This time, Tony Pereira will craft a one-of-a-kind singlespeed 29er mountain bike to your specifications, with all the proceeds from raffle ticket sales going straight to Jeff and his fight against cancer.
Tony will custom design the frame to fit you and your riding style and hand craft it from premium Columbus steel tubes. Then the frame will receive a custom paint job from Coat Custom Paint Shop before Tony builds it up with parts donated from some of the best companies in the industry: Chris King Precision Components, ENVE Composites, Rock Shox, Continental and Shimano.
In the end, you’ll be riding the mountain bike of your dreams on your favorite sections of singletrack. Ride it hard and ride it for life.
- Custom singlespeed frame from Pereira Cycles, paint from Coat Custom Paint $2,200.00
- Rims ENVE Composite XC 29 Rims $1,600.00
- Handlebars ENVE Composite $168.00
- Composite Stem Stem and seatpost from ENVE $560.00
- Chris King Hubs $588.00-Chris King Headset $135.00
- Chris King Bottom bracket $135.00-RockShox Reba XX 29 fork $900.00
- Shimano SLX Hyd. Brakes $343.00
- Shimano SLX Cranks $245.00
- Continental Tires/Tubes $140.00
- Estimated value for complete bike = $7042.00
Tickets must be purchased by noon, Wednesday May 11, mountain time and are available here.