Wraith Fabrications Offers Handmade-in-the-USA Steel Paycheck Cyclocross Frames

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The Hustle is the road bike frame available from Wraith Fabrications.

Wraith offers two frames, road and ’cross. The Hustle is the road bike frame available from Wraith Fabrications.

Adam Eldridge started building high performance custom bikes under the brand Stanridge five years ago in Columbus, Ohio, and now, he’s started Wraith Fabrications, a project with the intention of providing more bikes to more people at a lower cost of entry.

With just three sizes and stock geometry, Eldridge’s goal is to bring more of his steel frames to the masses.

“The wait time is gone, shipping is free, fit is free and stock sizing allows us to hand produce the frames with best possible Columbus tubing,” he explains. “We’re building these amazing machines right here in the USA and offering them for a fraction of the cost of not only upper tier far east pacific production steel frames but also every other made in the USA bespoke production frame made from comparable steel.”

“We want to have fun,” explains Eldridge. “It doesn’t matter what kind of bike you’re on. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. Our machines are made here in the USA by hand. It’s an honest, sincere desire to fit folks on the best bikes possible. No over-design, just simple items made from the best materials available.”

Wraith Fabrications will offer three sample sizes, moderate chainstay lengths, low BBs and steeper head angles.

Wraith Fabrications will offer three sizes, moderate chainstay lengths, low BBs and steeper head angles.

Both road and ’cross models are available for pre-order with a $300 deposit. The Paycheck, with an MSRP of $1090 for frame and fork, was, Eldridge says, “designed with one thing in mind: shredding.”

The company uses Life tubing from Columbus, and is marketing the bike for cyclocross, gravel and trails, and says the frame accepts 35c tires (although many gravel racers are gravitating towards 40c tires like the WTB Nano 40c or Clement X’Plor MSO 40c). The tubing is the highest quality from Columbus, and we decided to make the main triangle out of oversize triple butted Life.”

Wraith also has a unique offer: “Let us know via the fit link after your purchase (deposit) and we’ll use our five years of fitting knowledge to get you personally dialed to the Paycheck, for free.”




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Ryan Slomka
Ryan Slomka

That's a great price but sadly is too small for my 6 foot height.

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