Even though your scene's Halloween / Spooky / Creepy Cross is still months away, things have gotten a bit eerie around these parts lately. Earlier this week, we covered Alberta's Ghost of the Gravel race and today, we have a look at a Spooky Cycles bike we saw at the Lost and Found Gravel Grinder.
In a way, the ghost theme fits Spooky Cycles well. The company began in 1992 as a New England-based mountain bike company and continued building frames through 2000 when the owner sold the company and ceased production. Spooky returned in the mid-2000s as an aluminum road and mountain bike frame builder and then also moved into custom frames before going on hiatus again. Spooky's latest re-birth was in 2016 when it came back as a custom aluminum frame builder.
Spooky Cycles is based out of Arizona, but Vermont's Frank the Welder Wadelton, who has built bikes for Spooky for over two decades, builds the aluminum frames in his New England shop.
Spooky's aluminum cyclocross/gravel frame is the Gas Mask. At Lost and Found we spotted a rather lucky gold Gas Mask that belongs to Dylan Glatt. Our latest gravel bike profile takes a closer look at Glatt's Lucky 13 Spooky Gas Mask.
Dylan Blatt's Lucky 13 Spooky Gas Mask
In the 2000s when carbon was growing in popularity, Spooky Cycles stuck with aluminum and still does after its latest rebirth. Spooky uses Italian-made Dedacciai aluminum tubing and U.S.-made head tubes, bottom brackets and dropouts. The frame has internal routing for shift control lines and external routing for brake cables.
Spooky bills the Gas Mask as both a cyclocross and gravel bike. The head tube angle on a 54cm frame is 71.5 degrees and the wheelbase is 101.3cm. The bike also has a shorter 42.5cm chainstay length we see on a lot of cyclocross bikes. It is gravel (or high-volume cyclocross when "the UCI isn't on your case") ready thanks to clearance for 700c x 40mm and 650b x 47mm tires.
Spooky allows customers to customize the colors of their frames and decals. Glatt went with anodized gold with a "Lucky 13" headtube badge (with the 13 upside down, of course) shaped like a coffin that should have him ready for Spooky Cross this fall.
The Gas Mask comes with a tapered 12mm thru-axle ENVE carbon fork and Chris King headset. The fork is post mount disc, while the aluminum frame has an IS mount with a post mount caliper attached using an adapter. Glatt used post mount TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes with 140mm Shimano Ice Tech SM-RT900 rotors.
Glatt ran a White Industries R30 crankset with double chain rings with a SRAM Force 22 Yaw front derailleur and Force 22 rear derailleur. He used Force 22 shift/brake levers to control his shifting and stopping.
Glatt opted for 700c x 40mm tan wall WTB Nano tubeless tires mounted on Hed. tubeless clincher wheels.
See the photo gallery and specifications below for a closer look at Glatt's aluminum Spooky Gas Mask.