A pair of 26″ wheels on any custom bike has the ability to provoke some very strong reactions. Lookin awesome or ugly? Rideable? Show ride or only show bike? “52 Stick” (name of this contraption still not explained to me) was not built only for trophies. Believe it or not it was built and paid by a client by the name of Johannes Drecker who is as happy with the bike itself than with the 10th place trophy won at the recent AMD World Championship Of Bike Building.
If I feature this bike it’s not only because I know that it will create the debate about (too?) tall wheels but because it illustrates what many builders in the US and Europehave loved to build during the last couple of years. Will the combo small rake/short front end/tall wheels/new retro styled parts define the “new chopper” of this decade? I let you judge. But if during the next 12 months more clients order this type of custom chopper, you can be pretty sure it will be the case, at least for a couple of years. A building trend that will live in parallel with the root and neo-retro bobbers built using re-purposed parts. One year from now, let’s evaluate if the tall wheel manufacturers have redefined or reshaped the custom bike building business. (photography copyright Frank Sander for Cyril Huze)
Name of the bike: 52 Stick
Builder Name: Michael Naumann
Owner Johannes Drecker
Year: Custom Model 2012/2013
Engine Make: S&S Cycle Knuckle Style.
Frame: Custom built with 38-degree rake
Front End: W&W Springer type
Wheels Front: 3,5 x 26 by Rick’s
Wheels Rear: 3,5 x 26 by Rick’s
Tires Front & Rear: Vee Rubber, 120-50-26
Brake Front: Beringer
Brake Rear: Kustom-Tech
Painter Ingo Kruse