Stinner Refugio / Sklar All-Road: Builders for Builders

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On the surface, the 2.3″ tire capable Stinner Refugio and the wildly painted Sklar Custom All-road don’t have much in common. But these two steel gravel/all-road bikes were both created with one race in mind, and for the greater good of Northern California Trails…

Last year, four framebuilders came together to raise money for the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS), a non-profit organization that builds and maintains multi-use trails in the Sierra Buttes, Tahoe, Plumas, and Lassen National Forests. Together, the builders raised more than $40,000 that went directly to northern California trails by raffling off four unique custom bicycles following the Lost and Found gravel race put on by the SBTS.

This year, Argonaut joins returning frame builders Sklar, Stinner, Mosaic, and McGovern to raise funds in support of the SBTS. Instead of making pre-built bikes to be raffled, each ticket will buy the chance to win a fully custom bike from any of the builders. The raffle winner will get to have their builder of choice make their model of choice, to be equipped with parts from sponsors White Industries and ENVE.

Stinner Refugio All-Road

To announce the raffle, each of the five Builders for Builders unveiled a bike at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento. Each of the bikes was a direct expression on the builder’s individual take on the ideal bike for the Lost and Found race. We had a chance to grab some photos of two of them at Sea Otter. Here are the details.

Stinner Refugio All-Road

Stinner Frameworks, named after its founder, Aaron Stinner, is a small frame builder based in Goleta, CA. The company’s Refugio is its staple, semi-custom all-road platform and was recently redesigned with larger tire clearance and flat-mount brakes. According to Stinner, “The Refugio is made to handle all roads–paved, unpaved, and everything in between–from the gravel road of the Carrizo Plain to the double track of the Sierra Nevada.”

Stinner Refugio All-Road

  • Stinner Refugio All-Road
  • Stinner Refugio All-Road
  • Stinner Refugio All-Road
  • Stinner Refugio All-Road
  • Stinner Refugio All-Road
  • Maximum tire clearance: 700c x 50mm or 27.5 x 2.3″
  • Maximum chainring clearance: 50/34 (2x) or 42T (1x)
  • Dropout spacing: 142x12mm TA Rear, 100x12mm TA Front
  • Flat-mount front and rear disc brakes
  • External shift and brake cable routing
  • Max rotor sizes: 160mm front, 160mm rear
  • Front derailleur clamp: 28.6mm (Steel), 31.8mm (Ti)
  • Seat post diameter: 27.2mm
  • Bottom Bracket: English-threaded 68mm bottom bracket shell
  • Fork: Carbon 1.5″ tapered, 300mm steerer
  • Headset: ZS44/28.6 Upper, EC44/33 Lower

Stinner Refugio All-Road

  • Stinner Refugio All-Road
  • Stinner Refugio All-Road

The Stinner Refugio frameset starts at $3,099 and are made to order. Learn more over at StinnerFrameworks.com.

Sklar/Pucci Custom All-Road

Based in Bozeman, Montana, Adam Sklar builds mountain bikes, bikepacking and adventure rigs, as well as all-road machines, such as this one. Based around his standard “Custom All-road” platform, this particular bike was built to help promote the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship.

Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road

  • Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road
  • Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road
  • Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road
  • Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road
  • Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road

Adam’s friend Jonny Pucci painted this bike (as well as one for himself) in matching Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship colors to promote the event. As far as “all-road” bikes go, this one is more on the road bike side of the spectrum. According to Adam, “It’s my road bike meant for long gravel days during Montana shoulder seasons and fun snappy handling on singletrack because I can’t help myself around that stuff.”

  • Maximum tire clearance: 700c x 50mm or 27.5 x 2.3″
  • Maximum chainring clearance: 44T, 1x only
  • Dropout spacing: 142x12mm TA Rear, 100x12mm TA Front
  • Disc brakes mounts: Post-mount front and rear (newer models are flat mount)
  • Cable routing: External shift and brake cable routing
  • Max rotor sizes: 160mm front, 160mm rear
  • Seat post diameter: 27.2mm
  • Bottom bracket shell: English-threaded 68mm
  • Fork: Enve G series Gravel Fork
  • Headset: EC34/28.6 Upper, EC44/33 Lower

Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road

  • Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road
  • Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road
  • Sklar/Cicli Pucci All-Road

The Sklar gravel/all-road frame starts at $2,850. Learn more over at SklarBikes.com.

If you’re interested in getting in on the Builders for Builders Raffle, here are the details: The winner will receive a fully custom bicycle from any of the five participating builders and they may select any model and finish they like. All raffle proceeds go directly to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased online here. The raffle winner will be announced after the Lost and Found Gravel Race on June 1st.

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