Words and photos by Christian Meinke (@chridesbikes)
Hey, I’m Christian. I’m originally from a small town near the Baltic Sea in northeast Germany, but I moved to Berlin 22 years ago, where I live with my wife and two kids. I design digital products for a living. Problem-solving and getting down to the nitty-gritty are things that I enjoy most.
I’ve always been into riding bikes but viewed cycling more as a means to get from A to B. This changed when I replaced my (t)rusty singlespeed steel ride with something that could run bigger tires and gears. I began riding more and more off-road, and the outdoors—which I love—seemed much more accessible.
Being new to that type of riding, I fell for all the traps the big OEMs had laid out for novice off-road enthusiasts like me. Carbon parts, fancy accessories, oversized gearing, you name it. It took me a while to find my way and to better understand what best supports spending long days in the saddle exploring forest roads and singletrack with a camera strapped to my back.
Planning and building up bikes myself changed my perception of what a bicycle can be. Namely, it can be made for a specific purpose and fun to ride! Bikes are engineering made visible (I can’t remember where I picked that up, but it nails it), and I love nerding out on every detail of a build. Sourcing parts and putting them together is as exciting for me as ripping through the forest.
- Frame/Fork Crust Scapegoat “ScapeBot”
- Rims Newmen Evolution SL E.G.30
- Hubs Newmen Fade
- Tires Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge 29 x2.2″
- Handlebars SimWorks Mowmow
- Headset White Industries
- Crankset White Industries M30 with 34T Chainring
- Pedals SimWorks Bubbly
- Freewheel Boone Ti (14-16t)
- Brakes Paul Klamper
- Saddle Brooks Swift
- Seatpost SimWorks Beatnik
- Stem SimWorks Rhonda
- Front bags Fabio’s Fanny & Chest
- Other accessories SimWorks John Cage
When the first photos of the ScapeBot popped up, I instantly fell in love with the Mac Tan color and Nick Kuszyk‘s artwork. The frame’s geometry and details are just rad, too. I enjoy bikes that can become anything you want them to be and can get you anywhere. I wanted to add my spin on the ScapeBot by keeping the build minimalistic and clean. With mechanical disc brakes and singlespeed gearing, this bike is as fuss-free and straightforward as it gets.
You can keep up with Chris on Instagram @chridesbikes.
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