Beautiful Bikes – Soulcraft Bicycles Dirtbomb

Soulcraft Bicycles are out of Petaluma, California, and they make “Top Notch Bicycle Frames”.

I live in a place where dirt roads are just as common as sealed and I ride both.

So a full-fledged road bike won’t cut the mustard for most of my rides.

Hence I hanker for Mountain bikes, Cyclocross bikes and Touring bikes.

All are able to handle the bumps and lumps I subject them to.

Soulcraft Bicycles’ Dirtbomb looks the goods for me.

Slightly upright geometry, knobbly tyres, and a mostly Shimano XT groupset on a light blue steel frame all combine to make my legs tingle in anticipation of another glorious ride out of the river valley where I live into the cool dawn light.

From the bike’s web page: “ Sometimes it’s easier to describe this bike by what it’s not. It’s not a 29r with a big ole’ fork and room for big tires, and it’s not a skinny cross bike designed to be set up like a road bike. It’s just sweet. Built around the Panaracer Fire Cross 700c x 45c tires, this machine begs to be taken everywhere. It’s the bike we take when we have no idea where we’re going… When people see the Dirt Bomb, the usual response is, “Oooooh. That’s what I need!”

To cap it all, the complete bike comes fitted with Paul Thumbies!!

You already know how much I love thumb shifters.

Sit back and enjoy the video below about The Making of a Soulcraft bike.