Behind the Bike #1 :: Steve's Sqweeb V3 - REEB Cycles

Behind the Bike #1 :: Steve’s Sqweeb V3

Another custom build out the door and this Jolly Rancher Red Sqweeb V3 is too hot not to highlight. Built up by long time single speed REEB rider, Steve Kaminski shares some background, inspiration and build specs on installment #1 of REEB Cycles – Behind the Bike.

Tell us a bit about your riding background:
I started racing BMX in the mid 1990’s which got me into dirt jumping, indoor parks, and street riding. We had a solid crew of riders in Erie, PA at the time. I rode BMX on and off in my 20’s and early 30’s. Riding stopped after a serious shoulder injury in 2012. In 2016 I bought an entry level MTB and started exploring Singletrack in Boulder county by myself. Until I went on a Thursday night REEB ROMP ride. I didn’t know anyone on the ride but the group of riders could shred and knew how to have a good time. I kept showing up on REEB ROMPs and then Tim Moore suggested I try out a Singlespeed REEB Dikyelous. Turns out I loved the bike and it’s simplicity and one gear like a BMX. Since then my only MTB has been a singlespeed for the last 3 years. Until now I own my first full suspension MTB. I’m really excited about this REEB. I feel like it’s going to take my riding to a whole new level.

What inspired this build?
Tim inspired me when he let me take his personal bicycle for a 2 day trip with my son to Snowmass. I went back to the shop and said build my Sqweeb with all the same parts. As for the color scheme. I saw a lot of cool translucent colored that Standard Byke Company was building. I sent Adam a photo of one that was Trans Red and I said can we do something like this on my Sqweeb? Turns out Adam had a color in the barn and we tried it without even painting a sample. Needless to say Adam nailed it. 

Where is your favorite riding area and why?
My favorite riding area is in my local area of Boulder county. LHOHV in the winter and trails above 10,000 feet in the summer such as South Saint Vrain and anything off the Peak to Peak highway. I’m ready to explore new trails in 2021 and maybe hit a few enduro races on the new rig.

Why REEB Cycles?
I dig the vibe at REEB. It’s a small company and they are passionate about building a fun, strong, hand built bike. It’s also rad being able to ride and have a beer with the guys who designed and fabricated my bike. I couldn’t see myself not on a REEB.

Build Deets

FrameSqweeb – Long Travel Mode
Rear ShockCane Creek Kitsuma Air, Trunnion 205/60
ForkRockshox Lyrik Ultimate, 42mm offset, 170mm
WheelsI9 Enduro 315c 24h, Hydra
HeadsetCane Creek Hellbender 70, Sealed bearing
StemI9 A35, Red faceplate, Black body
HandlebarChromag OSX, 35mm
GripsErgon GD1
BrakesTRP DH-R EVO, 4 Piston
TiresVittoria Mazza, Enduro Casing, 29×2.6 F, 29×2.4 R
SeatpostOneUp Components Dropper, 180mm
Seatpost CollarREEB bolt on
SaddleTrailmaster DT Black
CrankCane Creek eeWings, brushed ti, 175mm
Bottom BracketCane Creek Hellbender, threaded
ChainringWolf Tooth Direct Mount, 32t, nickel plated
DerailleurShimano XTR RD-M9100-GS, 12 spd
ShifterShimano XT SL-M8100-IL Right, 12 spd
ChainShimano XT CN-M8100 Chain, 12 spd