While best known for creating beautiful custom titanium bicycle frames, Steve Potts is no stranger to the business of bike component design and manufacturing, spending the last 40 years designing and building custom bicycle components such as stems, seat post, handlebars, forks, brakes , hubs , bottom brackets, rim designs, tires and saddles.
The first product being launched is the Type II-R rigid forks, which follow the signature Type II design that Potts has been custom making for about 41 years. The Type II Fork is a Charlie Cunningham design that Steve and Charlie worked on for years refining this fork to be one of the best performing rigid forks available. These will be made by Tange, the tubing and fork maker.
“I really thought demand for my rigid fork would have disappeared when suspension came on the scene, but customers kept on asking for it.” This demand led to the development of the Mini Type II Gravel / Road fork which has become very popular for the Adventure / Gravel / Road cyclist.
He will continue to make custom forks for those who need them, but he hopes that offering a high quality , non-custom option would free up more time for frame-building and new product development. While the Type II-R fork is not a budget item, he hopes that it will allow his products to be accessible to more riders.
Also launching at the same time, are the Alpina gravel/all road hubs co-produced and co-branded with veteran hub maker Suzue.
Potts has plans to launch additional products in 2021 and 2022 as time and resources allow. “Handlebars by Nitto are already in production. I am also looking into saddles, tires and wheelsets moving forward, but it has been slow going, since the factories that I want to work with are so overbooked.”
Potts has plans to launch additional products in 2021 and 2022 as time and resources allow. “Handlebars by Nitto are already in production. I am also developing new tire designs with Panaracer. I sought out companies that not only have great track records, but also have an attention to detail to match my own approach to things.”
“I am excited to offer this new line of high quality products and to be working with the very best in the industry. Forks and Hubs are already available from Merry Sales , BTI, and Steve Potts Bicycles.