Today with Brant Olson from Sparks, Nevada

Ruff Cycles is all about cruiser e-bikes and custom bikes, about pure riding fun and that special feeling of freedom you get while cruising around. We are more than just an ordinary brand – we live our products. With this blog post series we want to introduce our customers and their special bikes to our whole community.

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION REGARDING THE DESIGN AND THE COLORS?

I really like the long, sleek look of the Esco frame.  I knew I did not want a bright, loud color which would be an obvious choice. It would be easy to use red, yellow, blue or any eye capturing color. Army green was the choice to match the brown and bronze accents I was designing for the build. I like the earth tones of the leather and bronze paint, so the green was my choice to bring to combination together.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR BIKE

I am a taller guy, so naturally I tend to like the stretch frames for comfort.  My building skills are mainly with leather and wood.  I do not weld.  I try to hide the ebike components by using leather and wood to create places to disguise the battery and motor controller. I make all of my leather bags and accents myself from scratch or from kits.  I can create different shades of browns, cordovan and black to match a set of leather accents to highlight the frame.

HOW LONG TOOK THE PROCESS OF CREATING THE BIKE?

I had a general idea of how I wanted the bike to look.  My experiences riding Harley Davidson  motorcycles always drives my design concepts. Hopefully the handmade components tie the frame and accents together with a pleasant look to match the comfortable ride.  It took about 6 weeks to get the frame from Germany, but during this process I was building the bags and painting the other parts.  Once the frame arrived it was about 25 hours to assemble the bike.

WHAT HURDLES DID YOU HAVE TO OVERCOME DURING CONSTRUCTION, OR WHERE THERE ANY?

The main challenge in adding a fat tire ebike conversion is the distance between the rear dropouts.  The Esco frame has about 100mm of clearance.  The ebike conversion requires about 175mm of clearance to fit the motor and tire.  I used a cold setting technique to “spread” the frame to accept the wider rim and motor.  A bit of patience to get the clearance right allows for a straightforward installation.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU RIDE YOUR BIKE?

I have several ebikes now, so I try to ride any day it is not raining.  Since I live in the high desert of Nevada, I can ride almost year- round.

NOW A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I grew up in the Midwest of the United States and started my love of bikes and motorcycles at a young age.  I raced dirt bikes and rode Harleys as often as I could.  My hobbies are building kayaks, playing guitar, photography, motorcycling, skiing and of course…..building ebikes.  I have lived in Northern Nevada for the past 16 years.  The weather and outdoor possibilities are endless for exploring with my custom ebikes.

CREDITS: Brant Olson from Sparks, Nevada

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