The Adirondacks are a remote, rugged, and beautiful terrain of sharp rock and knotted winding steeps. Our winters are long, frozen and dark. The salt crusted roads brine a bike’s drivetrain with every mile. And for a few months of the year, we ride some of the finest grippy singletrack you'll find in the largest state park in the country.
The people of the region are tough and independent, they work hard and they play hard. It is also a tough place to make a living, 5 hours north of New York City and an hour south of the Canadian border. So while we set about making unique, practical and purpose-built bicycle solutions, there is also a strong focus on helping to build a sustainable community in the process. Solace Cycles is actively committed to promotion of both the sport and the region in all that they do.
Forged from this comes an Adirondack product, bicycles purpose built to our geography and climate. Their frame geometries are tested on the proving grounds of Otis Mountain. We’ve partnered with vetted manufacturers to ensure our bikes have sealed internal drivetrains, lubrication free carbon drive belts, studded ice tires, and night lighting. Our bikes are equipped with the best the industry has produced.
Solace Cycles is the evolutionary product of two very different worlds coming together in collaborative way. One principal, Jeff Allott, is a technically-oriented engineer who spent the last 25 years running a manufacturing company focused on advanced materials and the recreational sports industry. He's grounded, and yes, a little cynical.
The other principal, Courtney Fair, is a studied artist and a craftsman working with traditional materials and the constant consideration of “what might be." He has spent a large part of his career reclaiming and repurposing weathered artifacts to produce enlightened structures and furniture. Creative and optimistic might be the best way to describe his style.
Needless to say that their conversations on almost any topic are lively, but particularly so when it comes to bicycle development. These guys are riders and their ideas are the culmination of horse sense, intuition, experience and technical investigation. Interesting things happen when there is a convergence of ideas and philosophies and it can produce some unique solutions.
Through testing, breaking, testing and building over the past 5 years we've developed raw and refined bikes built to last. Paired with vetted manufactures that we've worked with closely to deliver a unique and bomber build.
Our titanium frames are currently built by a 6 person team in Guangdong province, China. They build at the highest quality and supply frames for a number of American companies. Our aluminum frames are manufactured by Frank the Welder in Bristol, Vermont
All of our bikes are assembled at our headquarters in Westport, New York.