PURPOSE BUILT BIKES
All of our bikes are designed and tested at Otis Mountain, located on the eastern coast of the Adirondacks in Upstate New York.
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 single track 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.
"The ascent is unrelentingly technical, at one point scaling a steppy ridgeline slab that puts one rider on his back and forces dabs from almost everyone else. A cheering section gathers beside the crux, giving encouragement and erupting in glee for each rider who cleans the move. It’s a sign of the times here in the Eastern High Peaks: no one goes it alone."
— BIKE MAGAZINE
Create a best in class, purpose-driven product while simultaneously promoting the Adirondacks as a Mountain Bike destination and supporting sustainable trail building efforts.
It began with the goal of creating the best bikes in the industry, through innovative and tested design, premium materials, ethical and considered business practices and a collaboration with component manufacturers that seek the same.
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.