In The Press

CURTLO 24-HOUR RACER

Fast & easy to pilot chassis


Taken from September 1999 issue of Mountain Bike Action, page 56

Curtlo's Doug Curtiss has considerable 24-hour racing experience and his steel and aluminum hardtail frames are held in high esteem by his fellow marathon moto racers. Now, the custom frame builder has developed a frame designed specifically for long-distance competition.

Because the Curtlo frame shop was originally located just a stone's throw away from MBA's summer palace in Valencia, California, Doug and his followers were a regular sight on the local trails. We had our hearts set on testing a custom Curtlo, but when Doug moved his frame shop 2500 miles north (to a forest hideaway near Spokane, Washington) we figured we'd never get the chance. MBA wrote off Doug and our 24-hour bike as two more victims of Sasquach.

Therefore, MBA's staff was speechless, mouths agape, when our trusty UPS man delivered a beautiful, green, disc-brake-equipped hardtail from the California expatriate. The butted-steel tube frame and gracefully bent seat stays were the telltale mark of Curtlo's "24-hour" chassis.

 

What makes a 24-hour chassis?

Racing through the night, from noon to noon, requires a special mindset and a different kind of bike. Fatigue takes away the racer's ability to brace for every bump on the trail and blurs both judgment and reaction time. A good 24-hour bike must be able to make up for the rider's deficiencies. It should mute the roughness of the course and be very forgiving in the handling department. Above all, a 24-hour design must absolutely reliable, regardless of weather or terrain. Here's how Doug Curtiss addressed these challenges:

(balance of article coming soon)