Some Curtlo History
1974: Doug begins a welding career
Worked as an FAA certified welder at Taylorcraft Aviation, fabricating and welding 4130 chromoly tube fuselages.
1975: A passion for cycling is born.
After a six month stint living in Seattle, Doug foolishly departed, mid May, on a $129 Nishiki with 15 pounds of gear, no tent and half a sleeping bag, and road across the United States. A passion for cycling is born.
1977-1979: The first Curtlo bike is born, out of necessity.
Inspired by Fred DeLong, a cyclist and engineer, the team quickly saw the advantage of using over-sized tubes and fillet brazing, to accommodate sloping top tubes and the lack of lugs big enough.
Curtlo is “informally founded” by Doug CURTiss and Steve LOitz.
1979: Doug moves to Sun Valley, Idaho
1981: A trip to Alaska brings fat tired bikes into focus.
1981: First mountain bike frames and forks emerge.
1983: Curtlo heads to SoCal
Doug moves to Southern California. He gets married and honeymoons for 4 months in Europe, on a Curtlo tandem.
1985-1988: Curtlo Cycles goes full time.
1988-1998: Curtlo goes worldwide.
With the advent of the MTB craze, Curtlo is distributed in multiple European countries as well as Japan, and sold through retailers all over the U.S.
1988-Present: Team sponsorships begin.
- Team Kahlua
- OCR Outer Circle Racing
- Rock Shox DEVO Team
- Pittsburgh Power
- Team Ape
- Memphis Road Team
- Team In-Motion
- Moorpark Schwinn
- Santa Clarita Velo
- Team Cycle World
- Team Curtlo
- Team Paul Mitchell
1990: Curtlo appears in print for the first time.
1991-1992: Racing success on Curtlo frames.
Sponsored Team Kahlua, an all-women’s Canadian and USA Road and MTB Racing Team, featuring riders such as World Champions Inga Thompson and Alison Sydor.
Team Kahlua racers ride custom Curtlo Frames in the 1992 Summer Olympics.
1992: Curtlo experiments.
Introduction of Easton Varilite aluminum “Viper” racing frame. This new frame is featured on cover of January 1993 issue MBA Magazine.
1995: Partnership with Paul Mitchell, forming Team Curtlo/Paul Mitchell.
1998: Curtlo moves to Winthrop, Washington.
Curtlo moves to Winthrop, Washington, starting a new chapter in US made frame building.
1998-Present: Curtlo goes consumer direct.
2003: New Curtlo shop facility officially opens.
2006: Full Suspension MTB frames become reality.
Curtlo begins offering custom Full Suspension frames featuring Ventana USA rear swing-arm assemblies.