Why are there new bikes at Freeze Thaw?
Although Freeze Thaw Cycles started out with exclusively recycled bikes, the shop currently has a large selection of new bikes in stock from over a dozen manufacturers. As the needs of our customers evolved, so has the inventory of the shop as we now can meet the needs of any cyclist from a singlespeed commuter to a cyclocross racer or endurance mountain biker. These days our classic recycled bikes are more rare due to increased demand and low supply, but we are able to offer a wide size and model selection of new bikes that we trust.
Every new bike model in our shop has been hand picked by us based on a strict criteria - we will only sell bikes that we would put our friends and family on. You won't find any mountain bikes or hybrids with non-servicable suspension forks, multiple speed freewheel rear wheels, inferior shifting systems, or sketchy adjustable stems & suspension seatposts. Problems with these items are far too common on service bikes we see and are not something we feel comfortable passing on to you. Rest assured that any new bike model you see in our shop represents the best value, quality and features that we could find in that category. Having access to a number of bike manufacturers helps us keep a well-rounded inventory for any style of bike. We take pride in fitting people to their bikes and will work to make your new bike comfortable and efficient.
Every new bike assembled at Freeze Thaw Cycles is built to the highest standard with expert care. Bikes arrive to us mostly assembled, but we do not simply finish the job and send it out the door. Instead, new bikes from boxes are stripped down to the bare frame and treated with our extensive collection of frame-preparation tools. Facing of the headtube, crown race and BB shell as well as BB shell thread chasing are performed on all bikes to ensure maximum performance. Even our children's bikes get this treatment which serves as in-house quality control and helps avoid future issues.
This preparation is a costly and labor-intensive process that we feel every frame and fork deserves. This is included with every bike, no extra charge. We are one of few remaining shops in the country putting this effort into our assembly and we are proud of it.
The benefits of this prep work are less future creaks and things coming loose or getting stuck, as well as longer bearing life in the headset and bottom bracket. Because we take everything completely apart for every build, customization is easy! Our customers get the bike they want through a process that is enjoyable and caters to their specific needs. We rest easy knowing the bike is double checked and tested. With our area's wet weather, it is nice to know all surfaces are prepped and greased properly.
We treat each new bike as if it were a custom build and can modify them to your specifications. It is rare that a new bike leaves our shop stock, with modifications ranging from custom fitting to component swaps and handbuilt wheels. If there is something on your mind, let us know and we can try to figure things out. Saddles, tyres, grips and handlebars are just a few items that can be swapped out easily. Our approach takes a little longer, but you end up with a well thought out bike that will suit your needs and make you want to keep riding.
We ride and sell bikes with anything from one to thirty three speeds. While traditional external gears are quite popular, some of our favorite bikes sport internally geared hubs. We are not afraid to embrace old and new technologies. Every rider has different needs and we aim to please anyone who seeks our advice.
Read below to learn about the different brands we carry and why we chose to bring them into our shop.
One of the newest additions to the shop, we are proud and excited to be the central PA dealer for Yeti Cycles. This season we were happy to get time aboard the SB95, a 5" travel full suspension 29er. We even have the Anniversary Edition ASR 575, #248/250! Straight out of Golden, CO, Yeti’s can now be seen in the Alleghenies.
We are the Central PA dealer of Trek and Gary Fisher Collection bicycles. We stock select models that fill gaps in our lineup and represent excellent design and value. In the shop you will find road, mountain, hybrid, commuter and children's models. This season we have a large selection of great Trek road bikes in aluminum and carbon fiber as well as the newly redesigned 29" hardtails. The Rumblefish and Stache are legitimate options for those looking for longer travel mountain bikes. Trek offers multiple fit options per road model, in addition to Women's Specific Design mountain bikes. The FX series fitness/hybrid bikes that we stock are the most popular in their category. Ask us about designing a customized Project One road bike, the possibilities are endless...
Steel is real. Surly embraces this mantra to the fullest, making solid super-versatile bikes made to be ridden for a long time. Based out of Bloomington, MN, Surly has a full line of rugged rides made for whatever adventures you can throw at them. Whether you're touring, mountain biking, or ripping through down town, Surly’s got you covered. We stock a size run of the classic Cross Check, Karate Monkey and Ogre, as well as select sizes of the Long Haul Trucker. Framesets can be purchased separately and custom built, but Surly also offers many excellent complete bikes. We also stock the Moonlander in medium featuring 5" rims and tyres - the Fattest of the FAT!
We have a long and happy history with the Salsa brand. Top notch design and customer service are just some of the reasons that Salsa has a healthy presence in our shop. We stock enough to be considered an official Adventure Center...the only one on the East Coast! We sell their framesets, complete bikes and plenty of components. Justin, Jordyn, and Chuck all ride the El Mariachi 29" hardtail in a variety of setups including geared and singlespeed, Titanium and steel. This season brings some exciting new things including two levels of complete geared steel El Mariachis and three levels of the full suspension Spearfish (size runs of both in stock). We also have a size-run of Titanium El Mariachi frames in stock. Additionally, a size-run of Titanium Warbirds are in stock for covering our endless miles of Rothrock fire roads. Recently we have been really excited about the Mukluks - aluminum FAT bikes with 4" rims and tyres. We have a size run of Mukluk 3's in stock as Demo/Rental bikes, as well as a medium Mukluk 2 frameset available for a custom build. They're actually a lot of fun on dry trails as well. The all-new Beargrease uses similar technology but shaves enough weight to compete with "normal" mountain bikes - 29 lb.s out of the box!
Coming soon to FTC...we're psyched to get the 650B Altitude in the rocks. Also some good 29" hardtail options expected sometime in early 2013.
We are now Central PA's Pivot dealer and are particularly interested in the Mach 429. We have a full size run in our ever-expanding demo fleet so you can try before you buy. New to the shop this season is the Les...a carbon hardtail (hence the name-get it?) with a very trick interchangeable dropout system allowing for geared or one-speed use. Floor models are built and ready to check out.
One of the first new brands ever in Freeze Thaw, Niner continues to impress us with their devotion to the big wheel movement. They offer hardtail and full suspension designs in a variety of materials including Easton Aluminum, Reynolds 853 steel and carbon fibre. We keep many hardtail frames in stock and and can special order anything you want very easily. We even stock the all new Jet 9 RDO carbon frame in medium and large...these are 5.5 lb. frames! The updated SIR 9 we have in stock is also quite impressive with it's 142 x 12mm Thru-axle rear and 44mm headtube...ask about custom build options!
These bikes remind us an awful lot of the original commuters we built in the early days. Linus uses simple and classic designs combined with modern materials for practicality and function. Steel frames available in several sizes, styles, colors and gearing options. Most bikes in the shop feature Shimano Nexus 3 speed hubs, full fenders and rear racks. A super basic coaster brake model is our least expensive adult bike in the shop. Great town & campus bikes that will last for years with minimal maintenance.
Continuing the IF tradition in Central PA, we became a dealer in 2009. Designed and custom built on a special order basis, this company could be your next dream bike whether it be mountain, road, 'cross or touring. Premium steel and Titianium frames are most common, but carbon is also an option. They are hand built in Newmarket, NH with care and many excellent stock and custom paint options are available. A full professional fit is included with any frame purchase.
In 1987 John built his first frame, a fillet brazed steel creation. In 1990 he worked as a frame builder in Central PA as he went to school for a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Upon graduating, he was promoted to production engineer, where he continued to build frames until 1999. From 1999 to present he has instructed at the college level in manufacturing. In the spring of 2009 he took the plunge and started Hubcap Cycles. Although the company is new, he has several hundred frames under his belt. We feel his frames speak for themselves. Shop racers Jess Kutz and Matt Ferrari can be found aboard Hubcap Titanium mountain bikes, shredding the rocks of central PA. We are the preferred fitter for Hubcap Cycles custom frames and our fitting fee will be deducted from the cost of the frame.
We are proud to present this iconic Italian brand to the roads of Central PA. We stock several carbon models starting at $3000 and going up to over $16,000! Stop in to see our over-the-top C59 Italia Electronico featuring Campagnolo Super Record EPS. We are also big fans of their timeless steel frameset, the Master.
Civia is our only dedicated commuter and transportation bike brand. All of their bikes are designed to be simple, functional and durable for urban use. Civia also offers many commuting accessories for any bike, ranging from full coverage fenders to racks and custom Ortlieb bags.
Top-notch folding bikes handmade in the United Kingdom. Many different gearing, handlebar and color options. Each one is built for you! Several floor models are here to check out...ask about renting one for your next flight-worthy trip.
Since 1885, Bianchi has meant Italian Designed bicycles with very high quality standards and advanced technology. We are currently a non-stocking dealer since the disappearance of some shop-favorite models. We are open and willing to discuss custom build options on limited models of road framesets available...ask us for details.
We carry complete bikes, frames and components from this Minneapolis based brand specializing in classic steel bicycles. The new 'Nature Boy' has taken over our singlespeed 'cross category, and complete builds are in stock. They are also available as a frameset for custom builds. We also stock full size runs of the Macho Man (geared version of the Nature Boy) and the Mr. Pink, a modern steel road bike. All City flip-flop hubs can be found in several J.Wag-Approved Handbuilt Wheelsets.
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