7 Bikes for 7 Wonders: Mt. Hood

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    Ride Oregon Staff
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**June 20, 7:00 a.m. update: this bike was found by Ben Sherwood**

Each of the 7 Wonders of Oregon offers a different, exciting ride. To celebrate this, we asked seven of the best bicycle builders in the state to each build a one-of-a-kind bicycle, one for each of our 7 Wonders. This bike was built for Mt. Hood.

Mt. Hood serves as the coolest imaginable backyard possible for Portlanders (and anyone else who visits the area): it’s got so many things to do, and plenty of them can be done on a bike. That was the initial reaction Fred Cuthbert had when he was tasked with designing the perfect bike for Mt. Hood.

“The first thing that went through my mind was that it needed to be able to handle anything, because around Mt. Hood there’s lift-assist, free rides, full downhill… everything, even including all-day single-track rides through the wilderness,” he recalls. And that was perfect for him. “The core principal behind my design has always been to make something that could do anything and everything, so this was the perfect opportunity to put that into practice.”

And that’s what he’s done. His single-speed mountain bike incorporates all his favorite features, and still comes in at an astonishingly light 28 pounds. There are beefy 2.5-inch tires, a suspension front fork with 5 to 6 inches of play, and an adjustable-height seatpost for riding in a bike park or other extreme terrain.

And it looks as singular as it is, with red hubs and a bright “sour-apple green” paint job with subtle black pinstriping around the lug details. It even has a name, etched in red script that matches the hubs: “Bruno,” for the iconic St. Bernard that lives at Timberline Lodge. (Fred’s company name comes from his shop mascot, Duncan. He was pleased to name this bike for “a fellow giant-breed dog.”)

It’s burly but smooth, a ride-it-all-day bike that can go just about anywhere. And it was a joy to conceive and create. “The fun part was that Travel Oregon said, ‘Here’s an area – build a bike for it.’ I got to decide how that area inspires me,” Fred says. “On a project like this, I get to answer all the questions myself, let my artistic impression shine through.”

This bike is size medium, suitable for those 5’6″ to 5’9″ tall.

Learn about the other 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders

Additional Resources

  • Mt. Hood is a mountain biker’s dream — and you can shred to your heart’s content at the Sandy Ridge System or Surveyor’s Ridge.
  • The best Bike Friendly shop for all your bikey needs in the region? Ottos! Now renting mountain bikes.
  • Need any assistance getting around with your bikes? The Bike Concierge is at your service.

Comments

  1. Are there going to be some hints on these bikes to help find them? Or at least some protection for them while out in thesecond areas?

  2. I am an avid biker that just got into downhill! And this sounds like an amazing opportunity to have fun and explore more of mt hood. I would love more info on this event! Thanks to everybody that made this possible! I’m so excited!

  3. Can’t wait to start hunting!

  4. I live on Mt Hood and would really love to get into biking! So excited for this hunt

  5. So excited to find this bike!!

  6. I could use a new rad Mtn Bike! Can’t wait to hunt around the Hood!

  7. The frame is gorgeous with such elegant lines. I’m curious if the bike really has “25″ inch wheels or was that a typo? I’m thinking 29, 27.5 or 26 but it is custom . . .

  8. Awesome cant wait!!

  9. Please send me the clues!

  10. Can’t wait to go to Mt. Hood and hopefully find a bike!

  11. that bike is great I would love to have it it has a prefect color

  12. I live in parkdale and need a local bike for local rides!

  13. I haven’t splurged on a new bike for myself, in wow, ok, never mind. This sounds like a great way to see the 7 wonders, and maybe, just maybe, get lucky!

  14. It’s on!

  15. I am moving to Oregon and I am going to need an all around bike to purchase when I get there.

  16. I’ve got a bet going with friends as to where the bike will be. Can’t wait to find out!

  17. This sounds so exciting. Will the bike be ok out in the rain?

  18. Can’t wait for the hunt

  19. So there’s a trivia test if there’s a tie? But to claim the bike, you take footage, and the bike, am I right? You don’t leave it there lol

  20. I can’t wait!!!!!!!

  21. […] Mt. Hood bike: The allure for bikers of Oregon’s tallest peak and playground, Mt. Hood, is simple: scenic riding, with a nearly endless variety of choices. Fred Cuthbert, from the town of Talent, boiled down his design philosophy to make a simple mountain bike that can be ridden hard – and all day. […]

  22. My daughter and I are at Sandy Ridge looking for the bike. We are walking the hide and seek trail.

  23. […] It needed to be able to handle anything, whether it was life-assisted or pedaling all over on all day single track rides in the woods. Check it out, and read more about it on RideOregonRide.com […]