Small & Independent
Matter bikes are designed and created by yours truly, Collin Schaafsma. It’s a one man show but it never feels that way because of so much support from friends, family and existing Matter customers. Every bike comes to life in a small (very well organized) 400 square foot shop in Boulder, Colorado. There is no assembly line, and no massive quota to fill each week. Countless dollars are not spent in marketing to sell thousands of bikes. There are no board meetings, just bike rides with friends. Because a limited amount of Matter bikes leave the nest each year no detail is overlooked. Staying small also allows me to really get to know you the customer. Creating a connection with every customer is very important. Because Matter is small there is a short lead time, but it’s well worth the wait.
Built to last
Matter bikes are made by hand using very exact, repeatable construction methods. Tubes are carefully formed, mitered and filled for a perfect fit, no short cuts are taken, no batches of tubes are laser cut by a robot. Tight miters are extremely important in making a strong frame or fork. All steel frames are carefully TIG welded in an extremely clean environment. Steel frames are completely back purged with argon inside and out to produce the strongest / cleanest welds possible. A lot of extra steps are taken to create a Matter bike, that’s why you’ll be riding it for a very long time.
Top of the line materials
Matter bikes are made from very high end US made True Temper steels, with a touch of Italian Columbus tubing and air craft grade 4130. We only use the good stuff, there is no mystery metal from who knows where used anywhere. We also use Paragon Machine Works dropouts and other little bits made in Richmond California. All of the dropouts, water bottle bosses and cable guides are stainless steel. It’s all top notch and made to last.
I believe that riding a bike is a very creative venture and an extension of yourself. Having a bike that is made just for you is an awesome experience. You shouldn’t have to compromise in fit, finishes or component choices. When you order a Matter it doesn’t exist yet. We make it just for you.
Learn more at mattercycles.com