08 August 2011

BLACKCATBIKES indefinitely closed

Due to a lack of time and the logistical challenges of bringing in Ragley and Nukeproof products, we're currently not bringing in those brands and are no longer accepting orders.

Also, we are currently disposing of some items in our inventory (mostly hubs, grips and some other items), most of which are listed on previous posts. We also usually have leads on preowned Ragley and Nukeproof items so please feel free to inquire.

For your Ragley and Nukeproof needs, best bet is www.chainreactioncycles.com.

We will be continue to maintain the website, as based on the daily analytics, there are still quite a few people around the world who peruse the site for information, and we are always happy to help should you need any advice or technical information.

Thanks everyone! Ride safe!

25 April 2011

For Sale: Some Brand-spanking new and some Pre-owned and much loved!

I'm a bike nut.
3,000 unique visitors to this blog later, I'm still a bike nut.
If you're reading this, chances are, you're either a bike nut, or want to be a little nutty on a bike.

I go through frames like most people drive through at McDonalds, but I don't just sell them off afterwards. I care for my frames and parts, I hardly ever crash (and when I do, I'll tell you or someone else will), and at any given point in time I have three bikes rotating, so rest assured - these frames still have plenty of life in them....

Time has come, though, I'm running out of space, so take these off my hands already...

A little info about me... I'm close to 6'0" and have a 30" inseam and a long torso... some people who ride 17" bikes are shocked when they try my 19"s... In my particular case, my legs are disproportionately short for my height, but I can still stand over most models... there are usually very minimal differences in standover between a 17" and 19" frame for the same model/manufacturer.

Just send me an email at blackcatbikes@yahoo.com if you have any specific sizing inquiries and I'll be happy to help.

Orange Patriot FR 2003 -- SOLD

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- Handbuilt in England (all the decals are the originals)
- Size 19, 180mm travel with a TFTuned 5th Element shock
- 1.5 inch headtube (get a reducer headset or reducers, depending on your needs. Now you can run tapered single crown if you like - anything from 150-200mm will work)
- One set of reducers (top and bottom, 1.5 to 1&1/8 included :)
- Takes a 27.2 mm seat post.
- Saint cranks and Blackspire Stinger already sold, but will include a seat clamp
- If you're wondering how heavy it is, then this bike probably isn't for you. I bought this instead of a Santa Cruz Bullit, so just consider this along the same lines...

All yours for 24k.

2008 Orange P7

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- Size 19, orange color is available as Frame only (you'll see a few black p7s, but rarely an orange colored one). I think I purchased this late 09, and have maybe ridden it 10 times tops (half those times, on trails)
- Double butted CrMo, framesaver applied and oddly, never ridden in the rain (I bought this in November, and rode it until summer the next year).
- Singlespeedable - dropouts have built in tensioners should you choose to go singlespeed
- Use with a 130-150mm fork (although I'm pretty sure it'll take a 160mm if you like)
- Constantly within the top 10 trail hardtails in MBUK
- Salsa seat clamp not included (but I will include the original stock seat clamp, the zefal orange bottle cage and the cane creek headset)
- Zefal clear mudguard not included (just buy one at the bike shop, please)
- covered in bathroom tape, so the decals are all fresh, fresh, fresh!
- 22k negotiable (within reason, guys)

Santa Cruz Chameleon
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- Size Large (which I believe is an 18")
- Will take a fork from 100mm-160mm (I prefer RS 140mm U-Turns so I can adjust them up and down as I like)
- Sliding dropouts
- I think this is an 07, one of the last years before the new model with the Eccentric BB. Based on my research, this powdercoat color was never offered to the public. The color is Silver, and the color that was offered for the years that this model were sold were always Gray. I wrote the guys at Santa Cruz and they mentioned they sometimes do sample colors that don't end up being offered to the public. My dear friend bought this for me at Flying Ball HK, and given the volume of their orders with Santa Cruz, I don't doubt they would have non-market colors from time to time.
- 22k negotiable (within reason, guys)

NukeProof Generator Hubs

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- Lots of info
- Sold in pairs (front and rear)
- Sale price - 11k (down from 12.5k)

I can do meetups in the Fort (usually 12-1PM Tuesday to Friday) and in Greenhills area on most afternoons (prefer Caltex, Edsa corner Connecticut please).

Thanks all!

07 August 2010

mmmBop review!

Here's a review from JJ on his new ride...


The first Ragley Mmmbop in the Philippines...I think.

I have to be honest...I've never heard of Ragley, not since a month ago while going through some bike forums looking for a new hardtail project. Then I came across this ad for a Ragley. I had no idea what it was, where it came from or how it rode. So, I did my research. Went to some reviews looking for feedback and all I could find were praises for this simple yet very effective design. Thanks to Shedfire and Brant Richards.

I thought this was the perfect hardtail project! Thinking of building another bike aside from my full suspension trail bike, I contacted Lars from Blackcatbikes to checkout the frame in person. Fell in love as soon as I saw it. The color blue alone sold it. So the build began.

Transferring most of my parts from my trail bike to the Mmmbop, I was planning on building back my full suspension bike after leaving it with virtually nothing. But, after a ride on one of the more popular trails here in the Philippines, I decided that this one bike is all I need! It climbed well and went downhill even better. The geometry is perfect. I never thought just a slight difference in angles can improve a bike so much. With a Nukeproof 70mm stem (highly recommended), the bike rode perfectly*. I was never hesitant to point and shoot this bike anywhere from steep rocky climbs to fast downhills with some solid ruts.

What can I say... I love this bike. This one's for keeps!

*Note from Lars: Can't stress this enough - the blue pig, mmmBop and Ti are designed from scratch to run with a 70mm OR SHORTER stem to get the best out of the bike's geometry... any longer, too much weight in the front and it throws off the balance :)

Pictures below, and his camera is way better than mine, that's EXACTLY how the blue looks! Wish we could get some better pictures of the downtube, there's a lot of tube manipulation going on that never seems to make it to pictures.

31 July 2010


Without using any form of Search Engine Optimization techniques, and using nothing more than Facebook, forum posts and word of mouth from the friends we started with and the friends we've made, www.blackcatbikes.com has broken the 1,000 barrier!

That's not just 1,000 visitors - that's 1,000 unique visitors from 33 countries!

We just want to thank everyone for coming to visit!

Apologies for not posting more often, the shop slave (me) took on a corporate job (the bills don't pay themselves), and the actual owner (the cat) doesn't really wanna post and is content with just sleeping and drinking lactose-free milk.

If you're new to the site (or maybe haven't looked at everything), the labels on the right are really helpful if you want to wander through old posts.

We'll be posting more over the next week, so stay tuned and RIDE SAFE!

27 July 2010

Carnegie's - short and sweet review

Long time buddy, 29er pioneer and all around good guy Jay over at mynextbike wanted to give a Carnegie's a shot, so here's the skinny.



I’ve been trying to figure out my cockpit situation for my Siren John Henry 29er.

I was running a 90 stem but feeling just a wee bit cramped in the cockpit area. Fortunately the Ragley Carnegie Bars I ordered on a whim some time ago from Black Cat Bikes came in. I was originally going to put them on my girlfriends bike as a surprise, but when I saw how sweet I figured I’d use them for myself (Sorry Jo!). The Carnegies actually stretch you out by about 10MM or so which worked fine for me, with some seat adjustment to find my sweet spot. Being a flat bar also makes it ideal for a 29er which normally has a high head tube. Some people angle their position downward but mine are a bout level if not just a few degrees below level.


Wonderful bars! I tried Mary’s a while back and I found that although the hand position was nice, the bars were too narrow for my shoulder width, cramping my style. Not so with the Carnegies: just the right hand positioning. It’s a very natural position which is great for really long rides. Your technique also changes with the use of these bars. Instead of wrestling your way using your arms for extra torque and leverage, the bend tucks you in just right so you end up using your core instead. I think the Dirt Rag review said something along those lines and I have to agree with them. Its also less tiring using your core then just your arms which lends to longer rides with less exhaustion.

If you’re looking for Alt bars for any reason- comfort, efficiency or just because they’re plain cool I suggest you give these bars a shot.

You can check out more at his blog

I gotta say, I'm a big fan of the polished frame playing off the polished headset. Classy!

08 June 2010

Blue Pig

Sorry for the long wait...
For your viewing pleasure... the BLUE PIG

Let's get down to the details on this piglet... (click to enlarge) Note - please pardon the dust (some of it is cat hair), and the glare on some shots - really hard to get it right, but hey, we try! :)


3 finger chainstays - MASSIVE clearance, can comfortably fit a 2.5 (as with the Ragley Ti and the mmmBop)


Chainstay mount for the BB - yes, faced to ensure a nice consistent to ensure aperfectly flat alignment surface for your disc brake

Check out the head tube gusset... SOLID


Seatstay brace - nice welds! (ignore the cat hair, please)

random shots of various weld points - very clean! The line in the 3rd shot is the factory sticker on the chainstay...

Blue pigs are available in Black and Skwosh (Orange)... Skwosh pics below...

More Blue Pig info here

And this is what happens when you actually build one with Nuke Proof and Ragley components...
(Ragley Logo Saddle - CrMo, Ragley Logo LockOn Grips, Nuke Proof Generator All Mountain Wheelset)



Clean bike pics are nice, I guess... I'd rather let the pig out to play in the mud, though...


Blue Pig SRP - Php 23,500