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Vicious Cycles / Metal Guru Shop Tour

vicious_cycles-20 Carl Schlemowitz founded Vicious Cycles in 1994, and has been building custom steel frames in picturesque upstate New York ever since. Like so many many other framebuilders in the northeast Carl’s first inspiration to build came from Fat City Cycles, in his case it was spending the mid-eighties atop an early Fat Chance mountain bike. Vicious Cycles is primarily a mountain bike brand, and mountain bikes are how I first met Carl back in the early 2000s, with path’s crossing through mutual friends and tradeshows since. Having regrettably missed the pigroast invites of years past it was a treat to finally stop into the New Paltz, NY home of Vicious Cycles.

Vicious Cycles was an early 29″ and single speed adopter, making their frames, unicrown forks and signature paintjobs a mainstay of the east coast mountain bike scene. After some twenty years in the business Carl is now opening up the shop to students, offering week-long framebuilding or frame painting classes through his Metal Guru program. Carl works with other guest builders to offer classes and workshops outside of his particular expertise, widening the offerings to those looking for particular facets of continuing education. I’ve heard positive reviews, and seen a great final result, from the Metal Guru program.

Workspaces are as individual as their owners, it’s great to catch a few moments behind the scenes. Learn more about Metal Guru lessons in bicycle manufacturing at metalguru.viciouscycles.com.


  1. CJ GoodrichFebruary 9, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I great to see you succeeding Carl. I hope the best for you and maybe we get back out east to see you again.

  2. Shane MeadowsMay 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I’m late to the party but saw this and it kind of made my day. I bought a Vicious cycles Slider CX frame in 2005… To this day, hands down one of the best bicycle related purchases I have ever made.
    Hats off to Carl for 20 years of frames.

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