Featured Bike: Marco Cailao’s Matter Cycles Wolfbeard Gravel Bike

matter cycles wolfbeard review

About Matter Cycles

“Matter Cycles is a small, handmade bicycle company based out of Lyons, Colorado. Matter specializes in really fun bikes—made to get rowdy—using progressive geometry, rock solid construction, high-end materials, clean lines and great customer support!’

matter cycles wolfbeard review

Founder and sole employee, Collin Schaafsma, took to frame building over five years ago. Since that time, Colin has been building custom, made-to-order frames from his shop in Boulder, Colorado. Part of Colin’s customer service experience is gathering requirements and forming a connection with the owner. This enables Colin to better understand the customer’s wants and needs, and produce a bike that will last a lifetime.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

This example of the Matter Cycles Wolfbeard now resides in Sydney, Australia. You cannot help but notice the smile on the face of owner Marco; it’s pretty obvious he’s pretty stoked with ownership of this unique bike.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

Marco’s Wolfbeard is a mix of True Temper and Columbus steel tubing, built to his exacting specifications.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

matter cycles wolfbeard review

matter cycles wolfbeard review

Single chainring / 1x drivetrains are gaining popularity, but Marco has chosen the venerable double chainring combination, namely Shimano’s rock-solid Ultegra crankset fitted with 46 / 36 chainrings.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

The rear derailleur is Shimano’s Ultegra mid-cage mechanical model, paired with an 11-32 cassette. Marco has been known to ride in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, where this setup will come in pretty handy.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

The wheelset on Marco’s Wolfbeard was built by Wheelworks in New Zealand, centered around White Industries disc brake hubs with spokes laced to Pacenti SL23 rims.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

The disc brake Enve fork is painted to match the Wolfbeard’s lovely paint. TRP 140mm rotors are fitted front and rear.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

At the time these photos were taken, Bruce Gordon Rock n’ Road tyres were fitted. These little beauties measure 700c x 43mm but Marco’s Wolfbeard has room for 650b x 2.1″ tyres.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

Even when coated with a smidge of dirt and grime, tan sidewalls add a touch of class to any bike.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

matter cycles wolfbeard review

Beneath the Thomson stem resides a Chris King headset, befitting for a bike such as the Matter Wolfbeard.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

Handlebars are 3T Ergonovo’s and shifting is courtesy of Shimano’s Ultegra 11-speed mechanical / hydraulic brake shifters. King titanium cages carry Marco’s on-bike fluids.

matter cycles wolfbeard review

matter cycles wolfbeard review

matter cycles wolfbeard review

Marco Cailao’s Matter Cycles Wolfbeard Steel Gravel Bike:

  • Frame: Matter Wolfbeard, Columbus and True Temper steel tubing.
  • Fork: Enve Cross Disc Fork.
  • Headset: Chris King.
  • Stem: Thomson.
  • Handlebar: 3T Ergonova.
  • Bar Tape: Unknown.
  • Brakes: Shimano hydraulic, post-mount.
  • Brake Rotors: TRP, 140mm front and rear.
  • Brake / Shift Levers: Shimano Ultegra hydraulic/mechanical 11-speed.
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 11-speed.
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 11-speed mid-cage.
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11-speed 11-32.
  • Chain: Shimano Ultegra.
  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 11-speed with 46 / 36 chainrings.
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace external cup.
  • Pedals: Shimano XT.
  • Wheelset: Custom built by Wheelworks New Zealand – White Industries disc brake hubs, Pacenti SL23 rims.
  • Tires: Bruce Gordon Rock n’ Road, 700c x 43mm.
  • Saddle: Brooks Cambium C15.
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite, zero setback.
  • Bottle Cages: King Titanium.

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4 comments on “Featured Bike: Marco Cailao’s Matter Cycles Wolfbeard Gravel Bike

  1. It appears to have a break in the frame at the rear dropout to allow for a belt drive. I just did that on my new semi-custom Ti frame even though I’ll be running similar compact gearing to what he has for now. Never know what upgrades the future might bring. Modular dropouts like his also make for a future proof frame. I’m also a fan of no cables along the top tube where I sweat. Definitely a nice bike.

  2. Unless the Blue Mountains have moved in the last week(!), they are still west of Sydney, not north. However, as “greater Sydney” occupies a large area, some parts of the BM’s could be said to be north of some parts of the suburbs or commuter belt – the latter extends for 100+ km, and one could argue the Blue Mountains railway line and towns are contained within it. Still, the city itself is on the coast; the BMs are not.

    The bike looks nice, and pleasantly understated, unlike many of the rolling billboards influcted in us by the major manufacturers these days. 🙂

    1. That was an eff up on my part… thanks for the pointing out my stuff up 🙂 This is what happens when you live in the US of A for too long!!!

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