2015 Chumba Rastro

Words Jon Harris
Photos Dave Ferguson
Date Sep 8, 2014

As we wandered around the Dirt Demo at Interbike today there was a tent full of clean looking hardtails that caught our eye and it was an old but familiar name on the downtube. Chumba Cycles are reborn!  

Now hailing from Austin, Texas, the small Chumba crew have gone back to their roots and are hand building steel hardtail frames in the United States. Their ethos is to build bikes with as much componentry as possible sourced from home soil, so for example the stainless steel dropouts on their frames are made by Paragon Machine Works in California.

The Chumba Rastro has clean lines and looks ready for some rowdiness.

The Chumba Rastro has clean lines and looks ready for some rowdiness.

Currently they are offering 4 frames and the one that caught our eye the most was the Rastro. This 27.5″ wheeled bike looks ready for the type of riding we like with the frame built around a 140mm fork.

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U.S. made stainless steel 142mm thru-axle dropouts from Paragon Machine Works.

The frame is handbuilt from 4130 steel and weighs 5.5lbs for a medium frame. Full bikes come in around 27 to 28lbs depending on build. You can buy the frame for $1100 or choose from one of the builds that Chumba will be offering on their website.

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Race Face components feature in the build kits available from Chumba directly. The frame is built from 4130 steel.

Full builds will feature a Fox 34 which is unique for Chumba in that it has 140mm of travel – not available aftermarket.

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44mm headtube accepts a tapered fork steerer.

We were promised that Chumba will have something cool to check out once Interbike moves indoors later this week so we are looking forward to more handbuilt treats.


Welcome back Chumba!

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connor-macleod
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Connor Macleod  - Sept. 9, 2014, 9:56 a.m.

Cool to see Chumba back doing this, reminds me of my custom "BK" bike with the 142×12 rear end, wonder if its got internal reverb routing!

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boomforeal
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boomforeal  - Sept. 9, 2014, 10:29 a.m.

ooh that looks nice. details please: who or what is a BK?

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connor-macleod
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Connor Macleod  - Sept. 9, 2014, 10:58 a.m.

Its an absolute pleasure to ride, the man knows his stuff. They are handmade by a couple of magicians in a garage in N.Van. If your thinking of a steel HT you gotta talk to them first, also you can try mine out!

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craw
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Cr4w  - Sept. 9, 2014, 11:38 a.m.

More please.

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connor-macleod
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Connor Macleod  - Sept. 9, 2014, 12:01 p.m.

Soon Im going to to do a full review of this bike. My good friend has been riding his 26″ version for almost 3 years hard on the shore. but yea if you want to build your dream bike, BK is the man!

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NickB
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nick bitar  - Sept. 10, 2014, 3:39 p.m.

just did a google and couldn't find 'em. Do they have a site?

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boomforeal
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boomforeal  - Sept. 10, 2014, 11:47 p.m.

try pinging him on linked in 😉

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lyledriver
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lyle driver  - Sept. 9, 2014, 8:16 a.m.

No sure why they would pay the extra $27 for the stainless version of Paragon's thru axle Wright style dropout (which is harder to weld properly than the 1018 one), then paint over it. Maybe check with a magnet?

Any word on what tubes are used in this frame?

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boomforeal
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boomforeal  - Sept. 8, 2014, 11:29 p.m.

bike looks good, nice price for a usa-built frame. to bad they ditched the old headtube badge though, thing was classic

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colinworobetz
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colinworobetz  - Sept. 9, 2014, 12:06 a.m.

Yup, classic. Would be cool to see it as an option. That, and the option to upgrade to a Reverb to boot.

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