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Start Haus Skunk Werks: Custom Builds

Here at Start Haus, we like building bikes.  So much so in fact, we’ve starting building up Tahoe dream bikes just for you.  Starting with a stock Giant bike, such as the Trance Advanced 2, we add and mod how we like to ride em.

First off, why keep all that extra weight on your crank?  With our custom built bikes, we like to git rid of the front derailleur and shifter hardware, swap out the cassette in conjunction with upgraded Shimano X1 components, add a RaceFace narrow wide chainring, thereby making an 11 by 1 drivetrain. But why stop there?!  We swap out the stock fork for one of our all time favorites, the Rock Shox Pike.  In either a 150mm or 160mm, the Pike is one killer fork.  Excellent damping, perfect travel, and amazing durability.


Beyond that, we might swap a stem, or throw on an upgraded wheelset like Stan’s TR Flow’s.  All this makes what we think is the perfect Tahoe trail bike.  Swing by and check it out!

Trail Build with Truckee Trails Foundation

Start Haus is hosting a trail build day in conjunction with Truckee Trails Foundation on June 13.  This is a great way to have fun, meet new riders, and give back to the mountain biking community.  Lunch will be provided as well as refreshments after the build.

Come on down to the shop and sign up!   Or sign up with Kevin Starr at kevintruckeetrails@gmail.com

Advanced registration requested by June 11, 5 PM


WHEN: SATURDAY, June 13 2015 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

WHERE: Meet at the first dirt pullout on Martis Dam Rd off of Hwy 267.

FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS: Lunch on the trail and after-work refreshments provided by START HAUS

BRING: Plan on wearing field clothes such as long pants, sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirts, and sunglasses. In your backpack, please bring at least 2qts. of water, sunscreen, bug spray, and your lunch. We will provide all the necessary tools such as McLeods, Pu- laskis, Mattocks, clippers, shovels, hardhats, and gloves.

(Note: We love dogs, but for the protection of the animal and respect for non- canine aficionados, please leave your pets at home.)

A Review of the 2015 Giant Stance

For the 2015 season, Giant introduced a new bike to the trail mountain category.  The Stance differs from the Giant Trance on a couple different levels: first and foremost, the Stance has a different suspension platform called Flexpoint.  Flexpoint is a single pivot derivative that relies on the seat-stays flexing a bit to allow for the 4.7 inches of travel that the Stance offers.  The Flexpoint suspension platform on the Stance is both inexpensive for Giant to manufacture and doesn’t require Giant to pony up for any expensive patents.  The Trance trail bike differs in that it features Giant’s renowned Maestro suspension, which is a floating pivot point design, and costs quite a bit more to both manufacture and to sell than Flexpoint.

The Stance is offered in three models, the Stance 0, Stance 1, and Stance 2.  As with all Giant products, the higher the number the less expensive the bike. The Stance 2 comes in at an incredibly low $1470, the Stance 1 at $1905, and the Stance 0 at $2650.  At Start Haus we carry both the Stance 2 and Stance 1 models.

The Stance 1 features a solid Shimano Deore drivetrain with a Shimano XT rear derailleur.  The suspension is by RockShox and features a Recon Gold RL Solo Air with remote lockout and a Monarch R shock in the rear.  The Stance 2 at the starter price point has Shimano Alivio shifters a Shimano Altus front derailleur, Deore rear derailleur and Shimano M355 hydraulic disc brakes.  The suspension is a RockShox 30 Gold fork and RockShox Monarch R.

Sales for the Stance have been very successful. It’s obvious that there is a substantial market for price-point full suspension bikes that have great components.  And it rides great! If you’re thinking about your first full suspension bike or searching a trail bike on a budget you’ll want to check out the Giant Stance.  With almost 5 inches of travel the Stance can handle just about any terrain the mountain can throw at you.  For the price, the Stance will likely blow your mind on the way up and the way down.

Check out the bike here.


2015 Giant Stance 27.5 2: $1470. A great bike that wont break the bank.



Demo Day and Stunt Show

June 6th, 2015 head down to Start Haus for our huge Demo Day / Grand Opening party extravaganza!  Free food from Zander’s Spirits next door to the shop, free demo rides, and 2 awesome stunt shows from acclaimed pro rider Jeff Lenosky.  If you plan on doing a free demo ride, please bring a valid drivers license, credit card, and a helmet. 

Here is the skinny:

First 50 customers get a free Giant water bottle.

All bikes on June 6th are 10% OFF, and all accessories are 10% OFF!

Enter our free raffle to win awesome prizes like free tickets to Northstar bike park, bike gear, and more- grand prize is a brand new Giant Cruiser Bike!

9AM- Shop opens as normal

10AM- Group Demo Ride/ Free donuts at Zander’s next door to the shop

11AM- Stunt show with Jeff Lenosky

12PM- free hot dogs from Zander’s Spirits.

2PM- Stunt show with Jeff Lenosky

3PM- Group Demo Ride

4PM- Raffle and prize giveaways



Shop News: Giant Bikes in the Haus

It’s an exciting time in the Start Haus company history. As many of you know we made the decision to become a bike retailer and will transition to a full line Giant Bicycles dealer in the spring.  We are incredibly excited to be partnered with Giant; there’s no denying they make an exceptional product at some of the best prices in the industry.  We also feel they make a tremendous mountain bike for the Tahoe area.  If you haven’t already, take a look at the Reign and Trance models.

Giant Reign

The Reign is an aggressive all-mountain machine with over six inches of travel that can take on the toughest Tahoe trails while still descending like a billy-goat thanks to the versatile Maestro suspension.

Giant Trance

The Trance is an all-arounder that climbs like a beast and doesn’t give an inch on descents.  With 5.5 inches of travel the Trance is a great choice for all but the most aggressive of riders that will handle just about everything the Tahoe area can throw at it.

If you are looking for your first full suspension bike that isn’t going to break the bank, we urge you to take a serious look at the all-new model Stance.  Coming in well below $2000 the Stance has 4.7 inches of travel with Giant’s new Flexpoint suspension. It doesn’t ascend quite as well as the Maestro platform, but descends astonishingly well for it’s price and is a heck of a lot more fun and comfortable than rattling your fillings out on a hard tail in the rocky Sierra.

In future blogs we will give more in depth ride reports and reviews of the Giant bikes, for now we hope you will stop by in the spring and check out our selection of bikes, components and soft goods.  We truly love biking and you’ll find the entire summer staff spending almost all our snow free time on the trails, constantly looking for new trails to link, downhills to rip, and we’re always cool with giving up some legitimate ride beta.

Haven’t had the bike tuned in a while?  Stop in for some great promotions we will be running. Our experienced staff is professionally trained, tuning skis and bikes and generally making things work better. Setting it up right is what we live for and we’d love to tune your trusty bike with the quality attention to detail you’ve come to expect in our ski service department.  We hope to parlay your trust with servicing your skis into servicing your bikes as well.

As always at Start Haus we very much appreciate the ongoing customer support, without which we wouldn’t be able to work in the outdoor industry we love, and love to share with you.

Thanks, and welcome Giant Bikes to Truckee!