Northpaw

Yep, you could even ride it on the dark side of the moon!

Beach, trail, snow, city, anywhere you want to go, the Northpaw FatBike will take you there, with massive 26×4.0 tires and the ability to carry a burden worthy of a Beast!

Why a FatBike?

After riding several friend’s Pugsleys and really having a blast I knew that we had to do a FatBike! I also knew from previous rides, including during the Outdoor Dirt Demo at Interbike, that we would not just use our FatBikes for snow biking.

Like several other FatBikes, the Northpaw uses an offset design with a standard 135mm MTB cassette hub in the rear and a 135mm singlespeed hub used in the front. A couple of reasons drove the decision to use the offset-style design for the Northpaw.

  1. There are a lot of 135mm MTB hubs out there as well as offset rims, forks and other readily available parts that help keep the cost reasonable.
  2. Offset frames have been around for a while and you can simply swap out your older frame for a new Northpaw and use nearly every part you already have.
  3. The frame can be set up with just about any drive train configuration you want; traditional derailleur(s), Internally Geared Hubs like the Rohloff Speedhub, Singlespeed, etc.

In keeping with our vision of FatBikes as year-round steeds, ready for adventure whenever you are, a couple of design features make the Northpaw the most versatile Fatbike available!

  1. Adjustable Headset Angle – We’ve built the Northpaw with a 44mm head tube so you can have options if that is the way you want to go. The new Cane Creek AngleSet allows you to adjust the head tube angle in .5-degree increments allowing you to tailor your Northpaw to varying riding conditions.
  2. Paragon Rear Slider – To give maximum drivetrain compatibility, ease of use, adjustable wheelbase and just plain cool, the Northpaw is built with the Paragon Machine Works sliding drop out.

All Northpaws currently in stock were hand-built by Tom Teesdale. If you didn’t know, Tom passed away this year doing the annual RAGBRAI ride that traverses Iowa. As a result these are among the last bicycle frames that Tom built. We will miss Tom, his experience and his friendship. This is a chance to own part of that legacy!

What’s in a name? Northpaw?

  • Because it is just right! (Otherwise, it would be a Southpaw!)
  • Because this bike uses an offset wheel to move the hub to the right to allow the chain to clear that massive tire.
  • Because we are in Wisconsin where Badgers rule!

Consider the Northpaw adventure bike for your next ride!

Schlick Northpaws are handmade in the US of A folks. You know what that means? Well, besides great workmanship, it means you don’t have to settle for one color just so the manufacturer can keep his cost down and make a few more bucks. We want you to be happy, we’ll slap whatever color you want on your Northpaw! How cool is that?

Best of all, every Schlick Cycle comes with our 1 Year Unconditional Happiness Guarantee. If for any reason, you, as the original owner, feel your Schlick Northpaw isn’t right for you, call us within 1 year of the date of purchase and we will refund your money and make arrangements to have the bike picked up and returned to us. That’s it. No hassle, no risk, no worries.

We wouldn’t make this awesome ride without letting you roll your own if that is, well, how you roll. Start with a Frame and Fork and slap the goodness on to your hearts content. Just make sure you send us pix and a story! Good ideas and next years inspiration often come from you!

  • Frame w/Paragon Sliders and Custom Fork – $1739
  • Frame w/Paragon Sliders – $1449
  • Complete Builds Available! Contact Us for More Information.
Here are a few pix of Northpaws we’ve done for our customers.

23 thoughts on “Northpaw

  1. Greg-we met at Gnomefest this past week and I have the bug to look at fat bikes again. The bike you put together for Joe was really nice and his report on how it handled was positive. I’ve looked at Pugsleys, Fatback and the mukluk as possible rides, but am interested in your builds as well. I would probably look at a complete build since I don’t have a lot of parts that will fit a fat bike. I noticed a lot of bikes have the large drilled out wheels and wondered if that was a good way to go to lighten up some of the wt. Any information you can send along my way on the Northpaw as compared to other bikes would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Steev Meurett
    Neillsville/Levis Mound

  2. Bike Guys,
    Very interested in your bikes and the NorthPaw in particular. I would need a complete bike built with all of the components. Where are they sold or do you direct sell? It would be shipped into Floridato my frieght forwarder, headed to Africa – maybe I could start a trend and a new market here… Anyways, looking forward to hearing from you.

    Emerson

  3. […] I found myself spending an inappropriate amount of time on Google Earth, panning up the coast from Port Washington to Kohler Andrea State Park and daydreaming of summer days riding on miles of uninterrupted sandy beach.  I imagined myself stopping to jump in the lake whenever I got hot, and hanging with friends around a campfire on the beach after the ride.  Concerned that Fatbike Fever was keeping me awake at night and left me unable to concentrate at work, I went to see Dr. Greg Smith of Schlick Cycles who prescribed a cure in the form of an Orange Schlick Northpaw. […]

  4. […] local. Wisconsin has a ton of bike talent so to complete his build he started with local builder Schlick Cycle’s Northpaw frame. For those of you that have never ridden a fatbike, they are a blast. You have this […]

  5. […] to go where other bikes cannot. Ice, sand, loose dirt are no obstacle for a fat bike. Local builder Schlick Cycles has embraced this new style of riding and introduced their Northpaw this year. The Bicycle […]

  6. Hi Greg, can you build a Northpaw with the Paragon swingers, I have Paragon sliders now, but I think the swingers are a more elegant solution

    thanks and take care

  7. […] am back from hunting in Peeksville, where I used my Schlick Cycles Northpaw to ride out to my deer stand.  We had snow ‘Up North’ so this was my first test of the […]

  8. […] am back from hunting in Peeksville, where I used my Schlick Cycles Northpaw to ride out to my deer stand. We had snow ‘Up North’ so this was my first test of the fatbike […]

  9. […] up with a FatBike was the easy part for me since I bought my Schlick Northpaw, the hard part was growing a mustache since I am naturally blond and relatively free of hair south […]

  10. […] got a number of options. If you want a bike like the Big Fat Schlickbowske, Milwaukee-based Schlick Cycles will be happy to custom-build one for you. Otherwise, you’ll find that most fatbikers around […]

  11. […] morning I plan on riding my Schlick Northpaw to work. I will add a photo later after I shovel out the sidewalk and get to the office, so check […]

  12. […] has finally arrived in southeastern Wisconsin, which gives me the chance to ride my Schlick Northpaw in its native habitat.  On Saturday I got out for a 3 hour ride on the Wauwatosa mountain bike […]

  13. […] Published on January 18, 2012 by Sven Haamer in Wallpaper 0 Meet Jessica! Oh, that old fat-bike thang in the background is a Schlick Northpaw. […]

  14. […] story, thanks to the great mountain bike trails along the Menomonee River near my house and to my Schlick Northpaw.  Regular readers will remember I broke down and bought a Northpaw in the fall after I saw all the […]

  15. […] has finally arrived in southeastern Wisconsin, which gives me the chance to ride my Schlick Northpaw in its native habitat. On Saturday I got out for a 3 hour ride on the Wauwatosa mountain bike […]

  16. […] I couldn’t be happier with them. It only took me a couple minutes to install them on my Schlick Northpaw. You just slip them over your handle bar, brake levers and shifters and zip them closed.  When you […]

  17. […] I couldn’t be happier with them. It only took me a couple of minutes to install them on my Schlick Northpaw. You just slip them over your handle bar, brake levers and shifters and zip them closed.  When you […]

  18. […] will remember I gave rave reviews to Bar Mitts, which I use on my straight bar commuter bike and my Schlick Northpaw fat bike. I know it is supposed to get into the 50s or even the low 60s here in SE Wisconsin where I ride, […]

  19. Need a price on a complete build of a Northpaw. Live in Rio Grande, NJ 08242

    609-374-0381

  20. […] I’ve been putting the Wippermann Connex 1R8 through its paces on my Shimano Alfine IGH equipped Schlick Cycles Northpaw for the past 8 months with zero […]

  21. […] from Schlick Cycles sent us these photos of a custom-built Northpaw fat-bike with a Gates Belt Drive,  a Rohloff Speedhub and a SRAM Dyno front hub that they built for a rider […]

  22. […] Offset fat-bikes include the Surly Pugsley, 9:0:7 offset and Schlick Northpaw. […]

  23. […] Northpaw was decked out with GPS sensors and cameras to record the action during the 47K race at the Fat […]

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