Schlick Cycles is a rider-owned company specializing in intelligent bike design! Our mission is to help you rekindle, or build anew, a passion for cycling that will help you live a healthier and happier life and look good while doing it.

Our Bikes

  • Growler – A versatile, disc brake road bike drawing on over 40 years of riding all road types.
  • APe – Our most aggressive fatbike. Made for suspension and shredding trails.
  • Tatanka – Our most versatile fatbike capable of running 5.0 tires on 100mm rims.
  • Northpaw – Our fatbike made for Rohloff Speedhub to ride beach, trail, snow, city, anywhere!
  • Schlick Shark, a performance cruiser our Signature Design!
  • Smitty, a versatile urban transportation bike
  • SuperFast, a more practical nod to “Fixie” simplicity

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Bike of the Week – For Sale – 54cm Schlick Cycles SuperFast Road Bike with Shimano Alfine 8

We built this SuperFast in about 2010 long before the recent disc road bikes started appearing. Plus, we built this one with an eccentric bottom bracket to allow for chain tension adjustment to accommodate a Shimano Alfine 8-speed Internally Geared Hub (IGH)! The idea was to build the ultimate commuter bike and the SuperFast lives up to the billing.

The red powder-coated 54cm frame is a Tom Teesdale built from TrueTemper Verus HT steel. The geometry is taken from Tom’s tried-and-true Allroad designs and can fit up to 35mm tires for sure. Depending on the tire you could probably even go 38mm. If you wanted to run fenders you could do up to 32mm.

Currently the SuperFast is sporting Fyxation Session 700 x 28 tires, which I find to be excellent urban assault tires, on Alex 28 rims laced up with black double-butted spokes. The rear hub is the Alfine 8-speed SG-501 while the front hub is an Alfine Dyno to power a 6v light system.

The Winwood carbon fork is great! It takes the edge off urban streets but is stiff as heck laterally for great steering response.

Moving to the cockpit you will find 440mm FSA Omega Compact bars, a black 31.8mm Thomson stem, and Versa 8 brake/shifters that are made specifically for the Shimano Alfine 8 IGH and are really slick.

Stopping power coms from Avid’s BB7 Road Disc brakes with a 160mm rotor up front and a 140mm rotor in the rear.

I rolled this bike in my first year of the Riverwest 24 and rode it on and off for a couple of years before I built another road bike so this one has only gotten occasional use for the past few years. I don’t know the mileage but it is less that 1,000 for sure. Could even be closer to 500 but I don’t know. What ever the milage it is in excellent shape and is ready to ride and take you on whatever adventure you are game for.

We need to get some other projects going so this bike is available at $1800. Contact us at info@schlickcycles.com and we will hook you up!

Not your size or looking for a different style disc brake road bike? Check out our Growler!

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Bike of the Week – For Sale – Schlick Cycles Simplified 24” BMX Cruiser in Orange – Demo Model

We did a few 24” Cruiser BMX Frames for team guys a few years back. This particular Orange “Simplified” was a backup bike and was only run for a couple of weekends at the indoor track in Walworth county, a couple of fun sessions at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park while it was still around in Milwaukee and a couple of local pub/fun rides. Probably less that 100 miles total and is in excellent shape.

This is a “Made in the USA” 4130 Cro-Mo frame that was hand-built by Tom Teesdale. Serial Number TET432

For the Geometry we started with basic specs from our best racer’s Redline Pro Cruiser and tweaked them to his liking.

Our Orange 24” Simplified Cruiser specs:

  • Effective Top Tube Length: 21.8″
  • Head Angle: 74 degree
  • Seat Angle: 70 degree
  • BB Height: 12″
  • Chainstay Length: 14.4″ – 15.6″

We built our BMX cruisers from an MTB background so a few details, like the 68mm English Bottom Bracket, Surly Track Dropouts and wishbone seat stay/brake bridge show our mountain bike heritage.

This Orange 24” Cruiser is built with:

  • Fork: Supercross SLT Cruiser
  • Handlebar: Sinz
  • Stem: Billet
  • Headset: Ritchey
  • Cranks: Profile Racing 175mm
  • Bottom Bracket: Profile Racing
  • Sprocket: Profile Racing 39T
  • Pedals: Fyxation Orange
  • Seatpost: Uno
  • Saddle: Odyssey Aiken
  • Brakes: Sinz Lever/Tektro Caliper
  • Wheels: Sun-Ringle
  • Freewheel: Shimano 17t
  • Tires: ITS MK2

This is a one of a kind bike and is available for $1200. Contact us at info@schlickcycles.com to make this one yours!

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Bike of the Week – Greg’s SRAM Force 1×11 Growler – We Can Build You One Like This!

When I decided to build one of our Schlick Cycles Growlers for myself, I know pretty much what I wanted. A 1×11 SRAM Force 1 drivetrain, at least 40mm tires that would be at home on the dirt or the road, a high-quality wheelset and a Thomson cockpit. Mission accomplished and it rides even better than I expected!

The Growler line was made for us in Portland, OR by Zen Bicycle Fabrications shortly before they closed shop. Seems shorter run jobs like ours couldn’t sustain their business model but the fact remains that these Made-in-the-USA frames are excellent build quality and have some really well thought out features that make them perfect Allroad bikes. We still have a handful of these frames as well as the Velocity Aileron Pro Wheelsets that we spec for the builds and can custom build you a one-of-a-kind bike that will give you years of satisfaction. Contact us at info@schlickcycles.com and let us help you spec out your dream ride!

Here’s the basic spec:

  • $1399.00 – Frame and fork
  • $899.00 – Aileron Wheelset
  • $99.00 – Thomson Seatpost
  • $99.00 – Thomson Stem
  • $249.00 – Thomson Carbon Cyclocross
  • $150.00 – WTB Valcon Saddle
  • $280.00 – TRP HY-RD Brakes
  • $150.00 – Clement X’plor Tires 40mm x 700c
  • $36.00 – Truvativ/SRAM Team GXP English Bottom Bracket Gray
  • $110.00 – SRAM PG1170 11-Speed 11-36 Cassette
  • $46.00 – SRAM PC-1170 11-Speed Chain
  • $231.00 – SRAM Force 1 11 Speed X-Horizon Rear Derailleur Medium Cage
  • $190.00 – SRAM Force 22/ Force 1 Double-Tap Right Shift/ Brake Lever
  • $274.00 – SRAM Force 1 GXP 172.5mm 110 BCD 42T Crankset
  • $87.00 – SRAM Force 1 Left Side Drop Bar Brake Lever for Cable Brakes

$4299 at Retail.

However, due to some great OE pricing we get from our supplier/partners we are able to offer a similarly specced Growler in your frame size for $3599.00.

John chose a bit or a different route with his more Road-focused Growler that you can check out here.

We also have the Growler frames available as a combo with a really nice carbon road disc fork here.

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Bike of the Week – Gulf Racing-Inspired Custom Schlick Cycles 2-speed Road Bike – For Sale


Schlick Cycles custom gulf Porsche bicycle

Greg and I have a car “thing” along with our bike “thing.” Especially for vintage race cars – mostly late 60’s and early 70’s. The Gulf Porsche 917 is maybe one of the most iconic and we love it. We love it so much we decided to have one of our Simplified bikes painted in this distinctive color scheme. You may be wondering “what is your Simplified bike line?” Well, at one time early on at Schlick Cycles we were dabbling with a line of singlespeed bikes. We learned pretty quickly that gears are good. We live in a fairly hilly area around Milwaukee and because of our technical savvy with various gearing drive trains (okay maybe our age and fitness level had something to do with it), we have only built bikes with multiple gears from that point on.

So, this particular bike started out as a single speed with cow horn bars and only one gear.

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Bike of the Week – John’s Road-based Schlick Cycles Growler – We Can Build You One Like This!


Schlick cycles growler road bike

This Growler is John Schlick’s personal ride that started with custom paint over the standard black powder coat and was built up with a 2×10 Shimano Ultra drivetrain, Velocity Aileron wheels with Sapim CX-Ray Spokes, TRP’s HY-RD Cable Actuated Hydraulic Disc Brakes, a Thomson cockpit and it all rides on Clement’s 35x700c X’plor USH tubeless tires.

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Available Now! Growler Framesets $1299

We’ve been building All Road bikes in the Good Ol’ US of A for a very long time. Before Schlick even existed, in fact! Some companies are now calling these Gravel bikes. I get it, we rode thousands of miles of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa gravel on bikes going back to the ’70’s that are very similar in geometry to the current gravel bikes. Guess what, they work great on the road too. Weird, Huh?

Our Growler is the latest iteration of the most versatile of road bikes with:

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