About

Whit TRT
That is not the right direction

Meriwether” was a nickname given to me long ago by a friend that appreciated my love for old paper maps and finding new routes in places we loved to explore. That usually involved getting lost and bushwhacking but we always found our way homes with a smile.  If you don’t know who Meriwether Lewis is (of Lewis and Clark) go read the Corps of Discovery journals and find out. Meriwether Lewis was the expedition’s naturalist who documented new species of plants and animals and was the primary route-finder.

I guess I’m getting old now having been riding bikes since the late 1970’s and mountain bikes since the early ’80’s, having grown up at the base of Mt. Tam in Marin County, CA…this sport is in my blood.  I couldn’t quit if I wanted to. I’ve raced MTB and Cross professionally in the 90’s and toured a bunch in the 2000’s.

I learned to build bike frames in 2010 from a master framebuilder in Denver and since then I have logged countless hours in the shop putting serious sweat equity into this trade. Meriwether Cycles, LLC was established in 2013 I produce around 24 frames a year.  My wide range of cycling experiences enable me to figure out what is best for each individual rider and the goals they want to achieve with a fully custom bike. I focus more on the nuts and bolts than the painting and pictures. But I appreciate a beautifully painted bike like the rest of ’em and if you’re willing to fork out the extra cash I’ll gladly send it off for that finish only the specialists can provide.

I include you in the whole build process, from your body dimensions to what you plan to do with the bike and all that means for the placement of racks, bottles, bosses, and so much more.  I don’t build stock bikes, I build a bike for you, and because of that it’ll be different than any other bike on the planet.

If you’re interested contact us at: meriwethercycles@gmail.com

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    1. I am soon mounting up a set of Velocity Dually rims, so that’s my choice. There aren’t many options yet but more will be out in the next year or so (I think).
      If you want to run tubeless, I’d go with the non-cut-out Duallys. The Surly Rabbit Holes are pretty good rims but I’d rather have no cutouts and nicer finish to the rims. Northpaw Components also makes a 29 x 47 wide rim I think but it’s also got cutouts.
      If you’re wanting to wait for something lighter, i bet there will be a carbon 47-50mm wide rim coming out sometime next year, maybe Whisky Components or the like. Totally guessing there but with at least TWO more tire choices now (Vee Rubber and Maxxis) it’s just a matter of time…

  1. Hah, I know you loved your High Sierra. You put a few more miles on yours than mine 🙂
    It was my first *mountain* bike. Had a Schwinn Tornado and a Raleigh BMX bike before that. Sadly, I don’t think I ever got to ride the High Sierra on Tam before it got stolen.

  2. Great bio. And I love reading that you were up here for 24HOL. Come back to the Yukon for our newest event: 5+ Hours of Light on the winter solstice.

  3. I was lucky enough to have a Whit Johnson built Meriwether and the whole process was amazing. The level of detail and passion for the build that Whit showed was impressive. The final creation, a bike built exactly to my dimensions and vision, is like nothing I have ever ridden before (and I’ve been riding and racing for 30 years). Not only does it look incredible – people stop me on the street – but the performance is just thrilling. I have a quiver of race ready, carbon road and mountain bikes and they just sit. This has become my only bike. I race it, I ride it in the woods, on the road, into the mountains, and to the store. This bike has restored my childhood love of riding. It’s that good.

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