About the Kalakala

The Kalakala, inspired by the Washington State Ferry of the same name, is a hand-crafted performance touring bike. Built in Seattle, The Kalakala is perfectly equipped for both your daily commute and long distance rides throughout the Pacific Northwest.
­• The Kalakala is available in 49, 52, 55, 58, 60, 62 cm frames.
• Visit our store to take one for a test ride.
• Pricing starts at $2,020.00.
Contact us for further information.

  • Hand made in Seattle, Washington
  • Designed by Alex Kostelnik
  • Double Butted Cro-Mo tubing from Mississippi, USA
  • Union made steel tubing made in America
  • Extra long chainstays
  • Low bottom bracket for enhanced stability
  • Relaxed head tube angle for “no jitters” riding
  • Braze-ons for every commuting and touring need
  • Fits super fat tires with ease
  • Fender clearance galore
  • Will fit virtually any rack ever made w/o messy clamps
  • Wheels: 700c 32h Tiagra/Open Sport wheelset
  • Tires: Schwalbe Delta Cruiser in creamy white
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore long cage
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano triple
  • Shifters: IRD Power Ratchet Thumb Shifters
  • Chain: SRAM 9 Speed with 3 extra links added
  • Cassette: Shimano 9 speed 11-34
  • Cranks: Sugino XD500t triple 24-36-48
  • Bottom Bracket: Simano BB-UN 55 107mm
  • Pedals: MKS Sylvan Tour
  • Seat: Brooks B-17 Special
  • Seatpost: Kalloy Laprade
  • Headset: V/O Gran Cru
  • Bars: V/O Porteur
  • Brakes: Shimano Altus CT-91 Cantilever
  • Brake levers: V/O City Bike Brake Levers
  • Grips: Origin8 Pro Corkie/Cork ribbon tape

Want this custom bike to be even more customized?
We can also include any of the following:

  • Wheels: Shimano Tiagra hubs and Mavic Open Sport rims. Or why not have us build you a handmade custom wheelset?
  • Headset: Chris King No Threadset, Cane Creek 110EC, Tange Seiki J62, IRD Technoglide.
  • Bars: Anything you can imagine. We like uprights.. but..
  • Tires: Remember the Kalakala has mondo tire clearance. Just short of a 29’er will fit.
  • Cranks: Sugino Impel 150x 28-38-48
  • Pedals: What do you like? We like MKS.
  • Derailleurs: Shimano XTR- it’s expensive but then again it’s amazing! (Black only)
  • Brakes: Avid Shorty and Shorty Ultimate (Black Only), Cane Creek SCX-5, Paul Components Touring, Shimano CX-50 & 70, Tektro CX-710 (Black Only)
  • Levers: Avid Speed Dial Ultimate, Paul Love Lever, Shimano XT-M770, Tektro MT-5.0, TRP ML-930 (Black Only)
  • Seatpost (27.2):VO Grand Cru Seat Post (Long Setback), Nitto Dynamic
  • Saddles: any other crazy beautiful Brooks you can dream of
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Plus, anyone? Continental Gator Skins?


Our friend Everett Ó Cillín rode a Kalakala through nearly every country in Europe and 16 US States:

"On August 11, 2014 my plane touched down at Copenhagen International. Adam and I unpacked our bicycles in the airport parking lot and followed a well signed bike path into the heart of the city. We had no map, no phone, and no place to stay that evening - everything was going to plan. Since then I've visited over three-hundred museums, galleries, kunstfarms, squats, and secret garden projects in sixteen countries on a hand built Kalakala bicycle."

Read about Everett's Kalakala and their ride to Joshua Tree in The Radivist