It used to be a year’s worth of favorites. Individual parts strewn over a studio backdrop, superlatives lifelessly frozen. How lame is that? So, then-gear-editor Ryan Palmer flipped the script: breathe some life into this bin-o-parts, might as well let each perform in lifelike glory. And thus spawned Dream Builds, each editor’s utmost in imagination of greatness. Sometimes they’re beautiful, sometimes they’re odd and sometimes they’re … well … yeah … about that, check back.

However, what each Dream Build shares in common is a meticulous attention to detail—each component, sometimes down to the material of fixing bolts, is hand-picked in order to fulfill an overall goal for the bike. Starting with a bare frame, or in the case of senior writer Ryan Palmer, just an obscure Italian shock, each Dream Builds is assembled piece by piece, part by part, until we’re left with bikes that couldn’t have been thought up anywhere else but the wandering dreams, day and night, of a motley crew of bike-obsessed journalists.

Without further ado, these are the 2018 Dream Builds.

Who do you think built it best? Drop us a comment at the bottom of the post and let us know what you think, or what you would’ve done differently.

Editor-in-chief Nicole Formosa’s Yeti SB150

CLIMB LIKE A BUTTERFLY, DESCEND LIKE A RAGING BULL

Nicole Formosa wanted a cake—and to eat it too: a bike that could rack up elevation and also charge back down. The Yeti SB150 fit the bill.

See the full build here.

Managing editor Will Ritchie’s Evil Offering

EDITOR WILL RITCHIE GETS FIRST DIBS ON EVIL’S NEW OFFERING

Will Ritchie found out about Evil’s Offering early, and built it into his ultimate trail bike—a bike to stoke the fire that urges another lap even after the sun goes down.

See the full build here.

Senior writer Ryan Palmer’s Specialized Stumpjumper 29

 

A ‘SHOCKING’ DREAM BUILD

Most Dream Builds are formed around a frame. Ryan Palmer had other ideas though and designed his dream rig around the obscure Italian EXT STORIA LOK coil shock.

See the full build here.

Photo editor Anthony Smith’s Transition Patrol Carbon

DOWN THE DH RABBIT HOLE

Transition started a short-offset movement with its new SBG geometry, and Anthony Smith tested how far he push the Patrol Carbon’s boundaries by building his Patrol Carbon with the burliest parts he could find.

See the full build here.

Gear editor Travis Engel’s Scott Ransom

LOVE, BETRAYAL AND RIDING OFF INTO THE SUNSET.

Travis Engel builds his bikes from the heart. He was married to an Orbea Rallon, but at the last moment the Scott Ransom came drifting into his life and swept him off his feet.

See the full build here.

See previous year’s Dream Builds here.