Soul Bikes (1993–1996)
Jason Stephens said:
- I started Soul Bikes in 1993 when I was in High School. I started the company because I kept breaking the street riding frame sets that were offered by the large bike companies at the time.
- Soul Bikes was one of the first rider-owned companies of the time.
- The first Soul Train prototype was made by Fabweld in Florida.
- I believe it debuted at on of the street contest in the fall of 1993 held in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
- The original Soul Train prototype was sent back to Fabweld to help set up the jigs for the first batch of frames and forks.
- The peg mount gussets were added to the forks for the first production run. I believe Soul Bikes was the first manufacturer to use the large diameter style peg mount gussets.
- In 1994 the first batch of Soul Train frame/fork sets was produced.
- The first batch of Soul Trains consisted of 100 frame/fork sets. The first batch of frames were available in Red, Green or Chrome. The frames were available with 990 brake mounts, cantilever brake mounts or without U-brake mounts. A small number of frames/forks were available unfinished (raw chromoly).
- The frame/fork sets were distributed in the USA by Chuck’s Bike Shop in Linthicum, MD. The frame/fork sets were also sent to China and South America for limited distribution.
- The second batch of Soul Trains consisted of 100 to 150 frame/fork sets. The second batch of frames were available in Red, Black or Chrome with 990 or Cantilever brake mounts. The forks were also available with 990 or Cantilever brake mounts. The second batch featured a thicker wall bottom bracket.
- The second generation Soul Train didn’t make it to production because I went off to college and no longer had time to run and grow the company.
- The frame has been sitting in my garage since 1995/1996 when I went away to college and no longer had time to run/grow the company.