Rick Hunter of Hunter Cycles is always surprising me. He makes his own way through the framebuilding craft, always tinkering, and doggedly doing his own thing. He lives and works in Bonny Doon, CA, just three houses away from my childhood home. I stop by frequently on bike rides and last week on such a visit Rick had this built up 29er mountain bike he had recently finished for a local Santa Cruz woman. There are so many things about a Hunter bike that make it unique. The wishbone seat stays are a signature, but the newer chainstay design looks good and has a smart function (with the machined bridge the options for chainstay tubing are greatly expanded to tubesets not necessarily drawn for bikes). I love the dropouts, too, with the circular cut-outs, and the Hunter Cycles archer headbadge has always been a favorite of mine. See more photos over at the Hunter Cycles FLICKR page.