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Epic Wheel Works will change name due to potential trademark conflict with Specialized

Avatar by on March 10th, 2011 at 9:17 am

Jude Kirstein in her shop.
(Photos © Russ Roca)

Portlander Jude Kirstein, who has spent two years making Epic Wheel Works a successful wheel building business, has decided to change the name of her company after finding out that Specialized Bicycle Components would enforce its trademark rights based on their use of the “Epic” brand.

Kirstein launched her wheel building business in 2009 out of a tiny, 64 square-foot shop in Southeast Portland. Despite a daunting economy and the niche focus of her business, her hard work was starting to pay off. Kirstein recently made her first hire and with a growing customer list, she has long outgrown her tiny space. In a big move for a small business, she plans to move into a new storefront in the coming weeks.[Read more…]

Pedal People: Jude Kirstein of Epic Wheel Works

Avatar by on November 29th, 2010 at 11:33 am

Jude Kirstein in her shop.
(Photo © Russ Roca)

The latest episode of our ongoing Pedal People series features Jude Kirstein of Epic Wheel Works. Jude launched her custom wheel building business back in March of 2009. Since then, her business — which she runs out of a small shop in Southeast Portland — has flourished. Jude now makes wheels for several local custom bike builders and bike shops as well as maintaining a client list that includes adventurers, racers, and other high quality wheel enthusiasts all over the world.[Read more…]

Event of the Week: Epic Wheel Works’ ‘Live the Revolution’ party

Avatar by on May 11th, 2010 at 11:41 am

Hard to believe it’s been a year since Jude Kirstein launched her custom wheel building business, Epic Wheel Works.

Since then, Jude’s learned a lot about wheel building, running a small business, and what it means to work and ride in the vibrant bike ecosystem that thrives here in Portland.

This Thursday, Jude will celebrate her first year in business with Live the Revolution, a big party and fundraiser at Madison’s Grill and Catering (1109 SE Madison, just a few blocks from her shop). [Read more…]

New wheelbuilder in town: Epic Wheel Works

Avatar by on March 31st, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Jude Kirstein in the Epic Wheelworks shop.
(Photos © Elly Blue)

Jude Kirstein was bike touring with friends in the Patagonian Andes and realized after climbing all those mountains that, “there’s nothing you can’t do — so you might as well go for the gold.”

After that trip, Kirstein returned to Oregon and earned a wheelbuilding certificate from the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland. Two weeks ago she fulfilled a long-held dream by opening up shop as a custom wheelbuilder here in Portland under the name Epic Wheel Works.[Read more…]