This section reports on two bikes, coming from a garage found from Brent Steelman's sales and marketing chief, Ray Schmal
They found the way to my collection via a Facebook community. Both bikes are worth nice other bikes, I had to trade in a Salsa a la Carter and a Merlin mountain with WTB parts.
Since this story is a very special, I´d like the full page to it - I'm still in contact with the nice very guy; Thanks Will, l, told you to give them a special place.
This is the ad and some pics from Will's arrival at the place back in December 2017.
"The very nice couple that I bought this from were friends/neighbors of Ray Schmal...This is up in the High Desert in California. Rosemond is the town, its a desert town....nothing much up there, very scattered community…disconnected from the city etc....lots of people trying to hide away from the masses….anyway, Ray needed a place to store a trailer he had, and asked if he could park it on their land. They agreed, it was to be a few months only… that is a picture I took either on the day that I bought everything or mid week when I went to pick up the fork….Ray moved away and said he would come get it after he moved.....that was supposed to be the deal, just a few months....it was years. They never heard back from him. They tried to contact him. No leads. They now needed to sell their property… .So Ray was a partner with Brent Steelman. Steelman Ray. Mac was the name of their partnership I believe.
From what I can tell, Ray was on the business side of the bikes. He went to the trade shows and had all the display items. I assume he was the one that did the press photos of the bikes etc...He handled the promotions and was a serious rider too of course. I don't think he had a hand in making the bikes generally. Its kind of weird, I even have personal family pictures of him that were left in some boxes. I hope someday that I can return them to him. I am so interested to hear what Brent would say. Did they remain friends? Is Ray still around? etc....."