Hundreds of functionally, aesthetically, and commercially successful products.
Passionate about advancing the state of the cycling art, balancing creative innovation with real world experience.
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25 years of new product development. 19 years consulting, 6 years in-house. Specialization in carbon fiber frame design and 3D CAD sculpting.
Stephens designed frames have raced in Kona, Moab, and on the Champs-Élysées with podium finishes on the WorldTour, World Enduro Series, and others.
Primary specialty - sculpting carbon fiber with automotive surfacing software. Shaped one of the first hydroformed aluminum frames in the industry with Electra in 2004. Experience in steel, titanium, and thixoformed magnesium. Road, MTB, TT / triathlon, urban, cyclocross, gravel, & electric.
Components & Accessories
Experience designing products across the cycling industry - components, computers, headlights, helmets, bottles, cages, crankarms, trainers,
Personally designed products for over 150 brands. Product design, project management, and liaison to engineering and manufacture. Product development workflows for multidisciplinary teams involving market & product research, design resources, various engineering disciplines, rapid prototyping, and design for manufacture.
Fluent in advanced surface modeling and concept visualization in 2D and 3D. Expertise in class-A surfacing with Alias Studio; experience blending sculptural surface models (Alias) with engineering team's CAD (Solidworks) to create complex assemblies not possible with either tool alone.
Road bike experience from pro-level racing frames to fondo-friendly endurance rigs. Experience with international teams on pioneering superbikes optimized with computational fluid dynamics, and experience with daily cruisers retailing for 90% less. Mostly carbon but also steel, aluminum, magnesium (!) and Ti.
Have shaped hardtails, cross-country racers, all-mountain cruisers, enduro frames, downhill rigs, off-road singlespeeds, gravel bikes, and cyclocross frames.
Whether rigid, flexible by design, or fully suspended, the goal is to maximize structural integrity, optimize dynamic performance, and redefine aesthetic excellence.
TT / Triathlon
Personally a triathlete with experience designing both a non-UCI-legal integrated triathlon superbike with ergonomic features new to the industry and
a major brand UCI-legal time trial bike currently raced on the WorldTour with podium finishes at the Tour and several national championships.
Experience designing commuters, cruisers, and e-bikes. Some for utility, for efficient commuting practicality. Some for style...beach cruisers, retro designs...nostalgia for a simpler day. All with the idea that a bicycle should combine thoughtful design with a flair for the elegant. That the bicycle is a thing of passion is taken to heart.
Named on 20 patents and 10 international design awards including 4 Eurobike Gold Awards. Podium finishes at the Tour de France,
World Enduro Series, and several national championships. Niner Air 9 named one of the 25 most important bikes ever designed by MBA magazine.
Clients & Brands
Some of the 150+ brands for which millions of dollars of product has been personally designed in 25 years:
Avid triathlete, cyclist, and marathoner. Extensive world travel - 36 countries, including charitable work in Southeast Asia. Strong belief in passionate creativity,
personal integrity, and being easy to work with. Dedicated to leading with positivity, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.
Partner, Studio West Concepts LLC, Boulder, CO 2007 - present
Consultant, Raytrace Industrial Design LLC, Boulder, CO 2002 - 2007
Director of Design, Volan Design LLC, Boulder, CO 1996 - 2002