When I first saw this bike at Golden Saddle Cyclery, I was drawn like a moth to a flame by the purple Chris King parts complimented by the matte titanium finish. This Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel is one sleek road bike but it’s not without little build nuances.
SRAM Force cranks, Red brakes, Ultegra Di2 derailleurs, Ultegra shifters and ENVE wheels. There’s something about electronic shifting on a bike that pre-dates the technology that some would find maddening with all the wiring, but personally, I like it. Especially when the bike is easy on the eyes!
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Photo by Chris Lee
To commemorate the opening of Kinfolk’s new store at 94 Wythe in Brooklyn, Sean from King Kog commissioned Kinfolk‘s Kusaka-San to build a vintage-inspired road bike to compliment the rare Sugino 75 road group he acquired. Down to the disc wheel! This bike is insane and Kyle at Trackosaurus Rex has a great story on Kinfolk that you should really check out, along with more photos of this machine.
Specifically, it’s what a titanium alloy frame from Empire Cycles looks like straight off the Renishaw 3D printer system. Nuts huh? Personally, I’m more stoked to find out these are all made in England but if you’re a numbers person, head over to Dezeen for the full technical data-breakdown and see more at Empire Cycles.
I’ve known Crihs for a very long time and each time I see him, he’s got a new bike. Not a new, new bike, just a different bike. I don’t think anything Crihs owns stays new, or at least looks new. His rides are all street-ridden and thrashed. Basically, his bikes are very, very happy.
This Legor Cicli singlespeed cross bike is an incredible machine. Vintage Shimano levers, PAUL cantis, vintage ATAC, a thrashed Flite and the rest of the components don’t distract from the impeccable fillets and halftone paint job. I even love the mis-matched black Thomson with a silver face plate!
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Photo by Ace Carretero
Ace shot some incredible photos of Alonso for Leader Bikes on his new Equinox track bike. Zoe’s a strong rider and has such great style and Ace did a great job capturing it. See more photos here!
Hubert from Cycles d’Autremont has been in town for a few days now, en route back to Burlington, Vermont. He brought two bikes with him on his trip, one of which being this deep red road bike. The color is what really caught my eye, which coincidentally came from a reference in Rem Koolhaas’ book Colors – Hubert’s an ex-architect as well…
Some details, which will probably catch the eye of builders off the bat: To keep the proportions balanced on this 52cm road bike, Hubert machined in-house a 1.25″ taper head tube and ran a Chris King Devolution headset for proper stack.
He then used a tapered top tube from Deda so he could run a 27.2 post, 25mm Deda Chainstays and thinner seat stays.
Dura Ace, ENVE and Chris King, Challenge Strada tires… Yep. This thing is stylish! As described by Hubert “this thing for me was an exercise in doing a new-school bike”. Believe it or not, bikes like this are much cheaper for a builder like Hubert to make. The whole thing goes together much faster than a randonneur frame or a traditional lugged road.
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Yesterday Hubert D’Autremont rolled into town, after spending a month in Arizona. As he was unloading his road bike (more on that later), I looked in his truck and saw this singlespeed 27.5 hardtail. The first words out of my mouth were “oh shit! we’re gonna go shreddddddding tomorrow!”.
Shred is exactly what we did and post sess, I shot some photos of this incredibly simple, yet elegant bike.
Expect more soon!
With all this talk about “adventure” bikes, or “gravel grinders”, all I want to do it move back to old school rigs. Away from talks of hydraulic discs or 1×10 drivetrains and onto cantis, with MTB drivetrains. While it’s easy to overlook brands like Soulcraft in the modern age, they have been killing it for over 10 years with bikes like the Dirtbomb.
Don’t think cantis are a feasible option? Ride more. Learn to control your bike. Focus less on the details of what the industry sells you and more on the experience. This bike will rip apart your trails and potentially win MTB races.
I’m not sure what spawned this post, because honestly, the Dirtbomb has been around for a while. Actually, that’s a lie, I do know what spawned this, but more on that later…
Marinoni, one of the most renown Canadian frame builders are celebrating 40 years of craftsmanship with an exclusive 40th Columbus SL road frameset:
“The Marinoni 40th Anniversary SL is a lugged tubular Columbus SL frame with a classic look and geometry. The frame is offered stock with a BSA Italian bottom bracket and a choice of either threaded or threadless steel fork. Options of chromed finish give it a nice retro look. The 40th Anniversary SL is offered in 5 stock sizes and is also offered with optional custom geometry.
Available as a frameset, or in three Campagnolo groupset of configuration: Veloce Silver, Athena Silver and the very exclusive 80th Anniversary.”
I love this so much and I wish more builders would engage in their heritage more. Seriously, what an awesome idea!
Photos by Heather McGrath
I can’t see a pattern like that and not be reminded about Mark Rogowski Gator skate decks! Stephen’s Geekhouse Mudville Cross is so wicked. See more of this beast at the Geekhouse blog.