These days, it’s tough to decide on your stopping method. With some systems failing, skewer genocide on the horizon, and awkward setup required, the hydro disc cross and road bike market is at critical mass (no pun intended). I do however find this photo of the Dura Ace hydro caliper on the latest Firefly easy on the eyes.
Throw some bigger tires on these beauts and I’d be so into them! I say that like I’m I’m not already into them. Firefly put out two solid looking machines this week, including this Ti disc machine with XTR cranks and this carbon and a Ti / carbon disc with RED. I love how the builds are so different, yet their intended uses are the same.
Side note: I’m trying to use a different word than “adventure” for bikes like this. Any ideas?
I’m so stoked on this project from Firefly Bicycles. They put together a team of all incredible women to take on some of the nation’s greatest “adventure” races and set them up with these titanium gravel machines. Last weekend, they threw a build party, where each rider assembled their bikes. You can see those photos and more photos of the builds at the Firefly Flickr! Don’t worry, there’s more to come!
I actually like the process photos from Firefly more so than the studio shots on projects like this. At first glance, this masking detail is something you might miss, right? See more at the Firefly Flickr!
As much as I love SRAM’s XX1, Shimano is just so smooth, so when I see someone building a bike with the latest XTR group, I get warm fuzzies. Especially with one of those snazzy Wolf Tooth rings and Di2. Leave it to Firefly to build and photograph every bike like it’s a show bike. See more at the Firefly Flickr!
To answer any questions: yes, I’m building my new hardtail with XX1.
Say what you will about fancy paintjobs, with custom anodizing, but a murdered out black bike (albeit with a few color highlights) will still look so freaking rad. The latest from Firefly has me thinking about what color (or lack thereof) I’ll be painting mine.
‘Round these parts, MTB season is upon us and I’m stoked to get out and race, which has me looking at all kinds of hardtails. First up is this Firefly. See more at the Firefly Flickr!
Ya gotta hand it to Firefly and Eric Bones. This project came out so rad.
“We have designed and built thousands of steel frames in our careers, and we have developed a deep respect for the material and process. The Bones Project is our opportunity to use our knowledge and unique approach to frame building to push the functional and aesthetic boundaries of the most storied material in cycling.
The Bones Project exists at the intersection of manufacturing, art, and performance. It is a collaboration of designers, machinists, frame builders, and artists, most importantly the brilliantly talented local illustrator, designer, and muralist Eric Bones.”
See more detailed photos below and check out Firefly for the full scoop on this unique collaboration!
Each week, we’ve been receiving little snippets of the forthcoming Bones Project from Firefly. Here’s the latest… Next week, the Bones project will be unveiled. I hope you’ve saved your pennies!
Firefly Bicycles: The Bones Project Part 3
From the side profile, this bike looks merely red-kissed, but the rear of the bike washes your eyes with a vibrant splash of red. Check out more of this subtle beaut at the Firefly Flickr!