My Icarus Viking MAX track bike was incapacitated for a few months while the fork sat en queue at Fresh Frame. After a lot of surface rust started to form around the shorelines, I felt it best to just get it painted, if anything, for the longevity of the bike. Since this bike has one of the uber-rare Chris King stainless steel headsets, I got Bryan Myers from Fresh Frame to polish the stainless crown to match and he even added a little bit of wood inlay in the lug window. I have to admit, I wasn’t completely stoked on the wood inlay but It’s growing on me.
This bike has proven to be one of my favorites in the stable and why wouldn’t it be? It’s a classic track bike with some very unique detailing…
Photos by Andrey Jandarov
Let’s see, Columbus Mini Max, purple razzle dazzle and tons of White Industries? So good! Check out more of this purple beast at Elka Bikes.
Elkabikes: Columbus MAX Beast
Even though I have two awesome road bikes, part of me still misses riding my MX-Leader. Sure, they aren’t the lightest of bikes but they ride like none other. Even after parting with mine, I based both of my custom road bikes on its geometry. But this one’s got a history behind it. I rode this bike while I was in Australia last year and loved it. So when I saw Andy was parting with it, I got all pensive and contemplated buying it for a second.
This is one beautiful example of a non-team issue paint job on a stunning MX-Leader and FYXO is selling it now. If you ride a 58cm and have been looking for one, look no further. Check out his eBay auction here.
I just got back from Portland after a long day of traveling, to come home to a wonderful Merckx Mondays post from Fyxomatosis. Head over and check out more of this custom, one-of-a-kind Eddy Merckx MX-Leader restoration!
I’m back in Austin, after a completely incredible weekend of filming and photographing Giro’s new clothing line, New Road. One of the things that made this photo shoot different than a lot of previous ones were the people involved. There was an ex 7-Eleven racer, a magazine editor, the co-founder of kickstarter, a bike shop owner, a race organizer, myself and a few Giro employees.
One of those employees was Eric Richter, a key figure in Giro‘s helmet and cycling shoe division. Eric’s responsible for many of the rad new products that Giro has been pushing over the years, as well as their involvement in various events like the Red Hook Crit. I’ve gotten to know him from chatting at Interbike and other events but I really enjoyed getting to spend some saddle time with him on his new Black Cat disk road bike in the hills of NorCal.
Columbus MAX doesn’t make this the lightest bike ever but the bent stays, disc brakes, Dura Ace and Easton parts set this bike apart from any other MAX road bike I’ve seen. When Eric pulled this beauty out of his car, I had no idea what to even say. I was stunned. See for yourself below!
Nobody knows Eddy like Andy White from Fyxomatosis, so when Khalil contacted Andy for a one-of-a-kind MXL, he went overboard. Custom FYXO livery, custom FYXO decals, custom FYXO everything. Or as Andy puts it “no corners cut, no bullshit treatment“. This Merckx Mondays is a dedication to those who do it right. Andy, this is amazing.
See the full project here.
Oh man. I love me some Columbus MAX. I’ve got a track bike made from it and even my road bike’s seat tube is MAX. At this point, I’ve seen just about every resolution for the MAX top tube. This bi-oval beast is either capped in an awkward lug, or the seat stays wrap around it but I’ve never, ever seen a detail like that. Why hide something when you can express it?
That’s not the only detail expressed here. You’ve gotta check out more at the Elkabikes’ blog. The brake bridge, track ends and seat tube cluster are WILD.
Oh, and these guys are from Moscow!
Tokyo Fixed Gear‘s frame lineup for 2012 is rounded off with their new road model, the Road Rocket. If you’re in London, swing through the shop to test ride one, beginning today.
“With the Road Rocket we went ahead and indulged by designing our dream road frame. We have used our favorite tubing (Columbus MAX chain stays and down tube, Spirit seat tube and head tube and a skinny Keirin top tube & seat stays) to deliver performance in all the right places. The frame weighs 1.7kg / 2.06kg inc the Columbus Minimal full carbon fork. The Road Rocket is a credible contendor against titanium and carbon frames with all the comfort and durability steel brings. Estimated retail price will be £775 frame only / £900 frame and fork. Our first shipment is in the water now and will be with us very soon.
We will be offering the Road Rocket as a great value complete as well as a framset with a choice of Shimano Ultegra or 105. “
Check out more at the Tokyo Fixed Gear blog.