Hey folks, our NAHBS bikes are on the truck southbound to Austin… Godspeed to Mickey and lets hope the Red Bull works.
Up next is another IF/Rapha XS that will be on display in the Rapha booth along with the other bikes in the Rapha Bicycle Collection. This one is built up with SRAM Red and Mavic’s new R-Sys SLRs that feature Exalite coating, a modern, high-tech take on their old ceramic braking surface. They look great in all matte black.
Let’s throw in a little dirt to mix it up. Here we have a prototype of a ti Factory Lightweight single speed mountain bike. Chris Rowe and I had a lot of fun going all Chip Foose on this one with the stripes.
Sticking with the dirt theme, we have a steel Club Racer that is designed in collaboration with Sandy Whittlesey, the mad dirt road genius behind D2R2. If you haven’t done this ride, sign up now. Similar to last year’s SSR to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, we will be raffling off a custom build of this frame-set between now and August to benefit the Franklin Land Trust, the good folks that protect the beautiful scenery in Northwestern Massachusetts where D2R2 is held.
Switching from dirt to mud, we have a brand new all carbon model, the Cross Jester. Shown here in single speed belt drive, featuring Phil Wood’s new rear cog for the Gates belt drive system. This cog is a work of machined art, and incorporates White Industries free wheel internals.
Last, but not least, is one near and dear to my heart (literally), since this is for my lovely wife Toni (aka Mix-T). It’s the Caffeine Racer, the ultimate weapon when a speedy injection of coffee goodness is required to get through the day. Inspired by the cafe racer movement in motorbikes, this Barracuda Purple and black checkerboard beauty features an 8 speed internal hub, chrome cafe bars, Phil-centric BB, a carbon and aluminum disk brake fork, Paul racer brakes in the rear, a dynamo powered headlight, and of course, a custom painted stainless steel coffee tumbler.
I really have to give a big shout out for the crew, they’ve done an amazing job bringing this all together, and I couldn’t be more fortunate than to work with such a great group of dedicated and fun people. Thank you Shawn, Keith, Ron, Brian, LPB, Chris, Poni, Ryan, Benny, Adam, JP, Jesse, and Toni.