MB-1 Mar 24, 2009

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pics by Miha Matei

My good friend Devotion just finished up his first frame. The complete bike is stunning and definitely a noble steed worthy of his already insane stable. All of his builds seem effortless and completely comfortable. Read below as he describes what went into this work of art…

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picture by Miha Matei

The build of the bike was very much inspired by British “club racers” and “all-rounders” of the 50’s and 60’s. Being my first frame, I liked the idea that a single bike could be built to be ridden with a number of intentions. British racers used to ride geared/fendered bikes to the track, often carrying a spare set of track wheels on fork mounted “sprint carriers” and then convert it to a “path racer”…only to re-install the fenders, brakes and other bits before heading home.

Knowing that I will never part with this first frame, I wanted a versatile build that I could set up in a number of ways for the rest of my life. The clamp-ons and 120mm rear spacing mean I can set it up as a fixed-gear, 5 or 10 speed with relative ease. Truth be told, I just wanted an excuse to gather all of the cool old Campy bits. While it does have fender clearance, it’s more of a vintage racing bike (traditional racing geometry of 73 degrees parallel) than a vintage rando bike.

Wanna see more? Check out his gallery here.

  • http://theklinik.wordpress.com igor

    sooo sweet

  • T_M

    I was expecting a Bridgestone MB-1, so I was momentarily confused…

    Classy nonetheless!!!