Yamaguchi Team USA Track with CX Customization Sep 2, 2010

Photo by Mark Isaacson

Mark Isaacson’s Yamaguchi Team USA is one of beauty. Customizing a beauty like this is risky business but he did so with such tact and taste that I can’t help but be mesmerized with it. Mark took his Team USA track and converted it to a single-speed cross bike. Amazing.

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Photo by Mark Isaacson

Photo by Mark Isaacson

Photo by Mark Isaacson

Thanks for the photographs Mark! Ride that thing into the mud!

  • antihero1972

    why would you do that?

  • imp0r

    Sweet! The perfect winterbike.

  • http://www.cogmag.com kevin

    that thing is going to be hard as hell to ride as a cx bike. i hope he at least changes the bars…. looks hot tho!

  • santiago

    perfect winter bike right there.

  • Loo Ganida

    can I has please

  • Ammo

    Yeah, sure. A “perfect” winter bike with no fender clearance. Uh huh.

  • alex

    Why ruin an amazing track bike by turning it into a mediocre-at-best cyclocross bike? Get the right tool for the job!

  • Huh?

    What the fuck. Why would you ever do this? This bike is bad and everyone involved in making it (sans Yamaguchi) should feel bad for doing so.

  • Dave

    I am sorry, but this bike really does not make too much sense. Granted, it has pretty good tire clearance, but even in the realm of single-speed CX, it is not going to ride as well as something with a lower bottom bracket. The problem is the “stilt-step factor,” the original frame was already designed with a fairly high bottom bracket (for pedal clearance) to be used with track tires, like 20-21mm wide. As he’s increased the tire size to CX tires, which run between 30-34mm wide, he has also raised his bottom bracket, which is going to make the bike even more twitchy and unstable (not to mention those ultra-short chain stays).

    This guy probably could have bought a lower-end CX frame for less than doing the cantilever retrofit PLUS new paint to make this a cross bike.