Icarus Frames: Matte Black Road Frame

Ian from Icarus Frames came by the Radavist HQ today and he brought this new matte black road frame that just came back from paint. With a mix of True Temper OX Platinum at the seat tube, head tube and Columbus Zona / Life elsewhere, it’s got modern lines with very classic proportions. This one’s a beaut! Clean fillets, a braze-on front derailleur hanger and an ENVE road fork.

My favorite detail however was the arrow, painted on the top tube and the classic Icarus insignia on the downtube.

Shooting matte bikes in a studio isn’t easy, but I’m getting the hang for it. I wish I could shoot this beaut all built up. Instead, you’ll just have to check out more studio photos of this killer frame below.

  • ap

    that’s p. darn nice. he made it the wrong size tho. should be ~3 cm larger

  • Directeur Steezois

    Hey John, if you’re ever in Chicago you’ll be welcome to shoot this one all built up..

    • Jerome

      Looking forward to seeing it around town.

  • Brian Richard Walbergh

    Paint or Powder?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      matte paint.

      • Brian Richard Walbergh

        Man, they did a super job, it is so even and substantial looking.

  • http://www.thefootdown.com/ The Foot Down

    Killer, everything should really be matte black. In life, I mean.

  • mywynne

    Man, I just can’t even. There is not a single thing I would change, super curious about the build spec!

  • http://playwithfire.tumblr.com Kyle Scully

    it’s murdaaah

    • Morgan Taylor

      We mob all black?

      • http://playwithfire.tumblr.com Kyle Scully

        So you’ve heard?

  • http://joewill.ca/ Joe

    Man that arrow is so good.

  • Morgan Taylor

    I just love the feather on the seat stay – a detail I always look forward to on Ian’s bikes!

  • tertius_decimus

    This is sheer pornography.

    • PwetStar

      I don’t think his new office has a casting couch…


      • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

        There’s a couch for sure….

  • STGTprogressiv

    So clean !

  • brieboyg

    clean and mean.

  • Justin Spinelli

    why does anyone need to know what tubes are used and what fork is on on there? well done, ian. -j

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Because people ask.


    Man. Than is one sexy beast. It’s elegant but so Rock-n-Roll too! Thanks for this Prolly!

  • Peter

    stupid question: why are the barrel adjusters often (but not always) put on the Down Tube? With this placement the cables rub on the Head Tube and anti-friction tape has to be put there to protect the paint. I see barrel adjusters sometimes brazed onto the head tube, but rarely. That would seem like the better spot to me….there must be something I don’t know.

    • boomforeal

      cable stops on the head tube seem to introduce more problems than they solve: more exposed to damage and water (rust), and they make it harder to get housing routed properly

    • Sascha

      Just cross your cables in front of the ht, left shifter goes to right cable stop and vice versa. Then cross inner cables back under downtube. Tadaa, no rubbing! Also when people see it, thats a nice little reason for some bike chat ,

  • Mike

    oh my fuck

  • Jordan Mackinnon

    Want dat. Do I need another bike? No. Still want dat.

  • David Meredith

    that’s awesome. I designed and built a road frame a while back for One Ghost Industries I named the Icarus. It has a feather on the chainstay too!

  • boomforeal

    the headtube and seattube badges are pure class

  • Kyle Kelley

    This fucking bike is killer!

  • Kyle Hayes

    The headset is upside down :P

  • Salim Riley

    Why would he not go all Life? Just wondering. Cost? Tube profiles?

    • Ian Stone

      Rider weight, geometry and riding style all come into play.