Category Archives: fixed gear
Chas’ Zipp Firecrest 404 Track Wheels
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson
When Zipp announced their Firecrest track wheels in both the 404 (58mm deep) and an 808 (82mm deep) model, it was very apparent they were making wheels specific to the track criterium crowd, not the velodrome crowd. Track racers who invest in a set of Zipp’s would opt for the Firecrest 404 or 808 tubulars. The clincher Firecrests are clearly designed for the street use.
These new 404 Firecrest track wheels come in a 28h front / rear 2x lacing pattern, use a single-sided fixed asymmetric rear hub with a non-proprietary lock ring and rather than go for a 15mm bolt, Zipp chose a 6mm allen.
Chas has been racing on these wheels, which found their way onto the Cinelli Work frameset. A steel singlespeed frame that can be ran as a fixed crit bike, work bike or even a singlespeed ‘cross machine. Kyle caught up with Chas at the Wolf Pack Hustle Civic Center crit a few weeks back and loved the look of these wheels.
With the Red Hook Crit Barcelona underway this weekend, Chas, his bike and those wheels will go through a thorough amount of work and personally, I like how this bike is looking.
Zipp Firecrest 404:
1,655g wheelset weight
$950 front and $1,150 rear
Zipp Firecrest 808:
1,805g wheelset weight
$1,100 front and $1,300 rear
In stock now at Zipp.
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What an incredible race promo video! Wait for it… See more at the Crampi Race III’s Facebook page.
All hail Bongripper.
Crihs and Sean take to the streets of Downtown LA on their Heavy Pedal track bikes.
Whether you’re into messengering, street fixed gear races or even singlespeed cyclocross, the new Mash Work Frames will fit the bill. Born on the streets and trails of SF, the Work Frame’s versatility is its most shining asset. As Mash’s first steel frame with Cinelli, the Work Frames were born from Chas Christiansen’s idea to have one frame to rule them all. Rather than painting the frames, Mash went with a raw, with a clear powdercoat, which will most definately patina over time with heavy use. These frames are spaced at 100mm and 120mm, with clearances for a 35mm tire and an english threaded bottom bracket.
The Work Frames are in stock now at Mash for $875.
13 brave souls from Hardbreakers rode 1,640 km across Europe from Budapest to Istanbul on fixed gears with vehicle support. Loaded or not, this is not an easy route, as the video illustrates. Looks like a fun ride guys!
Wow. Cinelli collaborates with a lot of affluent or well-known artists but I’m always drawn to their support of up and coming talent. Ana Benaroya‘s work is phenomenal. See more at her Tumblr!
Photo by Kim Heikkinen
I love bikes that are completely bombed by stickers, many of which are catch-phrases. Check out more photos of this street thrashed Surly Steamroller at Kim’s Flickr. Excellent documentation my friend.
It’s great to see a company like All-City bring some production back to the good ol’ US of A. Introducing their Pursuit Special track rings:
“These beauties are cnc’d in the USA and utilize a proprietary tooth profile for smooth and quiet operation. The 49-52’s utilize a solid body design with reliefs in the back for weight savings, while the 46-48’s have full cutouts.
In sticking with the theme of our aluminum track bike, the Thunderdome, we named them after Mad Max’s car, the Pursuit Special.”
Head to your local All-City dealer to order.
Here’s a short video showcasing German team Good Times Roll as they compete in various events and lay down the vibes for their squad.
This is not for the vintage elite, the collectors, the Eroicas, the spoke sniffers, or the internet aesthetes. Do not bother commenting on the lack of period correct toe clips, or the lack of bar tape, or how you don’t like white tires. The bar angle will rub you the wrong way and Scotty will ride on, not giving two shits.
Scotty’s a working messenger in Los Angeles. Scotty’s older than dirt. He walks with a stride, or a cadence that is only found in individuals who live, breathe and sleep track bikes. You won’t see Scotty on a road bike and in fact, you won’t see him on any other bike than this street-thrashed Eddy Merckx SLX pista. The components tell a story, moreso than any museum-grade bicycle will, regardless of heritage.
Like beausage? This bike is for you. Just remember, before you type a critique, Scotty don’t care. Happy Merckx Mondays. Thanks to Tracko for the heads up on this bike!