Throw some bigger tires on these beauts and I’d be so into them! I say that like I’m I’m not already into them. Firefly put out two solid looking machines this week, including this Ti disc machine with XTR cranks and this carbon and a Ti / carbon disc with RED. I love how the builds are so different, yet their intended uses are the same.
Side note: I’m trying to use a different word than “adventure” for bikes like this. Any ideas?
It’s a shame when a name like Serotta shuts their doors after years of building steel, titanium and carbon frames in the USA. When the brand collapsed, The Pros Closet on eBay liquidated a ton of frames, which is where Chris scored this Pronto Ti frameset for a killer deal. It took him a little bit to gather all the parts. At the time, Deda Superleggera parts weren’t easy to find, SRAM was in the transition from 10 to 11 speed and he was thrashing the wheels on his cross bike. Once cross season ended, it was time to dial in his road bike.
See more in the Gallery!
I actually like the process photos from Firefly more so than the studio shots on projects like this. At first glance, this masking detail is something you might miss, right? See more at the Firefly Flickr!
Well, technically they’re Thomson-designed, Lynskey-manufactured frames but it’s still rad if you ask me! The Elite 275 (clever name) is the first to the spotlight, followed by the Elite 29, a singlespeed 29r that comes with a Rohloff Option and a Thomson singlespeed drivetrain. Eventually, there will be the Elite Gravel road bike, which is, as you might have guessed, for off-road action.
Other developments include the new Thomson Pave Post, for road, cross and other drop-bar bikes that get some time in the dirt.
You will even be able to visit their facilities in Macon, Georgia and give them a test ride.
Check out more information at Thomson.
No.22 Bicycles just recently completed a build of their Little Wing titanium track bike. If you remember their Great Divide Road, then you know what to expect here. American-made, precision titanium at a pricepoint lower than their competitors.
The Little Wing features a No 22-designed integrated saddle clamp, custom drilled Phil Wood hubs laced to Wheels of Mass Destruction carbon rims, a tapered carbon, undrilled fork and those sick Phil Wood cranks. It’s over the top!
See for yourself below!
Last week, I made a post about No 22, a Canadian company who is producing Made in the USA titanium track and road frames. Their road frameset, the Great Divide, retails for around $2,500 (Enve tapered fork, Chris King i8 and Thomson clamp included) and as these photos show, builds up quite nicely with your choice of kit. The guys sent over some photos showing both a Campagnolo Super Record 11 and Dura Ace 9000 build.
Check out more below.
The Great Divide Road Frameset
The Little Wing Track Frameset
I can’t tell you how many companies I get emailing me their frames but rarely do the words Made in the USA appear in the copy. No 22 is a Canadian company, using a well-known US-based titanium manufacturer to produce high end but affordable frames.
Their two models are the Great Divide road frame and the Little Wing track frame. Both of which tout clean detailing and construction. I’m waiting on a complete build to post as well, so stay tuned. Until then, check out No 22′s offerings here!
What better way to round out the day than with some Ti anodizing from Firefly? If this were a cross bike, I’d say it’d need a set of the Purple PAUL touring cantis. By the way, another batch is going up on Friday…
Photo by Heather McGrath
For Firefly’s latest build, they had Boston photographer Heather McGrath come in for some detail photos. I’ve been following this bike’s process over on their Tumblr and the end product is quite nice. Check out more detail photos from the Firefly titanium and carbon road at their Flickr and see the full build right here.