Category Archives: titanium
Oh praise to the Necronomicog. Dear lord of the darkness and campfires, what have you manifested upon my eyes? What is this steed upon which you ride? I cannot get over how rad this bike looks.
Firefly’s bikes keep throwing me a curve ball. Just when I think I know what I want, I see a sinister steed like this. Hell, even a disc version would be killer. Yes, I just said that.
See more at their Flickr.
Yowwwwwch! I’ve always loved those Royce Racing Gold hubs but I’ve never seen them so well documented on a bike before. These Firefly photos are oooozing with gold bokeh. See more at the Firefly Flickr!
Last year was a bad year for Jon from Skratch Labs. Not related to the company, which grew exponentially since the last year’s Tour of California. No, 2013 was a bad year for Jon personally.
First, he and his wife were in the Boston Marathon bombing, then he got hit by a car in July coming down Boulder canyon, leaving his MCL torn and surgeries followed, unable to ride for a while. Two life-threatening events that gave him some perspective.
As a “life reward”, post-accident, Jon contacted Kevin at Mosaic to build a custom titanium RT-1 road with ENVE and Ultegra Di2. The inverted 2013 serves as a reminder and motivator to Jon as he pedals his way into recovery.
Right now, this bike is setup to accomodate his injuries. The saddle is slightly tilted back and the steerer remains uncut, to make the riding position a little more upright. Jon’s intentions are to slowly progress back to his normal riding position, but with all things, it will take time.
Time that Jon’s more than happy to spend riding this machine, like to the top of Rock Store during the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California, where I had, literally 5 minutes to shoot this bike!
I wish the best to Jon, his family and Skratch in 2014. Thanks to Mosaic for being so kind to him as well. See you guys in Boulder!
Every Firefly is a show bike, or at least the guys treat them like one. This simple Ti frame has an interesting anodizing job and a killer setback seatpost topper. See more at the Firefly Flickr.
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.
Chris already has an insane Icarus, but he wanted something new. A new mistress if you will. Being a mechanic at Mellow Johnny’s, he was rather tedious with this build, dialing it into perfection…
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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.