SL Rosko Dec 29, 2009

I mentioned Rosko earlier today in the Loop magazine entry. At the time I couldn’t find a link to Seth’s site. He just emailed me with his website’s address, which redirects you his Flickr page, where I found a few images of “J’s” bike. If this paint job doesn’t grab your attention, I don’t know what will. Nutty! Check out the build pic below.

Seth used to work for BMW and since then he’s opened his own shop in Bushwick called SL Rosko. He focuses on Motorcycles, MTB and street-track bikes. His first build, from 1997, still sees the streets of Brooklyn.

Be on the look-out for more information from SL Rosko in the new Loop Vol 3. As soon as I can get my hands on one, I’ll post some pictures from Tak‘s visit to Seth’s shop. If you’re interested in visiting the shop, or inquiring about a frame, shoot Seth an email.

Loop Magazine Vol 3

  • ian

    what size is that crazy paint one? the fork looks tiny compared to the HT

  • Craig

    I was gonna say the same thing…is it a 650? I’ve never been fond of large headtubes but the paint job definitely makes up for it.

  • Seth just replied to the same questions on the NYC Fixed boards, so I’ll spare him the work and repost it for him:

    Yeah, it appears larger than it is. Actually a 60 c to c. But that is the simple answer. On fixed gear bikes intended for street use I generally like to build a higher BB for cornering clearance. Then we add the fact that this bike was made for the rider to use 175mm cranks and we bump it up that little bit more. Depending on physique these cases can give us a difference of 10-15mm. So you end up with a higher C.O.G. but counter that with increased lean angle.

    This tall look is compounded by the short wheelbase (for this size). Forgoing a chat on TT lengths it should suffice to say this was designed for use with bullhorns, and designed for a very specific rider compartment.

    Making a big bike handle like a smaller one is a path filled with compromise. We want the bike to handle like the smaller sprint bikes the rider was used to. So while the WB is longer than a standard sprint geo- it is only lengthened enough to give a comfortable position and zero overlap w/ 175’s and L clips.

    The goal is to have the rider comfortable and able to wield the precision handling. Tight, light and quick. Hope that answers the question.