Beautiful Bicycle: Jon’s Icarus Road Bike Jan 31, 2011


I feel like this bike has gotten more previous posts than any other bike I have photographed. That’s probably because there were so many people and so much involved in the production. We all know Ian at Icarus built it and that Circle A painted it and that it was for a rather particular customer named Jon. Even though my photos can’t compete with Justin Keena‘s, I had a lot of fun documenting it alongside the river in Austin.

Check out some more photos below!


This was the first day Jon had taken the bike out. Since Brian at Circle A expressed concern about it being a dirt magnet, we thought it was best to take it out on the trails to shoot it.


Aside from the paint, the seat tube cluster is the most elegant moment on this bike. Ian took some old skills he learned while working at Seven and for the first time, used an integrated carbon seatstay.


The sleeving process enabled Ian to get creative with hand-carving the intersection.


Jon decided to go with Record 11 on this ride, making it a high-performance machine. When I asked about the choice in group, he said he told himself that he’d never own a bike like this in the Northeast but in Austin, where’s its warm year round, he could justify it. This is one mean machine! Perfect for the hills!


Here’s the side-shot of the bike.


I’m very impressed with Ian’s work and Brian at Circle A did a bang-up job on the paint!


Jon standing with his bike. The digital version. There’s one more side to the story behind his bike, which I’ll go over later today! Thanks for letting me shoot it dude. We need to ride! There are many more photos up on my Flickr. Go have a look!

Recent Roll: Jon’s Fallen Icarus
Icarus Frames: Jon’s Road Bike
Sneak Peek: Jon’s Icarus Roadie

  • sage

    Two things… what’s with the lug “lining” on the 4th photo. Sharpie?
    Also, why a setback seatpost on a custom frame?

    Pretty rad looking bike all around, though.

  • Sage, Thomson setbacks actually have less back-sweep than standard seat posts. Go look it up. As for the lug-lining, it had to coved up some epoxy that was seeping out. Brian did the best he could there…

  • wade

    getting pretty good and pshopping out the prop-stick, eh? …
    sweet ride and nice pics. for all the slickness of seamless and studio lamps, I much prefer the “natural environment” shots. I’ve never seen a bike ridden in a photostudio!

  • jon

    cheers and thanks for the excellent photos. john!

  • db

    So pumped to finally see the finished product! Looks like a sweet ride. I do have to second-guess the seatpost choice too though. Just aesthetically, I think it would be better off with a straight post with your the setback at the head, rather than having the thomsen all the way down like that. I can totally understand the allure of that peerless USA cnc’ing though… not to mention the range of sizes and adjustability.

  • Tom

    Following up on Wade’s comment – is that how you got the side shots of the bike standing alone, by photoshopping out something that was holding it up?