Joshua’s Sparse-Edition Icarus Steel and Carbon Road

Ian Sutton of Icarus Frames is no stranger to uniquely-constructed bicycles. His Leviathan is still, to this day, one of my favorite concept bikes I’ve seen. When Josh from Sparse lights contacted Ian about doing a fillet steel and carbon tubed road bike, Ian took the challenge… and the result is amazing. After fillet brazing the sleeves and shaping the ends, he bonded ENVE carbon tubes to complete the frame.

The final result was painted by Brian Meyers at Fresh Frame, with Sparse branding and fit with Mad Fibre wheels. Personally, I think it’s one of the most unique frames to come from Ian since the Leviathan… See for yourself in the Gallery!

  • Tony

    It’s been a while since I was last inspired by design. This is one fantastic looking bike.

  • Danny Pagano

    Saw this thing at Interbike, so gorgeous.

    • I wish I had seen this at Interbike. Bravo, Ian.

  • Jeff Plunk

    What are those lights? Love them!

  • CM

    those lugs are sofa king cool

  • spcycuttlefish

    So top tube and rear triangle are carbon? Would love to know how it rides!

    • Joshua Robot

      Fork, top tube, seat tube and rear triangle are carbon tubes. Ian actually built up a entire front triangle and then cut it apart to make the lugs. Link to build photos below.

      As for the ride, it handles like a pure road racing bike but has clearance for 28c tires for grinding that gravel. It is a joy to ride!

      • spcycuttlefish

        Thanks for the process pics! It’s a great idea I bet it comes real close to that 17lb mark with a nice steel lively feel to the front end and stiff power transfer from all the carbon in the back. Love the work Ian is doing.

        Is the rear triangle made from two carbon forks? Is that how it’s usually done? The more I think about it the more it makes sense to do that..

  • Andrew M

    Hey John, and idea what the saddle is?

    • Jerome

      That’s an Ergon saddle, Andrew. I think Robot may have switched it out already.

  • Alex Forbes

    That bike is GORGEOUS. Simple, yet stunning paint job, beautiful craftsmanship on the whole thing, and those lugs are awesome. Truly a wonderful machine.

  • John Wyatt Danenberger

    As a long time reader of this blog/site, I wanted to thank all of you for insights, opinions, and 2 cent reviews. I am one of the silent members of the readership that has benefitted greatly from your collective expertise. Now, for a softball question: What kind of bartape was used on this build? My thanks in advance, and again, all the best for 2014!