Chris’ Icarus Race Bike

This is the bike that really put Ian from Icarus Frames on the map. Well, at least that’s what I think anyway. My reasoning? It was one of the first truly over-sized / shaped tubesets he fillet brazed and the Fresh Frame paint job was so loud at the time, that I don’t think anyone was coming close to hitting that mark. Seriously, what the hell is up with those chevrons?!

When Chris built this up for the 2011 Philly Bike Expo, it had a Dura Ace group and Chris was still working on his fitness. Since living in Austin for over two years, he’s finally got this bike dialed in with performance in mind. Switching the King headset out for the Crank Brothers Direct SL Cobalt allowed him to lower the front end considerably. He then sold the DA, leaving this and his Serotta both full-SRAM.

What sets this build off the charts in my opinion are the wheels. Working at Mellow Johnny’s, Chris has access to some really great wheels, namely the Bontrager Aeolus 5 clincher. These lightweight race wheels are made in the USA and turn this every day road bike into a mean, lean race machine.

It’s hard to believe that Chris has had this bike since 2011. It seems so long ago. In that time, the neon orange paint has faded a bit, but the bike is every bit as stunning! See some more updated photos in the Gallery.

  • henrydtho

    I’ve been drooling over this particular frame (really, all Icarus frames) for a few years. I remember first seeing it and being a little bummed that there weren’t more pictures of it. It is great to see some updated shots of it still in action! Thanks again!

  • Tyler Johnson

    This is such a nice build. The tan walls are money.

  • Richard Smith

    Cool bike, cool wheels. I don’t mean to be rude, but are shots 20-24 a little bit fuzzy?

    • caliente

      A ton of shots on The Radavist show up fuzzy for me too; don’t think it is a “me” problem… Photos on other sites look fine… Never had the issue on the Prolly Blog/old format.

      • Yeah…. It’s on the list we’re working on. Basically, for whatever reason the gallery images are being auto-resized to 970px wide – so any time your display is wider than that in the gallery, they get stretched.

  • Awesome bike, and Props for using the Aeolus wheels! More riders should give the Aeolus a try over popular options like Zipp, Enve, and Reynolds; I’m not a stellar cyclist by any means, and I can feel a performance and ride quality difference.

    • kimbo305

      performance and ride difference between the Aeolus and other carbon wheels, or Aeolus and aluminum box wheels?

      • I have a set of Zipp 404 Firecrests that are two years old and I picked up a set of Aeolus 3’s last fall. It seemed to me, the Aeolus was smoother riding and less prone to sailboating in crosswind situations. Test results have shown the Aeolus 3 to be just as aero as the 404 with less material and weight. That’s my take anyway…

      • Chris Chou

        Bontrager’s rim is much stronger and their hub design uses the tried and true DT Swiss 240s free hub body. I have the new bontrager developed/swiss made 54 step star ratchets in there, gives 6.7* engagement IIRC, anyway feels good man. Plus I despise Zipp hubs. There, I said it. Bad seal design and too much play built in.

  • 10/10

  • alex

    what saddle is that?

  • Solaire of Astora

    This bike makes my penis hard.

  • FuckingFixie

    Do those tyres hold up for regular riding? i heard they’re pretty fragile

    • Chris has been riding on them and racing on them for about 6 weeks now if I’m not mistaken.

    • Chris Chou

      When I first came to Texas I was on these tires all the time, I kinda save em for race days and ride the Vittoria Rubino Pro for training and general riding. the Rubino holds up against the chip seal and gravel along the routes I find myself on longer than the Open Corsa, but the feel of racing on a 320 tpi clincher with latex tubes in is pretty much as close as it gets to a tubular without the hassle and cost of gluing