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In an age where rubbing disc brakes, dead electronic shifting, and fussy integrated cockpits rule the market, the idea of a simple bike with none of the above starts to look very appealing. A steel frame with a mechanical groupset has an analog quality to it that is hard to beat. It has undeniable panache, aero and weight don’t matter. I introduce to you my Affinity Anthem, a stainless steel workhorse of a bike mated to a groupset that is as timeless as they come.
Brooklyn-based Affinity Cycles has something a little different for your tool pouch or saddle roll. These nifty carbon fiber levers were designed by our friend Aaron Panone of AARN, are made in Brooklyn, and retail for $25 for a pair.
-Designed for all tires and rims- carbon or alloy, tubed or tubeless
-Made in the USA (Brooklyn!)
-MSRP $25 /pair
-Available directly via affinitycycles.com.
Stainless steel is real and the new Affinity Cycles Anthem road bike expands on that. This is the latest platform from the Brooklyn-based brand and it’s full of details. These new frames comes with a 1 1/8th to 1.5 inch tapered head tube, a carbon fork, internal cable routing, T47 bottom bracket, and premium sandblasted finish with polished graphics.
To enhance the buyer experience, 3 levels of complete builds are available via Affinity Cycles with customizable options including a premium weight weenie edition, tricked out the most insane parts in the industry.
The Affinity Anthem is also sold as a stand-alone frame set, headset included.
Other details include:
-Custom drawn 2205 stainless steel butted tubing with ovalized seat stays for strength and comfort.
-Removable set screw cable guides and plates for mechanical, Di2 and Etap builds. The devil’s in the details, this clever design feature ensures a clean and tidy build.
-Race-ready geometry available in 4 sizes, the Affinity Anthem covers a full spectrum of riders from 5’2” to 6’3”.
-Standardized 27.2 seat post diameter, removable der hanger, 100/130 spaced, 68mm bb shell, 43mm carbon fork with built in crown race, fits 28c tires
Check out more photos and pricing information below!
There has always been this kooky thing floating around the internet and oftentimes, even on the streets. I’ve seen it before in New York, someone JB Welds or finds another way to permanently attach a fixed cog to a hub on the left side. Sure, it’s mostly for looks, but there’s certainly a bit of appeal to something so weird. There are even reports of the USA team pursuit squad claiming it’s faster.
Whatever the reason, be it looks, or gains, Affinity Cycles contacted Phil Wood with a request to make a left hand drive kit. Affinity made 10 of these kits and they sell for $1,000 including everything you need to get your bike rolling… from the left.
This project came out great! Check out all the information in the video above, more details and photos below and ordering information at Affinity!
Photos by Kyle Kelley
Last weekend was Track Nationals in Los Angeles. Affinity Cycles’ racer Ash Duban was competing in the event at the VELO Sports Center and Kyle from Tracko was on hand to photograph her. There’s a great photo gallery up at Affinity Cycles, with a lot of behind the scenes shots, so go check it out.
The new Affinity Pro Team Kit is now available for pre-order, worn by Ash Duban, winner of the Red Hook Crit Milan No 5. women’s race and made by ENDO Customs in Los Angeles. Head over to Affinity Cycles for more information.
Introducing the New Affinity Cycles branding, website and frame colors. Brooklyn’s Affinity Cycles has been gearing up for a bit of a relaunch, in between their riders winning the Red Hook Crit women’s field, various alleycats and even competing in the 6 Days.
To start things off officially, Affinity announces three new frame colors and pre-orders: McQueen Green Kissena, Lollipop Purple Lo Pro and the Asphalt Metropolitan. All the frames now have hand painted graphics and their Kissena is featuring an all new carbon fork with aluminum steerer. Each can be pre-ordered as a frameset, or various build specs, ranging from $1,100 up to $4,400 for ENVE.
Check out Affinity’s new website as well, with a side-scrolling gallery of images, representing the brand’s ideology that a street bike can also be a race bike.
See more photos of the bikes below.
Man, I miss the shit out of NYC this time of year. Everyone is anxious about Monster Track! Scoop up one of these shirts at Affinity. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Monster Track events, parties and prize money. Sounds good to me!
I scooped this one off Affinity’s blog. Sinda Jukka is a long-time Affinity supporter and he just sent Jason these photos from an afternoon at the track, where the locals raced to celebrate 60 years of the Käpylä Olympic Velodrome in Helsinki.
Grain is good. See the rest of these lovely photos here!
Kyle just posted up some photos of Kelli’s new Affinity Kissena, built up by the Golden Saddle Cyclery guys for Chubby Boob. I was in the shop when the box of Shimano parts showed up and she is beyond stoked to be racing this beaut at the track. See more photos at the Trackosaurus Rex jammy down Flickr.
This just in from Affinity:
“Affinity is proud to officially release our Summer 2012 frame re-stock. Get on the latest batch of Lo Pro and Metro frame sets and complete builds while they last. Matte black, champagne money and chrome plated Lo Pro’s are looking sick, and our new Metro shouts NYC with liquid sparkle blue and orange decals. The frames are going fast and once they go, they are gone. Get at em, first come first serve.”
It’s funny how that top photo makes me miss NYC so much. Looking great Jason! Check out more photos at Affinity’s blog.
Photo by Kim Heikkinen
When I think of Finland, I think of death doom metal, not an Affinity Cycles Kissena Velo Fund bike. Thanks to Kim Heikkinen for keeping me on my toes. Jukka’s Kissena looks great and remember, you can get your hands on one of these bikes right here.
Affinity’s new lineup is heading over May 10th but you can pre-order them now. The Kissena is such a bad-ass frame.
Also in stock is a full re up of all 2012 Lo Pro color ways including Matte Black, Champagne Money Green and the Chro Pro.
Show your support of The Kissena Velo Fund and purchase the KVF Sparkle Black frame set. Half of the proceeds of the Kissena Velo Fund sparkle black frame sales will go towards funding the new redevelopment of the Kissena velodrome. We’ve also brought a final round of the popular candy black (kinda forest green tint) Kissena color way.
You’ll need to make a full deposit for your frame set, plus shipping to ensure your order and you’ll be first in line to receive a frame once they’re in stock. Check out the new frames below and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 718-384-5181 if you have any questions.”
This Eddy Merckx Panasonic road frame was crashed in a criterium race this year. Its mangled stays are hanging in Affinity Cycles in Brooklyn. How’s that for a Merckx Mondays post? Be careful out there guys