Man, I still can’t believe David from Death Spray Custom painted bikes for each of the Cannondale team riders in this year’s Tour. What a huge undertaking that must have been, especially when you see the detail he put into just the fork (you). Keep an eye on the Death Spray Blog for more…
At this point, my Geekhouse Mudville is about as worn out as I am. It’s traveled the world multiple times and each trip to Australia, the build is slightly different.
Looking back, had I known this bike had clearances for up to a 42c tire, I would have ditched the 33c world a long time ago. For big, big rides, those 40c Nanos are the way to go. Surly’s Knard 41c looks like a great option as well, but I’ve yet to try them.
Over the past few years, this bike has proven itself to me time and time again. While there are a few characteristics that make a cross bike less-than-ideal for big tough dirt rides, I’d say it’s an all around, solid tool for the job. Even doing ‘road rides’ on a 40c ain’t as bad as you’d think.
Looking forward, I’m not sure what kind of bike I’d like to use for ‘dirt riding’ and travel. A road geometry with a slighly-slacker head tube angle is best suited for descending steep, rutted and sketchy fire roads, but the clearances for a larger tire make any rocky surface just kinda disappear, even on singletrack.
I’d love to make a bike with a road BB drop, a slightly slacker heat tube and enough room for a 40c tire but for now, this bike is ripping! Out of all of my bikes, it’s seen the most action and it shows, especially after a long ride like the two day Bush Blast (day 1 and day 2).
After that ride, I have had these photos on my desktop and figured I’d share them.
David at Death Spray Custom has been busy preparing for the 2014 Tour de France. Many moons again, Cannondale commissioned him to paint a bike for each rider, adorned with their spirit animals, inspired by native American Haida style.
“Death Spray Custom (DSC) is a multi discipline artist whose iconic bolt design has been seen on everything from motorbike helmets, boots, racing cars and now on cycle clothing, thanks to a collaboration with Morvélo Bicycle Apparel. Strictly limited edition.
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Featuring the urban assault vehicle that is the Chickens x Morvélo CityCross CX bike.”
The guys at Kinoko have been working hard on a newsprint journal showcasing the brands, hands and bicycles that make Kinoko tick. Check out issue 01 above. Don’t miss that DSC x Saffron article!
Photography By Dan Wilton
Oh man, this… Death Spray is at it again!
This was too good to just tack onto the previous entry!
London-based frame builder Saffron Frameworks recently had this bike painted by none other than Death Spray Custom. Coincidentally, this stainless steel road bike won Best in Show at Bespoked last weekend.
Head over to Kinoko Cycle’s Blog for more!
David at Death Spray Custom has been painting forks for people all over the world, for what is quickly becoming the “Fork You” series. He always gives me shit about having purple bikes, and in one email he asked if I “thought I was Prince” – which quickly became the theme for this German rain camo inspired design. Before I could even argue, he told me I was getting “Purple Rain”.
David’s process on something like this must be maddening. Especially masking off every little marking over his Dark Sky Horizon fade and with the Death Spray on the inside of the fork legs…
Originally, I was going to save this fork for an upcoming project, but I thought it would look sinister on my Geekhouse Mudville instead. I do travel with, ride and shred this bike more than anything else in my stable. Personally, I think the worn and tattered powdercoat of my Mudville contrasts the funky DSC design, especially with the Chris King purple headset and bottom bracket.
Last Friday, I rode with some friends out to some trails here in Austin, jammed around a few hot laps, with my camera in a hip bag and took a few minutes to shoot this bike in the late afternoon sun…
What on Earth is this? Looks like some kind of purple rain… I wonder whose fork that is? Death Spray, once again delivering the goods.
Photo by Francesco Dolfo
David at Death Spray Custom does it again! This killer neon fork looks great on Marco’s Cinelli with ENVE and SRAM Red. Head over to the Death Spray Custom blog for more photos.
When I first saw the design for Chrome’s 2014 Coveted Jersey I thought it looked damn good. Turns out, David from Death Spray Custom designed the damn thing! Read up more on this trophy jersey at Chrome.
I’m usually pretty good at keeping my film in check. Especially on my Mamiya 7ii. It literally costs me $2 every time that shutter button is pressed. So you can imagine my regret when I went to load a new roll of film after shooting some photos at Standridge Speed, to find my camera was loaded with Kodak TMAX 400 black and white.
I had just photographed one of the raddest bikes, with the brightest and most elaborate paint jobs, in black and white film, yet it still does Death Spray Custom some justice. To top it off, I left all my extra film at home, so I couldn’t shoot more.
For a full color Gallery, shot digitally, head over to last year’s Beautiful Bicycle post.
What do I even say about the work of Death Spray Custom? Never heard of it? You should head over to David’s new site, where the pictures do plenty of talking. Wow dude… such a comprehensive catalog of work!
When I found out that London’s Tokyo Fixed Gear reached out to Death Spray Custom to design the paint job on one of their new track frames, dubbed the Ono, I couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be. It wasn’t until seeing Kyle’s built up in person earlier this year that I could finally geek out on all the little details.
This bike slays and not just in the ride, but the overall presentation. The paint just pops! Kyle’s build ain’t too shabby either. The purple Chris King headset and that AARN track ring really set it off for me. Mixed in with the vintage Shimano post and Cinelli Unicanitor…
Kyle says this is his favorite track bike to date and I can see why! See more photos in the Gallery…
Photo by Greg Falski
I caught this photo of Evan Murphy ripping his Death Spray Stanridge on the Death Spray Custom blog. Photographed by Greg Falski of SOFB, during the Red Hook Crit Milano. This was after I came across both Crihs’ Red Hook Crit Barcelona portrait of Evan and an interview with DSC photographer Mitch Payne on Nowhere Fast!
It’s been a busy day for Death Spray!
Photos by Kyle Kelley
This. bike. fucking. kills. it…
Death Spray Custom, photographed by Tracko. You can’t get any better than this. See more at TRACKO!
David at DSC just posted this bit of radness for sale on his new webshop. If you’re into it, you better act now, because there will only be one made.