The Mamtor from Quirk Cycles is UK-based framebuilder Rob Quirk’s all-road model, designed for mixed paved and gravel riding with clearance for up to 700 x 38c tires. The Kintsugi-inspired Mamtor was one of our favorite bikes from this year’s Bespoked where it won “Best Finish,” and today, along with a brief glimpse inside Quirk’s workshop, Rob gives us a full rundown of this ornately-finished machine by Velofique Designs, accompanied by a gorgeous photoset from Nikoo Hamzavi. Enjoy!
The artist Russ Pope is a west coaster-turned-New England émigré. Growing up as a skateboarder and an artist, he brought his two passions together at a young age. Creativity has been intertwined with all his outdoor pursuits since, with a portfolio that boasts many skating and cycling collaborations. Hailey Moore recently had the opportunity to sit down with Russ to talk about it all—Read on for a rundown about his life of skating, arting and bikes and to learn more about a Russ Pope drawing giveaway! Thanks Russ!
Our Radar Roundup compiles products and videos from the ‘net in an easy-to-digest format. Read on below for today’s findings…
UK-based component and frame manufacturer Hope Tech released its HB.T Olympic track bike last year. The HB.T was developed alongside Lotus Engineering and was put to the test at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. To up the ante, Hope reached out to David from Death Spray Custom to develop a paint scheme for the HB.T which David has dubbed “the Alternative GB Flag.” That’s all we can say about this project now, so enjoy some more photos by Hope’s Robin Godden below!
Concept: A mountain biker’s gravel bike.
With gravel biking being all the rage these days, most brands have a model or five in their portfolio and they’re widely popular because of their adventurous versatility. Of course, they come in many shapes, from retro single-speed steel works of art to full-on aero bikes. But with their drop bars, most modern gravel bikes in general clearly take on a road cyclist approach.
Limited edition runs of high-end bikes might not be for everyone’s wallet but I think we can all agree that the skill and talent go into bikes like this are worthy of our time. Enter the Black Magic Paint and Open WI.DE., a limited run of complete bikes finished in a truly unique paint job and built with SRAM eTap and ENVE.
Each one of these limited edition complete bikes will feature an exclusive finish designed by BMP using some of their most popular finish options. The main color of the bike is a color-shifting blue to purple pearl which changes depending on the vantage point and lighting, constantly changing and shifting, blending in nicely with the rainbow finish of the SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS cassette and chain. Beneath the beautiful shifting blue and purple lies sections of exposed uni-directional carbon fiber. Finally, chrome foil accents highlight the frame and fork to tie in perfectly with the SRAM Red eTap AXS components chrome foil and unidirectional carbon.
To top it off BMP and OPEN have produced custom decals for the wheels to match the design elements of the frame and Red eTap AXS components. The result is a complete bike where all of the components are not only purposely selected to be the best available for gravel riding, but one with seamless aesthetics.
Handlebar, stem, and seatpost may also be painted blue/purple to match the frame for a seamless look to the cockpit.
See more details, including pricing at Black Magic Paint.
If you’ve seen a Beautiful Bicycle here on the Radavist with a crazy paint or powder coat from Mosaic or other brands, there’s a good chance it came from this shop, Spectrum Paint & Powder Works:
“Typically this time of year, many in the bike industry are (would be thanks to the pandemic) be priming for the Chris King Open House in Portland, Oregon. It’s an event that highlights amazing unique bike builds from a small selected group in the bike industry. One of those chosen for this year is Arthaya Nootecharas of Spectrum Paint and Powder Works. She also works for the sister company Mosaic Cycles.
Spectrum Paint and Powder Works isn’t shy about what they do our how they do it while being welcoming of any rider looking to have a bike that others will drool over. Especially this masterpiece for the Open House that was to be.
Arthaya’s concept reflects her art outside of spraying frames or designing the next dream build, incorporating her style of drawings and sketches of the world. The bike is full of simple yet organic lines, laden with little details. “It’s not chaos. It’s just a lot of lines, but it’s organized,” she says. Come along and learn more about Arthaya’s craftwork and passion for cycling art.”
Nice one, PEARL iZUMi!
We love custom bikes over here but the frame is only part part of the equation. A lot of the presentation and panache of custom builds comes from the paint. PEARL iZUMi has a new web series called 1 OF 1, featuring custom paint shops, in the same spirit of the Built series with Justin Balog. The first episode features Flux Customs.
Check the video out here and see more photos and info at PEARL iZUMi.
Tony Spray has been painting bicycles twenty some odd years all from his studio in Treviso, Italy.
Cycling is an experience that should continue to mature overtime. I’m weary of people who stand firm in their ideologies, rest on laurels and refuse to embrace the “new,” especially when it comes to riding bikes. Look, it’s not that hard to have fun. Opinions can change with experience, its normal. Embrace it.
For the past two years, I’ve been planning both financially and functionally for this bike. Something I’d encourage everyone to do with a custom machine. Don’t just jump in head first without doing research and saving your money. The last thing you want to do is to take a financial hit once the final invoice comes in.
You see, I knew I wanted a Firefly. I kind of felt like that brand and my own brand have grown together over the years. When Jamie, Tyler and Kevin started the company, it had a breath of energy, creativity and their final products all expressed experimentation. Those guys can make anyone a dream bike but deciding what kind of bike is a challenge. Part of my apprehension was not only where I felt like cycling’s technology was heading, but where my own riding would be taking me over the next few years.
David from Death Spray Custom is an auteur in the painter’s world. Check out this short video showcasing his talents and particularities when it comes to his motivators.
These have been really great and David at Death Spray Custom saved the best for last. Wrath was posted and sold immediately but you can still check out all seven of the Deadly Sins, rendered on Columbus forks at Death Spray Custom.
Sloth is simple and it can’t be bothered. Death Spray’s latest Deadly Sin Collection fork is now in stock…
For Death Spray Custom’s latest Deadly Sin Collection fork, Pride was the inspiration and the symbolism of vanity takes form in a large flake paint. Or as DSC puts it :shattered mirrors of a thousand narcissists on black with hater silver.”
One of one. Available now at Death Spray Custom.
Continuing with the creativity, David at Death Spray Custom just released the third installment of the Deadly Sin Fork Collection with Gluttony. All you cupcake and donut fans will love this one. Man, these are looking so good. Check out more at Death Spray Custom.
Death Spray Custom’s “Deadly Sin” fork collection continues with envy, a snakeskin pattern rendered in neon hulk, poisonous metallic snake green and glock metal black. If you’ve ever wanted one of these pieces of art, now’s your chance. Head over to Death Spray Custom for ordering.
Photo by Brian Vernor
It’s nice to see one of the US’ most prominent painters getting some much-deserved exposure. Joe Bell is the man. Hands down. His work has been showcased on many builder’s steel handy work. For an inside look at Joe Bell’s shop, head over to Brian Vernor’s Tumblr. Great photos Brian!
David at Death Spray Custom is releasing seven forks in the Deadly Sin Collection. Each fork is custom painted by hand and is inspired from one of the seven sins, beginning with green. This Columbus fork is painted with gold Hatton Wall diamond metal flake with platinum and features “coke white” detailing. Order now at DSC’s Web Shop.