Thursday, August 30, 2007

The street weapon inspired by all the couriers out there!

The problem with this bike is it has absolutely nothing to do with a courier bike. The true core of a messenger bike is a bike that has been reduced to the lowest maintenance possible; something that light enough to port around and easy to lockup when necessary.

The guy did a lot of custom work..

She is a double butted Columbus front triangle with a Phil Wood eccentric BB fillet braised hand filled, (brother check those seamless welds out!) hand cut and finished stainless steel head badge/head tube gusset/seat and chain stay gusset/ drop out faces.

4130 seat tube sleeve and top tube gussets all hand cut and finished. In house designed and CNC cut rear dropouts with internal ISO disk mount. (flavour)

The forks are an off the shelf 26? 4130 jump fork, which we then cut out the bridge to fit 700c wheel braised in the new cap, cut out the Canti bosses, added a cable guide then I went to town with the stainless steel again giving it the gothic bling.

and then draped the bike with chi-chi components, which he unfortunately can’t spell.

The rest of the bike is spec-ed out to be as pornographic as I could go. Phil Wood kiss-off fixed disc hubs, (cause gears are for the weak)with chrome dome nuts, ss track spacers, michi 16 tooth track cog and cycle underground six shooter 19 tooth disc mounted fixi cog on the brake side laced with DT.

DB spokes to black velocity deep v rims wrapped in 35c Schwalbe rubber. Atom lab stainless bars hand rubbed and polished to mirror finish. Thompson post and stem. Brake is Shimano Deore in the picture but it is now a hope m4 with gothic rotor. Settie race replica saddle. Profile race cranks with titanium spindle 40 tooth profile chain ring and egg beater peddles, Connex 1G8 single speed chain (phat) and the piece de resistance the titanium Chris king head set. TASTY.. enjoy ?I know I do?.

Again one has to ask, “What does any of this have to do with a messenger bike?” The only part of the spec that even sounds like a road fixie are the Velocity rims.

Otherwise it should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about bikes, that the street weapon inspired by all the couriers out there, is in reality a 29” fixie mountain bike; and a very nice one at that. Profile cranks, disc brakes, Eggbeater pedals, Atom Labs riser bar, Thompson post and Chris King “No-thread” headset. Even the frame and fork with it’s EBB and the 4130 “Jump Fork” screams MOUNTAIN BIKE!. The part I can’t figure out is why one would have Phil Woods fixed disc hub and then mount the cog on the disc mount?? Regardless you have a fixie mountain bike, get used to it. After all, it is TASTY.

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