Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Crema :: Steel Cyclocross

Ken, our main man in Germany, of Crema Cycles sent us some pics of a steel Plant Cross that he just built up for a customer.
The paint is Baby Blue Pearl with orange on white decals.

The customer designed his own Critical Dirt headbadge and sent it over to us to screw into the headtube.

Thanks for the lead on the pics Ken!

- t.e.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

SSR :: XCr :: Stainless Road

Columbus XCr stainless steel has got to be the best tubing to come out of Italy since... I don't even know when.

It makes for a light weight, super robust and shiny as all hell frame. The shiny qualities of the stainless make for frame details that hearken back to the days of chrome.

But this frameset is anything but a throwback to vintage performance. The SSR is 100% modern and some could even argue that it is on the cutting edge of custom performance race bikes.

- t.e.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Corvid :: Geoff :: Quetzal

A lot of Corvids (would the plural be Corvidae?) have been going through the shop lately.

The paint on this one is particularly stunning.

Quetzal green painted lugs and painted in graphics.

Also a little bit of exposed carbon on the fork in the form of the IF crown.

The frame is made to accept the new larger OD inset headset standard. Excuse the rubber nubbins that are holding the fork in place for the shoot. The bottom bracket is designed to work with the new BB30 standard. Look for a press fit BB30 coming soon.

All of the carbon fiber lugs are cast at angles specific to the individual build. The molds that the lugs are cast into are articulated to give us a broad range of angles, so as not to have the lug limit the custom geometry of the bike. This also makes for an uncompromised lug.

The seat post slides into a precision e-glass insert that is bonded inside the seat tube.

CNC machined Ti 6Al-4Va 2 piece TIG welded dropouts solidify the rear wheel interface. Keep a look out for the new Cross Corvid coming later this year...

- t.e.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

2010 :: IF/Primal Race Kit

The new 2010 race kits are in! Now available at the IF store. HERE

New pint glasses also came in. HERE

Thursday, July 8, 2010

IF Ride Redux :: NYC Velo

Just a friendly reminder to all of you IF fans out there: The Indy Fab shop ride is happening on this Saturday, July 10th.

If you currently own an IF, are thinking of buying one, or just want to know what the deal is with custom bikes, come by the shop to meet and ride with some of us IF'ers from Somerville, MA and the NYC Velo crew on Saturday. Russ and Daughters bagels and Think Coffee will be served at 8am, and the ride heads off to Piermont at 8:30am.

Show off your bike (regardless of provenence) on a comfortable ride to Piermont, NY with like-minded individuals. Afterward the IF crew will be on hand to answer questions and show off some amazing demo bikes. Additionally, we’ll raffle some some swag, including a Level 2 paint upgrade on any new IF, a custom NYC Velo Whalemouth bag fromBaileyworks, and a custom NYC Velo Rambler backpack from Mission Workshop.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get to meet some of the great people from NYC Velo and the Indy Fab crew!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Rapha Gentlemans Race :: 2010 :: The Ride

Here is the video of our ride that we have all been waiting for. Excellent job by Somerville video magician Stebs of Paper Fortress Films.

So we thought we were prepared... but we were not. Two of us had some slight adjustments that needed some roadside attention. This set us back a little right off the bat, but this ride wasn't about winning, it was about riding together as a team and exercising the gentlemanly skills that we have been refining for years.

The ride was only about 40% paved, the rest was gravel. We opted for larger tires and compact gear ratios. Once we were free from our mechanical issues therequipment was solid for the rest of the ride.

The Salmon Kool Stop brake pads were a life saver. I swapped them out just before the ride because the campy pads were getting a little thin. I will never go back.

Leah (above) and Joe (below) shredding the hills.

Below are more images of the ride borrowed from the Rapha site:

Big thanks to Rapha for putting together such a great ride. See you next year.

- t.e.