Monday, September 27, 2010

Corvid :: Ray Allen :: Quetzal

The bicycle pictured is the realization of nearly a year long collaboration between Berlin Bicycle, Independent Fabrication, and Boston Celtic, Ray Allen.

Each carbon fiber tube was custom made to fit Ray's measurements and joined seamlessly to our carbon crown lugs which, of course, were painted Celtic's green metallic. Ray's signature was also digitized and painted in.

The bike is set up with a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, and Richey WCS components.

The guys at Berlin Bicycle and the people here at IF had a great time working with Ray throughout the planning, design, and fitting process and we wish him luck and good health for the upcoming season!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

TiFLW :: V1 :: BAHBE

Our first prototype of the new Titanium Factory Lightweight is nearing completion. The plan is to have it ready for the Boston Area Handmade Bicycle Exhibition (BAHBE) tonight.

Sadly this first prototype will have a short but exciting life. After the show it will be raced for 2 days, taken apart and sent out for destructive testing next week. My feeling is that it will not only survive the tests, but it will destroy the testing machines and come back to us ready to kill it in some more races.

Luckily the second prototype (V2) is not far behind. It has been welded and is scheduled for completion next week. The V2 prototype is pretty much going to blow peoples minds. It will be so aggressive and intimidating that people will run in fear.

This bike will be positioned as one of the most evil race bikes that we have ever made. It will punish and it will destroy, and it won't be gentle.

See it, tonight only, at BAHBE.... or just wait for V2.

132 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

Starts at 7pm.

Something wicked this way comes.

- t.e.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Carbon Cyclocross :: Proto :: 001

First view: our new carbon cyclocross prototype frame, currently nameless. Like our Corvid road model, the production frames will be built with rider specific custom geometry. All of our carbon parts are made right here in the USA just for I.F. by ENVE Composites, the frames are built here in Somerville in our workshop. Shown painted with a satin clear coat.

The frame features a headtube that accepts a large diameter InSet headset.

All new lugs.

All new tubes.

The frame will also feature the new press fit 30 bottom bracket standard.

The little screw beneath the BB will hold a portion of the wiring harness associated with the Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system.

This one is en route to PDX for some serious racing in the hands of none other than Molly Cameron. Molly will also be racing this frame at Cross Vegas, so keep an eye out if you are in Vegas a couple of weeks (Sept. 22nd 2010).

- t.e.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Team New Beige :: KCR :: Steel Cyclocross

Kevin's got a new paint scheme for his cross rig this year, and no it's not beige**... that's the new team. Introducing Team New Beige, the new IF Factory team consisting of Kevin, Clint and Ron.

If you didn't see this bike this weekend in Bedford MA, you're bound to see it soon at any number of the New England CX races scheduled for this season.

Built to shred, this machine was put together in true cyclocross fashion, with a host of new parts and many scavenged from bikes of seasons past.

Why does the world need a new beige? Because the old one is boring, Team New Beige is going to change that.

**Kevin, Clint and Ron's new 3 person team has nothing to do with the color beige. Viva New Beige! (BTW, their team name must only be said with a Portuguese accent)

- t.e.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Touched by Strangers :: Ti Deluxe :: PF30

This frame is a little dirty. We made this Ti 29'er for Cannondale to show at this year's Sea Otter event. It's design and concept were based around their new 1 1/8" Lefty fork. It was touched... a lot.

This frame was built to accept a press fit 30 (PF30) bottom bracket.

22lbs 15oz as shown.

- t.e.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Titanium Planet Cross :: Pwern

Just in time for the season: an IF Titanium Planet Cross.

This bike features a bead blasted finish with brushed in logos and a small dash of paint.

16lbs 11oz as shown.

- t.e.