Friday, October 8, 2010

SSWC10NZ :: NB :: IF M498's

The Steel Deluxe Singlespeed frameset behind this box has a long journey ahead of it.

It is on it's way to New Zealand for the 2010 Singlespeed World Championships via our fine dealer in Australia Cycling Edge.

The frame features slider dropouts and a painted to match Niner carbon fork.

The team paint scheme is a little hard to see in this picture because of those custom IF/New Balance sneakers that are in the way.

Okay, enough teasing... Here is the skinny: Friend of the family and Grassroots racer Greg "The Leg" Montello arranged a special project for his co-worker, Manufacturing Engineer Shaina Damm, at New Balance: a special pair of M498 in IF colors and graphics.

No more will probably ever be made, but we thought we would share just the same.

(we still aren't totally sure why they made them...)

- t.e.


wenger said...

Too cool. Nice work IF & Montello.

Anonymous said...

Umm, sending a frame painted in AUSTRALIAN colours to the SSWC in NEW ZEALAND is in very poor taste, and ensures the rider will receive a thorough thrashing by the locals.

Anonymous said...

Brother t.e., are the shoes not made in Skowhegan, Maine? Awesome kicks.

Unknown said...

A Ferrari in yellow just does not work...

GTL said...

The shoes were made in the Lawrence, MA proto-shop to test the new printing technology (IF logo on tongue and crown logo on foxing). Why? What better test subject than the IF colors and logos? Hopefully someone over at IF gets some use out of them.

The Ghost of Jerry Reed said...

Those tenny pumps are sickest thing I've seen since "History Of Influenza"!

safecyclist666 said...

Fuck yeah, New Balance! Made In America! REDUCE THE TRADE DEFICIT and give Americans jobs they do well! =)

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