One of the unique things that NYC provides, is the opportunity for local collaboration. With so many talented cyclists, frame builders, racing teams, shops, etc.; there are endless possibilities for working with each other. When it comes to finishing my frames, its an added bonus to work locally and bypass expensive shipping costs to painters elsewhere. Also, its good to support your local scene! This particular Project was so much fun and really embodied that collaborative spirit. From closely working with it’s owner going over design details, to painstakingly sorting the nuances of the paint scheme with Horse Cycles, I rarely felt alone on this one.
My preference is to build a frame with specific parts in mind for the complete build. I can then design the frame to work optimally with certain components. This build gave me the opportunityy to do just that, which in my opinion really defines the idea of custom. Matt Vandivort of Team Six Cycle-RK&O approached me at the Bike Cult Show back in august with some ideas for a CX bike. Asking if I could build him something little a beefier than your typical cross’ rig with clearance for up to 45c tires, sliding/replaceable dropouts, and a geometry with trail riding in mind.
For the frame we used a mix of True Temper and Columbus tubes. Tubing selections were made with the more aggressive nature of single track riding in mind. Sliding/replaceable dropouts from Paragon Machine Works were used to to have the option to run single speed, along with the other convenient design features that the dropouts boast (integrated chain tensioners, wheelbase/tire clearance adjustments.) A 44mm head tube was used to allow for the tapered style 1.1.25″-1.5″ fork Columbus Mud Disc fork. All cable guides are internal, and were designed around the routing of the SRAM CX-1 group.
all photos by @favoreatnyc favoreatdesign.com