Prototype Independent Fabrications Corvid Cyclocross Frame Spotted

Independent Fabrications has taken their sweet carbon Corvid frame (check these photos from NAHBS) and created a cyclocross variant.

The ‘cross version uses the same carbon lug and tube construction as their Corvid road bike, and the tubes will be sourced from ENVE Composites (you know, formerly EDGE) in IF’s Somerville workshop. Detail photos and specs of the yet unnamed model after the break…

Changes from the road bike are a PressFit 30 bottom bracket…

…and internal cable/wire guides designed with Shimano’s electronic Di2 in mind, making for a clean looking underside.

An oversized headtube is designed around an InSet headset.

Top of the top tube cable runs should keep things from getting too bogged down or rubbing you the wrong way on run ups.

Seeing as this frame is still in the development stages, it’d be really nice to see them take advantage of the UCI’s recent common sense and build in some disc brake mounts and hydraulic hose guides, you know, just to future-proof things a bit.

RoadCyclingUK reports that IF is looking for a name for this bad boy…any thoughts?


JR - 10/29/10 - 1:12pm

Are you sure it’s a cross frame? Where are the brake bosses?

Alec Uitti - 10/29/10 - 7:59pm

might be a bit too whimsical for IF but how about HUPSICLE

Gillis - 10/29/10 - 9:47pm

Normally I don’t like the looks of carbon-lug construction. But IF managed to pull-off something pretty good looking.

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