Independent Fabrication Single-Speed Disc Brake Club Racer At Tokyo Trade Show

The latest round of Wikileaks contained some super-secret spy photos from the Cyclemode  trade show in Tokyo. I.F. sleeper agent, Daisuke Yano managed to smuggle these images out of the country for your viewing enjoyment. The photo above is of a very unique single-speed Club Racer with disc brakes.

More photos of that guy and and some shots of two Crown Jewels, one purple, one blue…both beautifully striped, after the break…


No exaggeration, I could not love a human baby more than I love this bike.


We said disc brake right?

Talk about mud flaps, my baby’s got ‘em.


If you ride this bike you have to wear the outfit that the mannequin is wearing.


Comments

garrett - 12/03/10 - 6:04pm

Now I have nothing against steel frame bike, but why are the the companies that push these steel frames for being better than carbon building up the rest of the bikes with carbon. Like this last one, ENVE wheels, seat post, fork, stem, bars(im just guessing) Campy super recond, which has lots of carbon, and a fizik saddle with carbon rails. If “steel is real” why is it that they are only making the frames from steel or at least alloys?

Rorschach - 12/03/10 - 6:32pm

FINALLY, a bike that matches my Rapha kit!

Rorschach - 12/03/10 - 6:36pm

Yes Garrett, more steel rims, shifters, seat posts, bars and stems- There is nothing like the feel of steel wheels, and components…and by *feel* I mean mass.

anon - 12/03/10 - 7:05pm

Yawn. More lackluster overratedness with off-putting component selections from IF. Hideous mustache bars with even more hideous dropouts and Elixir (wow!) discs on the first bike. Why not go all out with XX discs on a show bike? Worst looking Fizik saddle/ Thomson post combo EVER assembled on the second bike. Also, why would one spend a fortune on an IF frame and mate it with that super cheap looking bright silver Campy derailleur? Third bike, titanium Super Record with an Edge post topped off with a cut Brooks. Why?

garrett - 12/03/10 - 9:49pm

no Rorschach here is what i was getting at
you build an alloy frame, the people who buy these claim they are better than carbon because they last longer, so why would you put a carbon fork on that bike? well it cuts down on weight and it is stiff right.
Now about the wheels(while i hate the idea of edge/enve wheels with campy) with a traditional frame shape wouldn’t you go with a more traditional pair of wheels? i mean carbon are not the best for long braking and some cases not durable enough for some people to use often.
Its pretty clear these frames are all an example of technology standing still in about every way, the only thing that makes these bikes modern is some fancy paint, and all the dress parts like carbon

Anon i could not possibly agree anymore

professore - 12/04/10 - 12:49pm

Anon, I couldn’t agree with you more.

TheRhys - 12/04/10 - 8:55pm

I feel like you are missing some of the point of this bike. I think that all of us agree that these bikes are works of art. They stand out in a time when the hand-made element is missing from many bike brands. These bikes are made by craftsmen and they choose to spec them as they envision the bike. We would not fault Monet for a beautiful painting because its frame was not to our liking. At NAHBS you see builders who put whatever they have laying around on their works of art and I have never heard any complaints! Be cool. -TR

topmounter - 12/05/10 - 11:10am

These bikes are just silly, OBVIOUSLY we should all be riding identical carbon frames with identical carbon components with no paint… OBVIOUSLY Variety is the Vice of the Gullible!

jmg - 12/05/10 - 2:35pm

Keep in mind that these are show bikes, and therefore a premium build is pretty typical – top end finishing kits are often all carbon. I also wouldn’t be surprised if ENVE is providing equipment for them to use for the show, and again it makes sense that they would showcase their highest level stuff.

The other thing is, some people may buy steel bikes for durability, but the people who buy *these* kinds of steel bikes generally do so because they like the ride. Steel or not, it’s still a very high-end bike, so in all likelihood it’s going to be equipped as such. Lastly, it seems pretty obvious that while steel works great for frames, it’s not necessarily the best material for other parts. Just because a steel frame rides nicely doesn’t mean you would want a steel stem or a steel-railed saddle, much less something like a wheelset.

There seems to be this idea that steel frames can’t be modern, but that’s kind of silly – steel frames like these are nothing like those of 25 years ago. The basic look is similar, but nearly everything that affects the ride, both in terms of the actual materials and the design, is different.

DANGERJONNY - 12/05/10 - 8:15pm

I feel people are missing the point of these rides, like the concept car these are pure concepts that test the scope of what is possible and are there to challenge our views on current bicycle design.
I think these bikes add the artisan back into bicycle design. Currently the lastest designs on the market, sure enough they are cutting edge when it comes to engineering, but you can’t get away from the fact they are all cookie cut carbon, and fankly boring. I think if you dont get this you should by a Giant and start a new forum talking about all the amazing cool design considerations that went into producing this souless mass produced product – oh that was a great price! people should visit the Velominati web site and gaze over the rules before passing judgement on these peices of cycling art.

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