The Firefly brand got their act together seriously quickly. Although they are not long out of the gate, 35+ years building shows in the finish on the frames. They have some beautiful builds up on their site. With options in steel and Ti, a choice of components including ENVE, this is serious handmade east coast quality. Can’t wait to see one in the flesh.
It is a fine line between what you can do, and what you can, but shouldn’t. There are great examples in design where the envelope has been pushed so hard for performance gains, that a whole new form factor emerged and while it may not have made it into production, as a “One Off “for the purpose it was designed for, it was perfectly acceptable. The Lotus bike that Chris Boardman rode to Olympic glory is a good example (later banned because the performance gains were maybe just a little too good). Innovation and aesthetic can blend to be pleasing on the eye. I loved the massive fat elliptical downtubes of the Cervelo Soloist’s. The slightly arched top tubes and cobra headtubes of the Specialized Tarmac’s. Even the “Wiggle” in the Pinarello Dogma’s forks have grown on me. But the Phibra seems to have them all, literally. This bike is the ultimate Frankenstein.
Any other bike designs out there you find particularity disturbing?
A 1994 Corratec track bike from Germany in the IKO Corratec team colors. Ridden by Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart to a world championship title. You have to love the design for the shear boldness to put five colors on a frame with polka dots. If this was the team frame design I would love to have seen the kit.
Photo by Speedbicycles
Baum have created this beautiful custom paint job, influenced by that classic of all classic jerseys the La Vie Claire team kit. Or maybe we should give some credit to the true original, the artist Mondrian. It is just understated enough to feel unique. Check out their blog for more eye candy.
My favorite from an impressive new range of frames from our friends at Ritte, The MUUR. Really looking forward to hearing the feedback on the new range. That gold chain might be a little to LA for me (the place, not the rider).
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Emily Maye sent us these beautiful shots that she took at his years Tour Of California. She has managed to create a unique mood that we don’t usually see in cycling photography. Focusing less on the tip of the action, and more on the candid moments when riders maybe feel mostly off camera. Check out her full portfolio here.
Even if I am not, the bike is. This is what I will be tackling the Marmotte with. A few upgrades. A great set of Wheels from Williams Racing, 22mm carbon clinchers coming in at a fighting weight of 1200g. Dressed in Hutchinson Tubless tires gives them a very light tubular like feel. Some new TRP brakes and Rotor compact rings. If this all doesn’t help nothing will.