Fat Bike, Impaler
This bike was built with twin top tube, custom segmented fork, and custom rear and front racks. Impaler is a theme bike that was exhibited at Philly Bike Expo in November last year. The frame’s front rack was shaped like a spear, to give the entire bike the look of Vlad the Impaler.
The Impaler bike was built as an all terrain type of fat-bike and this particular build has the following:
•curved twin top tube/stays and seat tube
•short 16.7″ chain stays
•177/12mm trough axle dropouts
•custom steel segmented 142/15mm through axle fork
•Velocity Dually rims with I9 hubs and 4.0 Veerubber Mission tires, tubeless
•Shimano XT 11speed/Raceface 30t ring drivetrain and cockpit components
•Powder coat finish
•Custom frame bag made by ATM Handmade Goods.
Vlad Cycles is heading west to Philadelphia again! We will be exhibiting our bikes at Philly Bike Expo on Nov. 7-8. The exhibition will be held at Pennsylvania Convention Center in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. The show will be spectacular featuring talented frame builder on the East Coast of USA. Here is a preview of what we will be bringing to the show this weekend.
The Philly Bike Expo was an amazing experience for us! During two days we met lots of people who were very pleased with our bikes and had to say lots nice words.. We brought to Philly a Road Disk Di2 bike and a Single Speed Mountain bike: The two-day event included about 130 exhibitors, including frame builders, bicycle manufacturers, bike shops, components and tool companies, and cycling apparel companies.
We came to Philly on Friday to set up our table at the Philadelphia Convention Center and then headed to Engine Cycles’ open house to learn more about titanium bicycle fabrication and meet other frame builders.. There we met Drew Guldalian, owner of Engine Cycles; Rody Walter, owner of Groovy Cycleworks and Eric Estlund from Winter Bicycles. Each of these guys has vast experience in the frame fabrication business and inspirational stories of what it takes to become a successful frame builder. We finished our day in the nice Japanese restaurant in the Germantown.
Next day, Expo began at 10am and to our surprise people were already heading to the bike show. The place was busy all day. Later that day we had a surprise visit of the Troika owner. His custom build was finished and assembled just few hours before we headed to Philly from Boonton, NJ. He came all the way from San Francisco and loved his bike! Here is the photo of him checking out his Troika:
Sunday morning we attended Gary Helfrich seminar on Theory and Practice of Titanium Frame Building. I brought with me my 10-year-old son. He was the youngest in the audience and did not get excited until the Russian Submarine picture came up on the screen. The Sub was cut to pieces and sold to manufactures of titanium in China. Gary is the founder of Merlin and is considered to be an inventor of the titanium bicycle frame.
Below are few photos from the Expo, including group picture of the frame builders and my portrait with Troika as well as photos of other bicycles exhibited at the Expo. Thanks for reading and Happy Trails!
Hi All, Vlad Cycles is heading west to Philadelphia! We will be exhibiting at Philly Bike Expo on Nov. 8-9. There will be more than 130 exhibitors showing their craftsmanship, products and services to the public. More information about the Philly Bike Expo can be found … Continue reading →