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.
Stan is practically my neighbor and our kids go to school together. He told me that he used to ride a lot and wanted to start riding again. We talked about the benefits of custom frame versus mass-produced frames and different types of frame materials that are utilized in the bicycle construction such as steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and titanium. Each of these materials have different characteristics, however, all could be shaped into similar quality ride by a frame builder. The major thing to consider here is the price of the material, its weight and durability as well as geometry and proper fit of the bike. Also, wheels play major part on how the bike feels and rides. Although, steel is “real” and steel frames offer the best balance of cost, weight and durability as well as its unique more forgiving ride qualities due to properties of the steel, there is no clear choice what frame material is better or worse.
Stan’s bike frame was constructed around the fork (built-in house) geometry with axle to crown measure between cross and road bikes and clearances to accommodate wheels with 34 mm tires. We used True Temper’s OX Platinum steel tubing and Paragon Machine Works’ dropouts and braze on components to build the frame. Internal cable routing for derailleurs and brakes housing.
The bike is equipped with Shimano Ultegra 6800 group and hydraulic disc brakes, PRO cockpit components and cyclocross/gravel Rolf Prima ECX disc wheelset with hand-made 30c Challenge Strada Bianca tires.
I am a little behind on this post. Stan was riding this bike for about three months now and this is what he had to say after his first ride: “Just tested 22 miles. Awesome bike. Runs great. Need to adjust saddle. Thank you. Bike is insane!!!”
Enjoy the photos of the bike and stay tuned for a next post on our dirt fat bike.
It’s been more than a month since Gran Fondo New Jersey race and here are few pictures from the 107 mile race on the Troika Road frame. It was a 7.5 hours unforgettable riding experience starting in Morristown, NJ going to the Delaware River and back with over 9,000 feet elevation… my longest ride so far!
Hope you enjoyed your summer and had your good share of rides and fun. I’ve been working on the road frame and fork that I wanted to use in the Gran Fondo NJ race, which is coming up next Sunday. The race starts in Morristown with an amazing route to the Delaware River and back. It covers 107 miles and has four challenging timed hill climbs with total climbing over 9,100 feet.
The frame and fork are done and bike is completely set up. I had a twenty mile ride on it and the ride felt perfect. I used BiceCad Fit advisor to design this frame. This application allows one to enter rider’s dimensions, which in turn gives an optimal bike size for the rider. So, every bike is different and is specific for a rider when I build the frame.
I utilized a True Temper, OX Platinum steel tubing for the construction of the front triangle. This alloy is double butted with tube wall thickness of 0.7-0.4-0.7mm. In addition, this is an air-hardening steel alloy, meaning it does not lose its strength after applying high heat during TIG welding.
The bike has a lively ride that offers a balance between road feel, stiffness and comfort. Double-butted tubing dampens some road vibration and offers good feel for the road surface below. This quality is what leads many riders to experience the sense that a steel bicycle is an extension of the rider.
The frame is TIG welded and has internal routing for shift cables and breaks. I built a segmented fork with 1″ steerer tube. The frame is powder coated and has custom Jen Green’s head badge. I installed a Sram Apex group set with white finish and ten speed drivetrain.
Check out some pictures of the bike and stay tuned for an update on the new Road Disc/Di2 project for my old friend, Dr. Eduard Burt, DC. He is an avid cyclist and a great health practitioner. Take a look at his blog for cyclists on how to lower neck and back pain here.