Max is a restless kinda guy. When we started this season he knew he wanted something different from his bike, something that would set him apart from anyone else in the Elite Men's race, so he decided to take some free time, sandpaper, masking tape and paint to his Hook 3 frame. Taking cues from the race kit, he came up with this Aqua, Orange, Navy and Black scheme that looks great clean and even better dirty!
There is one bike (well, two bikes really) that we find ourselves more often than not recommending to both first-time bike buyers and N+1 nerds alike, and that is the humble, classic, inimitable Tokyobike. Some might be put off by the quill stem, the 26" wheels, the 7- and 8-speed drivetrains, but those three things are some of our favourite features on these two bikes that have proven themselves time and again to be the perfect bike to get around Adelaide on.
Will needed a new bike. Well, he thought it was about time, after we'd made his old bike's acquaintance several times over what felt like an increasing number of small troubles. Halfway through the build process we kicked it up a notch because lo and behold - his bike got nicked! Will's now doubly stoked to ride away on his cushy, smooth new commuter with all the bells and whistles on a pretty tight budget, we think. Enjoy, Will!
After some time spent thinking about exactly what Sharon wanted in her next bike, it was clear that it needed some key features, and they were fairly common for a tourer - steel frame and fork, big gear range, and the ability to run front or rear racks with fenders down the track. We took a 2017 Bombtrack Arise SSCX bike and added a triple crank, a Deore 10spd rear mech, a set of Gevenalle shifters up front and a couple of creature comforts (I'm looking at you, Brooks and Clement) and out popped this classy, comfy, go-anywhere, do-anything tourer that'll last her for years to come.
Sam raced last year's Gravity Enduro series on a Kona Explosif hardtail, and while it cemented a love for steel hardtails that had been a long time in the wings, there were a few things about the bike that he wanted to change. Namely, more tyre clearance and bigger front travel - both of which came to light in the new-for-2017 Bombtrack Beyond Plus.
Silver came to us with two bikes and a problem - neither of them really worked for her. A Rivendell that had the build she wanted but was too big, and this Rawland Sogn that was the perfect size but with older parts that didn't suit her riding style. We managed to get the majority of the very nice stuff from the Riv onto the Rawland, and so this Sogn build was born!
Craig had a pretty vivid image of what he wanted when he got in touch with Tarn at Primate - visions of old Malvern Star dragsters with all the trimmings he could think of and plenty of orange. The curved double top tube is a testament to Tarn's gift with steel, a gift he's since turned to making bike-part-themed espresso machines.
While Zane has been gallivanting at Mt Buller Victoria for the ski season we have been swooning over this custom Soma Wolverine build eagerly awaiting his return. As far as do-it-all bikes are concerned, we're pretty sure he's got most of the bases covered.
Occasionally-but-all-too-often, our friends get hit by cars while riding their bikes. Just in the last month Sam had his Rogers totaled by a fellow cyclist who happened to be driving a car that day, Graeme from The Sticky Bidon took a serious dive into the pool of cold steel (we're wishing him a speedy recovery!), and Seal (of #treadlycx fame) had her now unreplaceable fancy carbon race bike destroyed in a fistfight with a 2-tonne demon that also left her with a fractured hand and unable to work for weeks on end.
A year ago, we built a bike for a friend based on a plan to go to Japan and ride around for a couple of weeks. Among other things we needed tyre clearance, plenty of eyelet mounts and a steel frame and fork - so we settled on a Velo Orange Campeur frameset after much deliberation.