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IVAN SSCX Swallows Anodized + Etched

Your bike is your bike. It should look the way you want it to look. And with our custom finish options, whether we are using one of our designs or working from art that you provide, your bike can be as absolutely stealth, absolutely loud, or in this particular case as absolutely beautiful as you want it to be! 

For the custom finish on this special SSCX Ivan our customer hand drew a repeating swallow graphic at full scale, and from there we worked with his original art to create a pattern that would give him the tasteful yet striking visual he was looking for.

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IVAN SLCSSCX Anodized + Etched

The lead up to this fun project for a new customer in Utah began 18 months ago when he spotted a PDXTI team bike (this one) in the TRP display at the North American Handmade Bike Show in Salt Lake City. Those wheels! The tan hoods! Those blue iSSi pedals!

With the customer's specifications and some general guidance we developed a plan: a clean and simple belt-drive single speed with a striking finish and tan hoods on the Hylex. When fleshing out the details of the cosmetic finish our customer expressed an affinity for mountains and trees, and handed it off to us.

Mountains and trees figure prominently for us; it is where we live and where we ride.  Of late we have been doing custom finishes with more and more layering of etching, media blasting, and anodizing. With spring splitting at the seams with colored blossoms and foliage around us there needed to be plenty of color. But not necessarily flashy. Instead something bright but not loud, something clean and linear but also varied and marbled, something defined and organized but somehow chaotic. Classy but not boring. And lots of color. But not too tidy, and not too much  :)

We are thrilled with how the bike came out. It is cool and stately but striking; it has mountains and trees and tan hoods; it is dark and bright both; it is kind of everything at once.

NAHBS 2018 SSCX IVAN

For the past several years we have been fortunate to collaborate on show bikes with our friends TRP Brakes, with whom we co-sponsor the PDXTI Race Team.

After putting together a Hylex Di2 1x race bike in 2016, the past two years we have polished up Seth Patla's race bike for TRP's NAHBS display, building the bike out with parts from Seth's sponsors Gates Carbon Drive, HiFi Wheels, and Schwalbe Tires. Our 2018 build was iced with a custom finish, this time a sleek geometric fade pattern contrasting the rainbow anodizing with the stately etched matte titanium.

Above photos by Tim Lucking / Gates Carbon Drive

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