REN Ivan


On the heels of a banner year in 2017, including a 3rd place finish at USA CX Nationals in Reno, our brand ambassador and Portland Titanium race team captain Mitchell Trux is ready to hit the barriers running (pun intended). With his beloved OMEN model being discontinued in order for us to concentrate on its more versatile brother IVAN, we set Mitch up with a hot new race bike for 2018, complete with the "Arrows" anodized/etched graphic that we have used on PDXTI race bikes for the past several years.

With early season CX in Oregon being warm, dry, dusty and fast, we kept the Ivan set up with its summer shoes, the Schwalbe G-One tire, a "gravel" tire with almost unlimited applications, including as a dry season cyclocross tire. The rest of the bike build features the PDXTI sponsor product that we know, love, and use on the vast majority of our builds for racers and customers alike. 

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.


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.