SSCX

SSCXWC18BE with S&S Coupled Travel Bikes

Our good friend and Brand Ambassador extraordinaire Seth Patla has an affinity for single speed cyclocross that just might meet the clinical definition of addiction. We wouldn’t necessarily call him a junkie, but he has managed to drag his fellow Brand Ambassador (and wife) Maria into his dirty (literally muddy) habit, at least on special occasions.

Case in point: Having skipped the 2017 SSCX World Championships in Italy, our man in the orange SingleSpeedo packed up his and hers IVAN race bikes, grabbed teammates (and fellow REN Brand Ambassadors) John and Rick, and boarded a plane for the historic homeland of cyclocross and frites for the 2018 SSCXWC in Belgium. Click over to the PDXTI Blog to read up on Seth’s travel reports and check out a host of photos from the trip.

Trips overseas are made infinitely less expensive and more practical with S&S Couplers, a fantastic upgrade that is available for any REN frame. Below find a nifty little set of photos documenting some of the steps for packing the Patlas’ S&S travel bikes.

HIS // 55 IVAN


HERS // 49 IVAN

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.

#putabirdonit

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.