Tuesday, July 26, 2011

PIAS: Track Frame Project by Sumvelo x Cyclonesia

Last night, Andira from Sumvelo invited me to his shop to check out the early prototypes of PIAS, the track frame he made in collaboration with Cyclonesia. In case you didn't already know, "pias" is an Indonesian word for "track".
It's already late, and I didn't have my Canon in hand so I have to snatch these pictures off their Flickr.

IMGP1406 by deasdira

For the production batch they will be available in two models, both on sizes 51cm, 53cm and 55cm. The first is this one with laser-cut dropout and slightly forward-sloping toptube.

The second is the classic design with investment cast dropout and flat toptube. Being a self-confessed retro-grouch, personally I liked this one better.

Not shown here is holes to mount long bolts to be used as chain tensioners.
They're considerably lightweight for frames made of 4130 chromoly steel. Both frames are featuring 1" headtube, threaded fork steerer, and neat seat cluster lug. The TIG welds and paint finishes are neat, too.

Reminds me of classic track forks with low crow-to-axle height and spearpoint reinforcements, but with brake mounts. Likey.
These frames will be build today and launched at tomorrow's Fixed Film Festival. For more informations on these frames, head on to their production notes that can be found here and here.

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