Bikes of butterGOLD: Tim Allen's Foundry

By: Brandon May 3

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After popping out for a Single Speed National Championship win, Tim Allen showed up on this Foundry. Dressed up with some nice kit and sporting a killer bright orange pair of stickers after being tagged at Sea Otter, Tim's bike is a stealth rocket.

While the frame sports Foundry's subdued black/grey motif, and the Shimano Ultegra 6770 drivetrain wears the familiar Shimano hue, Tim has spiced up his bike with Industry Nine i25 Disc wheels laced around the company's red hubs. If you look closely, Tim is rolling with the pro-issue-only Dura-Ace 7900 nuts to hold his Shimano CX chainring on. I will need to work with Tim to get the correct 46t 7900 chainring though. Tim: shoot me an email.

Another nice touch on Tim's bike are the TRP HyRd hydraulic disc brakes. We've only set up a few sets in the past, but after tons of miles Tim's still feel great.

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Bikes of butterGOLD: Michael Robson's Moots PsychloX RSL

By: Brandon Apr 30

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I don't even attempt to hide my love affair with titanium bikes. It would be useless to attempt to do so, and bikes like this one help my case for Ti. This beautiful bike is one of three owned by Michael, the ride organizer extraordinaire and curator of Butter. Michael's relationship with Moots goes back well over a decade and his garage proves it: 3 PsychoX RSLs and an MX Divide dominate in a garage packed with everything a true racer could dream of owning.

This particular RSL is a disc version, though Robson also owns a cantilever setup as well. And although each of his three RSLs fit identically, it was interesting to hear the personalities of each standing alone so clearly from one another. I can echo his experience as I have felt the same on identical bikes in the past.

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Much like his other bikes, this one is assembled full-tilt with a who's who of parts. SRAM provides the shifting in the form of Red, braking comes courtesy of Avid BB7 SLs. Cranks are Rotor 3Df, a personal favorite of mine. Also at the top of my list and found on this bike are Wick Werks chainrings, which provide some of the fastest front shifting this side of Shimano.

Every inch of the bike screams of an experienced cross racer, Gore Sealed cables and housing are a perfect example. Custom Moots bar tape, 3T bar and stem, Moots seatpost, and Clement Strada LGG 28c tires round out a top-notch build.

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Bikes of butterGOLD: Timmy Duggan's Cannondale EVO

By: Brandon Apr 29

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There are custom bikes, and custom paint, but nothing compares to EARNING your custom paint, and that's just what Timmy Duggan did in 2012. With roughly 8 miles left in Greenville, South Carolina Duggan attacked an incredibly strong group and was able to cross the line alone for a National Championship. Custom paint is cool, but I can't imagine the feeling of rolling the Stars and Stripes.

Honestly, if it weren't for the bike, I probably would have walked right past Timmy. Now retired, he played the roll of just-another-one-of-the-guys at the start. Clearly an exceptionally strong rider, he was just there to ride with the group. There's something to be said for guys like him, I don't think I could manage to remain so humble after pulling off a victory like he did.

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The bike seems to be a rather standard affair outside of his Championship touches and USA Cycling SRM computer. Sporting SRAM Red, a Cannondale SRM, FSA carbon cockpit, and Zipp 101 wheels, the bike could be owned by just about any Joe if it weren't for the paint.

At one point, not too far into the ride, Timmy got a flat. We can all rest well knowing he didn't pull a Lance in Leadville, was able to help himself with ease, and was back on the road.

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