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Following on the heels of our last Bespoke Builds article of an Argonaut, this is an Independent Fabrication Titanium Planet Cross out of Signature Cycles in New York. If you're ever nearby any of their stores in Greenhich, Manhattan, or Central Valley, you must pay them a visit.
Like many other custom builds, this one has a story. From Blake of Signature Cycles:
This week we are highlighting something unique. We wanted to highlight this beautiful Independent Fabrications Ti Planet Cross, but more importantly we wanted to highlight the fact that it is 7 years old. That's right! Having a handmade bike is an investment... while many people opt to buy new bikes every 2-3 years, there's something to be said about the long term investment of a well made item.
In 2007 Sam purchased this bike with in intention of racing and riding through NYC's worst weather. In reality, what it became was much more than it was ever intended to be. Sam began riding to work daily, even riding through Hurricane Sandy and this past winter. If you ask any mechanic, nothing destroys a bike quite like commuting, and after 7 years of punishment, it was time for a little TLC.
We stripped the pink paint, bead-blasted the Ti frame to give it a Matte finish, and replaced the entire parts kit. New Campy Record 11, replaced this Record 10. His trusty Fulcrum Racing 1s were replaced with Enve's SES 3.4 hand-built wheel laced to orange Chris King R45s. The old Avid Canti's replaced with custom anodized Paul Mini Moto brakes.
In almost every way this bike is new... however the "spirit" of the frame has not changed, and all the folks at IF that designed, machined, welded, and finished the bike can still see their craftsmanship at work. Here's to the next 7 years!
There's no doubt that living in New York offers near endless possibilities of where to shop for your next custom build. The crew at Signature Cycles are clearly stepping their game up to meet the challenge and the quality and quantity of custom builds coming out of their doors should stand as a testament of their dedication to their craft.
photos courtesy of Signature Cycles, words courtesy of Signature Cycles and Brandon Elliott