This is the second iteration of this custom fillet brazed Columbus ZONA OS singlespeed – now with some extra speed thanks to carbonium from Curve and Thomson.
The original version was Charger Orange which didn’t cure properly which I can only attribute to painting it in the depths of winter. I’ve always loved pink bikes and have had pink track bikes, a pink Colnago Superissimo, and this is a half-arsed combination of Holiday Barbie mixed with the rat rod look of the OG Speedvagen Urban Racer.
The BMX 2.5 piece cranks also got stripped of the powdercoat and I’m leaving them to oxidise gracefully. I dropped the front chainring down to a 25t and paired it with a set of stainless machined cogs from GR8 Designs. While the gearing looks 1:1 the rollout is a 40″ or 42″ depending on the weather. It’s perfect for the local trails which have a lot of short hard climbs and technical challenges.
The hoop game on this one is much stronger thanks to the latest Hope Pro 4 hubs and Curve’s latest 35mm MTB hookless carbon rims. Laced with CX-Ray spokes they are a super strong, lightweight and robust wheelset ready to get thrashed past their limits at the THREE PLENTY’s. For those unfamiliar with the trails its where Cadel cut his teeth and raced his first MTB race. There’s even a trail dedicated to him.
Curve uses a combination of UD and 3K carbon in its layup with a matte finish which looks flash and is driven by function. The Melbourne brand has evolved massively in its short lifespan thanks to passion, enthusiasm and JC’s quest for crazy. Initially beginning with a cromo Grovel it has quicky broadened it’s range to titanium road, CX, MTB, GMX frames and carbon rims.
Compared to the previous Stan’s ARCHES they built for this rig this carbon set is just plain faster. They roll faster, accelerate superbly and track unbelievably. It is a jump in price from the alloy rims but is backed with a 2 year warranty and life is too short not to.
It looked this clean for a day and has since lost a few decals, added a few scratches and tasteful corrosion – just like any good mountain bike.
- BRAAP! by Barbie Cycles.
- Columbus ZONA OS – fillet brazed
- Rock Shox Reba 120mm / 15mm thru axle
- Ritchey WCS drop-in headset 1 1/8 – 1.5
- THE SET 175mm Stealth 2.5 piece crankset. Stripped raw
- Oydessey FANG 1/8 25t Chainring
- 1/8 17t Steel Cog
- CULT chain
- Hope Pro 4 Singlespeed hubs to Curve 35mm wide MTB hoops with Sapim CX-Ray spokes by Curve.
- MAXXIS Ardent 2.4 rubber
- Thomsom Carbonium Bars
- FUNN lock on grips
- Shimano XT disc brakes
- Thomson Stem
- Thomsom Post
- Thomson Seat Clamp
- FYXO headset cap
- Brooks Cambium C17 saddle
- Stainless cages