Here’s another bike we didn’t make but we got to be a part of its story anyway: @chevahh @velo_orange Pass Hunter passed through The Lab because he adopted a Spork 1.2 for his build. The Pass Hunter frame comes with a lovely matching steel fork, but we’re guessing Treavor wanted to shed a couple of pounds from the build with our carbon fork. Treavor sent us the frame so we could coordinate matching the fork and @silca_velo frame pump to the exact frame color. Naturally we sent it across town to @flux.customs who went above and beyond mixing and matching paint until they nailed the exact shade of the frame. They topped it off with a perfect silver foil Spork graphic to match the frame graphics. So good.
Can we just say it makes our day when people paint their Sporks and put the logo back on it when they do? They don’t have to do that they could leave it off and make the bike more grown up and serious looking, but when they chose to smile with us and enjoy the fun of it all it’s super cool.
After paint the frameset made its way to @itsnotabikeshop where it was built up with this classy parts spec. You can’t go wrong with polished silver e’rrwhere!
If this wasn’t a rad group effort we don’t know what is!
@chessracer of @rodeolabsprogravelteam opened up his 2021 season with a fantastic 2nd place in Cali today at the Shasta Gravel Hugger. He and winner @pstetina broke away early and never looked back. Radness. Jonathan’s TD3 looks even better than new with a layer of mud accenting that @cerakote finish. *chef’s kiss*.
Congrats on a beautiful day to all who lined up.
@rodeolabsprogravelteam is posting new rider profiles every day on their insta account. Check ‘em out to see who is flying the colors this season and what their stories are. We’re excited to see what @jscygan accomplishes in 2021! 👆🏼...
LuoisViGucci. Praadamal. La Alpaca Dorada. We don’t have a name for this mind blowing custom 5.0, but we do know who brought it to life. Señor Kaldorf the owner requested something special with a side of skeletons and @drewvk went to work designing a @cerakote layout that demands the question: does this bike come with matching luggage? As the kids say: We hope it do. @flux.customs topped themselves yet again with this hand masked and coated masterpiece. Don’t just think about placing every one of those skulls and logos. Think also about how impossibly fine the graphic details are and how much love went into peeling the intricate details one by one. Bonkers, Bourgeois, Brutal, and so much fun!
It’s March and y’all have been asking: Are the Flaanimals here yet?
Short answer: They aren’t here yet, and they haven’t left Taiwan yet. But all frames are welded and we’re currently sleeving these beautiful carbon head tubes which is something special we tweaked this year. 🖤.
We will have a more thorough production update out by Thursday 3-11 to EVERYONE who has a pre order. We know everyone is super anxious for bikes and we are even more anxious to get them to you.
Remaining steps in production are the head tube bonding, seat tube bonding, and clear coat. That’s it. The biggest unknown on ship date is the seat tubes which are late per “COVID + Bike industry supply chain mayhem”. Our supplier simply hasn’t finished the seat tubes yet due to crushing demand from the entire bike industry combined with finite capacity. But they did finish the head tubes so we know we’re at least moving in a good direction. We will know more after our next series of production meetings.
In positive news we dodged a HUGE delay bullet as well. The Taiwanese government ordered steel fabricators to temporarily suspend export production and focus on domestic production for a period. Our frames were fabricated with only days to spare and made it through before the order went into effect! 😰
In other positive news our acquisition team led by @jennhines3 here at The Lab has been sourcing parts like total ninjas and even though parts are very hard to get we’ve been getting them anyway. If you’ve ordered a complete bike from us we’ve got a build bin with your name on it and we are filling every bin with every component needed by any means necessary. We’ve even upgraded people for free or paid retail for the necessary part on many occasions.
Nothing matters more than the trust and support of our customers. The world is very uncertain these days but it’s 100% certain that we are committed to you. We know that good communication matters to each of you! If you have concerns in the mean time feel free to reach out. We’re here to help.
@corner_soukawagarage keeps making beautiful machines, each more lovely than the next. This one is for Taizo Shimano. Yes, that Shimano. 😇🥰🤗.
If nothing else good happens today just seeing this bike made our day.
Our bikes as hard as we can. Never lose touch with the fact that true inspiration for everything we do comes from time spent in the saddle.
If we stay where things are familiar we will quickly grow stale. To stay challenged we always seek out the new. New paces to ride, new goals to attempt, and new people to collaborate with.
When we return home from our adventures we take our experiences and turn them into things that we can share. Stories, photos, videos, and inspired products are the fruit of our labor.
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