I got a shiny new toy the other day in the form of a new Elephant cyclocross bike. Go ahead, take a second and admire. I'll wait.
Glen (the man behind Elephant Bikes) is working on a new website that will show off some of his work, but until then you'll have to take my word for it: the guy builds a great bike. Heck, if you don't believe me, ask a few other satisfied customers.
Glen is located in my hometown of Spokane, so on a recent trip out to visit my family I was able to pick up the new ride in person. The plan was to get some bikey folks together, build up the bike Saturday night, and race it first thing Sunday. It seemed only fitting to break it in on some local turf, before loading it up on the car for the drive back to Seattle.
So we stood around, beers in hand, Belgian cyclocross videos playing in the background, and watched Glen assemble the new steed. I had been told by a certain John Speare that Glen was pretty handy when it comes to building up a bike, and he was more than right. I generally just tried to stay the hell out of the way while Glen took care of all the important shit. Before you could say "Mario Cippollini", the lawyer lips were ground off, the steerer was cut, and the thing was basically done.
|(Shakes head) Oh Mario, when will your hijinks ever end?|
|This is how many beers it takes to watch someone build a 'cross bike|
How'd the bike do? In short: amazing. It fits great (duh, kinda the point of getting a custom frame), corners like it's on rails, and isn't too shabby looking either. I'm not enough of a weight weenie to weigh my bikes, but it's obvious that this bike is a pretty svelte package.
Enough with the words you say? Fine, here are some more pics:
|The signature Elephant 'wishbone' seatstays. Super awesome.|
|Check out the detailing on the ends of the headtube, and the minimalist pump peg: a single ball bearing.|
I can't thank Glen enough for building such a great bike. It's sure to see plenty more racing action this season, not to mention all the miles I'll undoubtedly put on it outside of races.