Icebergs are cool and always bigger beneath the surface. Seemed a fitting name for the 'project'.
First - a musical interlude.
I'm renaming this to goosebumps.
One of One.
When a customer wanted a bike to match their favourite FYXO kit I stepped up to the plate with the intention of creating something I'd happily throw a leg over myself.
The frame - Eddy Merckx MXL. Synomous with the big rouleurs of cycling and it's MAX based tubes. This one you wouldn't have used as door jamb prior before hand. Horrid colour, it's second maybe third respray.
Here's a photo of it before it went off to Sun Graphics.
Next came the components.
Campagnolo 11s alloy throughout, with logos removed from all save the ergopower levers. Those pesky little logos are everywhere. All over the brakes, front and rear derailleurs, chainrings, headset.
Cranking it up with CUSTOMised arms milled with FYXO colours.
Up front, NOS Cinelli FYXXXO Titanium stem and NOS Giro D'Italia bars finished with none other than Busyman Bicycles leather bar tape. My suggestion was black with the orange through the perforation only - the owner wanting blue stitching which highlights the barber shop precision of Dan Hale.
From far they look like the standard Columbus MXL / Made in Belgium decals.
Up close is another matter with full creative license given.
Cyclomondo created the custom headtube decal with a variation only the keenest of eyes would notice.
None other the Custom Bicycle Studio of Shifter Bikes to finesse.
For the velospotters:
Eddy Merckx MXL frame and fork
Campagnolo Record headset
Campagnolo Athena 11s ergopower groupset
Campagnolo Chorus titanium seat post
Concor Laser Saddle
Cinelli Grammo stem
Cinelli Giro D'Italia bars
Campagnolo Chorus hubs to H+ Son TB14
Challenge Criterium 23mm tyres
Busyman leather bartape
Merckx end caps
Merckx chainstay protector
Elite Inox bidon cages
I'd happily throw a leg over it / call it my own.
Disclaimer: Eddy Merckx used to make some beautiful high quality bicycles. What the hell happened?