When it comes to building your bicycle, it's a personal matter. Getting color, spec and every detail just right is so important, that's why when we were approached by Dan to assist with his vintage Trek conversion we were excited. At Fyxation we're known for customizing our own builds to suit riders needs, so to get the chance to work on a frame with a great history and outfit it with full Fyxation kit couldn't be passed up.
The frame belonged to a friend who owned it for years. It's been toured on and ridden through the city for over three decades, but with a 25.5" frame it never fit his friend right and had hung in a garage for a long time. Fortunately, Dan fits this tall frame perfectly and decided to tackle the conversion. First step on this build was paint. Originally the plan was to start with a full black frame and all black components, splashed with red hardware. However, once Dan cracked open the paint book things went sideways. Like a kid in a candy store, staring into endless paint options can make color decision tortuous. He finally settled on a gorgeous deep metallic crimson, a color fitting the heritage of this US built TREK.
Vintage TREK frames were hand made in Waterloo Wisconsin and are works of art in their own right. Sprinkled through garages throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest, these gems make for an amazing base for modern builds. Built by local craftsmen and silver brazed for superior strength these frames now have historic charm and lug work that you can only find from boutique builders.
To outfit the build a full Fyxation build kit was put together including our Pusher wheelset, Rodeo Pursuit bars and Gates Slim pedals. This is a race frame, so although larger tires would have been desirable, the largest tire that fit the frame were 25c. Continental Grand Prix Classic's were selected and with their timeless styling complimented the build perfectly.
The final product exceeded the expectations of both Dan and ourselves. As a younger Wisconsin bicycle company there is a deep satisfaction of marrying a historic local frame with our modern component kit. This is one build that won't soon be forgotten!