Here is an example of a collaboration gone right. Performance clothing designer Rapha and the custom bicycle guru's at Independent Fabrication teamed up on this Ti/Carbon build. You have to love the attention to detail the crew at IF puts into their bikes.
INDEPENDENT FABRICATION XS
This bicycle deserves every bit of the praise it has received in its lifetime. The only two-time winner of Bicycling Magazine’s coveted ‘Best Dream Road Bicycle’, editor-at-large Bill Strickland continued the magazine’s love affair with a full-page ‘Ode to My IF’ in a later edition.
In 2008 Bill, Guy Andrews, John Bradley and Simon Richardson each rode the XS as they rode an homage to Anquetil’s Crazy Bet, tackling the Glandon, Galibier, Alp d’Huez and the Tourmalet over back-to-back sportives in France. This bicycle has to be considered one of the best ever for any rider racing a sportive.
Each bespoke frameset is built with a blend of Carbon Fibre and Titanium, delivering a refined feel for the road. With an elegant white pearl paint on the laser cut lugs, and the Rapha ‘R’ etched into the lug at the top tube, this XS will also feature a unique ‘inside story’ painted inside the fork, inspired by the stories inside all Rapha products.
Complete bicycles will be offered with a choice of Campagnolo Super Record, SRAM Red, Shimano DuraAce, or internally routed Di2 packages, along with wheel set options from Enve Composites and Mavic.
Timing & Process:
The Rapha/IF XS can be ordered at any time with delivery typically 8-10 weeks from time of order.
Independent Fabrication will take orders direct, go to www.ifbikes.com to buy your XS.
Frame/fork starting @ $6,795 + shipping
Please note: Prices do not include import tax and duty which will vary by country.