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BOTW: Indy Fab Factory Lightweight

There’s a connection between this week’s BOTW and our 5ive Points interview subject, Sandy Chapman, that may not seem obvious.

The bike was assembled for display at the inaugural New Amsterdam Bike Show over the past weekend.  To complete the build out of the Indy Fab Ti Factory Lightweight frame, Sandy stepped up to provide us with some “hot off the presses” components.  The red and black stunner was decked out with a SRAM Black Red component kit and Zipp 404 Firecrest carbon clincher wheels (and matching Zipp tyres).  Without Sandy’s help, the belle of the ball (errr, bike show) would have been missing some of its luster indeed.

In addition to the top notch parts spec, there’s a substantially RAD frame driving this week’s BOTW: the just-released Titanium Factory Lightweight from our friends in New Market (near Boston), Independent Fabrication.  An impressive marriage of carbon fiber and titanium, the Ti FLW as its known, represents the sharp edge of the custom bike world.  The frame sports an integrated carbon fiber seat mast with custom milled seat clamp, a press-fit BB30 bottom bracket shell, an oversized headtube allowing for an integrated Zero Stack headset, and custom, drilled-out titanium dropouts.

As great as the photos are, they certainly don’t do this bicycle justice…luckily, it’s on display at the shop!