Sunday, August 3, 2008


Why we came...
Inspired. That’s how I feel right now. With SiS fresh in the rear-view mirrors I feel energized moving forward. In the sleepy little town of Weidenthal, over 400 hundred riders and many more spectators/ bike enthusiasts took up camp in one of the narrow valleys-end on a sportsplatz converted into some thing resembling the Burning-Man/ tent town.

This was the core of the single speed scene in Germany and included some from other countries in Europe. Spawned out of the Eingang Forum, Phaty and a well-organized crew provide not only a superb venue, but incredible support to the riders. This should have been the German Single Speed Championships.

People started rolling in on Friday to set up camp, meet with friends and hit some local rides. I was fortunate to be on one of them, although listed as the guide, I would have called it guided discovery as we explored some great single track I have not even ridden. Our group swelled over 15 strong and was mainly made up of single speeder (myself NOT included) … I met some great people on the ride although the tempo was high at times, and the climbs long and steep, we did stop for some conversation along the way.

The best riding 29er I have ridden

I met a guy our of Baltimore who has the best 29er I have ever ridden, which also happened to be a Indy Fab. It was kitted out with KING all around, some powerful Avid Ultimate Juicy’s, a sweet sweeping back Seven Ti bar and an interesting Black Sheep Ti fork. Also on the ride was Mike aka. Wunnspeed whom I have been swapping comment on blogs with and it was finally great to meet him as well. He of course was on his Ti Black Sheep also dressed up in KING among other priceless jewels.

KING & IF of course

After the group ride, it was time for some good German Weizenbeir, and more conversation. A really bad coverband was warming up as the cool night air filled the valley. I wanted to stay, but had to get home.

I was back early and set up my IF booth and tent for the day. Immediately people came by to check out the bikes and goods I had on hand, often introducing themselves by their nickname from the EinGang Forum. Sandi’s bike was the hit. Two women would have walked off with it if I had turned my back long enough… actually there was a guy in a pink polo shirt who I think would have as well, but that is a whole another story. Friends were made, and I also got to see some sweet rides. Fixie was on hand, and had a sweet rusted, belt-drive fixed geared bike that was equally beautiful and amazing. Wood handlebar, polished bits rounded out a very nice ride. I wold later find out that they outsource their production to Twaiwan which I must admit wiped off some of the luster I had for them, but still two very awesome guys!

Show stopper.

A stunning ride.

Sandi & I had to pull the cord on raced with full Ernst due to Colin needing her around. So we decided to approach the night race at a fun level. Sandi did kick everyone’s ass in the pre-race single speed race, including mine. Reeling in the leaders my asthma kicked in and shut me down. After only a few guys had picked me off, Sandi went blasting by with none of the girls in sight.

The day continued on filled with great conversation and bike watching and then you could start to feel the buzz in the air with the imminent beginning of the night race rituals. Waridi provided illumination for Sandi & I, we both rode her single speed that evening. Sandi was enroute to bring Colin to bed and come back for her lap, as I lined up for the start. We blasted into the night at 20:52pm, I was amongst the single speeders and almost couldn’t stop myself from laughing at times. There were a couple of really fun sections in the course, but I tended to get hung up behind others not being able to let er really rip. After one lap, I had to get a light adjustment, and handed controls over to Sandi. By now it was dark, and the field was spread out. Sandi made back from the darkness and I pulled another lap before retiring from riding for the evening.

Sandi went home to take care of Colin, I hung out talking more with others and soaking in the spectacle. Eventually I retired for the evening, setting the alarm for an early wake-up call. Before the alarm could ring, I was awaken by the second ambulance in the night, there was some carnage. So I slid back into what were now some cold, clammy and damp chamois, but luckily I had scored an UnSchaltbar (not shiftable) jersey, saving me from a totally cold wet experience.

I pulled two morning laps rolling in after the 5:59 finish time on the second. A crowd gathered at the finish area, sharing stories from the night, laughing at each other misfortunes or laziness. It was awesome. More stories were told over breakfast and some really bad coffee. After which we all slowly packed up our things, joined the ceremonies and bided each other fare well.

It was a super event in all ways, and was absolutely one of the best I have ever been too. What is reassuring for meis that I know we have found some great people over here, and our paths will certainly cross many more times in the future. This scene is great, there is a lot of positive energy coming out of these people and I am eager for more!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

An absolutely amazing XS review from Bicycling Magazine!!

article from Bicycling Magazine

Bill Strickland, Bicycling Magazine's Executive Editor has had an XS for about three years and has just published his review of the frame which is nothing short of amazing. The article begins "My devotion to the IF XS lies somewhere beyond reason...". There is also a lovely little "tattoo piece" describing Independent Fabrication as a company. So, run out and grab the latest copy of Bicycling magazine. Its the one with McDreamy on the now you have two reasons to buy it. If you want to read the article just, read more here>> but there is nothing like drolling over a hard copy.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Endlich... Unsere hompage ist jetz im internet,

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Mountainbike Fahrtechnik - 2 Tage Fahrtechnik Kurs

Unser 2-Tagesprogramm sorgt für jede Menge Spaß. Morgens werden wir die grundlegenden Fahrfähigkeiten vermitteln und nach unserer Mittagspause direkt ins Gelände gehen um anspruchsvolle Anstiege, kurze steile Abfahrten, Kurven- und Brems-übungen und verspielte Singletrails zu fahren. Treffpunkt: kurz vor 10:00, ca. 2 Std. Übungen, Mittagspause, weitere 2,5 Std. Training im Gelände.

Sonntag wird ähnlich wie Samstag. Wir treffen uns um 10:00, besprechen nochmals was wir am Vortg gelernt haben und werden noch einige neue Fähigkeiten erlernen. Anschließend werden wir von dort aus eine 2-stündige Mountainbikefahrt machen.

1.3. - 2.3. 2008 Hochspeyer
Treffpunkt Sportverein Grün-Weiß Hochspeyer

8.3. - 9.3.2008 KL
15.3. - 16.3.2008 KL
Treffpunkt Bremerhof

€ 89 pro Person für 2 Tage

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Ich habe einen Prototyp SSX von IF Räder, das letzte in der materiellen Technologie, Edel Stahl geritten. Es hat die besten Qualitäten sowohl des Titans als auch Stahls, in einem Leichtgewichtspaket mit 3x's die Kraft. Suchen Sie nach einem vollen Bericht über dieses Rad und eine neue mountainbike Version.

Stahl in seiner schönsten Form
Karbon Kurbeln
Scheone Fahrt

Sunday, January 6, 2008

EDGE Composites

EDGE Mountain Clincher 330g
Wie unsere kundenspezifischen Räder werden wir ein volles kundenspezifisches Radprogramm anbieten, das EDGE Composites zeigt. Beruhend in Utah erzeugt EDGE eine Vielfalt von hohen Kohlenstoff-Bestandteilen und Teilen für eine Vielfalt von Industrien, und hat eine Spitzenqualität, leichte Gewicht-Reihe von Rändern entwickelt, um Straße, cyclcross und Mountain Bike sowohl in tubular als auch Clincher Versionen einzuschließen.

Beruhend auf Ihr Reiten, Rad und Wünsche, können wir Gewohnheit, eine Reihe von Rädern bauen, um Ihre Reiterfahrung zu erhöhen. Unsere Räder zeigen Mittelpunkte von Chris KING, aber wir können auch Räder auf anderen Mittelpunkten aufbauen, um DT Swiss, Tune und Shimano einzuschließen.

Wir werden Räder an ausgesuchten Ereignissen diese Jahreszeit haben, werden sicher sein, kurz vorbeizukommen und sie, oder E-Mail ( wir für mehr Information zu überprüfen.

EDGE Mountain Laufraeder

Friday, January 4, 2008

Indy Fab in BIKE Januar 2008 Heft

Ti Deluxe 29'er "Edge" im 01/08 BIKE Heft

Wir sind stolz, den Start IF Bikes Deutschland bekannt zu geben. Zusammen mit Boston, IF Crew, wir Ihnen die besten Räder in der von den besten Materialien gemachten Welt bringen werden. Bald werden Sie im Stande sein, den 2008 Katalog auf Deutsch - abgestimmter Aufenthalt herunterzuladen!