Fyxation Tackles Cyclocross Bikes with the Versatile Quiver
From it’s conceptualization, Fyxation’s newest project, the Quiver, was designed to be an ultra-versatile 4130 chromoly frameset with a completely unique feature set. They tell us, “We’ve been watching riders adapt geared bikes to single speed—and dreamt of doing the reverse—with less than perfect results until now.” The Quiver tackles this issue head-on with horizontal dropouts, a removable derailleur hanger and a full set of removable cable stops. This flexibility allows you to run the bike as an ultra-clean single speed, but is just as at home with a 1×10 or 2×10 geared set-up.
The Quiver comes with clearance for 700x47c tires or 35c with fenders. They use ultra-long reach (53-73mm) Tektro center mount calipers to achieve this clearance with ample room for mud clearance or fenders. Sure, they’re not the traditional Mafac-style cantilever brakes your grandfather used for cyclocross, but they’re more adjustable and offer more power, with what looks to be enough mud clearance for all but the thickest peanut butter days.
As a cyclocross bike, the Quiver is meant to be ridden in all conditions, and Fyxation applies an electro-deposited (ED) undercoat to the frame, a treatment that All City Cycles also uses on its steel frames. Each Quiver is completely submerged in ED undercoating so the frame and fork are coated both inside and out prior to paint. With four frame sizes and a price tag of $299 for frame, fork and hardware, the Quiver is one of the lower cost options for a cyclocross rig or a cyclocross-turned-commuter platform.
The displayed bike, dressed with RetroShift’s unique CX2 Shifters / Brake Levers [see our review here], may represent the ultimate in affordable, versatile utilitarian bikes that can handle cyclocross, road, and commuting duties, with one or twenty gears.
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