Independent Fabrication expands range - Road Cycling UK

Expert road bike reviews and the latest road bike news, features and advice. Find rides & events, training articles and participate in our forums



Independent Fabrication expands range

Carbon fibre Cross Jester
Ti Factory Lightweight continues to turn heads

Shown at the recent North American Handmade Bicycle Show was this stunningly painted Independent Fabrication Ti Factory Lightweight. It’s the latest frame in the company’s range, and we first brought you news of it earlier this year, but considering how delightful this finish is we simply couldn’t resist sharing it. An update on our previous first look, we can now tell you the price: £3950.

This though, is new. The Cross Jester is an all-new carbon fibre cyclo-cross frame that has clearly been based on the flagship Corvid, but obviously modified for ‘cross riding. So there’s increased tyre and mud clearance, canti brake bosses and other ‘cross considerations.

But more interesting than that, in this example at least, is it wears a single speed Gates belt-drive configuration with a Phil Gates sprocket. Belt-drive has been simmering under the surface of the bicycle industry for the past couple of years but at NAHBS 2011 there’s clearly a higher uptake with many more manufacturers showing a belt-drive equipped frame or two.

We imagine when the Cross Jester becomes available you’ll be able to specify alternative transmissions.


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.