City Bicycle Lowell – Custom Build – 1997 Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel – The Dark Phantom – $1200
1997 Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel. Handmade in Cambridge MA. We designed this build to be predominantly free of brand logos, carbon fiber free, and with a few parts and features reminiscent of classic road racers from the 70’s and 80’s… A carbon fiber free plush steel road racer. This while maintaining all of the performance of a modern drivetrain and in the *The Dark Phantom” black on black on silver alloy look.
We received the frame and fork from it’s original owner already custom powder coated metallic blue/black (the finish is predominantly black with metallic blue undertones visible in direct bright light) and with a custom, handmade bronze tree of life head badge. The frame is an early Independent Fabrication frame with more classic, thinner tubes than their current model, and classic road geometry. A 20 speed Campagnolo Daytona/Centaur drivetrain leads to a favorite mismatched wheel set. Rear Spinergy xaero (the only thing close to carbon on the bike are the composite spokes on the rear wheel) and a front DT Swiss hand laced 28 spoke wheel…. The brand free jet black skewers add even more dark phantom to the agenda.
Definitely one of the most original (and fastest) bikes that we’ve put together. Old school flavor and unique design in a high quality custom steel I’F. bike furthered by classic road accents such as a Campagnolo Nuovo Record front deraillueur, Stainless spring derailleur cable housing, and a bronze (gum-esque) set of brake hoods which match the head badge, shall we say, most delightfully. A wonderfully unique bike that rides as well as one could expect from an I.F. frame built with 20 Speed Campagnolo.